One Of the best bass-oriented headphones in this price range

A Review On: Audio-Technica ATH-WS77 SOLID BASS Portable Headphones (Japan Import)

Audio-Technica ATH-WS77 SOLID BASS Portable Headphones (Japan Import)

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Pros: Very controlled bass, excellent pads, soundstage, stylish, 90 degree jack

Cons: Cables are a bit thin, feels slightly flimsy

The WS77 is a bassy headphone that does practically everything well.

Before I begin, big thanks to Audio-Technica for the review sample!
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Build - The WS77 honestly feels a bit flimsy to the touch. I don't personally think that reflects on the durability though. Most of the build is plastic, but the adjusting frame and the back of the ear cups are aluminum. The back of the cups are also made of aluminum. The aluminum has a circular pattern which gives it a cool effect when light hits it. Reminds me of the volume knob on many amps that I've come across.
Comfort - The pads on these headphones are excellent. Some of the best that I've used. Many headphones that I've used at this price normally have some stiffer and more 'generic' pleather, like the kind used on the M50's pads. These, however, are much, much softer, smoother, and ultimately just more comfortable. While there is a good amount of clamping force, the softness and plushness of the pads make the clamp an insignificant factor.  
Bass - the bass is the main selling point in these headphones, but when it comes to the sound, it's not the only thing that you get. The bass is warm, very controlled, and has some added impact. Many bass-oriented headphones that I've come across have far too much impact and annoy me, but that's not the case with the WS77. The bass is very well refined. I would say that these have the best bass that I've heard from a bass-oriented headphone under $200. Truly amazing. 
Mids - The mids are warm and oh so sweet. For a basshead headphone, the mids are some of the best that I've heard. Vocals sound right where they should, to my ears. No significant recession.
Treble - The treble is very smooth, but detailed. While it is a bit laid back, the details just pour out of everything I throw at these headphones. Normally I'm not too big a fan of darker treble, but it's just done so well with the WS77.

Soundstage - I am VERY impressed with the amount of space that these headphones have. Normally this amount of space is reserved for headphones with larger cups and/or open-backed headphones. Depth is rivaled by headphones like Audio Technica's own A700x, and almost as much as my trusty DT770 Pro. Width is slightly above average. 

I find these headphones to work well with basically all music, but my preferred genres to use it with are electronic, rock, and metal.

Overall - I highly recommend these headphones to anyone looking for a versatile, bassy headphone. Incredible headphones. 



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