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Audio Technica ATH-AD900 Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones

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Technical Details

  • Frequency response: 5 - 35,000 Hz
  • Output sound pressure level: 100 dB

Product Description

Audio-Technica ATH-AD900 Open Air Dynamic Headphones: Give you stunning stereo; crisp resolution; and deep, balanced bass.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B0006OQY2S
  • Item model number: ATH-AD900
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at October 21, 2006

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By L. Topper on January 5, 2008
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I have had the luxury of listening to lots of top level headphones. I have the Audio-Technica ATH-A700 and ATH-AD700, ATH-A900, ATH-AD900, ATH-AD 1000, ATH-AD2000, and ATH-5000; AKG 271, 240, K601, and K701; the Beyerdynamic 770, 880 and 990; Sennheiser 280, 600 and 650; Grado GS-80, GS325i, RS-2, GS-1000; Sony 7505, 7509 and 5000, Denon 2000 and 5000. With the exception of the AKG 240 and 271, all of those headphones are excellent. It becomes a matter of taste and whether you can use them with an Ipod without a separate amplifier.

I think that I most often use the Audio Technica ATH-AD900. They are open back phones. I don't often listen to rock. If that was my primary source for music, I might rely on the Grado's more often. They are fabulous for rock.

The ATH-AD900 have wonderful treble and midrange. The bass is certainly there, but it is not prominent. These have good bass, but it is not the primary feature. By way of comparison, the Bose tri-port and earbuds are very bassy sounding to the point where the bass sounds muddy to me. For the price of the Bose tri-port, you could have the Sennheiser 280 or the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 or ATH-A700. To me any of these choices would be far better than the Bose tri-port which also appears to be more cheaply made. The separation and detail on the instruments is wonderful. I mostly listen to instrumental music.

The sound stage is large. They sound like you are close to the source of the music, but there is a very small sense of space. The headphones ae comfortable. The headphones earpieces are covered with velour pads. My entire ear (big ears) fits in the enclosure, so they do not rest on my ear.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Katun on March 21, 2011
Intro: If you are familiar with my other comparisons, you'll notice that in each one I write, there is something that slightly differs in all of them. Whether I added more sections, was more forgiving on reviewing, or simply changed the layout, each review has been slightly altered depending on the headphones and my addition knowledge of the subject. With this comparison, I'm going to be trying something a bit different with the layout by splitting it up into two main sections which are found below.

Layout: There is a "Build" and "Sound" section in this comparison. The build section covers both headphones in their physical form and the sound section obviously covers the headphones sonically. At the beginning of the two sections, there is a "Top 5" listing. This is a general run down of what is to find in the upcoming paragraphs. In those paragraphs, I will go into more detail on all five of those points. And at the end of the review will be a sum up of individual aspects between these two headphones.

Tip: For a quick read -- Just read each of the five points in both of the sections. This comparison has been built around those ten points. Reading them will summarize this entire review.


5 reasons AD900 is superior to AD700 in build:

1 - The frame is made out of magnesium instead of plastic.
2 - There is absolutely no creaking or strange frame sounds.
3 - It weighs 30 grams less and is one of the lightest in class.
4 - It is physically smaller and has a bit more clamping force.
5 - All black color looks far superior to purple and champagne.

1 - I remember when I first received the AD900 on a cold morning.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Kantz on July 18, 2007
The AD900 were my first set of real cans. Frankly, I think they sound great. They are the most detailed pair of cans I own (also the most expensive, so people reading for truly high hi-falutin' audiophool reviews should go elsewhere, I'm all mid-fi). Truly they do nothing wrong; every aspect of the spectrum is fairly dry. The bass is lean, but well defined -- bass heads should apply elsewhere... maybe Beyer-Dynamic? The coloration on these cans is on the bright side. In fact, they don't sound too much unlike my roommate's Grado SR-125, though they generally go down much smoother and aren't all 'in your face'. They're very open and have some good sound stage in my opinion. The velour (ish?) pads and weird wing support system make them very comfortable and un-sweat inducing. They feel very open, too. I would say there aren't too many genres these cans can't do right. I find orchestral stuff a little boring through the AD900, but I think it shines with most rock, acousticky stuff, and jazz. Having a bit of weight up at the top end of the spectrum, they are not the most forgiving headphones. If the engineer flubbed the recording, you're gonna hear it (which means unwanted distortion, etc. in a lot of my favorite rock. I thought they were defective at first till I realized what was really going on).

These headphones are very durable and very handsome. Obviously they are only meant for at-home use, but I've never managed to scratch them. They are also pretty easy to drive without a dedicated amp. Even my mp3 player and PCDP get nearly the most out of them. If you want a detailed and thoughtful set of headphones for not a whole lot, the AD900 is a good choice. If bass is your main thing, though, you might consider something else.
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