Audio-Technica ATH-ESW990H & ESW770H Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW990H & ESW770H Headphones

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Lauded for their sleek styling and rich detail, the Audio-Technica ATH-ESW990H on-ear headphones have a crisp, clear sound that’s sure to do your music justice. Crafted from instrument-grade Sycamore wood, each ear has a 42-millimeter driver with a specially coated diaphragm that creates a pure sound with plenty of mid and high frequencies Read More

Oct 7, 2019
I love these headphones, the best pair i own to date, but the ear pads are so thin i can't wear them for more than an hour. Can someone point me in the right direction for new pads? I can't find anything searching myself.
Jul 23, 2019
FYI those, with the stock cable and no adapter, may not work with your amplifier. I plugged mine into the JDS Labs ATOM, and the sound was just wrong. I need to keep the cable button pressed to get the sound as expected. I am not sure what this button even does; I have never used nor been into using remotes on my cables, even when using a phone. But I guess enough people are, to warrant the inclusion. Fair enough. That's cool. But not even including an adapter that allows us to use these headphones with a source which does not have remote capabilities? That's a little unusual isn't it? I'll see if I have a relevant adapter at home. Thankfully, when plugged into my DragonFly Red from my phone, it seems ok. I can't use the iFi Match with it, but it's not needed. The headphones are dead silent. These sound quite like I remember the ESW9s. In-spite of many reviews saying they're a little slow and not suited for metal, they remain probably my all-time favorite headphones for that genre and so many others. It's just such a pleasant sound...
Jul 6, 2019
Got mine in, I think this may be the fastest I've received anything from massdrop.. Or drop now. I am going to say initial impressions are these are in fact different from the esw9a which I enjoyed quite a bit. However there are some little things that I'm hoping some usage will take care of.. Overall these are a warm sounding headphone with great instrument separation. The treble is overly subdued imo but that could change, as the mids and mid-lows feel somewhat overextending (read slightly bloated). It doesn't have that rich mids that the esw9a had but it makes up for it in instrument separation and sound stage.. I remember the esw9a having better bass/sub bass than these.. Again all initial stuff and I do expect these to bloom to a nice laid back headphone with great instrument placements/separation (something the esw9a didn't have). Testing were done from a cell phone, will also try with the Mojo and Hugo 2 later on.
Jul 7, 2019
I also got my ESW990H in right after the 4th of July. I was surprised at how warm they sound, but the more time I spend with them, I appreciate the amount of detail they have. What really surprised me was using them to play games on my Xbox One: I was simultaneously hearing tiny details I hadn't ever noticed, and was generally amazed at how visceral the sub bass was, especially on explosions and thunder. It will be interesting to see how burn-in affects the sound, but overall I'm very happy. Oh, and they are actually very comfortable for an on-ear set. I was worried about this, but I can wear 'em for hours, no problem.
The 990 is the successor to the ESW9, which was one of the most entertaining-sounding headphones I've ever tried. The overall design is somewhat dated, so the isolation isn't so good (in case anyone is thinking of buying a pair for portable use). However the on-ear AT cans have some of the best all-round tuning of any headphones I've ever tried, even if they aren't the most resolving.
Have a pair of Audiotechnica es700's and they are amazing. Have had to retire them after 4 years, the earpads flake after a year, but everyone I've had try them liked them.
Jun 29, 2019
I don't get the description for the 770 vs 990. It seems to say that they basically sound the same and the 770 is built better (more "resilient"). Why not just save the $80 and go with the 770?
Jun 30, 2019
Makes sense. Acoustic guitars come to mind as an analogy. It's all about the type of wood used, the bracing, construction, etc. A mass produced $500 guitar made of laminated wood will never come close to a custom guitar made from high grade woods in the hands of meticulous luthier.
Jul 1, 2019
I have the ES700 as well and can confirm the above. The ES700 earpads aren't very comfortable for long periods. I added ESW9 pads to my pair and while they made them more comfortable given they are on-ear I still found them painful after a while. To be honest, it kind of stopped me from grabbing them over my other headphones, which is a shame because I love they way they sound. I recently just got some genuine M60x earpads which are much, much thicker and I can confirm they fit. These are way more comfortable and I have started pick these headphones up again more often to use. I haven't yet done any testing to compare whether they affect the sound compared to the stock or ESW9 pads, but I can wear them for way longer without getting sore ears.
Jun 21, 2019
I would like to see an over ear version of this. The current line of wooden over ear headphones from Audio-Technica are great, but lack a removable cable, and the headband works fine for the Air line of open backs, but for heavier wooden cups, this type of headband would be more appreciated. Plz deliver, and your customers will deliver $$$$.
Jun 18, 2019
I own a pair, though I don't get to listen to them often because my entire family is always fighting over them. They're fantastic cans, very vibrant and warm sounds. They're particularly fantastic for listening to classical with strings and instrumental rock. (Steve Vai anyone?) They're a bit small for my own preferences but they're definitely comfortable and the decently compact size should be a selling point for many I imagine; they fold up quite nicely. They're a steal at this price, I paid a little under MSRP and haven't regretted it for a second.
Jun 18, 2019
Anyone here having the first hand experience in comparing these to ATH-MSR7 would be warmly welcome...
Jul 1, 2019
I have the MSR7 and the ES700 (predecessor to the ES770H). MSR7's are bright. The have slightly elevated mids, elevated highs (almost to the point of sibilant) and slightly recessed bass. They are very nicely detailed. E700 tend to be mid focused. The mids are elevated which are amazing for string instruments and female vocals. Treble is slightly elevated but I wouldn't say as much as the MSR7's. These appear to have more bass than the MSR7. Given the elevated mids and the small, shallow earpads these don't have much soundstage at all, however it probably contributes to the decent imaging. I hope this helps.
Jun 17, 2019
Listen to violin music with ATH-ESW990H. Next to your ear, you will experience a feeling of live violin strings.
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