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After years of engineering, material sourcing, and research, ES Lab presents their first ever closed dynamic headphone: the ES-R10, a complete replica of the legendary Sony MDR-R10. Offering the ultimate user experience, identical to the original MDR-R10 in terms of presentation, comfort, and aesthetic, making an all-time legend and pinnacle in the headphone industry within reach once again!
“In our research roadmap, we measured every component in the original MDR-R10 and recreate each of them with modern technology and resources with minimal modification. Not only the signature wood housing, ES-R10 preserves most details that are on the driver, cable, earpads, headband and in the internal structures, making the assembly process delicate and precise.”
– ES Lab Found & Head Engineer
The ES Lab ES-R10 masterfully captures the magic, detail and naturalness of the original, while offering outstanding comfort an a unique timeless aesthetic. If your looking for a comfortable closed back headphone with an engaging presentation we recommend pairing the ES-R10 with our GS-X Mini amplifier and the Chord Qutest DAC for an incredible audio system.
There have been many controversial opinions regarding the original MDR-R10's performance and whether it can stand up to its reputation due to its 30 years of aging and material deterioration. Most of the remaining MDR-R10 still in existence suffer from degrading foam, stiffening of the earpads, and diaphragms that are losing structural integrity. Only a few lucky enough to own a well-preserved MDR-R10 can hear its true performance. What most people hear in the present time is often a presentation with weakened bass and pronounced treble.
ES Lab's only goal in tuning the ES-R10 is to replicate the original MDR-R10 without any bits of additional coloration. To achieve this, the ES-R10 was compared to multiple MDR-R10 with varying conditions and serial numbers, including one with a pair of brand-new original sound absorption foam installed. Through the ES-R10, people could hear how the MDR-R10 sounds as if it is straight out of the factory with the aging factors excluded: balanced and neutral. In fact, some have claimed the ES-R10 exceeds the original's performance, thanks in part to the results of fruitful research applied to execute a classic design with modern materials.
• ES Lab R-10 Headphone
• Paulownia Carrying Case
• 2m Triple-C 4 Core Cable
• Driver: 50mm Bio-Cellulose Dynamic Driver
• Less than 0.03% THD,ref. 1KHz at 94dB
• Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
• Impendence: 36 Ohm
• Sensitivity: 103dB/mW
• Maximum Power Capacity: 1000mW
• Weight with cable: 520g