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Audio-Technica ATH-A500 Headphones
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Audio-Technica has raised the bar on headphones once again with the Audio-Technica ATH-A500 Headphones. The ATH-A500s use a closed-back style and dyn...Click To Read More About This Product
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The new generation of Audio-Technica headphones has arrived!
Audio-Technica has raised the bar on headphones once again with the Audio-Technica ATH-A500 Headphones. The ATH-A500s use a closed-back style and dynamic elements to produce clear, accurate sound with little outside noise. Large aperature 53mm drivers assure wide-range playback, while the new 3D Wing Support Housing provides comfortable support for a better listening experience. Impressive 5Hz-30kHz frequency response and 100dB sensitivity.
Closed-back, dynamic headphones for accurate sound reproduction
53mm drivers with neodymium magnets
3D Wing Support Housing for comfortable support
Ear-fitting pads for added comfort
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64 ohm impedance
53mm driver with CCAW voice coil
500mW max. input power
10' OFC cord
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I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-A500 headphones based on internet research, They are large, heavy cans and I found that I became very warm when using them for more than a few minutes. In fact, listening to some music last night I was sweating, which does not happen with the phones I am replacing. The sound quality is really good, maybe even great. The bass reproduction is very rich. I use the phones to pre-master recordings, and these exaggerated the bass slightly, distorting with the deepest tones. I am planning to return these headphones and try another Audio-technica headphone.
I bought these about two years ago. They have a very good frequency response and relatively high output. The main difference between these and some higher end pairs seems to be the total output. Personally, I'd rather not go deaf so I don't mind having that limitation. Other than that, these are really great and very comfortable. My only complaint (minor) is that the cord is actually braided with cloth instead of rubber on the outside...so it has frayed a bit. If I ever have a problem with it, I'll just snip off the plug and put a new one on, so its not a big deal...
At first glance, you might think that these are great headphones for recording vocals in a home or project studio - closed back, high quality, comfortable, great sound, etc. But I can tell you two main issues with these cans in this application: 1. There is a fair amount of bleed-through into sensitive condenser mics. 2. The self-adjusting headpiece is "squeaky". (Sorry, there's no professional way to describe it). Because these are big phones, every jaw movement that the vocalist makes will translate into a squeak, click, or pop onto your vocal track. It took me a while to track down where the noise on my tracks was coming from and, sure enough, it was from the headband of the phones. Now, for mixing and other non-recording applications, these are a great deal. They are comfortable, accurate, loud, and full. But for recording, look elsewhere.
These are sort of pricey. They do a very good job. I could hear the individual instruments well. Could even tell which guitar was which playing in harmony parts of songs. Has a few minor flat spots and some distorted harmonics, which most people should not even notice. Does not work well for high gain instruments directly. I would like to see these a little cheaper in price to be 100% worth it.
If you are looking for comfortable "closed back" headphones for recording in your project studio. look no further! get these. they are very comfortable headphones to use when recording. they have a great frequency response range, and are very quiet from the outside. i would not hesitate to replace these again if something were to happen to them. the cord is great, its long and has a rope like material instead of the typical vulnerable rubber sheathing. this rope like material is way more durable(withstands your chair rolling over it.) i also have the Sennheiser hd280's and hd265's. the hd280's are fair comfort wise, the hd265's are little better, but i aways find myself grabbing for these audio-technica's. Also, if you're looking for affordable quality "open back" headphones i highly recommend Grado SR80's, they make a great complement to these headphones when it comes time to mix, record with these audio-technica's, mix with the Grado's, and then start mixing through some Mackie hr824's and you'll produce some pretty good results.
These have an outstanding frequency responce and can handle extreme bass. They fit very comfortably. These do not sound as crisp as my bose computer speakers, carvin amp, or 7.1 surround sound system but that's probably because all of the other speakers I use contain tweeters or horns. The headphones sounds great but I just wish they had that little high range kick for perfect, crisp, acurate playback. Not bad for the price though :D