ATH-A900x Audiophile Closed-back Dynamic Headphones
It is a good headphone but the quality varies
The sound quality of this headphone is amazingly good when I listened to most of music with it. But when I listen to an audiophile test music of drum, I found that one side of headphone was good , but the other one had a resonance vibrational noise at a deep bass. Because the other side was still very good, I have asked for a replacement in stead of returning. I wish that Audio -technica had tested each of their headphones carefully in the whole frequency range as most of customers may not have the test music as I do to find out this problem.
I think the technology behind this headphone is good, but if a screw were not tightened enough during the assembling, the sound quality will get worse.
April 24, 2013
Great sound quality
I recently picked up a pair of ATH A900X headphones and I have to say that I am very impressed. The sound quality is phenomenal on these cans right out of the box. I'll break it down a bit for those interested in getting these great headphones.
These headphones are insanely comfortable for me personally. The 3D wing system is great, I can wear the headphones for hours without taking them off. Initially the pads are slightly stiff, but after some time with them they have softened up a bit and feel great. I give them a 3/5 because the comfort is not across the board, these headphones are not for everyone in terms of comfort. My girlfriend for example cannot wear them because they are simply to big and slide down her ears. Having a bigger head is definitely a plus with them.
Build quality 4/5
The build quality feels nice on these headphones. The aluminum housing is nice and although most of the frame is plastic, it feels built to last. The nylon wrapped chord is especially nice is very pliable and the metal plug is very sturdy, great quality here.
The highs on these cans are great, almost no sibilance, they aren't piercing at all and also not fatiguing. I don't listen to classical much, but for testing purposes it sounds great to my ears.
Audio Technica has the mids down pat on most if not all of their audiophile headphones, these are no exception. Vocals sound fantastic, you can't find many headphones in this range with mids this good.
Most of the previous line of headphones in the audiophile section for AT have been a bit lacking on the low end, I can't say the same for these cans. These aren't "bass head" headphones, so you won't hear crazy pounding bass from them. What you do get is a nice smooth presence in the low end. The bass is tight, and it comes with a nice punch. A definite increase in the low end of the spectrum compared with some other AT offerings.
I should mention that the headphones definitely are not portable. While they sit snug on my head, I would not to want to go for a run with them or take them with me on a bus. Definitely an "in your house" style listening experience. They are also an easy to drive 42 Ohm headphone, so they sound great straight out of a mobile device, laptop, desktop, etc. Amp's and dac's can always add to them, but aren't required.
January 10, 2013
I don't often wear headphones but when I do, I now prefer Audio - Technica
I have only owned a few pairs of headphones over the years, I can't stand 'em. I can't stand having this "thing" clamped or sitting on my head. The muffed effect on the ears drives me crazy. I also do not like being unaware of my surroundings.
My favorite before this last decade was KOSS, I just loved the sound, but I could never get used to it. I have tried other brands, different types perhaps. The last best stab I made at it was a pair of Sennheiser RF wireless headphones. Now I know they were not the higher end stuff but I figured the name should get me some quality. However the sound to me was very dry, almost starchy and very shallow. Now, I let them break - in a bit, but I think I was stuck with the sound, and I didn't like it. So, I sold them and said to myself, once again "some other day maybe I'll find the right pair for me".
The occasion arose to where I was going to need headphones as there was going to be visitors in the house. I'm a night owl, but my guests are early to bed and I needed to cut the sound level at night. So I continued my ongoing research and window shopping sprees on line. I had my eye on the Sennheiser HD line such as the HD595. However the more I poked around the forums the more good things I heard about Audio Technica.. Of course the ATH-M50's were the standard issue, and if I went with Audio Technica those were the ones I would go with. So it was basically between the HD595's and the ATH-M50's. Audio Technicas' audiophile line always looked interesting to me and I was willing to try them, but did not really know what to expect. Push came to shove and of all the models ( including limited editions, ect.) and all of the prices started to spell their-selves out. One day I saw the ATH-A900x for auction on e bay. it was the last 5 minutes and I did not intend to snipe, but the price vs the model could not be resisted. I got a brand new pair of these for $85, an absolute, complete steal...
I have liked these headphones from the second I ripped open the box in anticipation. I have so far loved everything about them. The fit, the feel. Very high quality build, the cans are aluminum but the joints are made of plastic, but I can tell it's all quality and built to last. the self adjusting support is awesome. I have a fairly large head and these fit me like a glove. You just put them over your head until the pads are over your ears and just never think twice about it again. I feel comfortable in these and it is mostly the sound quality that I keep putting them on for.
The feel is very comfortable. I can tell I have them on but it doesn't bother me. There is a slight weight to them and slightly warm over the ears, sometimes. The sound however is what a quality pair of headphones should be. Full, rich, deep and smooth. When the volume is turned up the sound maintains it's perfection. Every sound is isolated and there is a seemingly endless reveal, yet it all speaks from one heart, the joy and love of music and sound. Yes, I feel I have a truly audiophile experience, every time I ware these. They are also excellent for movies and TV. "The Island was on TBS tonight and the sound is amazing, detailed, and very realistic. The sound stage is deep and 360 degrees of bliss. As I finished off the movie with some electronic dance stuff and had to write this review. the only weakness I have come across so far is, the the solo on Carcass' "reek of" track 7. the sound breaks up a bit during the solo, but few speakers pass that test. These phones are also excellent for Metal.
The more I use these the more I like them. Both sound quality and fit are excellent. For the first time in my life I can honestly say it is a pure joy to wear these Audio - Technica ATH-A900x Art Monitor Audiophile Headphones.
thanks, your costumer for life!
October 31, 2012