Audio Technica ATH W1000x
Price $300 [Used Refurbished from a Head Fier]
Audio Set up
FooBar 2000 -> wasapai-> Odac ->Modded Millet Whiplash/Max Hybrid Tube ->w1000x
I review against my dt 880s out of the Same tube and ofc the same volume.
Build Quality [4/5]
The Wood Housing is beautiful, and the head band is amazingly durable. The padding is lush, and beautiful adding a nice mid forward sound to the headphone. But why plastic hinges I don't get, none they less they are very well constructed. In addition the inside of the headphone is equally as beautiful, A rubber seal helps with isolation as well.
Impressions (Click to show)
1) Sacrifice Part Three- Hiroki Kikuta
Mids [4.8/5]- Thick and lush, very beautiful. Good detail very rich without a dark tone, the wood adds a nice feel. A heavy and strong vocal track will have a nice punch to it in the vocals.
Highs [4/5]- airy good energy, detail and sound stage maintain the highs nicely, still a mid focused can.
Bass [3.9/5]- there is some serious BODY to the bass, not boom but not entirely tight! Again the bass really reveals the closed nature of the can, there is nice body but it lacks the tightness of an open can.
Modifications Performed (Click to show)
My w1000x is outfitted with L3000 pads, these increase the comfort as well as the beauty of the headphone. The L3000 pads are from an older series in the ATH Wooden line, and are made from leather, as opposed to the Pleather that is used for the stock w1000x Pads.
Mids [5/5]- Thick and lush, very beautiful. Good detail very rich without a dark tone, the wood adds a nice feel. A heavy and strong vocal track will have a nice punch to it in the vocals. The modification further tightens the sound, adding incredible detail to the mids as well as a little more push to them. They remain lush yet very tactile as well!
Highs [4.5/5]- airy good energy, detail and the sound stage maintain the highs nicely. The modification brightens the sound a little while increasing the sound stage as well. Giving the highs a little more room to breathe.
Bass [4.4/5]- The L3000 Pads and the mod tighten the bass incredibly well, almost matching the tightness of the open dt 880. Yet being a closed can, the bass remains a good punch to it and exceptional detail. The mod allows the bass to be very flexible. Incredibly tight when needed, and a little looser when the mastering allows for it, and it even has a little of the Dt 880 sub bass slam!
Edited by Mshenay - 8/19/13 at 10:53am