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Audio-Technica Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones (ATH-WS55BK) Reviews

alvincapalad

WS55s, the portable baby M50

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Pros: Stylish, Build quality, Punchy bass, Clear mids and highs

Cons: Hard clamp, ear pad size is between an over-ear and on-ear style

Fresh out of the box, with 0 burn-in hours, I put their headphones on my head I immediately noticed the signature hard-clamps of an Audio-Technica and an exceptionally clarity of its sound.   Demoed on FLAC quality audio using tunes from Daft Punk (dance), Lost Fingers (jazz crossover), Best of Chesky and Audiophile tests (jazz), Sitti Navarro (live bossa), Damien Marley (reggae/hiphop crossover), Deadmau5 (house), Norah Jones (classic jazz), everything played nicely.   Value: For an asking price of $70 to $105, this is a steal. The build quality is great, signature sounds of an Audio-Technica; clear mids and highs, punchy natural sounding bass, simply like a...
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vaibhavp

Fun sounding, decent Value

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Pros: Tight Bass, Detailed treble

Cons: Hard Clamp

This is my first review on head-fi. Please excuse if you don't find extensive or very helpful.   First I would like to explain sound signature. I am new to this audiophile business and will try to describe sound as best as I can.   Headphones have strong and impact full bass, not overpowering, clear mids, not very detailed but decent, clear and detailed treble. I have not heard a lot of headphones that have V shaped sound signature, so can't say if its V shaped but vocals and instruments don't feel recessed or in background.   But bass and treble are clear focus of these headphones. Decent treble presence and detail give these a bright character. They are very musical...
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SpecSpriggs

Great bass for the buck

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Pros: Tight Bass, Overall nice consumer sound

Cons: Uncomfortable as all hell

Before I get into the gory details, I have to start with saying that I bought these refurbished for $34 on amazon, which is an absolute steal(boosting up my Value rating). If you can get them before they're out of stock, absolutely grab a pair. Now then, onto the good stuff.   The Look: I personally love the styling of the Vmoda Crossfade line of headphones over almost all others, but the minimalistic look Audio Technica uses I think is beautiful and not all up in your grill with branding like some other headphones. Matte Black with silver accents, making for a finger print free headphone. Brilliant.   The Build: The headphones feel really light for what is claimed...
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TheGame21x

Fashionably Solid Bass

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Pros: Nice, Well Defined Bass, Fashionable, Good Treble Extension

Cons: Recessed Mids, Slightly Sibilant at Times,

  Accessories: These ship with a leather drawstring carrying bag and that’s it.   Design and Build Quality: The lightweight plastic construction of the headphones themselves is more durable than one might expect when picking them up but they fold flat for storage and the dual entry cable is thicker than many competitors I’ve tested and seems capable of dealing with day to day usage.   Comfort and Isolation: The WS55 is a supra-aural (on ear) headphone with decently padded earpads that are reasonably comfortable but I’d much prefer if they were a bit thicker and softer. Isolation is moderate, nothing special but likely good enough for most uses.   ...
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pro1137

A Real Treat

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Pros: Very tight and controlled bass, energetic treble, excellent cup swiveling feature for portable functionality, makes electronic music come alive

Cons: Strong clamping force at first, build feels a bit fragile, V-Shaped signature not best for mid-centric music, treble can get a bit splashy

First, let me thank the people over at Audio-Technica for sending me a sample of these for review. You rock! I was a bit skeptical at first about how these would sound, but when I put them on and started listening, I was instantly blown away. These headphones really make electronic music shine, especially with more atmospheric songs. DnB, electro and dubstep are perfectly reproduced. However, these don't just make electronic music sound incredible, but everything I tried with them sounded incredible; from Mozart, to Styx, all the way to Skrillex, Rchetype and back.  The Audio-Technica Solid Bass WS55 stands up to its name. These have some of the most controlled and detailed bass...
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Darknet

WS55s...xD for a lack of a better title

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Pros: Looks(not on your head though lol), relatively clear, natural bass

Cons: comfort, build quality

I used and Htc One S and fiio e11 (no bass change) *this is by no mean hi fi, but then again both of these headphones are entry level and not reall "hi fi" either Looks/Comfort Well these things look great when you look at them straight on, but when you actually wear them the parts that connect the driver portion sticks out awkwardly and looks kinda funny. And as for the comfort the the ear pad size (half on/over ear) doesn't help, the ear pads seem to stiffen after a couple weeks of usage. I can only wear it for around 1-2 hours before my years start hurting. Build Quality The build quality is fine and doesn't feel like the headphone will break, but one thing that annoys me...
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