Close to the machine played a renewal of interest in a long time
"ATH-AD2000X" "ATH-AD1000X Part 1" - Continuous Audio Technica review "AD" series
Kenji Nomura / writing, interview
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This fall, headphone "AD" series of Audio-Technica Open-air dynamic renewal for the first time in years. Led by "ATH-AD2000X" the flagship model, has developed a lineup of five "ATH-AD1000X" "ATH-AD900X" "ATH-AD700X" "ATH-AD500X".
This time, Mr. Kenji Nomura listen simultaneously five new series AD model. Of course, the quality of each product is delivered in three consecutive reviews in total, such as its position in the series.
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Among manufactured by Audio-Technica headphones, there are some long-selling model that perennial favorite. One of those is also referred to as an open-air type, depending on the combination of drivers and a large diameter housing and open type, sense of spaciousness is good, and by the tendency sound natural, AD series has continued to gain a high reputation from many people.
In such AD series, model change to be the first time in eight years has been subjected. Only popular standard model, the extent of evolution or any materials, where an anxious lot. So, I decided to borrow all five models, which debuted all this time, try to verify the extent of its evolution closely.
AD Series 5 models, but all has been renewed once, and we'll look in more detail, I found that the series is divided into roughly two groups actually. "And, of middle-high class" "ATH-AD2000X" "ATH-AD1000X high-end series It's ATH-AD900X" "ATH-AD700X" "ATH-AD500X". These are almost indistinguishable in appearance, the layout of the cable (2000/1000 are 900/700/500 gives out pieces in both) seen some such as the shape of the fixed part and the driver, is something different in terms of specification. So, let's take a look at the details of high-end series "ATH-AD2000X" "ATH-AD1000X" first.
"ATH-AD2000X" "ATH-AD1000X": Part 1
The flagship of the AD series "ATH-AD2000X" is equipped to adopt the OFC voice coil (99.99999% purity) 7N grade magnetic circuit permendur, a specially designed 53mm aperture driver. Diaphragm also has been newly renovated to the material. On the other hand, the housing into the frame and joints Choice magnesium alloy, the aluminum material. Hybrid configuration with normal OFC and OFC of 6N grade in Shenzhen, adopted highly-elastic elastomer resistant involved in the sheath, the cable out of both the structure and the right-and-left independent ground wire is to balance ease of use and sound quality. Also, ear pads, to employ a combination of low-rebound urethane foam material and Ecsaine is only special specification "ATH-AD2000X".
(November 2004) ATH-AD2000 that model before
It should be noted, seems like its predecessor and almost unchanged but "ATH-AD2000X", renewal in appearance have been made over the range actually. By around the driver as well as previously mentioned, is provided inside the diffuser to the housing, to change the position of the cable connection at the same time, has been greatly smoothed air flow. In addition to this, a distinctive shape change of Audio-Technica headphones also exclusive "3D wing support." Together, it became also very good fit with earbuds became a three-dimensional garment.
Baffle adopted a newly developed air routes to ensure the fin-shaped
Expression of both the cable out. Change the unit back to soldering surface of the cable connections, sound is now coming from the direction of the unit 360 degrees
Cable sheath in elastomer, a hybrid configuration with the normal grade of 6N OFC and OFC
Ear pads as well, the combination of low-rebound urethane foam material and Ecsaine. The design has been changed to a flat low to prevent escaping contact with the surface by
However, the difference between the new and old immediately apparent if you listen to the sound. It made me enjoy good missing too predecessor, the sound of the natural taste, with new models spaciousness is smooth more, much forget that it is a headphone at, to enjoy the sound field with excellent stereoscopic effect now me. Also, if you have different sound character, and changes to the natural tone while maintaining sharp no sense of the goodness of the missing, a sense of focus and a high sense of speed range has been further improved in the low range. Thanks to that, the real intention, was listening to a lot and yet sound pleasant. Meet the expectations of the firm AD series fans, it's a great product that boasts a more mature mind.
Although the basic configuration is almost unchanged "ATH-AD2000X", such as the diaphragm material and other magnetic circuit is a special type, "ATH-AD1000X" by Taishi is different, such as the design of the frame.
Has adopted a new housing design also:
Nevertheless, the same tendency as "ATH-AD2000X" about the sound character. Although there is a difference in sound quality to say about the real feeling and certainty and resolution, there is no change in expression with excellent sound spread good stereoscopic effect. Without having to audition strictly comparable with the "ATH-AD2000X", We should be satisfactory enough people even "ATH-AD1000X".
ATH-AD1000 that model before