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ATH-A990z

Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones


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

  • 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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  • Reviews

    I really recommend these headphones.

    5

    This thing sounds great! I waited almost 2 years to find the right headphone and I finally found them when I bought the A990z. Balance is great as they have a high frequency range, mid range quality is right where it needs to be and bass control is excellent. With 44 ohms impedance, they don't require much power, so using them with laptop audio DACs are perfect. They are also incredibly comfortable for long term use. I previously used a Bose QC15, which are also comfortable, but the A990z are so lightweight that you can just use them for hours and hours and not feel and fatigue. I really recommend them to anyone who wants a solid pair of great sounding headphones. The only complaint I have is the build quality. They could have been made a little stronger. I know the Beyerdynamics and Sennheisers are built better and the A990z are very flimsy compared to some of those.

    Austin, TX

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    Little beauty but definitely the beast

    5

    Normally I don't write reviews but for this one, I got to. The ATH-990Z sounds great, I was looking for a headset with good sound quality and I was able to look up into world-leading headphones such as Bose, Sony and the only thing that makes them great is noise cancellation and their brand name, not the audio quality it may be natural but boy this audio technica headphones takes the audio quality to another level, the bass is so pure and deep so as the sound quality. The first time I put these headphones i thought that they were like over $1000 due to its quality and when I heard the price I was surprised i didn't waste any time looking in for more headphones I just bought them. Sounds great on mac as well as htc m10. If you love listing to music and want to get that deep feeling I recommend this.Just check them out and you will understand what i mean.

    Colombo/Srilanka

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    Serial Earphone Abuser Confesses

    5

    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.

    Columbia, MD

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    ATH-A990z Art Monitor® Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones

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  • Q & A

    Is there some place that I can buy just the ear pads? I've managed to damage mine and want to buy some replacements.

    Justin

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

    Brent

    Are these the same as the A900z?

    Eddie T

    Yes.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    Are these a new version of the A900X?

    TwoOhIX

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

    ATUS_Specialist3

    Does this require an amp or can I use this directly with an iPhone?

    KK

    The "ideal" configuration between the source and headphones would have the impedance eight times the amount of the impedance of the source. Smartphones have an impedance of 4.5 and with the ATH-A990z impedance at 44 ohms, the setup should operate fine. You may find additional information here: http://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-week-use-headphone-amplifier-headphones/

    ATUS_Specialist3

    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.

    Dmitry

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

    audio-solutionsSpec1

    Are these headphones made in Japan or Taiwan?

    Shadow

    The country of origin is Japan.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    Do these have a removable cable?

    Dude

    The cable is permanently attached.

    ATUS_Specialist3

    Are these not yet available? I cannot find them anywhere.

    Audiophizile

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

    AudioSolutionsManager

    Are these not yet available? I cannot find them anywhere.

    Audiophizile

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

    AudioSolutionsManager