ATH-A990z

Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones

MSRP* US$219.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

  • closed back headphones


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  • Overview

    The ATH-A990Z Art Monitor® closed-back dynamic headphones feature proprietary large-aperture 53 mm drivers with OFC bobbin-wound voice coils to deliver Hi-Res Audio reproduction. The drivers’ integrated yoke and top-mounted PCB contribute to the high-resolution performance by providing superior transient response and smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement. The lightweight aluminum housings reduce unwanted resonance and incorporate Audio-Technica’s Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S) for deep bass reproduction. A-T’s improved 3D wing support system ensures a great, comfortable fit, aided by the headphones’ soft, premium-grade earpads. The 3.0 m (9.8') tangle-free cable is cloth-wrapped for lasting durability.
  • Features

    • Newly designed 53 mm drivers with OFC bobbin-wound voice coils

    • Drivers feature top-mounted PCB and integrated yoke for precise diaphragm movement and superior transient response

    • Lightweight aluminum housings reduce unwanted resonance

    • Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S) for deep bass reproduction

    • Proprietary 3D wing support system for excellent fit

    • Premium, soft earpads for long-lasting comfort

    • 3.0 m (9.8') cloth-wrapped, tangle-free cable

    • Includes 6.3 mm (¼") stereo adapter

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back Dynamic
    Driver Diameter53 mm
    Frequency Response5 – 42,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power2,000 mW
    Sensitivity100 dB/mW
    Impedance44 ohms
    Weight335 g
    Cable3.0 m (9.8') cloth-wrapped cable
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug
    Accessory Included6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter



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    Audio-TechnicaATH-A990z Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones
     
    5.0

    (based on 1 review)

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    5.0

    Serial Earphone Abuser Confesses

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    from Columbia, MD

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Road Tough

    Cons

    • Unattractive Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-A990z Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones:

      Background: OK, I have had a set of ATH A900s since 2007. Yes they are 10 years old. These things are Huge and over the ear. The pads started showing cracks in the padding after 4 years, The Cable got some pulls in the cloth and fabric pills after 7 years, maybe 6. The SOUND Quality was why I bought them. The ART models had fantastic reviews and their price reflected that at the time. They are still on the pricey side. As with most things in life, "You get what you pay for!." I have been looking for replacements for these, mostly for the HELL I catch from buddies for having old stuff. I watch them get new Headphones every year and sometimes twice a year. I have earbuds for my phone. When I'm home I plug these things into my Apple iPhone 6 and they sound AMAZING still. I have tried newer ones and the sound is slightly louder and maybe clearer, or maybe it is the bigger volume that makes it appear so.
      My advice to anyone looking at the ATH A900 anything is as follows. If you are not concerned about their obvious large SIZE. Buy them if they are in your budget. These things bring out the details in anything you use them for. I retired 13 months ago and picked up the Guitar WHOLLY. I play daily at all hours and my family doesn't appreciate the usual practice noise so they stay around my neck. They padding on the ear pads needs replacing, but I just use Q-Tips when I get a hunk in my ear, lol. I bought them to last and going into close to 11 years, they have really stood up to my total lack of care I show. These things are bullet proof.

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      • Home
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      • Over a year
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      • Q:

        Are these the same as the A900z?
        Asked on 7/31/2017 by Eddie T from Ca

        1 answer

      • Q:

        Are these a new version of the A900X?
        Asked on 7/27/2017 by TwoOhIX from Lodi, California

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          While not direct replacements, they are very similar in performance.

          Answered on 7/31/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
      • Q:

        Does this require an amp or can I use this directly with an iPhone?
        Asked on 6/18/2017 by KK from Seattle, WA

        1 answer

      • Q:

        Hello,
        Which has better sound quality and deeper bass - these or ATH-MSR7? And how is the sound quality and bass compared to the ATH-WS1100iS?
        These are all in the $200 range so I'm trying to get enough information to make an online purchase since I can't compare them in person.
        Thank you.
        Asked on 6/8/2017 by Dmitry from California

        1 answer

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          A:

          The 990Z has deeper bass than the MSR7 or the WS1100iS.

          Answered on 8/1/2017 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow, OH
      • Q:

        Are these headphones made in Japan or Taiwan?
        Asked on 9/24/2016 by Shadow

        1 answer

      • Q:

        Do these have a removable cable?
        Asked on 4/22/2016 by Dude from Barstow, CA

        1 answer

      • Q:

        Are these not yet available? I cannot find them anywhere.
        Asked on 3/24/2016 by Audiophizile from MI

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, they are shipping now.

          Answered on 4/5/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
      • Q:

        Are these not yet available? I cannot find them anywhere.
        Asked on 3/24/2016 by Audiophizile from MI

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, they are shipping now.

          Answered on 4/5/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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