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Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9
6.6 out of 10

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

bjmr, head-fi.org
13 October 2011
  • 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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Overall 8
7.8
Value for money 7
7.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 7
7.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 7
7.0

User Review

Phkd, Headphone Reviews
13 October 2011
  • Summary: I f'ing love these things. They are my portables of choice. setup: Cowon A2 MP3 player (320 kbps mp3's), Earcandy mini-mini, Ray Samuels SR-71 amp, ATH-ESW9. The bass is AWESOME. so deep and powerful but the driver must weigh next to nothing because it is very accurate.
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Overall 7
7.3
Value for money 9
9.0
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 6
6.0
Durability 5
5.0
Bass quality 8
8.0

User Review

dalethorn, Headphone Reviews
13 October 2011
  • Summary: Despite some so-so ratings on individual features, the sound is amazingly good for the price. I would rate the ESW9 sound as equal to most headphones in the $400 to $500 range, with the possible exception of soundstage, since in that respect it sounds about like its size suggests.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

stereoguy, head-fi.org
13 October 2011
  • 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

User Review

BigCabDaddy, head-fi.org
13 October 2011
  • 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 8
8.0

User Review

countolaf, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • 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 9
9.0

User Review

lotusbloom, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • 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 8
8.0

User Review

Timothy.Wong, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • 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 9
9.0

User Review

monk3ym4jik, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • 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

User Review

gmm1, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • 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...
  • Pros: outstanding sound
  • Cons: none
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