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Audio-Technica Announces Revised ART Monitor Series, New Open Headphones

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On September 20, Audio-Technica announced their latest products in the popular A-series "ART Monitor" linen of full-sized closed headphones, marking the first time in nine years that the company has completely revamped its midrange offerings. The ATH-A500X, ATH-A700X, and ATH-A900X are all said to use newly developed 53mm drivers in housings that appear to be a cross between the higher-end A1000X and A2000X and the previous midrange entries. Many AT fans will be pleased to learn that the A900X uses newly designed earpads that are similar in build to those of the A1000X; this should improve comfort and, at the very least, improve durability. The new A500X, A700X, and A900X will be available in Japan on October 14 are expected to sell for roughly ¥10,000, ¥15,000, and ¥20,000 respectively.

Audio-Technica also announced a new entry-level open-air headphone series which appear to be based on the ATH-T### series closed headphones. These include the ATH-TAD500 which utilizes 53mm drivers. These will also be available on October 14 with prices ranging from ¥3,000 for the TAD300 to ¥7,000 for the TAD500.


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The ATH-900X and its handsome black aluminum finish

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The A500X and A700X use colors that are familiar to users of the A500 and A700.

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The new ATH-TAD500 is an affordable open-air option.


audio-technica News Release 2011.8.24

オーテク、53mm径ドライバ搭載のアートモニター3機種 -AV Watch

オーテク、オープン型ヘッドフォン4モデル -AV Watch
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Originally Posted by kjk1281 View Post


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The new ATH-TAD500 is an affordable open-air option.
 


Very attractive headphone.  No wings though, interesting.

 

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Interesting. I shall have to check them out next time I'm in the city. 

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Great move by AT. It should bring a new hype for the A series which I thought were not very popular on head-fi.

 

Not a fan of the new open design look though. Looks like a AD700/Pro700 hybrid.

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on the open-air one, it looks like the cups swivel, the AD700 looked better IMO, but maybe this one have more than only mids

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If they could improve the horrible A900 midrange with the A900X, I'd be interested.

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I wonder why it isn't possible for AT to use the same headband-frames from A900x for W1000X/A2000x and so on. 

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Very attractive headphone.  No wings though, interesting.

 


Wings are very uncomfortable for me. I welcome these changes. Hopefully they will remove these terrible things on other models too. beyersmile.png

 

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I'll wait for the reviews on them...i want to upgrade my A900's. God! They look sexy. tongue.gif

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Hrm,


Cool. I have this strange love for closed headphones with good natural sound and great sound stages that defy physics. But I also love bass, so I hope AudioTechnica remembered to include some bass this time around.

 

Very best,

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Wow, I can't say anything else except I want those right now.

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I WANT THE 900x!!!!

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Why did they steal a page from the AKG method of designing headbands?  On the other hand, the headbands do look nicely padded and comfortable.

 

Also, here's the price conversions from the Japanes Yen to the U.S. Dollar (as of 9/20/2011):

 

ATH-A500X - $130.68

ATH-A700X - $196.03

ATH-A900X - $261.37

 

ATH-TAD300 - $39.21

ATH-TAD500 - $91.48

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The problem is, the X-series sounded like the engineers had taken way too many drugs when they tuned them, unless you plug them into a HA-5000, where they sound fantastic.  I might be crazy, but I felt that the W1000X + HA-5000 = L3000 for a fraction of the cost. The W1000Xs through a Luxman P-1u otherwise sounded just ok and the A2000X were a serious WTF.

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The problem is, the X-series sounded like the engineers had taken way too many drugs when they tuned them, unless you plug them into a HA-5000, where they sound fantastic.  I might be crazy, but I felt that the W1000X + HA-5000 = L3000 for a fraction of the cost. The W1000Xs through a Luxman P-1u otherwise sounded just ok and the A2000X were a serious WTF.



I agreed about the A2000x, I got it on Friday, and on Saturday I put up for sale.

 

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