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audio-technica ATH series headphones are FULLY ADJUSTABLE.

post #1 of 33
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About a year ago I purchased a pair of the A55's, and last week I upgraded to the AD700's. In both cases the headphones fit my head too tightly under the ears, and too loose higher up. I am tall and thin and my head is similarly shaped.

I've read many reviews and forum comments from persons saying their new audio-technica headphones would not fit their heads. Some have even returned them for that reason. That is really sad considering how easy it is to adjust them. This mod does not require the use of rubber bands or special tools, and can be done in about 5 minutes time.

Considering the properties of the hoops or bands that connect the left and right halves of the headphones, I concluded that they must have a core of some type of springy steel. To me what this means is that it would be safe to attempt to bend them into a new shape.

For my head, I wanted there to be less pressure at the bottom of the headphones, but narrower at the top. The headphone bands have a very round arc right out of the box. What I wanted was more of an upside down "U" shape - straighter near the two ends of the arc, but a tighter curve at the center.

So what I did was make three separate bend changes. To give it a tighter curve in the center I firmly grasped each side of the connecting hoops using both hands, a few inches apart, and then gave them a few inward tweaks. Bending them far enough to go beyond the point of springiness, but not so hard as to kink them. Don't try to do it all at once - build up to it over the course of several bends, increasing pressure each time until it seems like they might have changed a tiny bit. Its really a matter of feel to know when you have successfully made a change to the curvature.

I also did the same at each end of the headphone hoops, but this time lessening the amount of curvature in them. I firmly grasped both hoops again with a few inches between each hand, but this time nearer to one one end or the other. For adjusting the bend down near the ear pieces it seems like a good idea to make sure you are holding the hoops in both hands - if you had one hand moved completely off of the hoops onto the ear cups, then I think you could potentially damage the plastic end pieces where the hoops connect to the ear cups. We're talking very small bend changes here, so don't go overboard with the force. Try them on in-between bends to see how they are fitting.

These new AD700's are very light, and now that they fit correctly I can barely tell I have them on for extended periods of time. I hope this post helps some of you audio-technica headphone owners find that perfect fit.
post #2 of 33
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I keep seeing posts around the internets from people saying their AT headphones don't fit well so I'm curious if anyone else has tried this yet?
post #3 of 33
I did this to my W5000s before I saw your post. Seemed like the intuitive thing to do. A lot of people complain about the fit of the W5000s...I think they are just worried about trying to bend their $800 headphones (or according to AT $15000).
post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by .coco View Post
I did this to my W5000s before I saw your post. Seemed like the intuitive thing to do. A lot of people complain about the fit of the W5000s...I think they are just worried about trying to bend their $800 headphones (or according to AT $15000).
I complained because out of the A-Ts I've owned (W10vtg, W11jpn, W2002, L3000, W5000) the W5000 is the only one that fit like crap. The others all fit perfectly without alteration. Yes, I could've bent the metal wires to hell to get a slightly better fit, but after plenty of experimentation with clamping force (applied manually) and pad re-arrangement, I determined that massive bending would perhaps only get me only say, 1/3rd towards the sound signature I desired (L3000-ish). That would definitely affect resale value, and I liked the L3000 much better anyways, so I sold them before bending.

A-T is somewhat of a mystery to me. They've shown they CAN make a great-fitting headphone, and that they CAN make an awesome sounding headphone (L3000), yet they choose to release headphones that stray all over the map on those two issues.
post #5 of 33
heh...the L3000's are running for ~$2500 these days. Quite a price difference from the W5000s.
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Originally Posted by mulveling View Post
I complained because out of the A-Ts I've owned (W10vtg, W11jpn, W2002, L3000, W5000) the W5000 is the only one that fit like crap. The others all fit perfectly without alteration. Yes, I could've bent the metal wires to hell to get a slightly better fit, but after plenty of experimentation with clamping force (applied manually) and pad re-arrangement, I determined that massive bending would perhaps only get me only say, 1/3rd towards the sound signature I desired (L3000-ish). That would definitely affect resale value, and I liked the L3000 much better anyways, so I sold them before bending.

A-T is somewhat of a mystery to me. They've shown they CAN make a great-fitting headphone, and that they CAN make an awesome sounding headphone (L3000), yet they choose to release headphones that stray all over the map on those two issues.
Yeah, I was pretty surprised at how poorly the W5000 fit compared to your L3000 and I think purk's W11JPN. They fit perfectly with no messing around, but I had to bend the hell out of my W5000's headband to get it to sound right. Not what I was expecting at all.

Oh well, AKG fits better anyways.
post #7 of 33
I just wanted to say thank you for your post. I am large guy, 300 lbs with a large head. Well, I bought the Audio-Technica AD700's to have a different sound than my grado SR-80's which are very bright. Don't get me wrong, I like both phones for the type of music I am listening to. However, the AD700's sounded really awesome when I pressed on the cup so it was flat on my ear. I bent them as you suggested, and wow they sound even more awesome now!
post #8 of 33
just be careful with this, though, because the bands serve as the wires connecting the two transducers. (well, at least that's what I assume, because they're the only thing connecting the cups. )
post #9 of 33
Nice! I wouldn't be brave enough to do that! :P

Although now I don't think they have much of a resale value... but nevermind cause you ain't selling them anyway!
post #10 of 33

Check out the pic

I don't think I damaged them in anyway.

Check out the pic

post #11 of 33
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I don't think I damaged them in anyway.

Check out the pic

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wow, that is quite an amount of bend!
post #12 of 33
too bad I can't do that with my esw10jpn...
wish they were a bit tighter on top...
post #13 of 33
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wow, that is quite an amount of bend!
I agree! I didn't realize you were talking about that noticeable an amount!
post #14 of 33
Thread Starter 
When I bent mine it really didn't take much. If you didn't know they had been bent, you probably wouldn't guess it unless you compared it to a non-bent version. I just made very minor adjustments at a time and tried them on in-between bends. However much you have to bend them to fit your head seems safe enough if you do it that way. Thanks for the pic Marcusgi.
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by marcusgi View Post
I don't think I damaged them in anyway.

Check out the pic

Looks like the apex was bent in too far, and the bars near the ear cups were not bent out far enough.
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