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Audio-Technica ATH-W1000 Headphones

50% Positive Reviews
Rated #20 in Noise-Canceling

Posted

Pros: Detailed, insightful, textured presentation in the mids/upper registers. Comfortable, with phenomenal build quality

Cons: lack of bass

I've had these cans for a couple of years, and I got them knowing they had a 'forward' tonal presentation. That calms down after some serious break in time, but they are still quite bass-shy. Bass is definitely there through the range of acoustic instruments, but they aren't going to faithfully represent the deepest double bass kicks when you are rocking out to some Slayer. That said, they are textured, detailed, and nuanced in their presentation. You can *feel* the bite of rosined bow on string, hear the space around the players - hell, you can even hear if the players are nervous :) 

 

I wish the tonal balance extended further down into the lower registers, but if I want detail, texture, and air these are the cans I reach for. 

 

 

Equipment : Fiio E17, Macbook Pro. Pioneer SACD player, audio alchemy DAC ,My trusty old technics integrated. Other phones Monster Turbine Pro Copper, Etymotic er6i, Ultimate Ears Super Fi Pro 5.

Posted

Pros: Great looks/feel, very easy to wear, impeccable build

Cons: A positively awful tonal balance, criminally bass shy and overemphasised mids make them sound like a megaphone

I did not really find anything that I liked a lot in the tonality of these headphones, As low points, a lack of bass, a forward, high frequency emphasised sound. I’d be hard pressed to listen to anything on these for enjoyment or even background listening, personally speaking. I like them less than the by far cheaper Grado’s. As these are closed back headphones sound output from the headphones is lowered, which can be the deciding factor in some cases.
 
These headphones are an enigma to me. A lot of care and effort has gone into their design and I can only conclude that the tonal balance with all its faults and flaws was designed intentionally like this. Maybe this type of sound will appeal to some, in me it produced a strong rejection. 
 
I really wanted to like these headphones, they look great, I can afford them and wearing them feels great, but the sound quality is a total letdown to me. If only I could have the sound of the Sennheiser HD-600 with the build and price tag of the ATH-W1000, I’d go and buy one now.

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/648968/a-headphone-shootout-from-a-speaker-listener-testing-eight-headphones-from-80-to-1-200#post_9114841
Audio-Technica ATH-W1000 Headphones
Description:

Audio-Technica's ATH-W100 wooden headphones were among its most popular models. Now, those phones have been revamped into the ATH-W1000, sure to carve their own niche in the audiophile market. The closed back, Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S.) provides solid bass reproduction, while the faux-leather ear pads with wooden cups are comfortable and look beautiful as they isolate your ears from outside noise. Compatible with SACD playback for the ultimate sonic experience.

Details:
DetailValue
BrandAudio-Technica
Feature6.3mm gold-plated stereo connector
LabelAudio-Technica
List Price$789.00
ManufacturerAudio-Technica
ModelATH-W1000
MPNATH-W1000
Package Quantity1
Product GroupMusical Instruments
Product Type NameSOUND_AND_RECORDING_EQUIPMENT
PublisherAudio-Technica
StudioAudio-Technica
TitleAudio-Technica ATH-W1000 Headphones, ¹
Batteries Included1
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