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Oh my, these were definitely worth the wait and the money, of course. I listen to a lot of female vocals and the ESP/95x really makes them shine! They're so lightweight and comfortable, I can wear them for as long as I want without becoming uncomfortable. I know the main critique of the ESP/95x is the lack of bass, but honestly, I listen to my fair share of Hip-Hop and they do just fine with low end, I'm not missing anything. They have a very balanced sound signature, so to say they lack bass is not accurate in my opinion. If you're not a "bass head", but you were holding off on these due to the reported meager amount of it, I'd reconsider that decision. Separation is outstanding, no sibilance or harshness within the high-end, and the imaging is quite good too, but to be honest I was hoping it was going to be a bit better. Eventually, I know I'll get an adapter to use these with a different Energizer/Amp (since that supposedly takes them to another level), but for now they're definitely good enough so there is no rush.
Headphones I have for comparison:
OPPO PM-3 (Planar Magnetic): ESP/95x have equivalent amount of bass, along with greater detail and better imaging, but where they truly shine over them is the "full body" sound, where as the OPPO PM-3 can sound almost thin.
Master & Dynamic MH40: The MH40 boast a truly "fun" listening experience, but they are outperformed by the ESP/95x in every other category.
Mitchell & Johnson GL2: There's no real comparison to be made against the GL2 Electrostatz drivers - ESP/95x are just so much better in every way.
Sennheiser HD 58X: That Sennheiser "veil" becomes abundantly apparent when comparing them to the ESP/95X.
AKG K7XX: No real comparison to the ESP/95X.
V-MODA Crossfade M-100
Philips Fidelio L1
How do they compare to the Fidelio L1, and the Philips SPH9500 in highs, mids, lows, soundstage and imaging, and maybe gaming.
So for the Fidelio L1 I can't do one on one comparison as I sold them, wasn't too impressed and actually Philips SPH9500 were my daily drivers, alongside HD 58x before ESP95X. In comparison to Philips SPH9500, their overall sound signature is very similar, but the ESP95x do all of those things significantly better. Example, the SPH9500 can at times have harsh/peaky highs, the ESP95x has none despite a very similar reproduction of highs. Mids and lows are the same respectively, the mids on the ESP95x are its strongest attribute, and the lows have a characteristic to them I can't quite explain, almost like you can actually hear the subtle acoustic qualities (and differences) of those low frequencies. Where the SPH9500 can become muddy or sound too busy, the ESP95x will separate all of that noise so well. The ESP95x do a great job highlighting the flaws of headphones like SPH9500. The imaging is a bit better in the ESP95x, but this was where they were the most similar. Let me say this, if you enjoy the Philips SPH9500 (like use them frequently) the ESP95x are exactly the sound signature you would enjoy (at least I don't see how you wouldn't considering how similar the tuning between the two are). And for gaming, unfortunately idk, I don't game. Hope that helps!
thank you for that excellent reply, i am walking distance from the koss factory, so i will consider them.