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)
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)
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...
Summary: there really is nothing else like the esw9 headphones out there. If you love warm tubey like sound on the go there is simply nothing that can compete.Yes they are colored and the bass overblown but its so well judged that they remain hifi quality still giving you a glimpse into the music.
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