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. But seeing a lot of stylish cans coming out as of late, I was wary; will it be another of those style over substance type of 'trash' I was hearing about? I did some more in depth research and decided that I pull the trigger on them.
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)
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!).
Seeing as I listen to Jazzy Beats (see songs such as 'The Strange Fruit Projects - Maintain' for reference) as well as soundtracks ('A Dark Knight,' etc.
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)
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 Amazon
Great start. Versatile, portable, and outstanding.
Excerpt: Наушники приобретены в декабре и уже 4 месяца я их не снимаю. Совершенно шикарный звук даже в связке с не топовыми источниками (Cowon C2). Широкая сцена, прекрасная детализация, прекрасный тональный баланс. Слегка приукрашены ВЧ, но мне очень нравится. Звучание динамичное. Очень круто.
Pros: - звук - звук - звук - качество материалов - удобная посадка - дизайн