Long story short, I've been looking for some nice portable headphones. Originally, I was looking for circumaural headphones, but feedback on the forums confirmed my suspicion that portable circumaural headphones aren't particularly common, and have decided that a comfortable set of supraaural headphones will have to do.
While looking at headphones that fit into my budget, I found the ES88. I've seen some comparison of the ES88 to the ES10, which seems like high praise given the review of the ES10 in the 102 portable headphones review on this site (apparently the ES10 sounds great and is comfortable). As the other headphones I'm currently considering, the HD25 and the DT1350, have been described as having a strong/painful clamp, I've gained some interest in the ES88; being part of the same line as the ES10, perhaps it is equally comfortable (and hopefully good sounding)?
I haven't been able to find much in-depth discussion of these headphones though.
What I've seen so far:
The only full length review I've seen, which unfortunately doesn't seem to be quite so in-depth as most reviews I've seen on head-fi. It seems to get praise despite the bass being described as "swampy", which is the last word I'd want to hear used to describe any frequency range of a headphone, so I'm not sure how seriously I can take this review either way.
Other than that, I've seen comments here and there - I'll post links, but will not copy the actual comments here to avoid creating a massive post, except in the case that it may be inconvenient to find the comment:
(Comment is regarding the non-ES88 headphone being discussed)
"What a disappointment I wanted to see better stuff from AudioTechnica like the ath es88 or something worthy of an upgrade because while these are nice, they are not leaders in the $200-300 range like Beyer dt1350 or senn amperior or vmoda m80, so why would we wana go cheap? I rather get a used ath-es7 or hd25."
^Is counterfeiting an issue?
Anybody have experience with the ES88 they'd be willing to share? I'm interested in any information I can get on them, as I think I'll be making a decision between the HD25, the DT1350, and the ES88. While other form factor headphones have caught my interest, such as the Yuin clip-ons and the Clarus clip-on earbuds, I'm still leaning towards one of these three; maybe I should make a thread regarding the others later.
Thanks for any info or advice.