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Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A 3.5mm Gold-Plated Connector Circumaural Portable Wooden Headphone

  • 5Hz-35KHz
  • 3.5mm Gold-Plated Connector
  • 4 feet Cord Length
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Wooden housings made of African Paddock not only look great. It contribute to the superior acoustic reproduction that this beautiful headphone offer. Audio-Technica's specially designed 42 mm neodymium drivers project powerfully. Luxurious earpads deliver for long-wearing comfort. The headphone fold for compact storage.

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General SPEC

Driver Unit
Frequency Response
Input Impedance
42 ohms
103 dB/mW
3.5mm Gold-Plated
Ear Coupling
Cord Length
4 feet
6.0 oz.(without cable)


Wooden housings made of African Padauk for superior acoustic reproduction

Specially designed 42 mm drivers deliver outstanding audio

Soft earpads provide luxurious comfort

Headphones fold for compact portability

Includes protective pouch

Maximum Input Power: 1000 mW

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  • Cynthia W.
  • 12/28/2012 11:06:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsLuxury Portable

Pros: 1) wood driver housings
2) lambskin earpads and protein leather headband
3) butter-smooth midrange
4) tight bass
5) comfort level after break in
6) quality of build materials

Cons: 1) highs roll off a bit
2) plastic holding housings to band seems cheap and breakable
3) cost for a portable headphone
4) leather pouch for carrying - a hard case to protect these would beauties would be better

Other Thoughts: These are phenomenal headphones, especially for portables. Worth every penny. They are good without an amp, but I have them team with a Fiio E11 which really brings out the bass and mids.
If I wear them out and about - people are always stopping me to ask about them (which is sometimes a blessing and sometimes a curse!).
I would recommend these for anything ranging from classical to rock. would not recommend for hip hop/electronica (try the Audio Technica E10's for that).
I knocked one egg off for price and the soft case, but otherwise these are luxury portables with the sound to match.
These also have a bit of a tight fit initially, but after a few weeks they break in nicely.

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  • John W.
  • 12/5/2010 1:48:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Cans

Pros: My wallet doesn't allow me to be a complete audiophile but I am willing to spend a respectable amount on a good pair of headphones. First off, read the reviews, though not super popular or well-known, the ESW9A do get the proper respect. I agree with most, it's not that these cans do one thing great, the sound is balanced from mids to highs. If you want a lot of bass then you might go for other cans. Sounds leakage is not too bad. I use a Sony MP3 walkman. In my opinion, these headphones are good for jazz, vocals, pop, and classical. If you are a heavy metal listener and want tremendous bass there are other alternatives in this price range. As for size, they are not big, they cover my ears but not with a lot of extra room left over. For example, the Sennheiser HD595 are a lot roomier but the cost is a bigger set of cans. The ATH-ESW9a is not tight on my head but I shave my head so someone else may have a different experience.

Cons: Price is cheaper on other websites like A....zon but I needed them next day for a trip. The ones on A...zon are sold by Beach Camera and may not have been delivered on time. Shop around.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you give these headphones time to burn in, about 40 hours worth of listening. It's true, they get better over time. I couple the headphones to a Headroom Total Airhead portable amplifier. No complaints, the two work together well. The headphones work well without an amp but if you want a boost they will shine a bit more.

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