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Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones

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  • closed back headphones

  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The ATH-A550Z Art Monitor® closed-back dynamic headphones incorporate proprietary large-aperture 53 mm drivers with CCAW bobbin-wound voice coils to deliver audiophile-quality acoustic performance with linear frequency response. The drivers also feature a top-mounted PCB, which contributes to smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement. Audio-Technica’s improved 3D wing support system provides an excellent, 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

    • Audiophile-quality headphones with metallic finish

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

    • Top-mounted PCB contributes to smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement

    • 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 – 35,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power500 mW
    Sensitivity100 dB/mW
    Impedance40 ohms
    Weight300 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

  • Reviews

    Best closed headphone for home use


    I stumbled upon these when checking out an Audio-Technica store, and the price tag immediately peaked my interest. Upon examination, I began to understand the low price tag; the ATH-a550z are entirely made of plastic, and the head "wings" feel like they could break if the headphones were thrown into a bag. However, as soon as I put them on and began playing music, I realized that it didn't matter. First of all, despite their poor build quality, the headphones are actually perfectly comfortable, being rather light and having just the right amount of clamp. The adjustment system could easily fit my large head, no remarks here. The bass was tight, balanced, and non-emphasized. Bass lovers might not be too pleased, however. The mids were the best I have ever heard on a sub-$200 headphone, being extremely smooth, balanced, and not drowned out. Finally, the highs were crystal clear, and provided almost all the detail I could possibly ask for without being too sibilant. The sound stage on these was so good that it had me questioning whether they were actually closed back for a brief moment... And then I realized that was the reason why the cups were so large. Overall, if you want the best pair of sub-$200 (neutral) headphones you can find FOR HOME USE, then forget about all other options and get these. I would not recommend these however, if you had to listen to music on the go, as they are large, and would probably break with ease.

    Cupertino, CA


    ATH-A550Z Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones

    5.0 1


  • Q & A

    Hi Audio-Technica! I purchased the ATH-A550Zs this past spring, and they have quickly become my favorite pair of headphones. I broke one of the 3D support wings on my pair (it was a very small piece of the component, however they are SOOO comfortable.) I've only had my headphones for a few months, and was wondering if there was anyway for me to get them repaired.


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at for assistance with this.


    What makes the A550Z different from the older A500x?

    Ze man

    Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-A550Z have an expanded frequency response.


    Is there a carry case included? If so, is it a soft case or hard case?


    Thank you for your inquiry. No it does not include a case.


    Where are these made?


    The country of origin is China.


    Hello,Where can i get spare ear pads for this item. Thank you.


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


    Will the ATH-A550Z Art Monitor Closed-Back Headphone play loud enough from a Dell Inspiron 660s Desktop phone jack?


    Thank you for your inquiry. They should be fine.


    Hello I have a structure part of my heaphone ATH-A550Z broken ,. How can Find this part ?


    Your best bet would be to send your headphones into our Service department to get them fixed up. Contact so they can help you to do so (depending on where you live).


    When will this product be released?

    Audibly challenged

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