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Audio Technica ATH W100, are they worth getting?

post #1 of 26
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My dad says he will give me his BRAND NEW, NOT EVEN OUT OF THE PACKAGING Audio Technica ATH W100's as a birthday present. But are they worth having???

What do people think???
post #2 of 26
I would have to say yes
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by jken89
My dad says he will give me his BRAND NEW, NOT EVEN OUT OF THE PACKAGING Audio Technica ATH W100's as a birthday present. But are they worth having???

What do people think???
Depends on how and where you use them and what they'll be connected to.

They are a nice quality set of headphones which appear to be able to be used with quite humble source equipment.

However, is there a cunning plan to get you hooked on Hi-Fi thereby spending a fortune on new stuff which Dad can then try too?

For my sins I find them a tad bright but I have long been turned to the darkside of the force known as Sennheiser. If you search here you'll find a few of us UK members have them and are still running them in.

Have you used/tried many headphones yet?

Give us a few more details like your music preferences and type of equipment and I'm sure a few more will jump in with comments.

Welcome to Head-Fi ...
post #4 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by jken89
My dad says he will give me his BRAND NEW, NOT EVEN OUT OF THE PACKAGING Audio Technica ATH W100's as a birthday present. But are they worth having???

What do people think???
Using the statement "worth having" along with "birthday present" makes no sense. Take them FREE and judge for yourself. Your ears will tell you if they are worth having, not a bunch of headphile geeks .

Present, free - you take.
post #5 of 26
But his Dad may be offering an alternative if he does not want the headphones.

Ask for a car instead - all Dads love being asked that, it's what we live for Just be prepared to laugh when he invites you to Toys R Us to choose one.
post #6 of 26
I would also say yes, I have the W100's and love them. Not only are they beautiful but to my ears they are detailed and have a good soundstage. They are a tad brighter then the Senn headphones and don't pack a lot of bass slam if you're a basshead. They do offer just enough bass that is tight and just right for my listening needs. There are many here who would kill to receive pair of W100's for free (myself included) as it has been discontinued long ago and are quite difficult to find even on the secondary markets. Do a search on the W100's here to read up on some of the impressions that other members have posted about them.
post #7 of 26

Thoughts...

They're decent 'phones, but their rarity and wooden appearance have more to do with their appeal, IMO. The soundstage is compressed, the bass lacks authority and the treble is "etchy." The midrange is also too dry, and I never felt the music was involving with the W100. Still, the headphones are better than some $200 'phones and they really are comfortable with the $50 W2002 leather earpad upgrade. I prefer the W100 to the analytical and cold W1000, so in that regard they merit some value, but IMO the A1000 and even A900 are better cans than the W100. I guess I would say that the W100 is all wood and no substance, and the W2002 is the only wooden headphone from AT I find reasonable (though I still think it's way overrated). Actually, the only AT phone that I really enjoy is the L3000, but that'll set one back several yen.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by NeilPeart
They're decent 'phones, but their rarity and wooden appearance have more to do with their appeal, IMO. The soundstage is compressed, the bass lacks authority and the treble is "etchy." The midrange is also too dry, and I never felt the music was involving with the W100. Still, the headphones are better than some $200 'phones and they really are comfortable with the $50 W2002 leather earpad upgrade. I prefer the W100 to the analytical and cold W1000, so in that regard they merit some value, but IMO the A1000 and even A900 are better cans than the W100. I guess I would say that the W100 is all wood and no substance, and the W2002 is the only wooden headphone from AT I find reasonable (though I still think it's way overrated). Actually, the only AT phone that I really enjoy is the L3000, but that'll set one back several yen.
I don't know what headphone you were listening to but that sure doesn't describe the W100's I owned, in fact it sounds pretty much like the antithesis of the W100's.
post #9 of 26
It has been mentioned by Hirsch in another thread that sound varies between W100's.
post #10 of 26
There are two distinct W100 sounds I've heard. One is bright, and lacks low end. The other has rich mids, lots of bass, and better dynamics than W2002. I was able to compare my current W100 to a friend's, and this difference was readily apparent. My friend has since bought a new set of W100 drivers from AT, which are breaking in now. According to him, the sound of his W100's is much closer to mine now. I'll see if I can compare them again after the burn-in period.

The "good" W100 is an excellent headphone. The "bad" W100 is not.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by elnero
I don't know what headphone you were listening to but that sure doesn't describe the W100's I owned, in fact it sounds pretty much like the antithesis of the W100's.
I agree..when i had my pair, they were the total opposite of what Neilpearl said. The mids were full and lush, and overall they were very pleasant to listen to.
post #12 of 26
what a childish rant.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by bobx2001
what a childish rant.
Strange first post!

Which poster is being childish?
post #14 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by jken89
My dad says he will give me his BRAND NEW, NOT EVEN OUT OF THE PACKAGING Audio Technica ATH W100's as a birthday present. But are they worth having???

What do people think???

Worth having? Not at all.

Today is your lucky day, though. I'm working for the government in the Useless Headphone Disposal Agency. You can send them to us and for a small fee we will accept them.

But seriously, if the sound of the W100 is similar to the W2002, and it could be if you are lucky according to Hirsch, then you should get them.

Enjoy them!
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by bobx2001
what a childish rant.
as far as i can tell, the only childish behavior in this thread is yours.
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