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ATH-W1000X Reviews

Skylab

Audio Technica W1000X

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Pros: Beautiful sound and looks

Cons: A bit forward in the mids and lower treble

I got mine for $570 shipped from PriceJapan. Arrived in two days. Amazing service from those guys. They sounded terrific right out of the box. The treble smoothed out just a little after burn-in, but if they hadn't changed one bit I'd have been fine. They sound really, really good, and much better than I recall the original W1000 sounding (which I hated and sold in less than a week).   They are nice looking, and see pretty comfortable. For under $600, they are very attractively priced. I am glad I sold the L3000's and got these - I think these sound MUCH better. Some pics:       I decided to try the W1000X after reading the descriptions here on Head-fi, as it...
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monsieurguzel

Audio Technica ATH-W1000X

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Pros: Beautifully Crafted, Great Comfort, Wonderful Sounstage, Prominent Bass

Cons: Pleather Earpads, mids get a little overpowered at higher volumes

    Equipment Used: PS Audio Power Plant Premier > Macbook Pro > USB > PS Audio Perfectwave DAC > Woo Audio 5 (Shuguang 300B-Z Output, Shuguang CV-181-Z Driver, EML 5U4G Rectifier)   Aesthetic / Build Quality: This headphone is quite a handsome headphone with very clean lines.  The magnesium frame is very sturdily built and the 3D wings have been tweaked over the years by Audio Technica, and you can tell that this is a great frame that will last with lots of abuse.  The Wooden cups are of American Cherry wood and have a nice reddish / orange color with nice lacquer.  In terms of wood it looks a lot better than many Denon headphones and JVC and once again you can...
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Br777

Audio Technica W1000X

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Pros: tight, precise, seperated, punchy sound excellent build quality and beautiful!

Cons: pretty sibilant without eq pretty sharp bass roll off below 50hz mids too forward for my taste

As I always say, I am an ameteur reviewer, so please keep this in mind.    I should just state out front that I think these are pretty great headphones.  In the simplest of terms, they just sound good.  Relative to their price level, I believe that Liking vs Not liking these headphones is simply matter of personal taste based on the type of sound you like. equipment used to test: win7 64bit Foobar/wasapi  Keces DA 151 MKII dac.  Hifiman EF-5 SS/Tube hybrid amp, Decware Zen Head Solid State amp.  Radio shack cables.  ears x2 put over 200 hours music burn in on these and have owned them roughly 1 month.Build/Comfort/fit - 10/10 very sturdy, and very comfortable. not too tight, not too...
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Mercuttio

ATH-W1000X

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Pros: Glorious midrange, beautiful with vocals, fantastic rich bass

Cons: If the source is too bright, these will accentuate it, pleather pads (minus one star from design for that)

  Firstly, fit and finish: I am able to wear these guys for upwards of 7 hours in any day. The ATH "wing" mechanism is excellent, and one of the best headphone fit devices on the market. Perfect fit, every time, even if someone else tries them out. Totally amazing. Unlike the W5000, these suit my head nicely (I have a fairly large noggin) and stay in place even if I shake my head about.  The cups are still super nice looking. No change there, of course. The pads... the pads. I'd say that's the one physical part that isn't up to par. The pleather is very clearly NOT leather and while that itself isn't particularly unremarkable, it isn't particularly nice looking...
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winkyeye

ATH W1000X

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Pros: sound quality at price point, beautiful, can be found at resonable price, decent isolation for full size, design, feels light on head

Cons: can be excessively bright depending on source, slightly uncomfortable for after long durations, cables too long for my use

Comparison review found here: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/564964/comparison-ath-w1000x-vs-ultrasone-pro-900#post_7646172
Quazimoto

A gorgeous sound, classy and timeless appearance - the best closed headphone under $1k I've heard

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Pros: Beautiful tone curve (warm without being muddy), crystal clear, Audio-Technica comfort, great value compared to competition

Cons: Price (if you pay full retail)

It took me a while to warm up to this set of ATH-W1000X, because they are just so warm compared to what I'm used to, so it sounded like they lacked the clarity of my other sets (which, to be fair, are excellent and very expensive sets such as the Beyerdynamic T1 and the open ATH-AD2000X) - but it's not that the clarity is lacking, it's just that your ears are full of warmth and you don't notice that EVERY detail is there. My title, pros and cons say it all really - it is not a cheap set, but I firmly believe that they're the best closed headphones under $1000 I've heard, so given that, they're a steal at about $450 US/$550 AU. If you are really savvy, you can get them cheaper, so that's a...
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jbarr1989

Very enjoyable headphones

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Pros: Sound good with pretty much everything, Look really, really nice, Great value at current price

Cons: Headband, non-detachable cable

I bought a pair of these recently, I'm one of many who took advantage of the $399 deal on these.  I think for the price I paid they are a pretty good deal, but they do have some issues.  They are certainly an attractive pair of headphones.  Cable looks and feels a bit cheap, but the 1/4" plug is quite nice.  To me these sound a lot like my D7000s, although certainly not as good, pretty close overall.  They have robust bass response, although it lacks some extension and can sound a bit muddy at times.  I found the midrange on these not quite as good as others describe, to me it sounded a bit strange.  The highs on these seemed a bit dull to...
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3X0

At its current price, an astonishing value.

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Pros: Great build/style, uniquely expansive sound with rich bass, engaging mids and potent treble.

Cons: Shortchanged by horrific stock pleather pads, potentially temperamental fit and comfort depending on pads

I am glad to finally see Audio Technica offerings with a decent retail presence in the United States, and with reasonable prices to boot. The W1000X was reviewed positively at an import price of $500-700 several years ago. Today, you can purchase a pair for $399 shipped via BuyDig (a subsidiary of Beach Camera, an authorized AT retailer). I consider it fully competitive with other offerings of a similar price range such as the HD 650 and HF-2 at stock, and a notch above either with aftermarket earpads. Like the two aforementioned competitors are to Sennheiser and Grado, I consider the ATH-W1000X to be a showcase of a distinct voice within the Audio Technica family that begs a listen. ...
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galvy

Very high quality headphones

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Pros: Comfortable, smooth yet detailed, fairly neutral response

Cons: Relatively expensive

Bought my ATH-W1000X headphones used, with leather earcups and an improved cable.  Using a Linn Mimik CD Player and an older Woo WA-3 with Amperex (Holland) tubes, and getting what I consider exceptional sound for from dynamic drivers.  I also use a Stax Sigma with a Stax SRT-1W amp/preamp, and the Audio Technica 'phones come reasonablyly close to the Sigmas through the Woo amp.  I listen to classical and jazz both through speakers and headphones, and I'm quite please with both the sound and feel of the ATH-W1000X's.
ksvieb

Great!

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Pros: Design, Comfort

Cons: Leakage, clamp might be too loose for some

Really wanting to buy the AD2000 I got the W1000x on the Japanese Yahoo Auction site for a ridiculously low price of 29000 yen. They are used but have almost no wear or tear. I guess they have been broken in alreay, but I really can't say. The might have been used as an exposition model since the plug doesn't show any wear.   Using my Sony XBA-3 in the office most of the time, I found the W1000X not as immersive as I would have liked. IEMs make me feel a lot more "inside" the music.    The worst thing that's keeping me from using these "closed" cans everyday is the VERY bad leakage. Sitting in a cubicled office these would annoy everyone else when using them at...
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