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Able Planet PS500MM Headphones Review

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Audio Technica ATH ESW9 Comparison

 

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classy set of headphones.

• ATH-ESW9s have classier

audio quality.

• ATH-ESW9s are slightly less

comfortable. We therefore assume discomfort is classy.

• ATH-ESW9s have a premium

price to keep non-classy individuals from purchasing them.

 
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Design


The ATH-ESW9s are swanky looking and feature a slightly better

construction overall.

 

Aesthetics

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PS500MM

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Audio-Technica

ATH-ESW9

 

Sound Quality


Like some of the other comparisons, neither the PS500MMs nor the

ATH-ESW9s have pristine high-ends. The ATH-ESW9s botch their high-end

less than the PS500MMs.

 

Frequency

Response

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PS500MM

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Audio-Technica

ATH-ESW9

Again, distortion won't be an issue for either set of heapdhones.

 

Distortion

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PS500MM

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Audio-Technica

ATH-ESW9

The ATH-ESW9s have no issues below the 7kHz mark, whereas the PS500MMs

have a significant spike.

 

Tracking

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PS500MM

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Audio-Technica

ATH-ESW9

 

Isolation


Neither set of headphones do much to isolate you from outside sound:

both only block a small amout of high frequency noise, but let through

a lot of low frequency rumbles.

 

Isolation

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PS500MM

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Audio-Technica

ATH-ESW9

 

Comfort


We thought the PS500MMs were a bit odd initially, with their tiny

ear pads. The ATH-ESW9s were also uncomfortable, due to their tight

fit. Unlike the PS500MMs, however, we thought the ATH-ESW9s got less

comfortable over time.

 

Verdict


Unless you're looking for incredible audio quality, we'd recommend

the PS500MMs for gamers. For your purposes, gamer, the ATH-ESW9s are

too expensive and don't come with the convenient mic.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Apple iPhone 3G S Headphones Comparison
  7. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Comparison
  8. Shure SE115 Comparison
  9. Audio Technica ATH ESW9 Comparison
  10. Conclusion
  11. Ratings & Specs
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