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Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9
6.8 out of 10

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9

Wooden housings made of African Padauk for superior acoustic Read more

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Overall 8
7.9

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A Review

theheadphonelist.com
9 June 2014
  • Excerpt: The Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 offers just as much style as it does substance, competing with the better portable headphones in its price bracket in performance and aesthetics.
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Overall 0
0.1

Expert Review

reviewed
15 January 2009
  • Summary: The ATH-ESW9s are likely priced outside the reach of the average consumer.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: A little background: This can be considered my first decent pair of "portable" headphones. I have a pair of HD650s at home and I usually use my customs or UE TF10 Pro's when I'm going out. I've stopped using in-ears for a while because I seem to get swollen canals after prolonged use and it hurts.
  • Pros: Midrange, Vocal clarity, Mellow "Tube" sound, Appearance
  • Cons: Isolation (it leaks), The fact that it's supra-aural, Slight flimsy feeling to it
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: I might not have gotten these if I had'nt heard them. I was milling around the best buy and put on a few cans. I thought these were the best sounding cans Best Buy had on their wall- portable or otherwise. It was not even that close.
  • Pros: Nicely judged tonal balance
  • Cons: Needs some TLC, not a rugged portable
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: So do you go with what you like or with what's best for you? I guess at the juncture at most points in my life I've gone with the former. In headphones too that has me going back to the ESW9s again and again. They are NOT my most accurate cans.
  • Pros: Great warmth of sound. Fabulous looks.
  • Cons: Very cheap, flimsy, and short cable.
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: When I was on a look out for my first serious headphones, I came across this beautiful 'Geisha' by the name of ESW9. 'Gorgeous' was the first word that I uttered upon gazing the headphone for the first time.
  • Pros: Outstanding midrange, Good for a variety of genres, Beautiful design (especially the wood housing)
  • Cons: Worst isolation for a portable, somewhat fragile construction (particularly the swivel joints)
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: I got these as my first set and I couldn't be more satisfied. I ordered them refurbished for $149.00 from an audiotechnica certified dealer on the internet (ironically, I ordered the ESW9As, but got a set of these instead--what serendipitous fortune!).
  • Pros: Amazing high and mid ranges. Female Vocals, Jazz and Orchestral Music is amazing.
  • Cons: Bass is not very heavy, but it is there (compared to a pair of ATH-M50s)
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: I'm a newbie to high end who wishes to thank all the poster @ head-fi that steered me to creating a really amazing set up thatis freakin' life changing: DACport LX DAC $249 Amazon Headstage Arrow 12HE 4G Headphone amplifier $299 headstage.com Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 Sovereign Wood Headphones $216...
  • Pros: outstanding sound
  • Cons: none
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: I got this on Amazon for $199 and can't believe it was initially released for over $500. Nevertheless, the headphones are decent and would satisfy most enthusiasts who prefer clarity and musicality at the same time.
  • Pros: Warm sound, very musical, striking looks
  • Cons: Not ruggedly durable, doesn't isolate well,
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
15 January 2009
  • Summary: I purchased the Audio Technica ESW9a. These have African Paduak shells rather than the cherry of the Japanese release. The ESW9a is made in Japan. Physical: First, these are most definitely not circumaural headphones.
  • Pros: Warm but still punchy tone, large soundstage, lightweight, subtle good looks, comfortable
  • Cons: No accessories, disappointing cable, delicate brackets, don't fold for travel
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