I quite liked them at stock, but they actually had a split reaction. People either liked them or didn't.
The modded wood-back ES10 is different, though. Anyone who has put them on has been wowed.
And I'm totally blown away when there's a good amp and a decent source going through.
My friend recently got a HD600 so I did a brief comparison with it today.
I can totally say I love my ES10 compared to the HD600.
I mainly listen to Asian music (Japanese, Korean, Mandarin).
Genre wise I listen to pretty much everything. Ballards, pop, R&B, Electro (Going Quantum Podcast), etc...
HD600 has a more laid back sound. It is faster with less decay and attack.
The treble on the HD600 is more prominent.
But the ES10 has a slightly punchier bass. Bass on the ES10 is deeper.
The vocals on the ES10 is totally mesmorising. The HD600 seems to lack quite abit there.
The layering and instrument seperation on ES10 seems better than the HD600.
The soundstage of the HD600 is bigger. But it really suprised me that the ES10 had a rather big soundstage.
(Really suprised me that ES10 performs so well against full sized cans)
Haha, you don't say? You can still get more out of the ES10 by swapping the ear pads and changing the ear cups, so I suspect Audio Technica just needs better housing for these drivers in order to turn them into one of the flagship full-sized cans. I'm thinking... ATH-W5000X...