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The NEW ATH-ES700..

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So I was doing my thing in the FXZ100/200 thread and I get the Amazon Japan bug and I kept looking at this model

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Product Description
◆ The new material adopt a 1.2m cord suitable for voice coil Portable Player winding CCAW bobbin to express to sound delicate expression low-frequency sharp, with φ42mm driver specially designed stainless steel housing ◆ ES700 high-quality mirror finish and hairline useful / ■ ■ Model specification to carry-housed in a pouch and attached mechanism swivel, foldable ◆ Smart realize the feeling of wearing less fatigue by the head pad lightweight maximum power input: 5 ~ 30000Hz: Play frequency band φ42mm: caliber driver sealed dynamic: output sound pressure level 36Ω (sensitivity):: 1000mW impedance accessories 160g (excluding cord) mass: 1.2m: 104dB/mW plug: 3.5mm stereo mini plug cord pouch, cleaning cloth /

 

I had to do it. I am hoping for a more refined ES7.. Fingers crossed. I hope this becomes a fan thread for these. I just have a good feeling on this one. Impression very soon..

 

Impression update:

The apparent level of tuning on these cans are exceptional. These don't have a boxed in sound from them at all. Some type of trickery but the sound has a touch of air to it and has a solid amount of stage for portables. Surprising amount of depth and stage on these cans. Very surprising.  Passive isolation is above average for portables.. Could be better but music even with low volumes will shut out most of outside noise.

 

To think this is the sound out of the box..The tuning and the way this headphone sounds..These headphones only come 2nd to my AD900X in sound already. That my friends is a surprise right out the box.. The highs do seem to show some forwardness that is standard AT issue but what is surprising is how controlled the sound is and the stage on these cans are very surprising. I don't see vents anywhere. The stage is a medium level but it almost sounds more spacious than that.. I keep on looking at the cups..The sound is full bodied and over all sound has a real nice range to it..The smoothness is what gets me. The highs have a real nice level of clarity and extension with no roll off or spikiness I can detect. Not bright or harsh in any way... And this is out of box. No burn in. I have to admit I was stressing quite a bit about the package but it was all worth it. To get these... I can imagine some of ATs nice high end closed cans being like these..These have the smoothness, natural balance, detail level,. The sound is something you can be proud of at the same time having the looks to cap it off.. Very nice set of cans for on the go. Style like none before it... The clamp has loosened already quite a bit from open box. They have just the right amount of clamp on my head now..

 

The bass end of these cans are marvelous. IT is the tight full bodied when called for and very refined. Heck the whole sound is highly refined. As nice as the HA-S500s are and they have been fun.. These are a very nice upgrade to them.  It has the right combination of smoothness, refinement, clarity, tonality, solid toned bass perfection w very nice extension and texture..Vocals on these cans are only second to my AD900X. Musical presentation surrounds you with a very refined sound. I can see myself grabbing for these over many full sized cans I own let alone portables..None of my portables sound like these or come close..

 

IMPRESSIONS:

 

DannyBai  http://www.head-fi.org/t/645649/the-new-ath-es700/165#post_9125178

 

Max134 http://www.head-fi.org/t/645649/the-new-ath-es700/210#post_9159956

 

sfwalcer S400 v S500 v ES700 v WS99 http://www.head-fi.org/t/645649/the-new-ath-es700/630#post_9604495

 

MODS:

 

Maxx134s cork mod. http://www.head-fi.org/t/645649/the-new-ath-es700/435#post_9412791

 

Video Review by a_recording  aka Lachlan


Edited by Dsnuts - 7/10/13 at 1:30pm
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Finally!

 

A pad change is required because the shallow pads on the ES700 end up hurting your ears. The WS55 pads are exactly what these cans need.


Edited by Dsnuts - 2/13/13 at 6:51pm
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I have tried the ES7 that my cousin owns and i must say they are really great sounding.  If you can get them for like $70 they are solid portable on-ear cans. My cheapo un-modded S500 can more than hang with them, but my HM5 modded S500s bests them for sure. 

 

The ES7 kinda remind me of the V-moda M80s but with a more balanced sound/ more "audiophile grade" if you have it. So it will be interesting to see how these will sound.

 

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Check this one out. Sf I might have to get these too.

 

ATH-ES500 These cost $102 converted to the dollar on Amazon Japan..Little bros of the ES700. These look nice too. I bet they sound nice as well.  Smaller 40mm version to the 42mm on the ES700.

 

The good news here is I can safely predict that the padding will be the plushy soft type that is on the M50. ATH pleathers used on the HA-S500 thread.. That is a good thing.  These should have excellent isolation too because of the stainless steel cups.. Excited to try the ES700.. Will let you guys know how they turn out.


Edited by Dsnuts - 1/11/13 at 11:55am
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^ LoL, i have no doubts that they will sound good, but just how good is the million dollar question. The bad about the ES7 is that there is no padding on the headband so it feels kinda cheap and not the most comfortable. But from what i remember the plastic is kinda rugged/ matted in texture so thats a little better than just cheap regular plastic. 

 

This new lineup seems to fix this issue cuz both of them have headband padding so that's good to see. They are great looking no doubt, but i wish they are over-ears instead. :(

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The ES700 using a bit bigger drivers over the ES500 I am sure the padding will be the plush variety. These would sit semi on ear and over ear on my ears. I can live with that. Will try my velour pads on them too. Unfortunately the fullsized metal cup cans are much more in price but if these can reproduce a lot of that sound in a portable I spend less than my M-80 on I am all too happy to try it out.

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These look like the big brothers of my ATH-FC700.....

 

which cost me $35 lightly used on Amazon, which I will never part with. I never got to hear the ES7, but I've always wanted to...but I was afraid I'd end up with fakes if I tried to buy them...lol.

I'll be curious to hear more about these, but at the same time, I was just thinking yesterday, I really don't need anything new for a while, I like what I have.

Should have known Dsnuts would strike again! cool.gif

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These could sound piss poor for all I know. But why do I doubt that. I mean just look at her! My goodness...By the way another reason why I am so up to trying these. I absolutely love my new AD900X. It is simply my best sounding cans I own. I have never heard such a refined sound from $200 cans. The AD900X cans are a game changer for me. It has made me realize just how much I love a lush wide sound in my music. So based on my surprising experience with a new AT can. These ES700 have been on my radar the first time I laid eyes on them. I am very excited to hear these cans.

 

I thought my MDR-1R was sexy.


Edited by Dsnuts - 1/11/13 at 2:44pm
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These could sound piss poor for all I know. But why do I doubt that. I mean just look at her! My goodness...By the way another reason why I am so up to trying these. I absolutely love my new AD900X. It is simply my best sounding cans I own. I have never heard such a refined sound from $200 cans. The AD900X cans are a game changer for me. It has made me realize just how much I love a lush wide sound in my music. So based on my surprising experience with a new AT can. These ED700 have been on my radar the first time I laid eyes on them. I am very excited to hear these cans.

 

I thought my MDR-1R was sexy.


The R1 is still more sexy imo, but only if they have used premium material instead. Imagine if the plastic was replaced with stainless steel or aluminum, etc. eek.gif Bling Bling Baby!!!

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Something about stainless cups on these cans. But that just sounds so right on a portable. Also used for sound dampening.. I will be pissed if they sound too thin with no stage and or too much highs and not enough bass. Lol.

 

Competition in Japan is so great for headphones. I can't possibly see how these cans are gonna sound wonky.. How can you make something look like these and have poor sound. The answer is you can't. Not from AT.  I am certain my AD900X has new drivers from the past AD900.. I suspect AT is stepping up their game from probably not such a good year of headphone sales because of how sluggish the world economy is..If my AD900X is any indicator of things to come with AT. I think these might just sound as good as they look. If not better than the way they look. For $140 I payed for them I am all about it. 

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Subbed to another Dsnuts thread.  This one of course looks promising also.  

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I have it on good authority that if I do not like my new ES700. Danny here says he will buy them from me..We will see about that. Lol. These

 

I am projecting. Throwing my will onto these headphones. They are gonna sound similar to my A900X..Medium widish stage with very nice detail in the sound. Balanced just like my AD900X and have a nicely refined sound to them with tight accurate bass. Am I asking too much? Projecting it.


Edited by Dsnuts - 1/11/13 at 4:36pm
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Ooh they do look spiffingly good, really wondering how they would compare to the JVCs.

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OH Crabs !

 

....I'm staying away from this thread !   ...still paying the installments for the AD900X wink_face.gif

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If the ES700 are better than the ES7, they'll be amazing for the price. If they are worse they'll still be pretty good.

I've got the ES7 and ES10, and while I prefer the ES10 overall, the mids on the ES7 are still great for rock music and I would not like to part with them. The L shaped plug on the ES700 looks like an improvement compared to the straight one on the ES7...

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