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Audio-Technica ATH-WS99 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones

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  • Newly developed Double Air Chamber System expands bass output for powerful bass without sacrificing audio clarity
  • Exclusive large driver design (53 mm) reproduces outstanding sound
  • Undesired vibrations are eliminated by direct-mounting the high-rigidity aluminum housing to the driver
  • Acoustically sealed ear pads minimize bass sound leakage
  • Smooth, easily adjustable headband slider ensures a comfortable fit
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  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 8 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009FRPN2Y
  • Item model number: ATHWS99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2012

Product Description

Audio Technica Solid Bass ATH-WS99 Over-Ear Headphones

Hear the depth of bass you’ve been missing in your music. The ATH-WS99 Solid-Bass headphones deliver incredibly full and textured bass, along with the astonishing clarity and fidelity for which Audio-Technica is renowned. A-T’s innovative Double Air Chamber System extends bass response without compromising mid- and high-frequency content. Precision machined aluminum housing eliminates undesired vibrations for powerful sound reproduction. The headphones feature 53 mm drivers for powerful sound and efficient signal transfer. The headphones come equipped with two 2.6-ft. (0.8 m) extension cables, one with an inline mic, playback, and volume controls for smartphones and other compatible devices.

  • Type: Closed-back Dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 53 mm
  • Frequency Response: 8 - 25,000 Hz
  • Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 37 ohms
  • Weight: 250 g
  • Cable: 0.4 m (1.3'), Y-type
  • Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8"), mini-stereo, gold-plated
  • Accessories Included: 0.8 m (2.6') extension cord, 0.8 m (2.6') extension cord with remotem mic and passive volume control for Smartphones
  • Type (Microphone): Condenser
  • Sensitivity (Microphone): −40 dB (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)
  • Frequency Response (Microphone): 50 - 16,000 Hz
  • Polar Pattern (Microphone): Omnidirectional

Customer Reviews

Mids and highs are great, nothing mind blowing but definitely nice.
Kichol Yu
NAD VISO HP50: Has a very balanced and analytical, but somewhat warm sound without much extended highs nor bass.
Jerry Sun
So in the end, I would definitely recommend these headphones to really anyone.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Justin McBride on June 5, 2013

First off, I'd like to thank the folks at Audio-Technica for the sample of the WS99 for review.

Here it is, the pinnacle of Audio-Technica's "Solid Bass" line of portable headphones, the WS99. Arriving in a big, audacious black box, the WS99 makes its presence known with its sharp (literally) aluminum accents, its large but not heavy construction and promises of excellent bass and sound quality. Jumping into the premium price bracket, with an MSRP of $250, sending it into direct competition with the Beats by Dre Studios, the original consumer focused portable headphone and, frankly, fashion accessory. So, does the WS99 measure up as a suitable king of the Solid Bass hill and make a solid case for your cash? Read on to find out.

Accessories: The WS99 includes two interchangeable cables. The first cable is a standard extension and the other features a built in microphone, sliding volume control and one button remote.

Design and Build Quality: At the top of the Solid Bass food chain, the WS99 is a hefty and beefy portable headphone that feels heavier and more solidly built than the WS77. The detachable cables are nicely built and feel durable.

Comfort: The WS99 is actually quite comfortable with its bigger and slightly softer pads. Despite the fact that I don't particularly love on-ear headphones, I found the WS99 to be quite comfortable over long periods.

Isolation: The WS99 isolates well for a non-circumaural headphone, despite the fact that the WS99 is semi-open.

Sound Quality

Burn in: These were given 100+ hours of burn in prior to review. A lower treble spike I noticed early on mellowed out over time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jean C. Gonzalez on April 5, 2013
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I've used several different BOSE headphones and I've tried different Beats headphones, but in terms of accurate sound and bass, nothing comes close to the ATH-WS99. You will hear the emphasis on Bass as soon as you start using these, but it is not overwhelming Bass like the Beats, its just the right amount to give your music some depth and presence. BOSE headphones have no bass compared to this pair. After I used this pair and tried out my BOSE headphones, the music sounded flat and I could not hear any of the fine details in my music. The best part about the ATH-WS99, is that they focus on Bass but they do not neglect the other frequencies, I can still hear the fine details in the music. I can hear musicians counting down, or taking breaths. For best results, I would recommend keeping your music library in high quality files, like ALAC or FLAC, not mp3s. I also use a portable headphone amp, (FiiO E17 Alpen). Just a fair warning, if you do not like Bass in your music, then these are not the headphones for you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MadMu5icJunky on July 18, 2014
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I would say this is a basshead over hear, no doubt. Its very portable and light weight and very comfortable for longer periods; has beathable material on ears so as you do not get that suffocating sweat.
The mids are a little bit recessed and the highs do not really sparkle. These fit in the basshead/fun category of my headphones (WS99, UE6000, Ultrafocus 8000, HD598, HE400, M100, Kef M500, Fidelio L2). Others in that collection would be UE6000, Ultrafocus8000, and the M100. UE and M100 win on aesthetics, UE wins on comfort. I would say sound-wise and a close runner-up on all other important items with exception to comfort, would be the Ultrafocus 8000 by Polk. These WS99 vs UE6000, WS99 vs M100, and WS99 vs Ultrafocus 8000; the WS99 gets narrowly defeated on each battle.
1: WS99
2: UE6000
3: M100
4. Ultrafocus 8000
(most subjective for sure, the WS99 record look and feel on the earcups is very cool, but I feel the white UE6000's look most impressive)

Hit/Rumble of bass:
1. Ultrafocus 8000
2. M100
3. UE6000/WS99

Clarity of Mids (very difficult for a bass-head phone to pull of:
1. M100
2. Ultrafocus 8000
3. UE6000
4. WS99

Sparkle and crispness of highs:
1. M100 by far
2. Ultrafocus 8000
3. UE6000/WS99

For use on mobile phones:
1. Ultrafocus 8000; convenient controls on earcups and call clarity on receiving end receives the least complaints. NOTE: the Ultrafocus headphones do NOT fold up, which can be a big disadvantage for it, but it does come with a nice and flat hard case for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlueSound on December 12, 2013
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I would give these headphones 5 stars, but the one of speaker swivels in my first order became very loose in just one week of use. For $200 dollar headphones, I expected much better built quality. The swivels on my replacement pair, however, did stay snug for the first few months. Unfortunately, the left swivel did become more and more loose over time. After further inspection, it turned out that a simple Philips screw is the only things holding the speaker to the frame. Although it's a bit inconvenient, this is easily fixed using a small screw bit and thick piece of paper or cloth to prevent scratches. As expected, the tightened speaker swivel will continue to get loose over time. If you don't want to do deal this with this problem, definitely avoid these headphones.

I am able to wear these headphones for hours on end, but during and at the end of every listening session, my ear are sometimes left hurting. Although these may be not be the most comfortable headphones at first, they do become more comfortable as you use them.

Although these are the first headphones I have ever owned, I am really impressed by the amount of bass they deliver, especially when using an amplifier, and how it still fails to overshadow all the other frequencies in music. I am very satisfied by the ATH-WS99's sound quality and clarity. At my time of purchase, these headphones were $190.
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