ATH-R70x

Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones

MSRP* US$349.00
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
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    The ATH-R70x is Audio-Technicaís first pair of open-back reference professional headphones. Together with the ATH-M70x, they stand as a flagship model in A-Tís lineup of professional studio headphones. Featuring specially designed drivers and acoustically transparent housings fashioned from aluminum honeycomb mesh, these headphones provide an accurate and natural open-back sound. They also incorporate a new, improved design of our popular 3D wing support system to provide even greater comfort during the prolonged use often required in professional settings. Robust yet lightweight, and equipped with a unique, dual-sided detachable cable that automatically maintains proper stereo orientation (no matter how itís attached), the R70x headphones are built for lasting comfort, convenience and audio purity.

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  • Features

    • High-efficiency magnets and pure alloy magnetic circuit design reduce distortion and ensure accurate and extended high-frequency response

    • Carbon composite resin improves structural rigidity to provide detailed transient response

    • Acoustically transparent, aluminum honeycomb-mesh housings provide a natural and spacious open-back sound

    • Breathable fabric earpads and improved wing support provide long-wearing comfort

    • Feather-light weight (approx. 210 g w/o cable) and robust construction make headphones perfectly suited for professional use

    • Unique, dual-sided detachable locking cable is L/R signal independent, always ensuring proper stereo orientation

  • Specifications

    TypeOpen-back reference
    Driver Diameter45 mm
    Frequency Response5 - 40,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,000 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity99 dB
    Impedance470 ohms
    Weight210 g (7.4 oz), without cable and connector
    Accessories IncludedProtective carrying pouch



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  • Downloads

    ATH-M70x & ATH-R70x Literature (pdf 379.82 KB)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones
     
    5.0

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • Durable (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

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    5.0

    My favorite headphone in my collection

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    from St. Louis, Missouri

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Neutral yet non-fatiguing sound signature

    Cons

    • Some may find the signature a little boring

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones:

      I have had the R70x for about six months now, so definitely past the honeymoon period (audiophile wise). That is the primary reason for holding off on a review until now. It is very easy to get excited over a new product and write a gushing review; been guilty of that myself.
      This headphone's main strength is a neutral, yet non-fatiguing presentation. Bass is relatively flat, but has the ability to punch when called for IF properly driven. I usually drive these with a Schiit Valhalla OTL tube amp as it mates well with the 470 ohm impedance. They do want power, but I usually listen at somewhat louder ( I'd like to say realistic) levels. Neutral midrange with neither too forward or distant vocals. Upper treble might be somewhat rolled off, especially compared to my Beyerdynamic DT1770, DT1350 cans, but those tend to be brighter (and fatigue sooner).
      I feel the soundstage is very good and has some airiness to it. Not as wide as the now gone AKG Q701, but better in all other aspects.
      I did feel the stock pads were a tad small and just a little rough. I have replaced them with the Shure 1540 alcantara pads. More comfy with minimal change in sound signature. They are the most comfortable headphone I have had. I fiddle less with the fit than all previous cans.
      I've gone through many headphones in the past few years ( much to my wife's chagrin). But this one might finally be a keeper. In fact, it's the first can I've thought about buying again for a backup, but as soon as I do that AT will probably come out with a successor :/
      In conclusion, highly recommended.

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      5.0

      Wow - Headphone Search Finally Over - Audio Nirvana Achieved

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      from London, Canada

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones:

          I use these headphones for in-home use only, on a high end system. I have bought so many headphones in the last year it's not funny. I read review after review on every headphone I purchased and soon learned that 50% did not live up to their good reviews, This is a clear indicator that personal preference does play a big role so try them out before buying whenever possible. The cans are grouped in my $300-$600 range and I have had many in this range such as Beyerdynamic DT 990 (Premiumn 600 ohm), PSB M4U2, Sennheiser HD 598, Focal Spirit Classic, AKG 545, AKG 550, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, to name a few. Each of these were purchased solely on their great reviews. Yes they range from open, closed and noise cancelling, but in the end the headphone should sound great irregardless of they type. The winner in both sound and comfort was easily the DT 990's. Yes they are a tad bright, but they do everything else perfectly. I can wear them for hours on end because of their comfort level. I use these as my reference headphones to base all other on. The Focal's are nice sounding but the small ear cups and tight clamping actually cause me pain. Bummer. I have a head and ears on the smaller side. On the other extreme the AKG 550's have such a light clamping force that a proper seal cannot be achieved for me making them sound thin. They do sound great if you can fix the seal problem. OK, now the Audio-Technica ATH R70x have entered my $300-$600 range collection. I can tell you that I would have paid $1000 or more for these. They sound simply amazing. None of the others come close to the sound quality of these cans. I prefer my music flat or should I say as close to the original source as possible. No emphasized bass, no forward mid, and no exaggerated high's. The R70's sound perfect, nothing exaggerated, nothing in your face. Dynamics and imaging are beautiful, the best I have heard yet, Comfort is out of this world. I bought these on a whim, on sale. My life just got better.

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          5.0

          Great Headphones for the money-espcially on sale.

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          from Elkton, MD

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          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones:

              I have the closed back version too which are the ATH M70X; which is a lot easier to drive them without an amp. Both the open and closed back are great cans that I would put up against cans that cost 4 times as much. I have the Beyerdynamics T-1; T-5 second gen. and the Senn. H.D. 800. I audio Tech ATH R70x and the open ATH M70m are great too. Both are really great sounding with all kinds of music.. The ATH m70x closed are used in forensic investigation because of how clear they are. Again, the ATH M70x are a lot easier to drive without an amp. The ATH R7-x needs an amp because its rated at 470 ohms to drive them. However, I drive them well with a fiios 12 amp rated at 300 ohms. I also have audio Tech. top of the line wood cans too! I really like these just as much.

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              • Over a year
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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent piece of gear

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              from Toronto ON

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Terrific Sound Stage
              • Versatile

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones:

                  I brought these home, put on one of my tracks and half way through had to check if my Adam A7x Monitors were on or off, it sounds that good. I actually thought the Adams had to be on in the background. I can see these being my new go to cans. I just shelved my AKG712's

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                  5.0

                  Best headphones Ever buy them

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                  from Bristow, VA

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                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
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                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones:

                      This product sounds amazing if you're going to buy any headphone but THIS you won`t regret it

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                      • Q:

                        What is the Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Pro Reference Headphones' THD?
                        (Total Harmonic Distortion)
                        Asked on 3/19/2017 by Cathy the Newbie from San Rafael, CA

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                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. We do not spec THD on passive devices.

                          Answered on 3/28/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                      • Q:

                        Hello, Is there a way to demo/audition the ATH-R70x headphones? I am a professional mixer and sound engineer working for a major film studio in the San Francisco area. Thank you.
                        Asked on 11/18/2016 by Sam from Oakland, CA

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          You may contact your state representative:

                          The Farm Technical Sales & Marketing
                          2008 Opportunity Dr.
                          Roseville, CA 95678
                          PH: (800) 480-8544
                          FAX: (800) 408-2145
                          www.thefarmav.com

                          Answered on 11/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                      • Q:

                        I own the ATH - M70x. I love the ear cup fit on my ears. Are the earcups the same size and clamping power on the ATH-R70x.
                        Asked on 9/22/2016 by mkevenson from Santa Rosa, CA

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                          A:

                          No, the ear pads are different on the ATH-R70x.

                          Answered on 9/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                      • Q:

                        Are there any shorter cables that i can buy? If so please say where i can get them. Thanks!
                        Asked on 8/3/2016 by Luken from Daleville, virginia

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                          A:

                          No, we manufacture the one size cables for the ATH-R70x.

                          Answered on 8/4/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                      • Q:

                        Can I use this without an amp? I just bought some online and then people started telling me I need an amp.
                        Asked on 7/31/2016 by Maxmiester27 from Springdale, AR

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                          A:

                          I recommend trying them with your device alone first.
                          Otherwise, an amplifier that can supply around 100mW per channel into this impedance should get you all the volume you need and can also improve bass response and sound staging. Choose an amplifier that has low output impedance for the best damping and efficiency.

                          Answered on 8/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        Good day

                        This product is now discontinued. Which product/model is replacing it?

                        Thank you.
                        Asked on 7/5/2016 by NoName

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                          A:

                          The ATH-R70x have not been discontinued. For further help, please contact Audio-Solutions@atus.com

                          Answered on 7/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                      • Q:

                        Hi

                        I bought the ATH R70X headphopnes today and found out they are high impedance at 470ohms.

                        Which headphone amps are suitable for it ?

                        I am on a budget of 200$

                        Thanks !
                        Asked on 5/26/2016 by Rajarshi from Canada

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                          A:

                          To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                          audio-solutions@atus.com

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 5/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        How would these compare to the AD1000x for use in the home by an audiophile (and long-time AD700 user)?
                        Asked on 2/3/2016 by TG from New York, NY

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                          A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. I would say the ATH-R70x has more low end.

                          Answered on 2/25/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                      • Q:

                        I'm seeing a few different answers to this question online: Are these made in Japan? On different forums I read there are models that come from Taiwan as well.
                        Asked on 1/6/2016 by Josh from Nashville, TN

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                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. These are manufactured in Japan.

                          Answered on 1/7/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                        • A:

                          I bought them ( pre ordered them) in late April 2015 and they were manufactured in Taiwan

                          Answered on 12/1/2016 by Zibi from U.K.
                      • Q:

                        Are these be a quality recording headphones for singers of any nature?
                        Asked on 12/13/2015 by Key from Seattle, WA

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