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Advice please... Headphone recommendation


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#1 lbbef

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:27 PM

Hi!
I'm considering to get a new headphone to replace my Audio Technica ATH-ES55 which I bought in Sept 2010.
I'm considering the:
ATH-A900X/ATH-A700X (Read that many recommend the A700X to the A900X)
ESW9
ES700 (When it releases)

If I buy used headphones I could get ES10 and maybe the W1000X.

I listen to a variety of music. I'd be using it for portable use, but I'm not worried about the size/weight, I'm ok as long as it has good isolation and sounds good in both noisy (especially in the train) and quiet environment.

Any suggestions or recommendations? My budget around $400. Thanks in advance biggrin.gif

#2 Bill

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:43 PM

I dont buy used equip. espicially something that attaches to your body, but that is just me. I would say look at sealed units with good isolation figures from Senn,AT,AKG that are low imp. so they work on portable gear and spend as much as you can... beer.gif

Edited by Bill, 24 October 2012 - 07:44 PM.


#3 alamakazam

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:38 PM

clean with alcohol

airing it

good as new...
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#4 Bill

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:24 PM

QUOTE(alamakazam @ 25 Oct 2012, 09:38 AM) View Post

clean with alcohol

airing it

good as new...




I have seen alcohol take the patina or gloss off of certain plastics, be carefull buy new earpads

#5 nekatrall

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:06 AM

i would wait until esw11 comes out n see if ppl are unloading the previous models
bt considering them being headphones an amp would push them to the potential

and from the looks of it their ability to block out noise esp on trains are not that gd

i personally have a es7 modified and run it via the o2 amp to make it sound even better

most definitely the babies ur looking at sound very different from es55
i think u should try the synergy with your gear

ATH-A900X/ATH-A700X not meant to be portable, need to take care properly( may break) and more for monitoring

esw9 and es10 would be a better choice
current rig
(portable rig) cowon s9 + tf10, monoprice 8320
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custom mod headphones in beats body, pioneer se305, goldring dr150 (all 3 with interchangeable wires)
ath-es7 modded 18awg spc, skull candy aviators, creative aurvana live(denon ahd1001 modded), DT48A
with loads of diy wires

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Ksc 75, em7, dunu cx 60-II

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d2 modded to d2+
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#6 cirdec

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:50 PM

if you can get to audition a pair c jays, you might like the sound signature. I personally feel that its better than MS1i or Grado SR80. I mean for that price point, its one of the better sounding portable headphones.

#7 dalethorn

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:00 AM

QUOTE(nekatrall @ 25 Oct 2012, 08:06 AM) View Post

i would wait until esw11 comes out n see if ppl are unloading the previous models


I really want a ESW11, but so far the special edition is approximately $800 USD. So if anyone knows how I can get a genuine ESW11 for less than $500 USD I want it now. 53 mm drivers, it will be amazing, I'm sure.
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#8 zyb1777

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

erm i dont suggest esw11.. the price does not worth the sound...

#9 dalethorn

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

I bought the ESW11-Ltd a month ago, and it is my favorite in spite of very recessed treble. But the price is way too high, especially for such low fidelity. I'm very surprised that such a sound as this could be made in Japan, especially when the $200 USD ESW9a sounds so much better.
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