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Audio Technica ATH-A900X | Art Monitor Headphones (Japan Import) Reviews

Positive Reviews

Yazen

A steal for the quality.

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Pros: Over Ear, Little Clamp, Quality for the price

Cons: Little Clamp (For some oddballs :P), Pleathery pads, Wing system

I do not have a large head, nor an obscure shaped one.  What I can tell you is that they are by far the best sounding headphone you will get at $99.   They are genre plastic, and do well with many types of genres.   They can be sibilant under poorly recorded / low quality music files using Asian DACs/DAPs.  Under DAPs such as the Zune HD, and the Nokia 808, sibilance is not as common.  This is only a minor gripe, as they have never been sibilant to the point where they fatigue. Comfort can be a mixed bag for some, my only issue with comfort was giving the pads time to break in. The Wing System is notorious in the Head-Fi community.  Most people...
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Negative Reviews

commando

Poor support system means other considerations are irrelevant

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Pros: (none)

Cons: Ineffective 3D wing support system means they're not suitable even for home use

I owned the original A900 for many years, it was a fantastic headphone. After it was stolen I ordered the A900X from AudioCubes in Japan, slightly nervous because I'd read of problems with the new 3D wing system.   I was dismayed when the A900X headphones arrived that the widely reported problems with the wing system were true. The only thing holding them to my head (slightly smaller than average) was the low to moderate clamping force, the 3D wing provided no support at all. Sitting entirely still they stayed in place, but as soon as I moved at all in my seat they slid down. Before long they ended up resting on my ears, which is uncomfortable. Putting a rubber band between the...
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More Reviews

chili dude96

Incredible Headphones!

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Pros: Huge Soundstage! Great Detail, Clarity, Imaging, and Instrument Seperation. Very Balanced!

Cons: Some may not like the fit, others (such as me) find these some of the most comfortable headphones.

Sound Treble: The treble is awesome. The high notes aren't sharp or sibilant, they just sound effortless. Mid-Range: The midrange is a strong part of the A900Xs. Male and Female vocals sound warm and rich, but don't overpower the treble or the bass. Bass: The bass is tight and controlled. That is not to say its bad, I think its very good. For people who want boomy bass, this isn't for them. But for most people, it has a very nice, controlled, but still full bass. Soundstage: The soundstage is incredible. On well-mastered tracks you can hear the sound coming at you from all directions! I've never heard headphones with a better soundstage. If you game, this headphones are...
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Mshenay

Audio Technica ATH-A900X

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Pros: Highs, price, Fun Factor, balanced bass

Cons: Bass could be tighter, fit for some, and mids for some

  Ath A900x [$93 used]   Test Process   Source Win 7[Foobar2000 WASAPI] -> oDac -> MonoPrice Premium Coaxial Cables -> Matrix M Stage [0  [w1000x Akg K550/+18 db Gain Lme 49990 OpAmp]   Will be enjoyed at face, no comparisons to be made considering the price.   As always gain and volume are adjusted for each headphone. [To ensure each has equal volume levels, despite gain.]   7/9 Songs are without EQ, Benga-Invasion and Kidnap Kid-Animaux  do feature an EQ added by me. This should demonstrate the ability of a headphone to handle EQ.]   Personal Back-story     I recently sold my old Beyerdynamic Dt 880 Pro 250 ohms, and since then I've been in search of something that captured...
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Bagheera

Comparison Review: ATH-A900X & ATH-A9X vs AKG K550

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Pros: Detailed, sparkly treble. Warm, engaging mids. Good sound stage and positioning.

Cons: Bass too boomy and not linear enough.

Comparison Review: ATH-A9X, ATH-A900X, AKG K550 Edition 2   I have decided to update this review, not only because I've spent some more time with both the K550 and the A900X, but because I found frequency response measurements for both of them on Golden Ears. I know not everyone likes the way they measure, but since there are no professional reviews of A900X other than on DigitalVersus, and since you shouldn't compare measurements taken by different websites/reviewers, I felt this was the best course of action to take.  I have also updated/adjusted several observations in the sound quality section, a lot of which I feel is much more quantifiable now that I have reliable...
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Mink

Great allrounders

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Pros: Big, slight warm, dynamically fluid and textured sound

Cons: Dryish texture can become grating

These headphones generally are excellent. They possess this remarkable mixture of openness and intimacy at the same time. There’s a true sense of soundstage, with a good width and depth and still they manage to sound pretty direct, upfront and dynamic. Their tonal balance is well judged, with a (slightly bigger than) slight emphasize on the low mids and mid bass, which gives any music a pleasant body, I particularly like this with classical. The highs are spot on, I never encountered any nasty sibilance.   As said they generally are great…when I’m feeling fine that is, and luckily most of the time I do. I am greeted by a big cloud of effortless and dynamically fluid music...
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