I’m always on the prowl for a good pair of cans. With the right pair of headphones, audio nirvana is never far away. The Audio Technica ATH-ES7 recently caught my eye. I seldom give headphones that are referred to as “ultra sleek” the time of day. Call it audiophile prejudice if you must, but most “ultra sleek” cans suck. Headphones work like speakers, in fact you can essentially think of them as miniature speakers. To keep it rudimentary, speakers work by moving air. The larger area of air being moved, the more impressive the sound will be. Hence, the larger the speakers, the bigger and more dynamic the sound will be. It’s simple physics that cannot be disputed. Headphones work the same way. This is generally speaking however. Technology moves at a rapid pace, and while studio monitor headphones will always reign supreme for fidelity, they aren’t exactly portable.
So then, what makes the ATH-ES7 different from all the other sleek headphones that deliver plenty of style, but little in the way of fidelity? Well, to begin with, the ATH-ES7 incorporates a fold-flat design. Audio Technica claims the ATH-ES7 provides a deeper, richer sound and better isolation than your run of the mill set of cans. From the pair I heard, I would agree. It has a warm, rich sound with an excellent mid-range. The bass is adequate. Overall, they are a solid pair of cans for the money.