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Audio-Technica ATH-ES7 Portable Headphones, Black

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  • Ultra-sleek, contemporary portable headphones with fold-flat design
  • 42mm drivers for clear reproduction
  • Luxurious ear cushions for maximum comfort and isolation
  • 4-foot cord; gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini-plug
  • Includes protective pouch and cleaning cloth

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Product Description

Product Description

The Audio Technica ATHES7 Headphones blend an ultra-sleek contemporary stainless steel design and outstanding acoustic performance. This fold-flat design delivers impactful sound, exceptional isolation, efficient signal transfer, and a secure, comfortable fit.

Audio-Technica's ATH-ES7 headphones blend ultra-sleek contemporary design and outstanding acoustic performance. Featuring an attractive stainless-steel housing and fold-flat design, they deliver impactful sound (42mm drivers), exceptional isolation, efficient signal transfer (CCAW voice coils), and a comfortable fit. They also offer luxurious ear cushions for maximum comfort and isolation, a 4-foot cord, and bold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini-plug.


  • Type: Dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 42mm
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice Coil: Copper clad aluminum wire
  • Frequency Response: 5 - 30,000 Hz
  • Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Weight: 160 g (5.6 oz)
  • Cable: 1.2 m (4 ft), OFC, Y-type
  • Connector: 3.5mm (1/8-inch) mini stereo, gold-plated
  • Accessories included: Protective pouch; cleaning cloth

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000R0TPQ8
  • Item model number: AUD ATHES7 BK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,913 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at July 30, 2004

Customer Reviews

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonym on April 9, 2008
The Audio Technica ES7 does so many things right that you gradually realize that it's quite special.

= The ES7 can be worn like an ordinary headphone, then folded flat for storage in a backpack or briefcase. Few portables allow this kind of versatility. It's well made enough that it's clearly designed to last.
= These are closed headphones - so your music is kept private (for the most part, anyway). They offer considerably more privacy than open headphones like Grados, which are excellent in their own right. Don't expect, however, for the ES7 to filter out external sounds. These are not "noise-reduction" headphones.
= Sound quality is surprising. The bass is solid but not fully controlled; however, the highs are sweet and subtle, lacking any hint of sibilance. With most music, it's a sound signature that gives the music a certain life and energy, and excels particularly with rock genres.
= The ear cups have a stunning, mirror finish on the outside - not unlike the back of an iPod. This potentially a magnet for scratches, so it's advisable to make a Best Skins Ever cover to keep it in top condition.
= Using the ES7 for the first time, you may find that it curves around your head like a halo. However, by shaping the cable, it looks and feels more relaxed.
= Be cautious of cheap bootlegged versions of this headphone, usually for sale on eBay for irresistible prices. This headphone has been the victim of fakes, so refuse to buy new products that lack the ES7 box, gray velour slipcase, and literature.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ZoomDoc on December 7, 2008
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As i have said in previous reviews, the only way to adequately evaluate a pair of headphones is to own quite a few for a long time. This way you have some valid ground for comparison. If this is you're first venture into quality phones then of course you'll rate them highly but compared to what?
As far as portable low impedance headphones go these are some of the best I've heard. The burn in period is short. Sonically these can crank out some addicting sounds. They are light easy to adjust and can be worn for long periods. When you start listening to music with these it's hard to put them down. These have everything you want in a portable headphone. I use these primarily with my computer and ipod and these seem to have the ability to make the music sound better. The highs and midrange performance is excellent and the bass response kicks butt. They are a little pricey but I own some Shure in ear headphones that cost nearly 500 dollars and these can go
toe to toe with them. I like the fact that you can still hear ambient noise while listening to music so you will hear the telephone ring, your kids crying or a knock at the door. Surprising sonic bliss.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mitch L. Goldman on February 10, 2008
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These 'phones are amazing. I looked for months for phones to optimize my Ipod experience. I don't have a problem with the apple earbuds but wanted something much better. I considered noise cancelling phones but they are very expensive. after much research i found this model. Many stores charge over 200 for them (they list at 250) but Beach Audio on Amazon only charged 108 including the shipping, and they were a pleasure to deal with.

The sound is deep and rich. The phones kill ambient noise very effectively...i can't imagine noise cancelling phones doing much more to eliminate room noise. You can leave your pod EQ on flat or off and the phones deliver rich deep bass, very crisp highs, and a nice balance. They are light and easy to travel with; the ear sections fold flat and they slip easily into the included drawstring bag. I did take a day or two to get used to the feel of them (they have a bit more tension against your head than i expected so i had a day or so of "ear fatigue" but i quickly got used to them).

I can't say enough great things about these phones. If you're looking for phones for portable devices, a set that's light and portable but still delivers great sound, and you don't wanna shell out 300 for noise cancelling phones, this set from this vendor is a killer combination.

If I lost mine tomorrow, I'd order another pair from Amazon/Beach Audio in a heartbeat. I wouldn't be without them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Socksfan on June 17, 2009
These are the best headphones I've owned, though as is said before, that is completely subjective and will of course change from owner to owner. These are not my first headphones since upgrading from stock earbuds, but the difference I saw in these from my previous pair was just about the same amount of shock I felt when I tried on my first pair of $50 cans.

When trying these out for the first time, I was disappointed in the sound quality in relation to the relatively steep price tag. It sounded somewhat tinny, and the bass was all over the place; it was quite appalling, really. I knew that the things would need burning in, and after just 30 hours of repeated pink noise, these things are coming into a league of their own - in a good way. The "tinny-ness" has all but gone away, and I can feel the bass starting to tighten up. I find it to give off a nice rich sound. I've read somewhere that these 'phones start to really shine after their burn-in period goes over the 100 hour mark, and I am excited to hear my pair when they reach that point. Just as a caveat, they do block sound well, but not well enough for use on the road, like in a bus or car. I haven't tried these on a plane yet, but I have little faith if they don't cut it out for the road. These are great for inside use, and outside use with little ambience. They do leak sound, but not really enough to be discomforting to people that lay around your "personal space".

The cups themselves are quite small, even for my small ears which is unfortunate because they end up being on-ear cups that are attached to a headband that exerts far too much pressure on the ears.
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