ATH-WS99

Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones

MSRP* US$249.95
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

    Hear the depth of bass youíve been missing in your music. The ATH-WS99 Solid-Bass headphones deliver incredibly full and textured bass, along with the astonishing clarity and fidelity for which Audio-Technica is renowned. A-Tís innovative Double Air Chamber System extends bass response without compromising mid- and high-frequency content. Precision machined aluminum housing eliminates undesired vibrations for powerful sound reproduction. The headphones feature 53 mm drivers for powerful sound and efficient signal transfer. The headphones come equipped with two 2.6-ft. (0.8 m) extension cables, one with an inline mic, playback and volume controls for smartphones and other compatible devices.
  • Features


    • Newly developed Double Air Chamber System expands bass output for powerful bass without sacrificing audio clarity

    • Exclusive large driver design (53 mm) reproduces outstanding sound

    • Undesired vibrations are eliminated by direct-mounting the high-rigidity aluminum housing to the driver

    • Acoustically sealed earpads minimize bass sound leakage

    • Smooth, easily adjustable headband slider ensures a comfortable fit

    • 2.6-ft. (0.8 m) extension cord with microphone for answering and ending calls, controlling music and video playback & control volume on smartphones & other compatible devices

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back Dynamic
    Driver Diameter53 mm
    Frequency Response8 - 25,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,000 mW
    Sensitivity102 dB/mW
    Impedance37 ohms
    Weight250 g
    Cable0.4 m (1.3'), Y-type
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8"), mini-stereo, gold-plated
    Accessories Included0.8 m (2.6') extension cord, 0.8 m (2.6') extension cord with remote mic and passive volume control for Smartphones
    Type (Microphone)Condenser
    Sensitivity (Microphone)−40 dB (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
    Frequency Response (Microphone)50 - 16,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern (Microphone)Omnidirectional



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    WS99 Frequency Response

    Hi, I was wondering if Audio Technica had a frequency response chart available for the WS99. I'd love to know how deep the bass can reach. Ideally I'd love it to reach below 20 Hz before rolling off. The WS55 started to roll off around 50 Hz so I just wanted to see if there's been an improvement with the bass extension. Thanks for the help!
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    hello there, i own 2 pairs of WS99s, and both were broken out of the box. As for bass, also disappointing. Sounds like the 55s are about as good as the 99s. the first time i listened to them it was like listening to my skull candy 50/50s a foot away from my head. HOWEVER, with 15db of help from an equalizer, and a -12db preamp to prevent distortion, ANDDD a DAC/amp to compensate for the preamp to get the signal as a whole back up to normal listening volume, they ROAR. and i mean ROAR. like the sound the T-Rex makes in jurrasic park if the T-Rex was a 25 foot subwoofer. i'm so happy you're interested in 20hz bass. most people think 40hz is bass, but its that <30hz stuff that i can't get enough of. With the equalizer, at 35hz these things are loud, at 32, theyre still loud, at 30, guess what, still loud, once you reach 28 or so, they are vibrating noticeably on your head, butttt, still loud! below that, your ears actually start having trouble hearing the sound, so it seems to get quieter, but you can tell by the vibration of the cups that its actually still very loud, and at 24 hz, you hit some of the most satisfying, tight controlled, EXTREMELY low bass you've ever heard, and all the way down to 20hz, they are not only audible, but noticeable, but admittedly, there is a noticeable fall off after about 28hz, but like i said, that is your ears' problem, unfortunately, theres no way you'd be able to drive enough power into these headphones to make that <25hz bass loud enough to hear significantly over vocals, but the vibration is just as satisfying, and the bass is certainly still audible below 25hz, even with vocals and other sounds, it's just not overwhelming. While they might not be the loudest, you won't find headphones with BETTER bass. it's very difficult to find headphones with beautiful upper and mid sound, without completely neglecting bass, but with the equalizer, DAC, and amp, these things very well may be the best you will get if <30hz bass if what you want. I suggest using Equalizer APO if you do get them, it equalizes the whole computer not just your music player.
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    Thank you or your inquiry. We do not have a published frequency response chart for our headphones.
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    Which headphones to go with

    Can you please help me out? I am trying to buy headphones for video audio monitoring, music and a littleÔĽŅ gaming. I prefer good bass that even vibrates at times, for dubstep.. etc. plus I do video editing. I don't know what is best for me, the ATH700MK2, M50, or these WS99s..Thanks in advance
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    But the only big difference is some exaggeration of sound and bass right?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. For bass, the ATH-WS99 is probably what you want. For more exact sound, such as needed for video editing I would like at the ATH-M50's
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    About the ATH-WS99

    Are they being sold in the US officially now? If they are, where can I buy them?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. They should be availble in the March / April time frame.
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    Would this be a huge jump from my ATH-M50s?

    I want to buy another pair of y'all's headphones but don't want to spend over $300, would love to but I can't. Haha. I want to notice an impressive difference too though. Would I get an impressive difference with these headphones over my current owned m50s that sound outstanding? I've stopped my m50s from less then 2 feet and they were whop sided, how's the durability on these also?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Please note both headphones are designed for different uses. The ATH-M50's are studio headphones and designed to provide a flat frequency response. The ATH-WS99 are audiophile headphones where certain frequencies are enhanced. From a quaity standpoint both are of very high quality.
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    do i need to plug in the headphones to an amp to produce better sound or will they work just as well and have just as deep of bass in a phone or mp3 player?
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    A separate headphone amplifier is not required but a good quality amplifier can certainly make a headphone sound its best. In particular, higher powered models can improve bass performance.
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