ATH-AD500X

Audiophile Open-air Headphones

MSRP* US$169.95
One-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

    Designed for incredibly comfortable listening. With a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, offering a completely natural listening experience. Newly designed 53 mm drivers with CCAW voice coils reproduce remarkably natural sound, with impactful bass and outstanding vocal projection. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size. A straight OFC cable at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included " adapter.
  • Features

    • Newly designed 53 mm drivers with CCAW voice coils reproduce remarkably natural sound, with deep, impactful bass and outstanding vocal projection

    • Open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation

    • Lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing

    • Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Housing provides comfortable support for a more enjoyable listening experience

    • Flexible raised-fabric earpads offer excellent wearing comfort and durability

    • Highly conductive OFC (oxygen-free copper) single-sided cable with elastic TPE sheath to prevent tangles

    • Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter


  • Specifications

    TypeOpen-air Dynamic
    Driver Diameter53 mm
    Frequency Response5 25,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power500 mW
    Sensitivity100dB/mW
    Impedance48 ohms
    Weight235 g
    Cable3.0 m (9.8')
    Connector3.5 mm(1/8") mini stereo, gold-plated
    Accessory IncludedDetachable 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter



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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-air Headphones
     
    4.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (3)
    • Good value (3)
    • Great sound (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

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    4.0

    Nice, Natural and Comfortable

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    from South Africa

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-air Headphones:

        I use these as part of my mixing process when producing music. I find that an open-back headphone provides a more natural environment in which to judge the balance of the mix. By design these phones are not bass flattering, but that is exactly what the intention is, so I do not view that as negative. I use closed-back Sennheiser and AKGs phones for bass response scrutiny.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Home
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Up to a year
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        5.0

        My first open headphone - and I am in love with it!

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        from Budapest, Hungary

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Extremely nice soundstage
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

        • Cord too long and hard to handle

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-air Headphones:

          I feelings I had almost got me to tears (honest!). I simply cannot put it into words how much I fell in love with these pair of cans.
          I am not an audiophile, but I did have a good old ATH-M50 from Audio-Technica for more than 3 years now - I loved those as well.... But once I tried an AD500x in a shop, and I knew that I would need to purchase one (or one of its bigger brothers (700x or 900x.)

          Finally I ended up purchasing a FiiO E17K "Alpen 2" portable amplifier/DAC as an accompaniment to the ATH-AD500x. (Which I also can suggest for anyone who wants to get great quality audio from their mobile phones or iPads.

          I just LOVE this pair of headphones right from the start. I think they kick bottom
          Even my wife's breath was taken away, when I made her sat down to listen to Adele's "Hello". :)

          Sure the cable could be shorter and easier to handle, but I knew this ahead of time from other reviews... but I did not buy these for the cable, but for their SOUND. And believe me, the sound is incredible.

          For audiophile headphones under 100 USD (!!!!), you simply CANNOT make a better deal.

          They are not to take with you on journeys or business trips, but to wind back and relax at home with HiRes audio.
          As I write this review I am listening to Diana Krall - it's out of this world.
          So light and airy, huge soundstage and so comfortable feeling to wear them....

          This is a 5 stars product (given price/value/performance ratios). Well done Audio Technica!

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Home
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          • Less than a month
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          4.0

          best under the 100 dollar open headphones

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          from Malaysia

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Excellent Soundstage
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Cord too long
          • Not much bass
          • Unattractive Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-air Headphones:

            The ath ad500x are something that everyone one wants but it is something that person should try. The sound is quite neutral lack a bit of bass although that is to be suspected since it is open but has great treble and clarity. The sound stage is flat out excellent. Know grado soundstage these soundstage are like those. Durability, it is made out of hard and doesn't feel like can break easily but the cord sure is quite good but too long like 11 or 12 feet long. I mean sure this is for home use but that is a really long cable. BTW, these are not recommend for outside use, the design is unique and it is quite big but light .comfort, no complaints from me but if your head is small it is not good for you for normal or large these good if not it it may fall off but for me it is like it is not there. Yeah, feels like it is not there. You don't really need a dac for this. Overall for the price it is excellent. BTW only get these if you live in a quiet environment. Doesn't suit well in noisy environment.

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            • Home
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            • Up to a year
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          • Q & A

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            • Q:

              Can you tell me the dimensions that have the box ?
              Asked on 7/23/2016 by Nicolas Jullier

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. The box dimensions are 8.3" X 11.3" X 1.25".

                Answered on 8/3/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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              Box Dimensions product?
              Asked on 7/23/2016 by Nicolas Jullier

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. The dimensions are 8.3" X 4.8" X 11.3. The weight is 1.25 pounds.

                Answered on 7/26/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              need missing pad, where can I order?
              Asked on 4/22/2014 by Gerry

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              • A:

                To order earpads for the ATH-AD500x:

                - If you are located in the United States, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Parts Department at:
                parts@atus.com

                - If you are located in Canada, please contact Jam Industries at:
                servicemanager@jamindustries.com

                - If you are located outside of the United States or Canada, please contact the Audio-Technica division for your world-area:
                http://www.audio-technica.com/world_map/

                Thanks!

                Answered on 4/23/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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