ESMOOTH - Gorgeous headphones...
Feb 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM Post #121 of 143

nikp

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Just thought I drop in here to give you guys my quick impressions. 
 
ES-830BB (Bamboo)

This is my first wooden headphone and IEM I've owned and to be honest, I'm very excited since you all know that every wooden headphone has its unique sound. Gonna start with sound because it's what I'm craving for. It sounds very very good and I'm not kidding. I'm impressed!
 
First thing about these is that it has a very good tonal balance. It's never harsh, just smooth and so sweet! Detail, soundstage and resolution is okay. Violins sounded awfully sweet on these and I loved it to bits. Microphonics is not a problem.
 
I was never a basshead and I think that it has just a little too much bass. But the thing is, I don't find them overpowering. Mids are still there and vocals are undisturbed. I'm wishing there would just be a little more impact. EQ seems to work well although I rarely used EQs. When the bass is toned down, that's when they really shine. Mids are perfectly transparent although they have a dark aspect to them. They seem to have an edge in acoustic recordings. Highs are a tad veiled and cymbals are not reproduced very well.
 
There is really no comparison to the DT880/HD600 as it simply crushes them in every aspect. But what really stands out from these cans is it's musical and sweet sound signature. Imo, I prefer these over the Pannies. After I got these, I rarely use my HTF600 and the ES-830BB completely replaced the HTF600 for me.
 
The earpads are mushy and snuggly on the ears. The headphone itself is extremely lightweight, the force on the head and clamping force is minimal.  I have no problem wearing them for an extended amount of time.
 
The headphone I received is not retail packaged so I'm guessing they'll be making further changes on it. They do have replaceable cables and the package comes with two cables (45 degree and straight plug). Cable is a bit flimsy - very thin and imo will break if not taken care properly. The earcups fold like that of the Ultrasone Pro 750 but it does not as well. Isolation is okay for me but the sound leaks quite a bit (Person sitting beside you will know what you're listening to).
 
One other thing, you might be confused which earcup's right/left as there's no visible markings but that may change in the near future.
 
Conclusion: Great value can. I put this above the HTF600 like I said earlier - more detailed, transparent, better timbre, warmer, more musical. It's a good all rounder and I recommend this can if you can ignore its build quality (and maybe design). It's not meant to compete with cans ~$100+ but it is a great complement to neutral cans. Just a can for you to relax and enjoy the music. I don't think you will be disappointed by what it brings to the table. I call it a hidden gem. But then again, I didn't know if the SQ will be consistent throughout the models (especially wooden cans). Take for example the IEM I will be talking about in a bit. It has the compliments of other reviewers but not mine. I see potentially good cans in Esmooth's line up once it has a solid foundation.
 
 
 
ES-108EB (Ebony)

Firstly, I liked the design of this IEM - looks very clean and minimalistic. Then again, the markings L/R is hardly visible on it. It'll take you a solid minute just to figure out which one's which. My complaint still lies on the cable and this time, sound quality. Wearing style: straight down, you can't wear them over the ear.
 
If I were to put a review into a sentence it would be "This IEM is sweet sounding but has a muddy, uncontrolled bass which infects the entire frequency range". Bass is all over the place (TOO MUCH BASS!!!!) and I mean it. It has probably too much bass for a basshead too (Given that the HTF600 is a basshead approved can). I tried EQing the bass down and the bass is now more controlled (Thank you EQ). The ES-108 has a in-your-head kind of soundstage which perhaps some will like. Treble is rolled off, mids are recessed and details are lacking. Vocals are pushed too far back and it's not a worthy compromise.
 
Now to the good stuff: the sound signature is, as always, very sweet and musical. Timbre is good and the IEM is very full sounding. 
 
I cannot recommend this IEM but they may fix it soon so we'll just eat some popcorn and see. 
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-Thanks for the samples, Steven!-
 
Feb 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM Post #122 of 143

ssrock64

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How much are the ES-830BB?
 
May 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM Post #123 of 143

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I see they have updated their website.
 
ES-883
 
ES-881
 
ES-880
 
all have 50mm drivers.
 
 
Has anyone any experience with the new drivers in any of the above models in the last couple of months?
 
Jul 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM Post #124 of 143

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Hi Nikp!
 
ES-830BB - seriously. you like them more than DT880/HD600 cans?
 
Wow!
 
What hardware do you listen to?
 
The bass may tone down after some use.
 
The IEM's - well thats very subjective, so much depends on the shape/size of your ear canals and the fit of the phones.
 
All the best.
 
Mike
 
Jul 31, 2012 at 8:14 AM Post #125 of 143

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Hi!

I have just received 2 prs of headphones from esmooth:
ES 860 eb (new 50 mm drivers)
ES 660 eb (tested prototypes before, these are slightly upgraded production models)
 
Both have double sided removable cords.
 
I will write reviews shortly, but would like to say that I am very impressed.
 
I know the issue is subjective, but the new 50mm driver in the 860's sounds wonderful to me.
They are very clear with an excellent soundstage. I would say they are warm rather than "flat" sounding, but clear as a bell, and the bass is quick and sharp.
The design is simple, light and comfortable.
The wood is not as highly polished/varnished as previous models and looks more natural.
The earpadS are soft, leathery and comfortable.
I have just been listening to "Graceland" by Paul Simon and I must say I got lost in the music...
 
(Hm hm hm hm ha - Diamonds on the soles of her shoes!!!)
 
regards
Mikie
 
 

 
Feb 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM Post #134 of 143

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I've heard these headphones ES-821, to be frank the only thing in their favor is the looks, apart from that it's all down hill. The cable supplied is too short, I suppose you could say it's fine from your pocket to your ears, but if you want to listen at home I found the cable far to short. Now for the sound, sadly I was very disapointed, at very low volume you don't really notice, but turn the volume up a notch or two and the sound is just so hard, I found I didn't want to listen to them for long, the sound lacks warmth, bass is bloated and very ill defined, mids and vocals are hard and harsh and there is no refinement to the treble, they sound cheap, a bit of a let down.
 
 10/10 for the looks, 3/10 for the sound, you are paying for the looks here, not the sound.
 

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