Allright guys, I just got these in, and I've gotta say, without EQ. these things are close to my favourite sound sig, and i love the way they look.
Absolute awesome, i already ordered ws55 pads for them :D
love them so far <3
^ Having owned both the ES7s and the ES700 i would say their level of isolation is on par, so it is average at best. Though with the WS55 pads noise isolation seems to have slightly improved. This is the result of the WS55s opening up their soundstage/ bass so a bigger sound comes through which helps block out background noise more.
I don't have any sound leakage problems from my sets since these are closed backs so.....
so you're saying the ES700 is an UPGRADE to the WS55?
just that i would have thought an upgrade would be to the WS99 is all I was thinking. I have no idea though wanting to sort this hierarchy out for myself here.
Just make sure that they look as cool as the ws99's, because that's important :)
Actually, I've been told that the ES700s might be preferred over the WS99s.
I used to hate their sound, no matter how long I burned them, they sounded bad. Then I put them aside for couple of weeks and suddenly they started to sound fantastic, especially with vocals!
I guess I overburned them in the beginning...
My only problem with them now is the pads. The original pads are unusable - they hurt too much. WS55 pads are a big step up in comfort, but still can cause pain after a prolonged session.
ESW9 pads are even more comfortable, but they place the drivers further away from the ears, changing the sound too much - the intimate magic in the vocals is gone. The bass becomes a little smudgy too. ES700 still sounds great, but not as good as with WS55 pads.
I guess I still prefer JVC HA-S400 to ES700. These can't be "overburned", it took at least 300 hours to get them to sound as they should.
If I don't use them too long, the diaphragm gets stiff again and they need to be burned again for a few hours.
I especially like how a 17$ pair of HM5 pads turns them into a proper "around ear" headphone, that you can listen to for hours without any pain.
HM5 pads also increase the soundstage greatly, but have the same negative effect on bass as ESW9 pads on ES700 - doesn't sound as tight as before, although still good.
So i in past bought ES700 for $130 shipped. And also for $12 esw9 pleather pads. But i sold them. Why?
because they on 45% songs sounded fanstastic(better than cks1000), but 55% songs were terrible with them. mids sounded so dreadful and muddy in bright songs. And bass impact isnt so great, as others say. Even with stock pads.
Comfort - with stock pads i can use them only for hour, but with esw9 pads - over 5 hours.
So while on some tracks they were exellent, but on others they sucked. I guess that i dont like mid centric headphones at all. I rather prefer V shape, because on es700 mids was on front and too loud, but highs and lows was in background.
For most users, ws77 for $90 or ws99 for $160 wold be much better, because of better balance of lows, mids and highs. And also bigger bass impact. I actually bought WS33X for $50 for my brother.