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Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones

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  • Open-air Headphones Deliver Clear, Natural Vocal and Instrumental Reproduction
  • Large-aperture 53mm Drivers and CCAW Voice Coils For Superior Sound Reproduction
  • No Sense Of Pressure On The Ears, Resulting In A Completely Natural Sensation
  • 3d Wing Support Housing Offers A Vibration-proof Mechanism That Provides Comfortable Support For A Better Listening Experience
  • Extremely Comfortable Ear-fitting Pads
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Dimensions 4.7 inches x 11.3 inches x 8.3 inches 4.1 inches x 11.4 inches x 10 inches 8 inches x 12 inches x 5 inches 8.07 inches x 3.94 inches x 9.45 inches
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Designed to deliver extraordinary sound quality to satisfy the most discriminating listeners, the ATH-AD900x is ideal for music lovers who prefer the spacious quality of open-back headphones that combine involving sound with long-wearing comfort. The ATH-AD900x features large 53 mm drivers exclusively designed for the headphones, with rare-earth magnets and Audio-Technica's copper-clad aluminum-wire (CCAW) voice coil technology for superior audio reproduction with an extremely wide 5 Hz - 35,000 Hz frequency response. The ATH-AD900x offers an immersive listening experience with clear, natural vocal and instrumental reproduction, a smooth tonal balance, precise imaging and superlative dynamic range. The headphones offer a uniquely comfortable fit thanks to their generously cushioned ear pads, lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing and exclusive 3D Wing Support Housing, which adjusts itself perfectly to each wearer.

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.3 x 4.7 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B009S331VU
  • Item model number: ATH-AD900X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 27, 2012

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By onebigunion on March 19, 2013
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Upon first receiving the headphones I was a bit dismayed to see "designed and engineered in Japan" displayed prominently on the box. This is codespeak for Made in China. Sure enough, unlike its predecessor, the ATH-AD900, this is made in China instead of Japan.

That is the only negative in comparison however. The AD900 required several "ghetto" mods to bring out its best. Stuffing the ear cups with something to get a better seal and using a rubber band or some such to provide a little clamping force to bring out the bass. Once this was done the phones sounded excellent. Should this be necessary though?

The X is a bit lighter. Has MUCH better earpads, softer and thicker. The "wing system" is slightly modified, lighter and still providing little clamping force.

Sound-wise, the X is an evolution of the 900. The frequency response is smoother, with more extension at both ends. Bass is the area of most improvement. Extension is very good, and no longer should this model be considered bass-light. Its just right. Mid-range is a bit less prominent than the 900, and closer to neutral. The vocals no longer jump to the forefront, but are much more natural and not at all sibilant. Treble extends to the limits of my hearing and is airy and detailed. Soundstage continues to be a strength of this model.

Very little to criticize here. Comfort and sound quality are first-rate. Build quality is substantial, despite the change in country of manufacture. This is a detailed phone that is still easy to listen to, non-fatiguing, comfortable, and easy to drive. What's not to like? I loved the ad900, but this is a substantial improvement and its difficult to find a better headphone for the price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Lin on December 26, 2013
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Got a pair of these for Christmas and am very happy with them so far after letting them burn in for 20-30 hours. As the other reviews have mentioned, these AD900X's have a massive soundstage and definitely have airy and sparkly highs. Bass response is tight and accurate with just enough impact to be adequate for pop tracks. They really shine with Jazz, female vocals, and any other tracks that would otherwise sound dull on warmer headphones.

Comparing them side to side with my soundstage modded Sennheiser HD555's showed a stark contrast between their sound signatures. The HD555's are very smooth and warm, which makes them a bit dark and boring with a lot of recordings imo. However, it also makes them more forgiving. I found that bass extension and impact was a bit better on the AD900X's. The HD555's always sounded a bit anemic to me in terms of bass response. The AD900X's also added an amount of clarity that I didn't find on the HD555's -- as if a veil had been lifted. The Sennheisers have also been known to have a pretty narrow soundstage. Even with the soundstage mod (removing the foam pieces next to the drivers), I still would not call the soundstage wide. In terms of soundstage width, the AD900X's blow them away.

Overall, I was pretty happy with my modded HD555's, but the AD900X's gave me the lively sound that I was looking for, and meshed much better with my desktop speaker setup (Emotiva Airmotiv 4). The Airmotiv 4 uses ribbon tweeters and also have airy and very extended highs. I wanted something with a similar sound signature when switching back and forth, and I think I've found just that with the AD900X.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CD on April 13, 2014
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Please understand the difference between 'open' and 'closed' headphones before buying. The ATH-AD900X is open and the ATH-A900X is closed. Don't buy open backed headphones and then complain that you can hear outside sounds and others can hear what you are listening to. Closed, in general, provide less soundstage and more bass, and they are made to keep outside sounds outside, and keep what you are listening to inside. Do a search for "open vs closed headphones".

If you like thumping, overpowering bass...just move along...these headphones are not for you. I find these are a good, all around HP for music and TV/movies; you will feel like you are "there". Very good soundstage...you can hear cars, planes, trains, footsteps, voices etc. approaching from every direction. Music is like being up front at a concert.

The AD900X won't make 128kbps MP3s sound good...it will make them sound WORSE...you need a high quality sound source. GIGO...garbage in - garbage out.

The non-detachable cable is thick, stiff, black plastic type material rather than a much preferred fabric style cable for flexibility. The cable ends in a 1/8" plug. A 1/8" to 1/4" adapter is included, however it just snaps on rather than a preferred screw on type attachment. I don't understand why ALL headphones don't come with detachable cables, so that users could order straight, coiled, long, or short alternate cables!!!

As soon as I put the HP on, I felt it was too loose and sagged, to where the lower part of the ear pad was on my jaw. If a headphone is not comfortable, it is useless, no matter how good it sounds.
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