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

Positive Reviews


A steal for the quality.


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


Poor support system means other considerations are irrelevant


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!


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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Audio Technica ATH-A900X


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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[Comparison Review] AKG K550 & Audio Technical ATH-A900X


Pros: Detailed, sparkly treble. Warm, sweet mids. Good soundstage and imaging.

Cons: Mid-bass bloat. Bass isn't particularly tight and extension isn't great (not much sub-bass). Treble is noticeably grainy compared to K550.

Comparison Review: ATH-A900X, AKG K550   Two years ago, when I was looking to upgrade my aging ATH-A9X, I came across the AKG K550 and the ATH-A900X, both then newly-released, with several head-fiers reporting that they are tonally-similar headphones. Unable to decide which one to get, I bought both to do a comparison. I ended up keeping the K550 for myself and giving the A900X to my wife (who still uses it and loves it).   Below are my thoughts regarding how these two cans compare.   ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Craftsmanship & Comfort   Audio-Technica ATH-A900X The A900X isn't a bad-looking headphone, but lacks K550's elegance. That said, comfort level is excellent and...
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One of the best Closed cans I have ever owned!


Pros: Great highs, punchy lows, surprisingly wide soundstage for closed cans, fits pretty much any head with the 'wings' and looks very stylish!

Cons: My ears are too big for the cups, others will likely have no issues with this. No detachable cable, which then makes me say the cable is too long.

My first review on a pair of cans and also the very first pair that introduced me into the Audiophile family!   I haven't used a hell of a lot of closed cans. They mostly comprise of a few 'gaming headsets' and my last ever headset which these replaced, the G4ME ZERO from Sennheiser. The only other pair of cans I have used that were closed back were the DT770's at a local shop on demo. Unfortunately, the DT770's were not hooked up to a good audio source so I can't really use them for comparison... What I can say though, is going from generic gaming headsets to standalone headphones was the best decision I have made in regards to anything to do with audio. Along with getting my...
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Think ATH M50S But With Added Detail, Clarity And Range. Superb Headphones But For Larger Heads Only!!!


Pros: If You've a Large Size head, Then These Will Fit Well. Outstanding Sound Clarity - Unquestionably Better Than the Popular ATHM50S. V Comfortable.

Cons: Definitely Avoid these if your head size is Medium or below. Due to Design, They will only fit you well if you head size is Large or Extra Large!

PLEASE NOTE:   (1) This reviewer rates headphones relative to the price paid. 5 stars at £1000, in other words, will not be directly comparable with 5/5 at £100. Unless, that is, it's specifically stated to the contrary, my ratings are given strictly relative to other headphones in the item's approximately comparable price range, only.    (2) *AN IMPORTANT CAVEAT ON HEAD SIZE* Firstly, do not even consider buying these if your head size (or hat size) is anywhere less than 'Large'. Please take that as fair warning. Seriously, *if* your head is sized medium, they simply won't fit you; what's more, you'll (unjustly) feel like giving these one star, just like the female...
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Do your ears a favor and pick them up. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.


Pros: Amazing sound quality for the price. Extremely comfortable.

Cons: "Wing" design system. Very long cable.

Hello everybody!   So just like last time im gonna start with where to buy these headphones. They can be bought for $160usd and a whooping $326cad on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca respectively. I didn’t buy these from any of those sites though. I bought mine off of Kijiji, Canada’s Craigslist, for a mere $100cad. Id highly recommend looking to find a nice used pair of these headphones on Kijiji, Craigslist, or whatever used classified site you know. Thankfully my pair was in near perfect condition. Even the box was mint. Speaking of the box, lets get on to the packaging.   So these bad boys come in a standard black box with a little flap with a window to reveal the headphones...
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Great allrounders


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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