Audio-Technica ESW11LTD Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Audio-Technica Model ESW11LTD
Headphone Type Closed Supraaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 184 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Wood Isolation (dB) 8
Impedance (ohms) 44 Cable Length (cm) 120
Frequency Response (Hz) 5 - 42000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$700
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 6.0 Bass Impact 7.0
Bass Quality 8.0 Mids Quality 6.0
Highs Quality 4.0 Soundstage 6.0
Detail 6.0 Portability 8.0
Isolation 5.0 Comfort 6.0
Durability 5.0 Improvement With Amplification 5.0
Value for Money 2.0    
Overall Score 5.7 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Senior Member dalethorn on 14 Nov 15  15:00
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality6
Highs Quality4

Given that the ESW9a sells for $200 on average and this ESW11Ltd for $700, and the ESW9a sounds as good or better, the value for $700 here isn't good. The highs are somewhat peaky making techno, electronic, and some pop music difficult to listen to at full volume. Worse yet, the highs take a dive above 10 khz so that a lot of harmonics go missing. Even sibilants sound cut off on the high end. With a careful treble boost the sound becomes near-hi-fi and enjoyable, comparing to the better hi-fi headphones. The finish and fit are very nice, but I can't judge how the sound quality is affected by the wood cups since the highs are so recessed.

Edit 28 Jan.2013: I reduced the bass impact rating a bit, but I especially wanted to note that this is not a bassy headphone in any sense - the overall signature is only slightly warm.