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Audio Technica ATH W3000ANV legit?

post #1 of 13
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Hi guys, I'm a long time lurker and seldom post and am once again hoping to borrow your expertise.  I'm fairly new to 'higher end' headphone setups, and have been using a pair of Audeze LCD-2's (rev 2) that I purchased new a year ago.  While I'm not dissatisfied with the LCD-2's, after lots of reading, I've decided I'd love to hear/try the W3000ANV, but of course these are hard to find.  Does anyone have any insight as to whether the ones listed on Ebay as 'new' are legit?  I've also read that these models are often faked; while I'm not close to pulling the trigger to purchase at the prices listed, I'm definitely interested in knowing if the ones being offered are authentic...

 

Thanks in advance for any insight.

 

Randy

post #2 of 13

You could just order from "proven" vendors/sites:

 

http://pricejapan.com/front/e_good_info.php?code=1092&category=10

 

http://www.accessoryjack.com/headphones/hifi/audio-technica-ath-w3000anv-50th-anniversary-edition-asada-cherry-headphones-limited-edition-wooden.html

 

etc.

 

I actually DON'T think that the ones sold on e-bay are "fake" as people/counterfeiters usually do this to BIG sellers such as the Beats, etc... but it's Ok to be skeptic I guess! ;-)

 

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 13

I'd be more concerned with people gouging prices, since they're limited edition.  I think they would make a wonderful complement/contrast to the LCD2s, if you end up liking the sound.  They are very different and offer things the other phone cannot.  

post #4 of 13
I wouldn't expect anyone to go to the trouble of faking these headphones, but for peace of mind I would just order from the verified sellers as mentioned above.

And these are my favourite headphones that I've heard so far, so in my opinion they are totally worth getting smily_headphones1.gif
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for your thoughts and links; most appreciated.  I really kind of want/need to go with a closed headphone at this point, and am very intrigued by the descriptions I've read of the W3000's sound. 

 

Randy
 

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by MDCLXVI View Post

I wouldn't expect anyone to go to the trouble of faking these headphones, but for peace of mind I would just order from the verified sellers as mentioned above.

And these are my favourite headphones that I've heard so far, so in my opinion they are totally worth getting smily_headphones1.gif

 

There are already fake W3000ANVs on the Asian markets. We can speculate how long it would take for them to start turning up on these shores.

post #7 of 13

Any 'new' w3000anv just requires caution, except from verified sellers. Imho pretty much all the 2000 units should have been allocated and sold by now. I will keep you in mind when I part ways with mine.

post #8 of 13

Buy New A900X's, replace cups with shiny plastic red ones. Sell for 1000% profit.

 

Sounds legit!

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post

Buy New A900X's, replace cups with shiny plastic red ones. Sell for 1000% profit.

Sounds legit!

Oh, that's it? I figured that the fakes would be a lot more convincing.
post #10 of 13
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Oh, that's it? I figured that the fakes would be a lot more convincing.

 

They are. They sell for [the latest price] 204 USD, for resale.

I think I'll make a head-fi thread on this problem.


Edited by zorin - 10/4/13 at 1:16pm
post #11 of 13
news to me. where's it happening?
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

news to me. where's it happening?

 

I'll start a thread and I'll give info. I'll let you know.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

news to me. where's it happening?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/684712/fake-ath-w3000anv-headphones-selling-website-warning

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