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post #751 of 861
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post
 

You know... if you don't mind some slight modifications, you can either stretch the ES10 for a looser fit, or you can also disassemble the whole frame and stretch just the metal headband.

 

Though I must admit, the ESW11 ear pads are also not very comfortable. I think the most comfortable ear pads for the ES10 would be the ESW10LTD ear pads, but they are quite hard to get a hold of these days.

Thanks for the advice. I might want to stretch them out. I did that with my DT770Pros as the Pro's are much less comfortable and more tight than the Premiums. I put them overnight around a stack of books vertically and they became so much more comfy the next day. Although, on those Beyers the headband is MEANT to be stretched out and is metal so no fear of breaking.

 

Aren't the ESW10 earpads the same as the ESW9s? I always thought they were. I tried putting the ESW9 earpads on but they just made the sound a bit less transparent as they covered more of the driver and they weren't any more comfy. The bass does slightly increase but the sound isn't as clear since it's not meant for that size driver but a much smaller one...

post #752 of 861

The ESW10 ear pads are even softer than the ones on the ESW9.

 

They play a huge role in that airy treble on the ESW10 vs the ESW9 from what I could hear. The ESW9 ear pads sound shouty compared to the ESW10's.

post #753 of 861
I ditched my es 10 pads they are so uncomfortable and replaced with esw11. I think the esw9 pads are the most comfortable of the three.
post #754 of 861

thanks for reply Bill. i didnt know its called SANDpaper in english, so when you wrote you sanded them, i was thinking you used sand on them somehow :)

 

im still not sure if i should buy them. whats your advice guys? es10 (with lambskin pads) vs es700? What would you choose? Just from sound perspective. No matter cost, look or comfort.

post #755 of 861
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Originally Posted by vincik View Post
 

thanks for reply Bill. i didnt know its called SANDpaper in english, so when you wrote you sanded them, i was thinking you used sand on them somehow :)

 

im still not sure if i should buy them. whats your advice guys? es10 (with lambskin pads) vs es700? What would you choose? Just from sound perspective. No matter cost, look or comfort.

I've only heard the ES10, but from what people tell me, the ES700 is more neutral and has a newer driver. Supposedly the ES700 is a bit less grainy too BUT the ES10 is more V-shaped or U-shaped. Therefore, if you are into EDM, the ES10 is more of the headphone, if you are into Jazz, Acoustic, etc... I'm guessing the ES700 will be better. Plus the ES700 is much cheaper... Also, I would swap the ES700 pads for ESW9 pads if I got them... However, I'm quite happy with the bigger drivers, resolution, etc... that I get on the ES10s and the isolation is the best I've heard in an AT portable...

post #756 of 861
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

You know... if you don't mind some slight modifications, you can either stretch the ES10 for a looser fit, or you can also disassemble the whole frame and stretch just the metal headband.

Though I must admit, the ESW11 ear pads are also not very comfortable. I think the most comfortable ear pads for the ES10 would be the ESW10LTD ear pads, but they are quite hard to get a hold of these days.
I have an extra set of esw10 pads.
They are like smaller version of esw11 pads, but softer.
These new OEM replacement are very tight to put on my esw9 so I doubt they would fit on es10.
Also they changed the sound to have less(!) Bass frown.gif
So they are a waste of money to me.
And they are not like the original pads had a tiny but more substantial leather and thicker feel.
Yet they are real stock replacements wich sux
post #757 of 861

couldnt resist and ordered es10 with esw11 pads for hearbreaking money... i will let you know next week if it was worth it

post #758 of 861

What do you guys think of the A2000X? I know it uses the same drivers as the ES10, and looks simillar. So I am thinking maybe it's a more comfortable circumaural version of the ES10? If so this could be the best can ever ;-) I could always put W3000 pads on it...

post #759 of 861

Actually, all high-end Audio Technica headphones use 53mm drivers, and I don't think they are all made equal, so...

 

Personally, I have heard the A2000X on my trip to Vietnam, and I don't think it's anything like the ES10 at all. The only ATH headphone I have heard that's the closest to the ES10 is the W1000, but the W1000 doesn't have a lot of bass because the enclosure is completely closed, and doesn't allow for any air flow. Limited air flow = bass lacking body or power.

 

I think that's the reason why you don't feel the same overpowering bass in my ES10. The wooden ear cups are more airtight than the regular titanium ear cups that have openings around the hinge and the cable section.

 

With that said, I think I know what to do to make the W1000 have more bass, but... I really wouldn't want to risk my really nice pair of W1000.

post #760 of 861

It's funny, when i originally got these i thought they were so boomy and bass heavy, or a certain part of the bass spectrum.  Someone else posted that he had returned them because he felt that he was strapping on two subwoofers and there were others who agreed.  Since then they either burned in or my brain burned in because they don't sound so overly bassy anymore. 

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Originally Posted by dallan View Post
 

It's funny, when i originally got these i thought they were so boomy and bass heavy, or a certain part of the bass spectrum.  Someone else posted that he had returned them because he felt that he was strapping on two subwoofers and there were others who agreed.  Since then they either burned in or my brain burned in because they don't sound so overly bassy anymore. 

For me it's the exact opposite. The more I listen the stronger the bass becomes... My problem is more the high pitched vs. the bass. The ES10s stock are at the very peak of what I consider acceptable brightness and even they can be slightly sibilant with certain songs and certain sources (amps, etc...) I think with a warmer amp they will sound even better!

post #762 of 861

I think... over time, it's possible that as you put them on and pull them off, and due to environmental impact (heat, etc...), the ear cups get pressed into the plastic enclosure, or the plastic enclosure expands ever so slightly, and the very small openings are then made even smaller.

 

When that happens, the inside becomes more airtight, and then bass would be reduced.

 

That's my $0.02 on the matter.

 

On the other hand, when bass is not so overpowering, the ES10 does put out very beautiful vocals. I think it even beats the ESW10 cleanly.

 

In any case, I'll get my ES10 back tomorrow, and then I'll be able to definitively see if they are indeed similar to the W1000. If they truly are similar to the W1000, then most likely, I'll just keep one headphone and sell off the other one.

post #763 of 861
Are there any ES10 users here in London or Kent ? Id love to compare mine to another pair, at the moment I can't listen to them, esp compared to my DT1350s.


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Are there any ES10 users here in London or Kent ? Id love to compare mine to another pair, at the moment I can't listen to them, esp compared to my DT1350s.


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Can't help now but I used to live in London. I can say that they won't sound much different from each other. Breaking them in would change the sound a little bit, but if they are both ES10s unless they are modded will sound nearly identical. I listened to Bill-P's and those were markedly different but he did loads of mods including making wooden cups, etc... The ES10s beat the DT1350s by a landslide. Besides the bigger drivers and the fact that the list price of the ES10s are double that of the DT1350s (contributing to the fact that they are in another league), the DT1350s sound so much more closed off. When I heard them I thought I was listening to $20 headphones in some ways. The ES10s sound much more open, enveloping, etc... The DT1350s were more muffled and were way more uncomfortable and less isolating from what I can remember. Also the DT1350s are brighter as with most Beyers and have a bit less bass too...

post #765 of 861
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

 

On the other hand, when bass is not so overpowering, the ES10 does put out very beautiful vocals. I think it even beats the ESW10 cleanly.

 

The ES10 has very nice vocals, just abit dark imo.

The ESW11LTD has very nice vocals too.

 

In the portable league, I prefer the ESW11LTD.

 

But in all, I still like the vocals on my A900XLTD.

 

And I love all my 3 cans for the different sound. :L3000: 

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