Audio-Technica's ATH-AD500x open dynamic headphones deliver audiophile-quality acoustic...

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

Average User Rating:
5/5,
  • Audio-Technica's ATH-AD500x open dynamic headphones deliver audiophile-quality acoustic performance with superb clarity and fidelity. The headphones feature proprietary large-aperture 53 mm drivers for high-fidelity playback. Equipped with Audio-Technica's innovative self-adjusting wing support mechanism, the headphones offer long hours of remarkably comfortable listening.

Recent User Reviews

  1. Dorien
    5.0/5,
    "Amazing lightweight open cans from Japan"
    Pros - Excellent 3D imaging and soundstage, relatively neutral, good mids, very light and comfortable
    Cons - A little bass-light, wing mechanism can be too loose for some people (use a rubber band)
    I enjoyed these cans for 2 years. Only sold them recently because I like the "V" character of my Takstar HI 2050 cans more.
     
    Sound:
    If you are a bass-lover then skip the AD500X, these headphones are surely not for you. :) The bass is tight, much tighter than the bass in the Superlux HD681 EVO, but much less in quantity. The sound signature in overall is rather neutral and slightly bright giving more space for vocals and instruments in the midrange. The highs are never sharp, if you are sensitive for treble spikes, this is a safe buy.
     
    Soundstage and imaging:
    This is what you will LOVE in these open cans. :) They are totally open, you can see the angled drivers through the honeycomb grille, no isolation at all, giving a very natural listening experience. The soundstage is big, not planetary space like in the Takstar TS 671, but it is more 3D and more accurate. Sound separation is great, but the vocals and instruments never detach from each other, the music keeps flowing together. Also great for FPS gaming, its imaging can be a big help in pinpointing enemy footsteps.
     
    Build and comfort:
    Very light headphones, weighing only 235g without the 3m cable. The build of the AD500X, AD700X and AD900X is almost identical, only the color of the grille and the Audio-Technica logo are different. No squeky plastics. The velour earpads are big and soft, but the 3D wing mechanism can be too loose for some people - in this case use a rubber band to tighten the grip. Overall the comfort was perfect for me, like there was nothing on my head. Probably these are the most comfortable headphones I have ever tried. :)
     
    Amping:
    With 48 ohm impedance and 100dB/mW sensitivity these cans can be easily driven from almost any sources. I have used it with a Fiio E10 DAC/AMP, but several people said that the Denon DA-300USB DAC is a perfect fit for it with its dynamic popular character. I also enjoyed its sound with a very cheap entry-level MyAudio Pop MP3 player and it was completely satisfying for me.
     
    Music I loved from these cans:
    Depeche Mode, OSI, Collective Soul, Keith Caputo, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Acoustic Alchemy, Imogen Heap, Zaz, Incubus, Chris Cornell, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree and classics.
     
    What can I say? If you want a good and comfortable open headphone for home gaming or music, the ATH-AD500X is a very good recommendation. [​IMG] 

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