ATH-WS55

Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones

MSRP* US$99.95
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview

    The ATH-WS55 Solid Bass headphones deliver incredibly full and textured bass, along with the astonishing clarity and fidelity for which Audio-Technica is renowned. Audio-Technicaís sophisticated driver technology and superior components deliver exceptional power handling, maintaining clarity of sound throughout their extended range. The headphones feature 40 mm drivers for powerful sound and efficient signal transfer.
  • Features


    • Solid Bass System with new double air chamber reproduces richer and deeper bass

    • Acoustically sealed oval earpads help prevent sound leakage

    • Smooth, easily adjustable headband slider ensures a comfortable fit

    • 40 mm drivers reproduce powerful sound

    • Foldable headphones are easy to store and carry

    • Available in black (ATH-WS55BK) and red/black (ATH-WS55BRD)

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back Dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    Frequency Response10 - 24,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power500 mW
    Sensitivity100 dB/mW
    Impedance40 ohms
    Weight165 g
    Cable1.2 m Y-type
    Connector3.5mm L-type, mini-stereo, gold-plated



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  • Reviews

    ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones 4.7 5 10 10
    Exceptional OK Add me to the Skeptical list. I am always in search for better cans it seems. When I got these, I was instantly amazed. The high end is nice, clear, but not bright. The Bass in these blows that other set away. By far, it's nice, low, deep. Not rattle-some. (It doesn't over shake the cans.). The response is nice and clear, and the audio is not fatiguing to the ear. (A very often problem I have with cans). These are by far the best cans I have purchased and can't recommend these enough to others. My only draw back is they do get a little uncomfortable if you're listening for a while. April 19, 2014
    Awesome Casual Headphones I've had these headphones for casual use for the better part of 3 years after getting upset about going through a pair of cheaper headphones once a year, and they still work amazing. The audio quality on the higher notes on this pair has always suffered from a small amount of noise, but that generally happens with ipods (I should have bought the more compatible version). But all in all this was a great buy that has lasted a long while even when used for many hours daily. March 3, 2014
    Great quality, but not very durable I've had these headphones for about 6 months, and i must say- these are my favorite headphones that I have bought to date. Sound quality is excellent, and I love how light they are. However, they are not quite as durable as I had hoped. One side has lost audio, and the pads on the side have flattened, making them slightly less comfortable. Overall, I would reccomend these, but if you have another 50 dollars or so to invest, I would say to go with the ATH-M50 or ATH-M50x. February 16, 2014
    Great pair of headphones, one major flaw. I got these headphones today for a really good price and they exceeded my expectations. The bass is very responsive and boomy, but not overpowering. I had a bass boost equalizer and another equalizer set to boost bass and bass boost along side those two equalizers running and I got some very good bass on my MP3 player at max volume. I have yet to try it on my computer (will edit later when I do if at all possible), but judging by the results from the MP3 player I should see some very good bass, especially without an amplifier. The mids and highs were good, I really don't pay attention to those, but I expect you can get a decently balanced sound, but this will lean towards the bass side of the spectrum as this is enhanced for bass. They are comfortable despite the lack of padding at the top, and they fit nicely on my ears, but they do no go over my ears and my ears are a medium size. They are very lightweight so the amount of padding is more than sufficient. Because of the way these fit they seem to get rid of all the leakage. When the volume is up on maximum on my MP3 player and the bass is up the bass was noticeable in a very quiet room, but it's so insignificant someone would have to be next to you to notice, so the leakage is handled VERY well. My main concern is build quality. The build quality on these are very bad. You could be more rough with baby than with this. The cords seem loose, the plastic seems easily breakable, the cups seem to be easy to break, and the adjustment module seems weak. The only plus to the build quality is the metal headband, but that's not too significant. I would avoid these if you will use these for hours on end every day, but then again the warranty should suffice. My only other grips is the dual cords, they should have went with a single cord but this isn't too bad of a con. Overall I would recommend this if you're careful with it, but Audio Technica needs to try harder when it comes to build quality on these. September 27, 2013
    A Real Treat Pros: Very tight and controlled bass, energetic treble, excellent cup swiveling feature for portable functionality, makes electronic music come alive Cons: Strong clamping force at first, build feels a bit fragile, V-Shaped signature not best for mid-centric music, treble can get a bit splashy I was a bit skeptical at first about how these would sound, but when I put them on and started listening, I was instantly blown away. These headphones really make electronic music shine, especially with more atmospheric songs. DnB, electro and dubstep are perfectly reproduced. However, these don't just make electronic music sound incredible, but everything I tried with them sounded incredible; from Mozart, to Styx, all the way to Skrillex, Rchetype and back. The Audio-Technica Solid Bass WS55 stands up to its name. These have some of the most controlled and detailed bass that I've heard, especially for a bass-heavy headphone. It is deep, impactful, and extends quite well. Even with a major bass boost from an EQ or an amplifier, the bass stays controlled. Build is a bit iffy. Overall, it feels a bit fragile, like it might crack if I were to accidentally drop it onto a hard floor. The back of the cups are made of a nice aluminum with the Audio-Technica logo standing out. These are excellent for portable use. The swiveling cups allow someone to simply turn the cup and listen to someone talk on either side of them. I find it very useful. Comfort may depend on the person's head, but I found these to be a bit uncomfortable at first. The clamping force is really strong until you stretch it out a bit.Only took me a couple minutes of stretching to make them more comfortable for me. The signature on these is more or less a V-shaped signature, but there's more upper-mid presence than I normally find with V-shaped headphones, so vocals don't really sound distant. Separation is overall average with these. It's limited by the smaller cups. Soundstage is also average. I wouldn't describe it as too congested, but it's not to spacey. I find there to be a bit more depth than width. Bass - As stated earlier, the bass is very controlled and tight. It is really magnificent. Some of the best bass I've heard yet. Subbass extension is excellent. Mids - Mids aren't too prevalent on these, but they're clean, clear, and overall a good presentation from them. Treble - My favorite part of these headphones is the treble. It is energetic, lively, and sparkly, while not being sibilant or harsh. It can get a bit splashy with certain cymbals, though, but not too much. There's a good amount of detail provided here, but nothing to write home about. Overall - I would recommend these headphones to anyone looking for something bass-heavy and clean-sounding to use on the go; especially someone that listens to a lot of electronic music. Build could be a bit better. Truly outstanding sounding headphones. March 24, 2013
    Better than Beats. Reasons why you should buy this over the Dr.Dre Beats. first thing that was wrong with the Beats was that it let the music out of the headphones. with the WS55's, the beat stays in your headphones(even with high volume.). The Beats are huge and easy to break. I break products really easily. I have had the Ws55's for a year now and not one problem has occurred. If you are looking for the Bass that just makes you headphones break and vibrate, then this is not the headphones for you. The bass on these headphones are punchy and greatly responsive. The high the mids and the low basses are amazingly handled with the speakers. overall it is a GREAT product. December 10, 2012
    Amazing Headphones! At first I was skeptical in buying a pair of headphones from a company I have never heard of, but after reading so many positive reviews I had to try them out. The headphones are extremely comfortable as well as light. I can wear these headphones for hours without feeling tightness or pain in my ears. The highs are perfect and the bass is rich and deep. I have compared these headphones to Beats and Ludacris headphones and it exceeds their quality by far! For over half the price! I would recommend these headphones to anyone who wants to experience a quality sound for cheap! November 3, 2012
    This product has completely FLAWLESS sound quality. The bass is kickin and the sound quality is flawless. It truly brings out everything you would want in headphones. The headphones are very comfortable too. GET AUDIO TECHNICA! June 20, 2012
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    I'm not 100% sure but I'm 96% sure that they go AROUND ear meaning they touch the sides of your head. Your Welcome. Hope I helped.
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    The ATH-WS55 Solid Bass headphones are actually a little of both. While some may find the padding sits more on-the-ear, they are large enough to be considered and feel like an over-the-ear model.
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    Thank you for your inquery. Audio-Technica uses the term Over-The-Ear too mean the ear fits completely inside the ear cup. We use On-The-Ear to mean to mean they set on top of the ear.
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    like listening to other music that doesn't need crazy bass will the bass be too much or will it sound good?
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    These headphones make all music that is recorded well sound fantastic. I listen to jazz, classical, and a wide variety of other music with these headphones and everything is crystal clear and I feel as if I'm in the recording studio with the musician(s).
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    I was worried about the same problem too. The headphones do not ruin songs. these headphones are good for any type of music. (especially dubstep)
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    Thank you for your inquiry. These can be used for many types of music. Many recordings are produced with very heavy bass and others are produced without enhanced bass. These headphones will reproduce it if it is there, but will not create it if it isn't there. Also, you should be able to adjust the EQ on your playback device to meet your need.
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    Im much of a basshead and im wondering if theres a slight or a big difference between bass on these and or on the pro700mk2
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    There isn't too much of a difference but the Ath-w55 have better bass and it's noticeable.Your Welcome.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-Pro700MK2 would have more of the end you are looking for.
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    Are they noise canceling?

    If I'm on a plane will I hear a lot of the engine sound or will a lot of that be blocked out?
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    These headphones were not intended for noise cancelling. But the headphones block out most to all the sound around you if you turn up the music. I use it in buses and airplanes too. It might as well be noise cancelling.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. These do not have active noise canceling circuitry. They do have a degree of passive isolation, but mostly with high frequencies. My guess is you will still hear some of the engine noise since that is mostly low frequency content.
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    I live in Louisiana where Bass Heads are not that common. I would like to listen to my jumpstyle and hardstyle loud without people hearing it.

    and yes i am a shy person.
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    I listen to both genres that you are asking about and I tend to listen to my music on my ipod at least 3 notches above halfway and while sitting on a bus people next to me are oblivious to my music, the isolation is great with these headphones I would definitely consider buying them!
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    The isolation of the WS55 is quite excellent. There is comparatively low sound leakage at high volume. I would venture to say that any headphone, be it A-T or not, would have some sound leakage at high volume.

    Open-Back headphones tend to have a lot of leakage, whereas Closed-Back (like the WS55) has very limited leakage. I just completed this test right now with the WS55 and experienced little sound leakage at max volume.
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