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Audio Technica ATH-AD500 Full-Size Open-Air Dynamic Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.9 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Open-air dynamic headphones for natural and high quality sound with deep resonating bass and vocal projection
  • Vibration-proof, 3D capsule support housing
  • Lightweight aluminum honeycomb casting
  • 53mm neodymium driver, CCAW voice coil
  • Frequency response: 5Hz-30kHz
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Designed for incredibly comfortable listening. With a lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure, these open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, offering a completely natural listening experience. The self-adjusting wing support automatically adjusts to your head size. A straight cord at the left earpiece terminates to a mini plug with included 1/4 in. adapter.


Remarkably natural sound, with deep, resonating bass and outstanding vocal projection Open-air headphones produce no sense of pressure on the ears, resulting in a completely natural sensation Lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and magnesium frame structure Large-aperture 53 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and CCAW voice coils for superior sound reproduction Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Housing provides comfortable support for a more enjoyable listening experience Extremely comfortable velvet ear pads OFC (oxygen-free copper) cable Gold-plated stereo 1/8 in. (3.5 mm) connector with 1/4 in. (6.3 mm) adapter

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 x 5 inches ; 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
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  • ASIN: B000CMLZEG
  • Item model number: ATH-AD500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

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The AD 500s aren't the most expensive headphones in the long line of AIR cans released by Audio Technica, but that is not a reason to not give them a chance. They will grow on you, but, like most higher-end headphones, the burn-in is necessary to really get the most out of them. They are flat at first, and it's not until later (in my case, about 5 hours) that you really begin to get the warmth and depth that you are looking for. They are an attractive. well built, and comfortable set of headphones that sound great and are unmissable for their price.

(These "reviews" are all based on my experience AFTER the initial burn in, it makes them a totally different set of sounds after.)

Albums I based my sound review are off of vinyl versions of these following albums:
The Chameleons: Script of the bridge
Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile
The Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks
Radiohead: In Rainbows
The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Brandenburg Gate; Revised

Highs:
You will notice that these headphones really excel in regards to the highs. They stick out, not in a bad way, however, as they make up for this with the Mids and Bass/Lows. To really test the "highs" i used Script of the Bridge, because it has guitar riffs that flow throughout the album that are really distinguishable through the strong drivers. Initially, the highgs are very muddy, but giving them more time, they began to really come into their own
Highs: 4/5

Mids:
The Mids are clear and staged very well through these particular headphones, and I was able to enjoy a lot of the backing tracks in songs throughout "In Rainbows" which is an album that is suited towards all three levels of sound.
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I was unable to find any useful information anywhere online to help me decide if the Audio Technica ATH-AD500s were anywhere near as good as the highly acclaimed and considerably more expensive ATH-AD700s. The specs (except for impedance) are comparable and these are discounted to within a few dollars of the cheaper ATH-AD300s. So I decided to take a chance. They are extremely comfortable, appear and feel durable, and sound great even with my low-power desktop stereo system. They are very large, open, over-the ear, with velour-covered cups, and they deliver a big, clear, spacious sound without overbearing bass. Plenty loud, I suspect they'd work with a portable, but because of their size you won't want to wear them on any outings.

I'm still breaking them in, but so far I'm extremely pleased!

May your decision be easier than mine was!
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I was expecting a quality product when I ordered these headphones, but I was still surprised and thrilled when I put them on and listened to some of my favorite music. I am now hearing sounds and instruments that before were not as distinguishable. Also, using these headphones while watching movies gives the same surround feeling as in a theater. I'm very impressed and can't believe I got such a good piece of audio equipment for such a reasonable price!
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after a month of comparing the H500 to the H700, i decided to go for the h500. i read in a couple of places that after the proper "burn in" of the h500 headphones, they sounded just as good as the h700.
since i dont have both pairs i cant say for sure. But what i can say is that i am very happy with the sound that these headphones produce. With audio equipment its very hard to be satisfied with your purchase since there is always a better sounding product available for more cash. Honestly it seems like the more you pay, the less pay off you have. None the less im sure the h700 may in fact sound better despite their same range of sound.
what i have learned is majority of the time when you pay greater you pay for sound product, the greater expectations of the sound.
coming from a high end pair of denon ear buds ($200), i can say that the sound from these headphones beats any ear bud or closed head phone i have ever heard.
it may not be the top of the best of the best, but for 1/3 less then the h700 you get a great mid/hi with decent base.
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Very comfortable for my large head, excellent separation and detail even on my iPod, even better though the radio. I love taking naps with these on my head. They're open so people nearby can hear them, but I'm overall very happy with these. Highest recommendation.
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For the price, these can't be beaten for a set of open-airs. I've had the Grado SR125's - triple the price, but not much more value. The sound is fantastic and I can use them at work because they don't block out every other sound like my M50's. They work well off a standard headphone jack, so there's no need for an amp. I need to be able to hear the phone ring at work, so I've never tried them at high volumes. The bass response is fine, even for the wubby stuff. (Get the ATH-M50's if you want to rattle your brain.)

I'm less than happy with a few design items though:
1. Velvet ear covers get scratchy - I'm a fan of the leather ones.
2. Wings give it a weird fit, you never feel like they're "on" your head.
3. The driver is huge, so sometimes you have to re-position them to get in the sweet spot.
4. Everyone at work says I look like a space cadet with them. Not a problem for me, but some people would be self-conscious about this kind of thing.

Either way, I'm satisfied and I use them every day. The weird look attracts attention from people, so they always want to hear what the big deal is. I fire up Hotel California since everyone knows that song. Most people haven't heard it on a half-decent set of cans, so you can see the amazement on their face.
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