Originally Posted by Magdumper
Meh, I tested all the ath portables and imho only goid price/performance one is the ES-700
Depends where you live, ES10 have been heavily discounted and can be found for $300-400 in most civilized places, a really great value for cans with a nominal $600 price point. Certainly in a different league than other portables at the $300 price point.
Originally Posted by viralcow
That's the thing with Audio-Technica. They're never cost-competitive, but still they manage to be so alluring...
I couldn't disagree more…I've searched and searched the stores around my area (Tokyo), and I haven't found many HP lineups whose cost-vs-quality curve hits the inflection point at a better quality/cost ratio than Audio-Technica. E.g., consider the A900X in the over-ear closed lineup, probably the very best value in modern times, and with SQ only slightly less than their flagship cans that price 3-4 times more. In the portable lineup, the ES700 does a wonderful job at a nominal price point significantly less than the top grade ES cans (although the latter being on sale alters the curve a lot). The same is true of all their lineups in my experience (although I don't do IEMs, so can't testify about that lineup).
Originally Posted by BRSxIgnition
I've heard OF the ES10 and ES11LTD, but never heard them. I always thought they looked a bit fragile for the price, and the dual cables also turned me off, considering I've become so accustomed to having a single, removable cable.
If they ever update their portable line as well as their studio line with these "high-end 53mm drivers" - I may very well be the happiest person on earth.
Agree about the potential fragility of woodies in general, but not sure how the Titanium-backed ES10 could seem fragile to anyone…they could be run over by a truck and still work fine. Mine have been through the works with a toddler roaming the household. Still, I agree the cable appears flimsy (though it is actually amazingly strong in practice), and definitely agree that Audio-Technica should introduce detachable cables in all of their lineups (they could also offer custom styles, lengths, and accessories in swappable cables such as on-cable microphones).
IMHO, Audio-Technica's only failing is international marketing and promotions, they have everything very well-sorted out on the engineering and sound quality side. I feel sorry for sincere head-fiers who haven't had the chance to hear what they offer in the ES10 and ESW11, and amazed that their reputation/quality hasn't been more widely and accurately disseminated.