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post #616 of 921

:D

 

From how you described the Continental v2, I'm rather interested in trying it. (Just that I'm using a stock one not modded one so I'm not sure how it'll turn out :X)

In your opinion, do you think the Continental v2 goes well with all genres or it's unsuitable with some?

 

:D

 

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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

 

$350 in total.

 

The whole rig (modded ES10 + Continental v2) is probably over $1000 for me.

 

But victim count has stacked to 7 non-audiophile today.

 

And my ears can confirm this madness. I'm hearing obvious differences between different sources. So far my MacBook Pro is the best source to feed the Continental. Everything else... I can hear "technical issues" with.

post #617 of 921
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

Ahaha. You are like patient zero for the audiophile / ES10 bug.

 

I think the ES10 is one of those headphones that should really wow anyone...

 

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.

 

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Originally Posted by lbbef View Post

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...

 

Brief Impressions:

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...

post #618 of 921

Tried my stock ES10 with the Alo Continental V3 yesterday.

 

Only one word to describe - "WOW"

 

Deeply poisoned now... Just looking to try a V2 now before I make my final decision :X

 

Here's some brief impressions:

Original rig: Laptop > ODAC > O2 > ES10

Audition rig: Laptop > ODAC > V3 > ES10

 

The V3 just makes the ES10 so smooth. It give a more just a slightly more laid back feeling, as compared to an "in your face" presentation.

What I found suprising was that the V3 isn't overly warm. It has a slight tint of warm, just right such that the ES10 doesn't lose its original brightness. The bass seems to be more controlled with slightly more oomph.

 

Even though I felt that the difference was not drastic, I really can't believe that all this awesomeness can be packaged into a reasonably portable setup.

 

Tried the Pan Am too, but too warm for my liking.

I have only one problem, the price. it's retailing for 750 SGD here. That's 560 USD.

Will definetely go back for another round of more serious listening before I make my final decision.

post #619 of 921

Anyone tried the ES10 with any of the Audio Technica amps?

post #620 of 921

Haha, so here's another victim.

 

You can get a v2 used in the "For Sale" section now for $250... and I'd advise that you act fast! At that price, it'll go super fast!

post #621 of 921
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post
 

Haha, so here's another victim.

 

You can get a v2 used in the "For Sale" section now for $250... and I'd advise that you act fast! At that price, it'll go super fast!

 

Went for a new Continental v3 yesterday :D

Paired it up with Alo's The Green Line.

 

Tried quite a few setups:

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Laptop > iUSB > iDAC > iTUBE > iCAN > ES10

Laptop > iUSB > iDAC > iTUBE > AT-HA26D > ES10

Laptop > iUSB > iDAC > AT-HA26D > ES10

Laptop > SR71A > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > Alo National > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > Alo International > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > Alo Pan Am > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > Tube Amp TA-1 > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > Tube Amp BL-2 > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > O2 > ES10

Laptop > ODAC > Alo Continental > ES10

Was having a hard time deciding whether to upgrade to the continental or stick with my O2. Both sounded pretty similar.

 

Currently enjoying my new rig :)

post #622 of 921

Any comparison for ESW9, ES10 and ESW11? AT seems to offer nice price for their level. Less interested with Beyer now. Their portable line up too small IMO. While T 70 P too large for portable.

post #623 of 921
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Originally Posted by diaBoliQu3 View Post

Any comparison for ESW9, ES10 and ESW11? AT seems to offer nice price for their level. Less interested with Beyer now. Their portable line up too small IMO. While T 70 P too large for portable.

i have esw9 and esw11, and also just sold es10. What do you want to know?
I made some comparisons a few pages back and also lots of information of comparisons on the latest posts on the esw11 thread.
post #624 of 921
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post


i have esw9 and esw11, and also just sold es10. What do you want to know?
I made some comparisons a few pages back and also lots of information of comparisons on the latest posts on the esw11 thread.

Sorry for posting here and there. I'm looking for long term upgrade from my FA-003. I'm a universal listener and I listen to all sort of music. To be precise, 70% rock, country, voice and classic >  30% hip hop, R&B, EDM. I want to know which one is the most balanced between those 3. I'm not a basshead but I appreciate a power impact bass. But at the same time, clarity is important for me. Given choice between those two, my priority is a good mids and high. I hate ear piercing high.

 

I only tested T 70 P and I love the sound but they are not easy to carry around. ESW9 seems promising with a good price. While ES10 is in the middle. ATH-ESW11 more expensive, I think cost more than T 70 P. Which one will be worthy upgrade? I'm interested with W1000X too but again, not portable. Looking a portable all rounder headphone, doesn't necessarily portable version, as long easy to carry around whether inside a bag or casing. Or you can suggest me something else. For sure, I'm not a basshead.


Edited by diaBoliQu3 - 9/8/13 at 5:25am
post #625 of 921
Not a basshead?, that rules out ES10 then. Maybe try the ESw9 then. The ltd. Ed ESW11 is a slight step up but expensive and hard to find.

Look at the ESW11 thread last few pages for a comparison table of ES phones...
....and also read jokers portable headphones thread, well not all of it - just the phones you're interested in.
post #626 of 921
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post

Not a basshead?, that rules out ES10 then. Maybe try the ESw9 then. The ltd. Ed ESW11 is a slight step up but expensive and hard to find.

Look at the ESW11 thread last few pages for a comparison table of ES phones...
....and also read jokers portable headphones thread, well not all of it - just the phones you're interested in.

May I know why not ES10? Too bassy? So, if ESW11 is a slight step up from my FA-003, how would you categorized ES10 and ESW9?

post #627 of 921
I have no say on the FA-003 but had a few top name portatble cans and nothing has changed my mind that top Audio Technica cans still remains on another level in portable can sound compared to everyone else.
Of course there is always a new can ready to try & challenge, like the recent kef m500, but you simply can't go wrong with audio technica their always one step ahead of the game in sound.
post #628 of 921
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Originally Posted by lbbef View Post

Went for a new Continental v3 yesterday biggrin.gif

Was having a hard time deciding whether to upgrade to the continental or stick with my O2. Both sounded pretty similar.

Currently enjoying my new rig smily_headphones1.gif
That is because the Continental V3 uses a different tube from version 2 and is said to sound less tube like and more transistor like yet with great clarity but some say elevated trebles enhance perception of greater clarity and while remaining smooth it lacks the rich sound V2 has.
So it ends up similar to your O2.
I only recommend what I herd & like and own now thanks to Bill-p recommendation,
And that is only the version2
I own the O2 and prefer easily the Continental.
As I posted in Continental thread,
The Continental V2 is more musical to the O2
Yet I believe the V3 should also surpass the O2 anyway.
Edited by Maxx134 - 9/8/13 at 8:32am
post #629 of 921

Went down to some headphone shops to try new gear.

Very impressed with AT's TOTL gear: AD2000X (Vocals), CK100PRO (Realism). Didn't manage to try A2000X.

I don't know if its me or what, but I only like AT's TOTL gear. Anything below that I don't really like :X

 

I hope I won't leave the ES10 club one day :(

 

The ES10 with Alo Continental combo is pretty impressive, 3 other low-mid level audiophiles found it very good. ;)

post #630 of 921

The ES10 pads (changed to the ESW11 ones) seems to become very flat after a while. (I don't know if it's because of the clamp or I'm storing it in the AT-HPP5 hard case)

The flat pads really change the sound. The bass is more bloated. Sound isn't as clear too.

Anyone have any solutions to this? (Was thinking of alternating pads, what do you think?)


Edited by lbbef - 9/8/13 at 9:52am
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