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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. The pads have a slope, the outside edge of which extends to the tops and bottoms of my ears (medium size) if positioned just so. The pads to press your ears down.
  • 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. So powerful that they will overwhelm your music if you like to crank the bass. However this is only just a possibility.
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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. Maybe not the ideal comparing circumstance but the ESW9's really impressed me. They had some other AT models, AKG, Pioneer, Bose and B&W for sampling- not sure the models.
  • 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. Even while listening, I know I'm not hearing the whole story. But somehow, the sound of these headphones just grabs me like nothing has so far.
  • Pros: Great warmth of sound. Fabulous looks.
  • Cons: Very cheap, flimsy, and short cable.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

nekoni, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • Summary: I own the ESW9 for just over a year with over 600+hrs run on it.   As an portable headphones, it doesnt do job well at the 1st 100hrs when i try to hook it wit my walkman up,i have to put my amp on.. but the sound become much more better after i had it run-in for 500hrs even i plug it to the sound card comes with my laptop direct..    Born to listen Japanese POP R&B female singers voice, not good on lots of Symphony.
  • Pros: POP, R&B, especially on certain female voice..ect.
  • Cons: Poor on classical music which like Symphony
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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. God forbid I've actually picked up the iPod earbuds for portable listening. I've recently decided to buy a pair of portable headphones.
  • 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

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.   Build Quality   The quality is good and the product is well made, however, it feels flimsy especially for its price range. Aside from the luxurious lambskin, protein leather and wood,the rest is mainly made of (cheap) plastic.
  • Pros: Warm sound, very musical, striking looks
  • Cons: Not ruggedly durable, doesn't isolate well,
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

jessica_fae, head-fi.org
30 May 2010
  • Summary: I own many high quality headphone (Stax Lambda circa 1985, Stax SR303, AKG K1000, Sennheiser HD580, plus many other middle level phones) but I wanted a quality  headphone for my office that was close to the stax.  I needed something that was sealed so it would not disturb my colleagues.  I also really enjoy the Audio Technica sound (similar to stax "voicing" in many ways).  These fit my goal perfectly.
  • Pros: no sound leakage in office, great sound quality, portable
  • Cons: pads sit on ears so a little uncomfortable for long sessions.
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Overall 8
7.9
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 7
7.0
Durability 8
8.0
Bass quality 7
7.0

User Review

Phkd, Headphone Reviews
16 March 2008
  • 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. So powerful that they will overwhelm your music if you like to crank the bass. However this is only just a possibility.
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