The company EarSonics is one of those rare producers IEM solutions, which can undoubtedly be called a brand, and the brand is not from China, that somehow, for some people it is important. Their models do not often come to my attention, but the more valuable the chance to tell you about the earphones to get the index of ES3.
The model takes in a number of EarSonics, acotr-middle position, using 3 emitter with the balanced anchor, connected via the same three-band crossover on the classical scheme: 1 WOOFER, 1 midrange and 1 tweeter. The happy, crossover made with “protection” from sources with high output impedance, which makes the selection of cords for this model. The price tag is certainly above a nameless China, price EarSonics ES3 is 36000 rubles, but these headphones are just an example of what you can get if you spend some money on R&D and not just with his body as much as possible drivers.
- Emitters: 3 x balanced armature
- Frequency range: 10 Hz – 20 kHz
- Sensitivity: 116 dB/mW
- Impedance: 31Ω
- Cable: interchangeable with duchenois connector
- Plug: 3.5 mm TRS
Packing and delivery
Box headphones compact enough, the French (yeah, EarSonics from France) it is not necessary to capture the imagination of luxury of pseudomarket, metal and wood. The inner box is opened suddenly, a shift in direction. In it you’ll find the headphones and included cable, as well as:
- two pairs of foam tips
- two pairs of silicone tips odnoplanovye
- duplancich two pairs of nozzles (needless to say that is also made of silicone?)
- cover for the snake
- cleaning tool
In General a good set of accessories, but without any frills.
Design and comfortable wearing
EarSonics adhere to its approach to the design of their headphones with one side not like the others, on the other — not allocated to any particular pretentiousness. The enclosures are made of glossy black plastic on faceplate — points plotted are the letters “ES” and the number 3, apparently so that users are not confused their 18 pairs of headphones, purchased from the company. The build quality came as well from the standpoint of reasonable sufficiency on the one hand, the junction of the halves of the case are well visible, the other screw connecting them shows that mechanical strength everything should be fine.
The headphones are a little thicker than average and a little closer to a square shape than most modern models. Due to the thickness of the developers have reduced the remaining dimensions, therefore the probability of landing in smaller ears than the IEM’s traditional oval shape. ES3 I got very good, although I have seen complaints on the Internet, so that the subjective factor there still has not been canceled.
Zvukovoy quite narrow and long so that the isolation is slightly above average, especially with dvuhventsovye nozzles. The only thing missing is the ledge for the best fit of the bits.
To connect the wires are very tight dukenuly connectors, and the cable is made in the same minimalistic manner as other parts of these headphones, it is not thick and is made in black silicone insulation. There are ear-hook with wire so they can bend a little under the manner of planting. In the cold the cable slightly harden, but he is not prone to tangling and is almost devoid of microphone effect. Of course, in this price range, would like the wire better, but nowadays a good replacement cord you can buy very inexpensive, I think many connoisseurs of branded submission will certainly do this. In addition, judging by the reviews, complete wire EarSonics have an enviable endurance, which is also enjoyable factor.
To listen following equipment was used.
- Yulong DA9 and Resonessence Labs Concero HP in the role of DAC and amplifier
- Apple MacBook Pro Retina 2016 as the source
- Fidelia in the role of player
- Lotoo PAW Gold, theBit OPUS#2, Astell&Kern, A&ultima SP1000 and the role of other portable players
- Recording high-resolution Lossless-formats (Dr. Chesky have The Ultimate Headphone Demonstration Disc and others)
Before listening headphones were heated for 48 hours, changes in the sound were observed.
Although I believe that AFC is not what is important in the assessment of headphones, but EarSonics is the case when the manufacturer can be identified by only one chart: slightly elevated bass, smooth middle and carefully “sculpted” high frequency gradually going down after 6 kHz. In sum, this gives a comfortable and warm serve thanks to the reinforcement of detail is not turning into a slurred mess as it would with a majority of purely dynamic models.
The bass sounds exactly as you expect from normal valves: it is dense, very detailed with nice textures, but it clearly rests on his place, not trying to massage the eardrums of the listener. Depth is good, but not extraordinary, which is as expected. Simply put — a great, natural boost for the same “natural” instruments and recordings.
The midrange is detailed, but absolutely smooth, without trying to do any accents. On the one hand, it gives many appreciate the lack of coloration, on the other — frustrating those who are used to the “wow effects” are achieved through the peaks (mostly on the upper middle frequencies). So high-quality material for these headphones highly recommended, they play exactly what is in the track, giving the listener all the nuances. An imaginary scene of volume, slightly larger than the average, and depth even a little more width, which particularly benefits the chamber records.
The upper frequency is made in the balance of two opposites: comfort and consideration. In General, the resolution and attack with the attenuation here is good, as well as naturalness. For a complex and well recorded tracks the “top” need more length, but on the other hand, for problematic records and those sensitive to treble such filing will come in handy.
To compare these headphones with something completely different from the sound (and there are models in this price segment — the majority) I don’t see the point, so let’s briefly walk only on comparable models.
EarSonics SM2 iFI “little brother” of the heroes of today’s review, with a similar flow, ES3 better resolution, especially on the upper half of the range, and better cope with the construction of an imaginary scene.
Nocturnal Audio Atlantis due to the greater length of the treble these headphones airy sound and better timbre play complex instruments. MIDs at Atlantis a little weightier, but less monitor, the same is true for the bass.
Shozy Audio Pentacle is Also generally similar to the flow model, but with a more extended treble and more accentuated bass. Midrange details from ES3, but at the expense of deliveries from Pentacle sometimes is a more effective presentation.
Due to the correction impedance, ES3 is not critical to the source, the main thing that he was quite detailed in order to emphasize the strengths of the model. Headphone sensitivity high, but it’s not kompensiruet lowest impedance, so the background noise will be clearly visible only on the most “outstanding” in the players.
If we talk about styles, I would recommend ES3 primarily for genres involving natural instruments and live vocals, but this is a matter of subjective preferences of the listener. The recording quality of the model is critical, but not beyond, the main thing for it — a good mixing and mastering. So on a 10-point scale of “picky” they get 7.
A few traditional tracks as example
Porcupine Tree — The Sound Of Muzak Excellent demonstration of detail in the midrange performance of the “core” team Stephen “king” Wilson: a rich melody full of small details, benefits greatly from a bit of warmth accented ES3.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Midnight Man Here don’t even know whether to write something about this track? I think it is enough to listen, and without further comment will become clear why he got into the selection name of the EarSonics. So just take and enjoy.
Bonobo — Kerala Example of electronic music that is suitable to the heroes of today’s review: no pumping bass, but with a delicious bass line, interesting MIDs and a very original main theme that benefit from the ability ES3 to build an imaginary scene.
A good model for those who want to get a detailed sound, but not at the expense of the ephemeral characteristic, which we like to call “musicality”. Additional, though not mandatory, a bonus is given to people who don’t like a sharp sound and emphasis on the upper frequencies.
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