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.

  • over ear headphones


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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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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-WS99 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    4.0

    Best headphones that i've ever heard.

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    from Portland Or

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS99 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

        So, these are advertised as Bass headphones, but I really wouldn't class them there because you can listen to music in these without overwhelming bass. I would say that they have a 15 percent enhancement out of the box, but the key is that those huge drivers have the ability to produce amazing bass. I will repeat what others have said, "they need an eq" to produce bass levels to my satisfaction. Then because a true eq reduced the other frequencies rather then boosting the bass, I find that when I eq them enough to get the bass levels right I then can't get the volume levels that I desire. However, that is with a normal phone or sound-card headphone output. When I hook them up to my headphone amp these puppies can smash my head in. They have powerful and highly accurate drivers, thus they are a little harder to drive then smaller ones. I actually prefer this trait, because while I listen to electronic bass music the most, I appreciate the ability to normalize the eq and still be able to listen to jazz and classical without the bass taking over.

        I have owned lots of high end headphones and these are by far the best. I'm hearing things in my music that i didn't know were there. Where lots of bass headphones essentially eq the music for you,, these just give you the ability to perform, without muddling up your music with poor built in frequency boosts. I like to compare it to a ported sub vs a sealed sub. A ported sub needs less power to produce sound levels, but the port only boosts a few frequencies and it makes the sub worst at producing all the other frequencies because the speaker is sloppy and doesn't have the support behind it. These are more like a sealed sub, they need more power to drive but are accurate.

        I would also point out that the sound stage in these is just incredible.When before the music was just stereo, left or right, now it sounds like things are moving all around my head, the music seems to swim around the different parts of those big drivers

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        • Home
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        • Less than a month
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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing bass and doesnt neglect the rest of frequencies...

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        from Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

        Site Member

        Pros

        • bass is very present and clear sounding
        • look and feel good not too tight around the ears
        • mids and highs sounds just as great

        Cons

        • cord is a bit flimsy but not too bad
        • the actual head band is a bit on the cheaper side

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS99 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

          I picked these up on sale about 2 years ago and these headphones are still going strong. the sound quality is astounding. the first thing that stood out is how you can actually feel the bass coming from these, even just holding them. the one thing i did notice is that if you going to listen to these with your phone it will help if you download a music player with more in depth EQ settings. once i had that and adjusted the sound they instantly made me a fan of audio-technica. so much so i bought a pair of in ear solid bass and a pair of sport headphones. only gripe i thing i have is that the 2 swivels that the headphones connect to the headband are starting to loosen, so hopefully they wont break. but for 2 years of regular use these still sound brand new. highly highly recommend to anyone wanting thier head to vibrate.

          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Uncompromised Qaulity

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          from Tn

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish
          • VERY DURABLE
          • well rounded

          Cons

          • may require dac depending on taste
          • would have appreciated carrying case

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-WS99 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones:

            These headphones are awesome from the build quality to the looks and sound!!! These pair of headphones have yet to disappoint and are well worth their price point when compared to other headphones. The only thing I suggest for you if you spring for these is to buy a dac or an equivalent with a external eq to unlock these headphones true performance.

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            • Up to a year
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          • Q & A

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            • Q:

              Hello! I am a huge fan of Audio Technica ever since my pair of ATH-M50 and I will never have any other headphones if I can help it :) I would like to know if these headphones are 5.1 or 7.1 or none of the above. I have done some research and cant seem to come up with any solid information regarding surround sound. Thanks in advance :)
              Asked on 1/24/2016 by Savoelh from Wenatchee, WA

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                A:

                None of the above. They are just 2-channel stereo headphones.

                Answered on 1/25/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              Can the mic for the ws99 be used for gaming? I gave mine to my daughter and she lost it. Can I get a replacement mic?
              Asked on 10/3/2015 by Greg from United States

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                Answered on 10/6/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Hi. I am stuck between buying ath-pro700mk2 and ath-ws99. I just want the better bass. Which one should i pick? I want strong bass. The price doesn't matter because they are the same.
              Asked on 8/14/2015 by rapskyboy

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry.

                Sound is subjective and I believe the ATH-WS99 will have more bass as they are in our Solid Bass line of headphones. I always recommend trying them both out for yourself and see what best suit your needs.

                Answered on 8/17/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
            • Q:

              pavilions surround the ears or leaning over? these headphones are over-ear or on-ear? thanks
              Asked on 12/14/2014 by stepper94

              1 answer

              • A:

                Please contact the Audio-Technica division for your world area:
                http://www.audio-technica.com/world_map/

                If you are located in the United States, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                audio-solutions@atus.com

                Please include your original question in the email, and provide detailed information related to your setup, and what you are hoping to accomplish.

                Thanks!

                Answered on 12/22/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              Audio leak when compared to M50X

              Hi,

              I love to listen to my favorite music in my office but at the same time I don't want to disturb others with the leaked audio. So to put things in prospective can you help me understand the level sound leak when compared to M50X?

              Also I read on one of the reviews that these headphones are of semi open type, so everyone around you can hear to what you are listening. But the website describes them as closed. Can you please confirm?

              Thanks
              Asked on 11/25/2014 by DJBanga from Mountain View, CA, USA

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              • A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. These are closed back headphones. As for sound leakage, they do provide only passive sound isolation, although this is not a spec that we measure.

                Answered on 12/10/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              How do you clean the headphones?

              I misplaced the instructions and I'd really like to know.
              Asked on 1/21/2014 by blackouthart

              1 answer

              • A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend using only a clean, dry, soft cloth to wipe them down. If a more thorough cleaning is absolutely necessary, use a clean cloth, very slightly dampened with water. Do not use detergents. Wipe down with a clean dry cloth and allow to completely dry before using.

                Answered on 1/29/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              hi,just bought the ws99 after having a m50

              sure the sq sound very good
              but what about the burn-in?
              how much time is needed;how to do and what to expect?

              thanks!
              Asked on 12/7/2013 by elad from Israel

              1 answer

              • A:

                With regard to “burn-in”:
                Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones. Unfortunately, there is currently no scientific standard, nor peer-reviewed and quantifiable data to support headphone burn-in, nor the value of it therein. I suspect one would probably stand a better chance of reducing the life of the headphones rather than reaching some ideal operating condition, which I suspect one would never be able to hear in the first place. There are plenty of varying reports about burn-in, but no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. The only accounts seem to be perceptual, but again no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. Either way, to quote www.head-fi.org “You are free to be a believer, and you are free to be a skeptic.” In my opinion, it will take time to get used to how any audio sounds on any headphones. But again, Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones.

                Answered on 12/12/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              Are these better than the ATH-WS55?

              I listen to a lot of EDM music, Specifically DnB and Dubstep and was wondering which of the 2 to get?
              Asked on 12/7/2013 by Chiwa

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              • A:

                Any headphones in the "Solid Bass" or "DJ Headphone" line would be good for the genre's you mentioned.

                Thanks!

                Answered on 12/12/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              How much sound leakage is there?

              Is it supposed to be one of the new features? Or is it pretty much the same as they have always been
              Asked on 12/5/2013 by nationk3

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              • A:

                With ANY headphone, sound leakage can occur. However, there could be plenty of factors as to why one would hear more or less from ANY pair of headphones (how loud the program material is, how quiet the room is, psychoacoustics, etc.), which is NOT limited to Audio-Technica product. Measurements like this are extremely hard to measure and because of this, there is likely no headphone manufacturer in the industry has any measurements for passive isolation or sound leakage, including Audio-Technica.

                Thanks!

                Answered on 12/12/2013 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
            • Q:

              Which headphones to go with

              Can you please help me out? I am trying to buy headphones for video audio monitoring, music and a little 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
              Asked on 5/31/2013 by Misho5z

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              • A:

                But the only big difference is some exaggeration of sound and bass right?

                Answered on 6/3/2013 by Misho5z
              • A:

                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

                Answered on 6/3/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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