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post #16 of 44

No, I didn't mean to say that more aggressive = better. I'm simply pointing out that the ES7's treble is sharper than the M50, whilst the CAL is softer.. The M50 is my fave of the three, without a doubt. I'm saying that their differences aren't huge. If you like one, chances are, you'll like the other two, with a few subtle differences here and there. All three are pretty good in the bass department. The mids I don't put too much stock in as much as everyone else, but they all did the job for me.


Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/12/10 at 9:43am
post #17 of 44

I am confused.  You posted in the full-size forum but are asking for a can to carry with you to the library.  Does this mean that size is not an issue?  I am going to assume that you want relatively portable headphones, despite where you posted.  If so, get the Creative Aurvana Live! for $70, it's very solid sound for its price.  Same headphone as the Denon D1001, very well regarded on this site. 

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-EF0060-Aurvana-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OA

If you don't care about size as much, the Sony 7506 (same headphone as the MDR-V6) is also very well regarded.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V6-Monitor-Headphones-Voice/dp/B00001WRSJ

Ultrasone HFi-450/Yamaha RH10MS are pretty solid for their price, a little larger but still very good.

 

I recently bought the Denon AH-D310, it's on sale at Amazon for $40.  I also bought the D510, which I don't think is worth the cost.  I started writing up a review, but then my computer restarted due to updates and it was lost.  I'll get back around to writing it, but overall I think the D310 is a very good combination of comfort and performance for its price.  I actually chose it because my girlfriend, after visiting the Apple store, decided that she wanted a portable circumaural for taking with her to the library. Decided that this was the best combination of portability, sound, and price.

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AH-D310-Headphones-Black/dp/B003UYU166/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1292182469&sr=1-1

post #18 of 44
Thread Starter 

ok looks like the ES7 is off the list.

 

Yes relative portability is what i'm looking for. Guess i should've posted the thread in the portable category. Whoops :)
Hey shnitz how does the sq of the Denon DH-310 compare to the CAL!?


Edited by ggajako - 12/12/10 at 11:43pm
post #19 of 44

My roommate has the HD202. He hates them :D. Mad Lust Envy... <3.

post #20 of 44

Been awhile, how's the 770 Pros treating you? dt880smile.png

 

On topic, I went and bought something on impulse yet again.... the ESW9. A step up from the ES7, which I read is more comfy. They were just too sexy... I'm so weak. ph34r.gif

post #21 of 44

madlust:The esw9 is definitely more comfortable. lol, that you say you are weak.  I did the same a few weeks ago, sold the es7 and bought the esw9.  Then I started to see the d2000 being mentioned and bought the d2000 also.

  The esw9 are a step up from the es7 for sure, although they will sound different from the es7.  I think you will enjoy the esw9s.  They are easy to like with their laid back dark sign. and foward vocal and slight larger sound stage.  The bass are emphasized and digs deeper than the es7.


Edited by soundeffect - 12/13/10 at 6:46am
post #22 of 44

The dark/laid back signature is what I'm worried about. I prefer bright/aggressive, lol. But since I plan on using this on the go, they will be constantly EQ-ed by my Fuze, so I can change the sound to my liking. If they were for home use, I wouldn't have gotten them, as I don't like to EQ anything running off my home setup.

post #23 of 44
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The dark/laid back signature is what I'm worried about. I prefer bright/aggressive, lol. But since I plan on using this on the go, they will be constantly EQ-ed by my Fuze, so I can change the sound to my liking. If they were for home use, I wouldn't have gotten them, as I don't like to EQ anything running off my home setup.


blink.gif....lol, you are weak haha   I'm sure you have read in a lot of thread saying the esw9 are dark/laid back sign. You should of went for the hd25II for that type of sign. Hey look on the bright side the wood cup looks a whole lot sexy than what is seen on picture.  The lamb skin leather, light clamping force, light weight, slightly larger than avg. on ear cups, and soft headband cushion is what makes them comfortable.  If there is any reason why they are slightly uncomfortable is because they are on ears. I'm not too concern about the dark signature for you as they can be pretty tasty, but I'm more concern about the aggressive part.  Who knows they might surprise you. Let us know what happens, I'm curious haha. 

 

  you're not in too bad of a situation as I am already in it, I bought the d2000 without an amp. Now I'm sitting here looking at them and are in a "wow they are so comfy and nice looking mode", although I'm not satisfy with the sound. impulse buy, you gotta love it.L3000.gif

post #24 of 44

Lol, I hear the E9 works incredibly well with the D2000. basshead.gif

 

I saw the way the HD25II looked on people's heads and I was NOT liking their aesthetics when worn. Reminds me of the K701. Very sexy to look at, just not when worn. XD The ESW9 looks sexy even worn. Well, I loved the Creative Aurvana Live a LOT, and they were warm/laid back. If the ESW9 can match that, I probably won't even have to EQ. The CAL is the warmest/laid back I'd like, so if the ESW9 is about the same in signature, I will love them just as is. smile.gif

 

I just typically like it a bit more aggressive in the treble, which is why the DT990 is just made for me. I would probably love Grados too, but I'm not about to gamble on their comfort satisfying me. ph34r.gif


Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/13/10 at 7:35am
post #25 of 44

hummm...I think the esw9 will be more warm sounding than the CAL. I'm guessing since I never heard the CAL before.  I'm basing on these from the d2000 since the CAL have similarity to the d1001.  I tell you this much though, you might like it just because of the forward vocal.  The esw9 surprise me with it's performance though.  I let a couple of people (non audiophile though) listen to the esw9 and the d2000 w/o amp, and both of them prefer the esw9. They aren't terrible laid back as some describe them, but they can use just a tad bit more aggression.

 

 

Here is a pic just to get you pump....don't look if you don't want to see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by soundeffect - 12/13/10 at 11:28am
post #26 of 44

ESW9-Y-IS-SO-BOOTIFUL.jpg

post #27 of 44

It's not comparable, one is a full-size and one is a portable.  You will rarely find that the portable wins in sound quality, even if build quality is the same.  Those pesky laws of physics play a role here.  You don't have the earcup size to create the sound quality as "correctly."  The Aurvana are basically Denon D1001, which is their introductory full size at MSRP of $150, and the D310 is their portable at an MSRP of 1/3 that.  I can tell you that I think that for the $40 they are going for, the sound quality is worth it.  More importantly, they are going to be a more welcome headphone to carry around than the Creative Aurvana would be.  Especially if you're walking around, riding the subway, etc. you don't want a fullsize can.  These D310 are the biggest I would get for on-the-move use.

 

If you want the better sound quality for the money, you should definitely pick up a pair of the Creative Aurvana Live.  Personally, they're too big for me to use in public.

post #28 of 44

MLE, lol at the meme. If you enjoy the ESW9, please inform me! I might sell my Turbine golds and get some ESW9s. Don't get me wrong, I love these things. These are hands down my most used headphones. I just get really nervous with IEMs. Microphonics, wires getting ripped out, buds falling out, you know the deal. I figure, since IEMs sound took me forever to get used to, and the ESW9s are just portable, it will be an easier adaptation phase for me! Plus they look sexy as hell. 

post #29 of 44
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Originally Posted by dub Beatz View Post

MLE, lol at the meme. If you enjoy the ESW9, please inform me! I might sell my Turbine golds and get some ESW9s. Don't get me wrong, I love these things. These are hands down my most used headphones. I just get really nervous with IEMs. Microphonics, wires getting ripped out, buds falling out, you know the deal. I figure, since IEMs sound took me forever to get used to, and the ESW9s are just portable, it will be an easier adaptation phase for me! Plus they look sexy as hell. 

LOL, you haven't seen nervous yet until you get the esw9.  I get nervous on rip the wire off the cup, scratching the cup,  the wire jack tip scratching the cup, me snapping the headband arms when swiveling the cup, me napping the arms when adjusting the headband length (just heard people breaking this part), and again me scratching the cup.  I don't know how sturdy they are, but they just look delicate.  The whole time I have own it, I keep on saying "if I scratch these I would hate myself."  The downfall of the esw9 is afraid of scratching them, heck I still haven't taken them outside yet because I'm afraid of ruining them.blink.gif  Of course, I read people do take them outside and it's okay. =)
 

post #30 of 44

I'm very careful with my headphones. Not so much with IEMs though, which is why I sold the RE0s. I loved them but I didn't trust myself to NOT lose, break, run over, or just mutilate them at some point. I'm more than happy with my $13 extremely EQ-ed JVC Marshmallows. XD

 

What happened to the ESW9 pic? I was salivating...

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