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Review: A Jewel for the Price: Audio-Technica TAD400

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Last year, Audio-Technica had released several new products (as they always does.)

However, most people had their eyes only on the top lines such as W3000ANV, ck100 pro, etc.

But there are some great jewels among the new line TAD series.

I come across one, TAD400.

Put it simply, it's the M50 in open back design! 

The price is great, one can grab TAD400 for around $50 dollars, even at $70 here in Taiwan, I'd say it's a steal!

 

TAD400 in easy to drive, efficient, and doesn't require your source to be great to sound decent.

 

I put it with all my portable players, including smart phone. It works great.

It has decent flat main frequency response, good amount of bass for a open back design, and still retained ATH's famous treble flavor.

Also, it's very light weighted, which makes it very very comfortable to wear.

 

I did some measure test for it after I listened to it for a while.

 

These test were done with RME babyface and a pair of binaural microphone in my ear.

 

First of all, frequency response:

 

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Very flat from 100Hz to 2kHz, which is great!

Bass doesn't roll-off until 60Hz, very good!

 

Second, CSD plot:

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Please note that the floor is -50dB & -45dB. There are some ringing but most under -35dB.

Generally it's quite fast and clean!

 

Burst Decay:

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The treble has longer decay periods, which could be the source for the famous "ATH flavor."

Otherwise, all frequency decays very decently.

 

THD, across frequencies:

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It's quite good! The harmonics are well controlled. Low distortion after 100Hz, flavored treble harmonics.

Most harmonic is 2nd order, while higher order harmonics are very low.

It's really great!!

 

Well..... for $70 (which is the price I paid for it here in Taiwan,) TAD400 is simply a WONDER!

 


Edited by killkli - 2/29/12 at 7:09am
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I tried M50 once and rather though I like the bass and the smooth sound (it's much smoother than my SJ33, which understandable), I found the (slightly) recessed mid/vocal really bothersome (I'm kind of forward-vocal kind of guy).

 

How the sound-stage (or head-stage, or whatever you like to call it) and mid/vocal? I like my ATH SJ33 vocal, which forward. Not in-your-face like Grado, but forward enough for my taste.

 

Anyway, it's about $80 here in my country.

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I tried M50 once and rather though I like the bass and the smooth sound (it's much smoother than my SJ33, which understandable), I found the (slightly) recessed mid/vocal really bothersome (I'm kind of forward-vocal kind of guy).

 

How the sound-stage (or head-stage, or whatever you like to call it) and mid/vocal? I like my ATH SJ33 vocal, which forward. Not in-your-face like Grado, but forward enough for my taste.

 

Anyway, it's about $80 here in my country.


It's open back design. So the headstage is more spacious than closed design such as m50 or sj series.
The vocal presentation is quite forward. Most of the vocal sounds are positioned in the center of the sound imagination.
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I picked up the ATH_TAD500's and I really enjoy it for the sound stage and clarity of it. But I do find it lacking bass compared to the my M50's. I tried running it straight from my Ipod, Cowon A3, and HTC Desire but found the sound a little less dynamic than what I am used to. Running it with my Fiio E11 or E7/E9 brings out the sound and also the bass. I might check out the TAD400's if it is easier to drive and can't go wrong for that price. I got my TAD500's for around 2600 NT at the computer market in Taipei when they first came out.

post #5 of 8

whats the difference between the tad400 and tad500 anyone?

and I'd really like to know how it compares to sennheiser 5x8 series

post #6 of 8

400: 40mm drivers

500: 53mm drivers

post #7 of 8

I will be ordering these cans today and since i don't see much info on them, i will share my feedback on these. it seems that they are mostly sold in japan.

post #8 of 8

Could somebody tell me how do they perform with classical music?

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