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Comparison Review: ATH-A900X & ATH-A9X vs AKG K550

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Pros: Detailed, sparkly treble. Warm, engaging mids. Good sound stage and positioning.

Cons: Bass too boomy and not linear enough.

Comparison Review: ATH-A9X, ATH-A900X, AKG K550 Edition 2   I have decided to update this review, not only because I've spent some more time with both the K550 and the A900X, but because I found frequency response measurements for both of them on Golden Ears. I know not everyone likes the way they measure, but since there are no professional reviews of A900X other than on DigitalVersus, and since you shouldn't compare measurements taken by different websites/reviewers, I felt this was the best course of action to take.  I have also updated/adjusted several observations in the sound quality section, a lot of which I feel is much more quantifiable now that I have reliable...
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Comparison Review: AKG K550 vs Audio-Technica ATH-A900X & ATH-A9X

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Pros: Linear, smooth bass with great extension. Manages to sound fairly neutral while still maintaining good musicality.

Cons: Multiple issues in treble region. Mids are thin and lack body or presence.

Comparison Review: ATH-A9X, ATH-A900X, AKG K550 Edition 2   I have decided to update this review, not only because I've spent some more time with both the K550 and the A900X, but because I found frequency response measurements for both of them on Golden Ears. I know not everyone likes the way they measure, but since there are no professional reviews of A900X other than on DigitalVersus, and since you shouldn't compare measurements taken by different websites/reviewers, I felt this was the best course of action to take.  I have also updated/adjusted several observations in the sound quality section, a lot of which I feel is much more quantifiable now that I have reliable...
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Probably the most natural and balanced clip-ons you'll find. :)

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Pros: Clear, detailed, but unoffensive treble. Detailed and slightly warm treble. Nice, tight bass. Pleasant and laid-back presentation.

Cons: None. Unless you count bad isolation - but that can't be asked for in clip-ons anyway.

Another elusive Audio-Technica model that was never sold in the States - I picked these up in Taiwan during a visit back in 2008 (I think - a bit fuzzy on the year). Production had already ceased for this model by the time I bought it, with the new ATH-EMx00 series replacing the old product line.  I seem to have a knack for buying headphones that are freshly discontinued - my ATH-A9X was discontinued the year after I bought it as well.   Comparison to ATH-EM700 Interestingly, even though the ATH-EM9d was being phased out and replaced by the ATH-EM700, the older model remained more expensive than the new (the EM9d was around $190, while the EM700 was $150 brand new). I...
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ATH-EW9: Female Vocal Extraordinaire~

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Pros: Detailed but shy treble. Warm, intimate mid-range. Tight, controlled bass.

Cons: Mid-range sometimes over-emphasized. Peak at upper-mid/lower-treble an issue in some recordings.

I purchased these for my wife two years ago. She's always liked the warm sound of my ATH-A9X, so for portable use I got her the ATH-EW9, which reportedly has a very warm sound signature These were her first pair of "hi-fi" headphones.   Construction Quality & Presentation The packaging is understated, elegant, and classy. It comes with an extension cable and a black carrying pouch.   The headphones themselves are quite simply gorgeous. Audio-Technica's line of high-end clip-ons have always been very unique-looking and well-constructed, and the EW9 is no exception. The wooden housing is rich and beautifully textured, and the 35mm plug is very elegantly shaped...
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Decent $30 headphones for music listening

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Pros: Warm, pronounced mid-range. Tight, controlled bass.

Cons: Treble is sharp and dry. Both treble and mid-range lacks clarity and detail.

Oh noes, the invasion of ambiguous Asian products continues!   Actually, no - chances are if you live in the States or Europe, you have never seen one of these, and never will. They were never marketed nor sold outside of Taiwan, to my knowledge.   So why have I mentioned them?   Well, a lot of music genres I listen to aren't very popular in the U.S., so whenever I get a chance to visit Taiwan, I shop at all the record stores to check out New Age and Eurodance albums.   I first noticed the Gamma LH-036 in the early 2000's (though, it seems they've been in production since 1992, according to a Taiwanese audio forum).  Almost every single...
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Superlux HD-668B: Great value, but not a giant-killer.

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Pros: Decent, neutral mid-range. Bright treble with great clarity and detail. Very bassy.

Cons: "Cold" presentation. Treble too sharp (sibilance-prone). Bass is boomy and loose, not very well-defined or tight.

My pair is several months old and fully burnt-in. Bought them for my wife after reading all the rave reviews on Headfonia and Head-Fi.   =========================================================================== Presentation and Build Quality I've read some complaints about the plastic being "cheap", but IMO the nice matte finish hides away a lot of that. Quite frankly, I don't think the HD668b deserves any criticism in terms of construction quality or materials, being priced at $50 - it is miles ahead of any other audio product in its price range in these aspects.   It's very obvious that Superlux took elements from both AKG and Audio-Technica designs (I wouldn't...
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Audio-Technica ATH-A9X: An Old Legend!

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Pros: Incredible mid-range presentation, gentle treble presentation, tight snappy bass. Intoxicating vocal presentation.

Cons: Weak in the bass, very narrow sound stage.

I count myself fortunate to be an owner of a pair of old Audio-Technica ATH-A9X. These cans were once a legend of their own, and I feel they deserve a proper review (since so few people own them in Europe and the United States).   The Audio-Technica ATH-A9X was a part of the first-generation "Art Monitor" headphone series that surfaced during the mid-90's (it was produced between 1997-2002), and the direct precursor to the famous ATH-A900 (which I unfortunately never owned).  As such, I cannot do a direct comparison between the A9X and its younger sibling, the A900 - however, I did just order a pair of the newest child in the series, the A900X, and will be happy to do a...
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