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BLUF: Good headphones and at a nice entry price for Electrostatic headphones. While build quality leaves some things to be desired, sound quality is very good. They aren't going to beat out some of the costlier electrostatics but are good for those with a limited wallet or not wanting to drop $800+ on equipment.
Sound: A-; Clarity and imaging are the two things I like most with these. I like that these headphones can provide that vocal clarity with enough fullness/emphasis that it doesn't sound thin like some other headphones. There's a track I like to play (Double Trouble by The Roots) that has Black Thought and Mos Def on opposite sides of your head, this headphone blew me away with how could feel the difference in their location. Now, speaking of Hip Hop... the bass is, Electrostatic like... and not going to wow anyone over dynamics or planars. I thought it felt more impactful than some Stax I've heard but the "little engine that could" than anything else. They certainly have the speed that this type of headphone is known for having and seem mostly effortless in reproducing sound (outside of the low end)
Build: C-; Okay, here's where I'm a bit mixed. They're light and mostly comfortable for me but they feel a bit like cheaper plastic build (not nearly as bad as those M&J headphones Massdrop sells). After my experiences with the Hifiman 560s and the pro shatter yokes they have, it scares me a bit. Not a huge fan of the separate volume controls.
These are a solid pair of headphones. My only concern is durability and will have to wait and see on that. These are a good entry into Electrostatic at the $500 price point for an entire system and I'd recommend them to the "value" buyer who wants to own electrostatic headphones (earspeakers or whatever) or to the person who is wary about these type of headphones but want to have a pair to play with (that's me). If you primarily listen to Hip Hop, EDM, R&B, Reggae, or stuff with a lot of low end... these probably aren't for you or won't be your primary driver but could be fun to play with. If you like clear, present vocals, you'll love these. I'd give them a B+ overall.
They do have a lifetime warranty though
Yep, that helps. I haven't seen many complaints about breaking yet so we'll see.
The only thing I’ve heard was from the original esp 950 and that was that every few years the energizer may need replacement but the actual headphones have has no problems
Mine just broke. E/90X packed up.. Loud clicking noises at about 125bpm.
Only had them 3 months.