Whole midrange has more attack or sharper transients adding to sense of realism but also alluding to what was said earlier of a reverb which I would instead call a sense of decay from the initial attack/ impact.
The description I would use is this:.
Wet = a reverberant sound, something with decay. Opposite of Dry. http://www.head-fi.org/t/220770/describing-sound-a-glossary
So not "plastic, but "wet" in upper treble wich has an impressive amount of details/timbre and delicacy.
You would have to have your own senses trained & tuned like a "golden ear" to notice this, since this headphone is brighter and more forward than larger traditional cans that have more open sound stage.
I would describe these brighter and more forward than my m100, but I would *edit* NEVER, use the term "plastic y", yet we all have different ears,
So I believe there are those that hear differently.
I am just lucky I haven't herd much better lol.
I am just glad I have these 700 because regardless of the signature, this level of quality in sound is rare in this category of headphone size & price.
I would like 2 here a comparison to the 1350 if anyone has..
I am thinking the reason for the shallow earpad is to have ear closer to the driver as the sound field is less bright and more large sounding to me when I pressed down.
I was using the "q-tip" mod for padding the stock pads wich lifts away slightly & works well for me for comfort but the sound is more authoritive when cups are pushed closer.
Sub bass clarity continues to impress.
Midrange is just transparent to me.
Gave up trying to hear a "plastic" lol.
To me the unnaturally pronounced smooth mids on the Monster DNA with pencil dry treble are closest to plastic sound I have herd. Yet they are very seductive in their own way.
Back to es700:
Stock pads have no good padding.
Waiting patiently for my cheapo pads,
Yet my goal is to get the esw9 pads.
Edited by Maxx134 - 2/23/13 at 2:39pm