ATH-WS990BT

Solid Bass® Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Built-in Mic & Control

MSRP* US$249.00

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

  • Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
  • wireless headphone accessories, wireless headphone cables


  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The ATH-WS990BT wireless over-ear headphones combine exclusive 53 mm Deep Motion Drivers with large, high-flux magnetic circuitry and Bluetooth technology to deliver vibrant full-range wireless audio with invigorating bass. The powerful magnetic force of the circuitry results in dynamic, well-tailored diaphragm response to reproduce deep, clear low frequencies and detailed mid-to-high frequencies. The sound is further enhanced by the exclusive dual-layer, memory-foam earpads, comprised of a firm internal layer and a soft outer layer, that provide excellent sound isolation and comfort. The headphones can even reproduce Hi-Res Audio when used with the included 1.2 m (3. 9') audio cable.

    In addition to providing high-fidelity wireless audio, the ATH-WS990BT headphones also feature noise-cancelling and hear-through functionality that gives you greater control over your interaction with the outside world and its noise. The headphones’ selectable active noise-cancellation function dampens the ambient noise for greater enjoyment of the Solid Bass audio in loud environments. Conversely, the selectable hear-through function allows voices in the surrounding area to be heard through the headphones. This lets you listen for important announcements, say in a train station or airport, and hear the voice of anyone who might engage you in conversation.

    A mic and controls are built into the left earcup, giving you convenient control of calls and music playback on a wirelessly connected device. An audio cable is also included to let you use the headphones in areas where wireless operation is prohibited (e.g., in airplanes or hospitals), when battery power is low, or when you want to listen to Hi-Res Audio.

    The headphones’ internal lithium polymer battery provides up to 30 hours of continuous wireless use (up to 1,000 hours in standby mode) and can be recharged using the included 30 cm (1.0') USB charging cable.

    About High-Resolution Audio
    In Brief: The Move to Hi-Res Audio
    While many listeners may believe that high-resolution audio came along with the introduction of the Compact Disc in 1982, constraints on the disc’s storage space always prevented CD audio (standardized at 44.1 kHz/16-bit) from fully and completely reproducing the original recorded sound. The advent and subsequent popularity of MP3s only made this problem more pronounced – the necessary compression of these files causes audio information to be lost, thus greatly reducing the audio quality. But with lossless audio file formats, faster Internet speeds, and storage space increasingly easy to come by (and in ever-smaller packages), the push is on to create audio equipment capable of capturing and reproducing true Hi-Res Audio, generally considered to be 96 kHz/24-bit or better. The Hi-Res Audio logo certifies that a product meets the Hi-Res Audio standards. Per these standards, headphones must have transducer frequency performance to at least 40 kHz. As a producer of these types of audiophile headphones since 1972, Audio-Technica is well-positioned to provide audio solutions that meet the demands of Hi-Res Audio media formats, allowing for the full reproduction of their extended sonic characteristics.

    *The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Audio-Technica Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

    Read how Active Noise-cancelling Headphones work.
  • Features


    • Bluetooth wireless technology with mic and controls built into the earcup for answering/ending calls, controlling music & video playback and adjusting volume on connected devices

    • Supports aptX® sound-improvement technology for high-quality audio performance over a Bluetooth transmission

    • Active noise-cancelling technology reduces environmental noise

    • Hear-through function allows voices (e.g., announcements at train/bus stations and airports; conversations) to be heard through the headphones

    • Internal battery provides up to 30 hours of continuous wireless use (1,000 hours on standby) on a full charge

    • 53 mm Deep Motion Drivers provide extremely rich, high-fidelity bass sound

    • Exclusive dual-layer, memory-foam earpads, consisting of a firm internal layer and a soft outer layer, provide increased isolation

    • Large, high-flux magnetic circuit provides wireless audio reproduction with deep bass and amazing resolution.

    • Aluminum housings reduce unwanted resonance

    • Included 1.2 m (3.9') cable with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug provides a wired connection when wireless operation is prohibited (e.g., in airplanes or hospitals), when battery power is low, or when Hi-Res Audio is desired

    • Includes 30 cm (1.0') USB charging cable and carrying pouch

    • Fold-flat design for easy storage

  • Specifications

    TypeDynamic
    Driver Diameter53 mm
    Frequency Response5 – 40,000 Hz
    Sensitivity107 dB/mW, when using noise-cancelling*
    101 dB/mW, when not using noise-cancelling*
    Impedance150 ohms, when using noise-cancelling*
    30 ohms, when not using noise-cancelling*

    BatteryDC3.7 V lithium polymer rechargeable battery
    Battery LifeMax. 25 hours (when using Bluetooth and noise-cancellation)**
    Max. 30 hours (when using Bluetooth only)**
    Max. 35 hours (with using noise-cancelling only)**
    Max. 1,000 hours (standby)**
    Charging Time: Approx. 5 hours (for 0-100% charge)**
    Weight300 g (10.6 oz)
    Cable1.2 m (3.9')
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug, L-type
    Accessories Included30 cm (1.0') USB charging cable, pouch
    Type (Microphone)Condenser
    Sensitivity (Microphone)-44 dB (1V/Pa at 1 kHz)
    Frequency Response (Microphone)50 – 4,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern (Microphone)Omnidirectional



    Communication System: Bluetooth Version 4.1
    Output: Bluetooth Specification Power Class 2
    Maximum Communication Range: Line of sight - approx. 10 m (33')
    Compatible Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
    Support Codec: aptX, AAC, SBC

    *When using a wired connection.

    **The above figures depend on operating conditions.


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    • Q:

      What are the colors this will be available in?
      Asked on 2/21/2018 by Thom from California

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. They are available in black.

        Answered on 2/22/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
    • Q:

      Is there an anticipated estimated cost?
      Asked on 2/15/2018 by William from Florida

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, $249.00.

        Answered on 2/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
    • Q:

      By what day will this be a available in March?
      Asked on 2/10/2018 by AudioTechnica Fan from Toronto, Canada

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. At this time we do not have an exact date.

        Answered on 2/20/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
    • Q:

      What does the "WS" in the model name stand for? How does this compare to the ATH-AR5BT?
      Asked on 2/8/2018 by Matthew from CA

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. The WS line are over the ear headphones from the Solid Bass line.

        Answered on 2/23/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
    • Q:

      How durable are the ear pads. I have some ATH-M50x's and the ear pads are starting to fall apart after 2-3 years of use. Looking for some better return on investment with some Bluetooth headphones.
      Asked on 1/25/2018 by Hawkno71 from Chicago,IL

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. All headphone ear pads can be replaced when worn out.

        Answered on 2/3/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
    • Q:

      When will it come out?
      Asked on 1/22/2018 by Erk147 from Anaheim, CA

      1 answer

      • Staff Reviewer

        A:

        Thank you for your inquiry. These should be available in March.

        Answered on 1/27/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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