ESS 252 Closed-Back Headphones
ESS 252 Closed-Back Headphones
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ESS has been in hi-fi audio since the 1970s, and now the company brings its expertise in speakers to the world of headphones. The 252 headphone is particularly eye-catching, with medium-density walnut ear cups and a shiny metal frame Read More

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GoodOutcome
91
Sep 23, 2020
This thing worth it for pairing with VModa BoomPro for gaming?
Daeronicus
129
Jul 20, 2020
Guys, does anyone know where I can get a replacement for the headband?, mine broke after one year of use.
the copper tinged trim just pushed this into the dry heave category for me. Don't care how good or bad they sound. The slim chance that I could suffer a stroke and be found dead with something this hideous on my head mean a 'no buy' from this guy.
Hi all, in *no* way to disparage this drop but if this model were built around ESS's original "Heil Air Motion Transformer" (ESS marketing term), a folded ribbon, I'd buy them in less than a heartbeat, lol. I owned a pair of the original ESS 'phones. Imho, those were the closest I'd heard to my reference Koss electrostatics, and could def play louder. Hope all who buy these enjoy, as at $100, they seem a good deal. Thanks!
Daeronicus
129
Nov 17, 2018
OK, i must say i'm semi-dissapointed with this headphones. My pair arrived today and i have been testing it for a couple of hours now. I have pros and cons. PROS:
  • A very pleasant sound experience.
  • Vocals and mid-range are balanced. To my ears at least.
  • Bass is not too loud or deep but detailed. The overall sound experience was fantastic.
CONS:
  • A bit heavy. I was able to feel the presure on the top of my head. Is not too heavy but after a couple of tracks it was unconfortable to use.
  • Too rigid. I got a headache for the presure on my ears, is just too much for me.
  • Sometimes i could hear only trough the left side, because the imput zone on the headphone was not quite secure, i had to play with the connector to hear the sound on both sides. A little touch on the headphone connector and the sound was gone on the right ear.
I guess that the clamp pressure will get loose after some use, but i am very concerned about the audio jack on the headphone. It's the only quality issue i have detected, and i don't wanna be moving the audio jack all the time to fix it. **This was mostly machine translator so forgive if sound weird to you.
Marcus22687
166
Oct 7, 2018
Headfonics review of the ESS 252 https://headfonics.com/ess-252-headphones-review/
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rslatara
276
Oct 5, 2018
Company's pushing these cans need to get review samples out to Joshua Valor, Metal571, DMS3 TV or Z Review.
ChumbWumba
165
Jan 2, 2019
I agree for sure... I enjoy and appreciate all of those reviewers for different reasons. Joshua Valor is typically spot for me as far as sound preferences go and I always enjoy the quality of the videos he produces!
kraken2109
2
Sep 30, 2018
How can nobody know if these are over-ear or on-ear? None of the reviews seem to mention this either!
AK770
33
Jan 1, 2019
+1 (VERY helpful)
The biggest weakness of both of ESS’s headphones are the pads. I just received my ESS 422h from Massdrop on Christmas Eve and they’re awful with the stock pads. I followed Zeos’ advice and swapped them with Shure 1540 pads and it completely transformed them, they’re awesome with those pads.
LX_Emergency
205
Sep 30, 2018
On ear or over ear?
bigcjm
35
Oct 3, 2018
Just got a pair in. these are on the tight side....
Daeronicus
129
Nov 17, 2018
On the tight side? They are on the alien facehugger side, they will grab your head to never let it go. It feels like the diadems want to touch each other through your brain.
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tsnoich
5
Sep 30, 2018
A well spent $99. Haven't finished breaking them in yet, but I'm very happy with the comfort and sound quality. I wanted a pair of (relatively) inexpensive headphones that would fold down and provide good sound while travelling. These work for me. I'm using them with a Hiby R6 using the 3.5mm jack and the Hiby has plenty of power to drive these.
Thank you so much for the measurements!
Maxxedout
18
Oct 6, 2018
Brainwavz oval pads will fit.
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