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.

  • over ear headphone


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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-Technica’s 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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    Audio-TechnicaATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    • Casual listening (9)
    • Travel (9)
    • Office (6)
    • Sports/exercise (5)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)

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    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    1.0

    Plastic Creaks

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    from Mpls. MN

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

          If you listen at low to moderate volume, every time you turn your head the plastic makes creaking sounds. So unless you listen totally motionless, the noise the headphones make will drive you crazy.

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          5.0

          Exceptional

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          from Quincy, MA

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          Pros

          • Bass
          • Clear
          • Quality
          • response

          Cons

          • a little uncomfortable after hours of wearing

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

            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.

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            • Up to a year
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            5.0

            Awesome Casual Headphones

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            from Eugene, OR, USA

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            Pros

            • Casual Listening
            • Office
            • Travel

            Cons

            • a bit of audible noise on the higher registers

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear 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.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Casual listening
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Audiophile
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              • Over a year
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              3.0

              Great quality, but not very durable

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              Pros

              • Casual Listening
              • Lightweight
              • Office
              • Sports/Exercise
              • Travel

              Cons

              • Not very durable
              • Slightly Uncomfortable

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

                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.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Casual listening
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                • Casual Listener
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                • Up to a year
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                4.0

                Great pair of headphones, one major flaw.

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                from Illinois, USA

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                Pros

                • Bass
                • Casual Listening
                • Sports/Exercise
                • Travel

                Cons

                • Bad build quality
                • dual cords

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

                  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.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Computer
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • Intermediate
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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  A Real Treat

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                  from Sanborn, Cambria, NY 14132, USA

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                  Pros

                  • Casual Listening
                  • DJ
                  • Office
                  • Sports/Exercise
                  • Travel

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

                      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.

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                      • Other
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                      • Audiophile
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                      • Less than a month
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                      5.0

                      Better than Beats.

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                      from Shreveport, LA, USA

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                      Pros

                      • Casual Listening
                      • Gaming
                      • Office
                      • school
                      • Sports/Exercise
                      • Travel

                      Cons

                      • no bag to carry the headphones

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

                        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.

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                        • Casual listening
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                        • Audiophile
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                        • Up to a year
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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing Headphones!

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                        from Illinois

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                        Pros

                        • Casual Listening
                        • Comfortable
                        • DJ
                        • Lightweight
                        • Travel

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear 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!

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Casual listening
                            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                            • Intermediate
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                            • Over a year
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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            This product has completely FLAWLESS sound quality.

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                            from Chi, Illinois

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                            Pros

                            • Casual Listening
                            • DJ
                            • Film/Video Production
                            • Gaming
                            • Office
                            • Other
                            • Sports/Exercise
                            • Studio
                            • Travel

                            Cons

                            • Nothing bad

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

                              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!

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Professional audio
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                              • Audiophile
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                              • Up to a year
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                              5.0

                              Clear and precise

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                              Pros

                              • Casual Listening
                              • Office
                              • Travel

                              Cons

                              • not made for extra long use

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                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

                                These headphones are amazingly clear, not only do you get a deep punchy bassline in dubstep, or hip hop, but when you switch to classical it is an incredibly sweet and full sound, these put my friends 300 dollar headphones to shame, I highly recommend these to anyone that considers themselves a basshead, or to anyone that just enjoys incredibly rich and complete sound

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                                • Casual listening
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                                • Intermediate
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                                • Less than a month
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                                • Q:

                                  Are these headphones compatible with android?

                                  I have a htc one m8 and I was wondering if they are compatible with them. Thanks in advance.
                                  Asked on 6/18/2014 by MattO from Reno, NV, USA

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                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. The will work fine for listening to music, but please note there is no controls for the phone.

                                    Answered on 6/19/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  WS55 or WS77

                                  Which of the two headphones are more comfortable?
                                  Asked on 8/18/2013 by TheBass

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                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. I personally think the ATH-WS77 is more comfortable. The ear cups are larger in size and fit better over the ear.

                                    Answered on 8/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Are alternative earpads available?

                                  I am enjoying these headphones, but I find that the earpads are not as comfortable as I would like them to be. Are there any alternative earpads available?
                                  Asked on 8/17/2013 by waveclimb from San Diego, CA, USA

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. We do not manufacture other ear pads for this headphone.

                                    Answered on 8/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Amped/Unamped

                                  I am using an older creative zen, is it strong enough to power these phones? Will these headphones work fine on an iPhone or will they need a more recent mp3 player or portable amplifier? Will they also need to be "burned-in"?
                                  Asked on 7/22/2013 by fero from Florida, USA

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                                  • A:

                                    Both the Creative ZEN MP3 Player and the iPhone are reported to have good sound quality and ample headphone power. Paired with the fairly high sensitivity (100 dB/mW) and low impedance (40 ohms) of the ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Headphones, you should reach more than sufficent volume levels without taxing either devices headphone amplifier. The addition of a good quality dedicated Headphone Amplifier can be of benefit however. Sound quality is typically improved and the battery life of the music players battery may be extended. We have no established or suggested "burn-in" procedures or times for our headphones.

                                    Answered on 7/31/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                                • Q:

                                  How are they over glasses?

                                  The headphones I've used in the past hurt after more than an hour because I wear glasses. Does anyone use their headphones over their glasses, if so, how does it feel?
                                  Asked on 5/16/2013 by whovian

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Many of our customers use this headphone while wearing glasses. Just how comfortable is a very subjective question, so that is hard to answer.

                                    Answered on 5/28/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  are these good rock/metal?

                                  I love all kinds of music, mostly rock and I've heard they are but I want to make sure
                                  Asked on 12/31/2012 by floppyMcfinagen from Seattle WA

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                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Absolutely! They have a wide frequency response and should fit your need.

                                    Answered on 1/21/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Do these or the ath-m50's have more bass?
                                  Asked on 11/24/2012 by Scruggster from Andalusia, AL, USA

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                                  • A:

                                    About the same. If you are looking to go places with the headphones, buy the WS55's. If you are planning to stay home and listen to music at home and play games, the you should but the M50's. for my money's worth, buy the M50's.

                                    Answered on 12/10/2012 by Freddy from Shreveport, LA, USA
                                  • A:

                                    The WS55 have more bass than the M50. However, they are in two different headphones lines; the M50's are designed for studio monitoring and are meant to sound accurate. Although the M50's have excellent bass response, the WS55 have an accentuated bass response for a nice sonic color.

                                    Answered on 11/30/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  How do the .: ATH-WS70 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones :. compare with the ATH-WS55 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphone
                                  Asked on 11/7/2012 by josephfazzio

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                                  • A:

                                    The WS70 have an extended frequency response, and better build quality. For more detailed information on each product, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

                                    Answered on 11/13/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Are these headphone good at keeping the music in my ear during high volume?

                                  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.
                                  Asked on 10/9/2012 by Freddy from Shreveport, LA, USA

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                                  • A:

                                    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!

                                    Answered on 11/3/2012 by BrodyA from Illinois
                                  • A:

                                    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.

                                    Answered on 10/9/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  solid bass, or ath-m50

                                  I love bass, but I have a really picky taste in sound quality. I want alot of bass, but I listen to almost every kind of music including classical, alternative, pop, rock, and I love dub step. I just want to know if these have highs and mids like the ath-m50, but with more bass.
                                  Asked on 9/18/2012 by headphonegal from Connecticut, USA

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                                  • A:

                                    The ATH-M50 headphones were designed with studio engineers in mind. That being said, they are perceived as being extremely accurate sounding. Our Solid Bass line has an extended bass response and was designed with DJ's and consumers in mind. If you listen to an array of genre's, I'd recommend the ATH-M50, although either headphone would be an excellent choice. Please review the product descriptions at Audio-Technica.com for more information.

                                    Answered on 9/25/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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