Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 Lightweight Wood Clip-on Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Audio Technic's flagship headphones -- the worlds first wooden clip-on
- Housing made of Japans finest Hokkaido cherry wood
- Sliding "ear-fitting mechanism" ensures a comfortable fit
- Soft rubber support and large ear hanger reduce ear fatigue
- 28mm Neodymium driver
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Package Contents:ATH-EW9 Adjustable Wooden Clip-on Headphones, 1m extension cord & protective pouch The ATH-EW9 Adjustable Wooden Clip-on Headphones are show-stoppers. These dynamic headphones offer a secure, comfortable ear-fitting design and an innovative sliding axis for easy adjustment and a truly custom fit. The earphones swivel open and click into place, on a sleek vertical hinge. The impressive 28 mm neodymium magnets project powerful sound, while offering a truly custom fit. Wooden housing made of Japan's finest Hokkaido cherry gives you superior build quality and finish. The comfortable clip-on design with soft rubber support loops and large ear hangers enables long hours of listening without fatigue. These earphones look distinctive and great. They also deliver superb comfort and outstanding sound. It's time you moved up to Audio Technica ATH-EW9. Cable - 24 in. (0.6m), asymmetrical Sensitivity - 105 dB/mW at 1 kHz Maximum Input Power - 100 mW Impedance - 29 ohms Frequency Response - 14Hz-24 KHz Weight - 33g
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Eventually I decided as long as they weren't worse than the Koss's, they would do the job with with an upgrade in style. I mean come on, wood enclosures? That's just awesome! And considering Amazon was selling them for less than half their retail price, it also felt like a darn good deal.
Well, now I have them and I'm thoroughly impressed. If that's all you needed to hear you can stop reading and buy these. Unless you're a mega-audiophile snob, you won't be disappointed.
Ok, so now let's take the review step by step:
Fit - If you've ever used clip-on headphones, you'll usually note a couple of issues. First, the shape of the clip can affect the wear comfort a lot. Rigid clips end up digging into the ear making it impossible to wear for a long time. Second, it's often the case that to make them comfortable you have to wear them a bit loose so that they don't press on your ears too much. Unfortunately, this makes them unstable and unfit for moving around even a little. Fit them too tight and they are a hassle to get on and off. Third, if you wear glasses like me, you soon find that clip-ons take up a bit of room on your ear, making it impossible to wear bent stem frames. I was fortunate that I wear straight stem frames, so I only had to move the stem up and rest it on the clip-ons. Most of the time this worked fine, but it does skew your vision.
Well, the ATH-EW9 solve all of these issues. The clips are made of soft flexible rubber suspended by a wire. You never feel the wire and the rubber just forms around your ear. The pad in front of the speaker is a soft cloth-covered memory-type foam. Next, the clip is on a spring load so they open and close clam-like, giving easy on-off action. Lastly, my glasses and the clips fit well together on my ear; I barely know they're near each other. The weight is a feather. When I put these on, having used the Koss's, I felt like I didn't even have them on.
Sound - In a word: "clear". In two: "clear" and "powerful". Unless you're a bass-head, you'll find the max power output of these 28mm drivers seriously louder than is comfortable. The bass is clean and tonal and is capable of pounding a little bit, though not head rattling. They are also not completely closed, having side vents porting the back of the diaphram. This seems to help make the sound crisp without being tinny and effects a wider sound stage.
All in all I'm really glad I got them. They are very stylish and sound as good as I'd expect from such lightweight headphones.
I've now had and used the ATH-EW9's almost daily for three years. I still love them! No matter how many portable headphones I try, nothing holds up in this price range. They've gotten even better with age. The one issue I had was that the ear supports began to get stretched out from hours of continuous use. Not a big issue. But when (last May) I busted the connection to the left speaker I decided to have them serviced (I'm pretty rough on these because; I forget I'm wearing them and hook the wire on something, which yanks them off my ears). I shipped them to an Audio-Technica repair shop. $46 and a week later I got my babies back with new cables and ear supports. Awesome, I'll never give these up!
So, I've owned these headphones for five years now and aside from the wire repair I had done in 2011 they have continued to perform flawlessly. They are still my daily wears. They still sound sweet. They're still perfectly comfortable. And they still look great! I will post a picture of their current condition so you can see for yourself. Despite constant use, the wooden housing shows very little wear. The only real difference is that the black paint on the wire supports has worn off over time. So, all I can say is I still love these headphones. If I ever lost them, and I've come close a couple times, I would panic and hunt down another pair immediately (which can be tricky as they aren't always available).
After rereading my original post (and fixing some of my grammar...) there's one other detail I never mentioned: the two part cable. It's one of the small features I've come to use a lot. The fact that the cable to the headphones is shorter and comes with an extension is simply great. As I've moved from iPods to iPhones for daily listening this has become a huge advantage. One, it allows me to choose whether I want my device in my pants pocket or shirt pocket. Two, it allows me to add an iPhone mic/remote without 3 feet of extra cable (current favorite is the FiiO Rocky). So, a small feature with practical use.
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