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Audio Technica ATH-AD2000 Air Dynamic Headphones (Japan Import)

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  • Aluminum matte housing
  • Soft leather ear-pads.
  • Copper clad aluminum wire CCAW voice coils
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  • Open air dynamic element headphone. Aluminum matte housing with soft leather earpads.
  • Copper clad aluminum wire CCAW voice coils.

Product Description

Open air dynamic element headphone. Aluminum matte housing with soft leather earpads. 53mm drivers. Copper clad aluminum wire CCAW voice coils. Neodymium magnets. Weight 12 lb. 250g. 9 34&39; 3.0m elastomerOxygen Free Cable OFC Hi OFC hybrid cable. Connector gold plated mini stereo

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.8 x 11.1 x 5 inches
Item Weight 8.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.3 pounds
ASIN B0006OQY3C
Item model number ATH-AD2000
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Best Sellers Rank #15,898 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#175,516 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
#176,319 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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The ATH AD2000 occupies a unique position in the world of mid-priced stereophile headphones: it has a sound that effectively merges the best of what most people look for in a well-balanced phone. It's easier said than done.

The AD2000 has fine detail - easily capturing everything that the touted AKG K701 does - but with a richness of tone that's surprising. Instead of a "bass-boost" sound, these headphones offer a bass that's fully integrated into the music. Usually this kind of phone will require the use of a headphone amplifier, but through some kind of audio voodoo, these offer a full gain that can be heard easily with any portable gear. The velour earpieces make listening easy, though one may wish to "stretch" the wires backwards to make them even more comfortable.

These are open headpones, allowing the open flow of sound. If privacy is important, you may prefer closed headphones.

These headphones can handle a wide variety of music with ease, though they work best with pop/rock - mnusic that allows their power to come through. But it's striking how nice their presentation of classical instruments can be. One bonus is the AD2000's handling of Japanese music; it almost seems as if the headphones were especially tuned to capture these instruments and production. The AD2000 has earned respect as a fine all-around phone which can handle hard rocking pieces with ease.

Taking the earpads on and off can be an ordeal, so keep some patience stored up in case you decide to do any experimentation. Like so many Japanese headphones, they're held on tight, flexible material. Also, you may want to take care not to damage the "flying wings" that rest on top of your head; they flex for comfort, but may not survive a serious fall.
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All headphones are colored one way or the other. These headphones are no different. Unfortunately, I find these headphones to be VERY colored in a way I do not find appealing. For reference, I prefer the Sennheiser and Denon (D2000/D5000) sonic signatures.

These headphones bring the midrange forward giving you a somewhat "in-your-face" sound. At the same time the headphone is well balanced so you don't feel that the bass and treble are stuck in second place.

At least to me, the forward midrange and sonic coloration actually made me want to take the headphones off. Certain instruments and voices sound very nasal (yes, an instrument somehow sounds nasal) and at the same time it feels like the instrument is being played right next to (perhaps even in) my ears. It was just too much for me.

I have other issues with the sound of these headphones but I won't describe them here. Visit head-fi or another forum to get in-depth reviews of these headphones.

I imagine there are people who will love the sound of these headphones. I'm not one of them. This definitely seems like a love it/hate it headphone, so use that as a fair warning for those who want to order it direct from Japan without a return option.

Technically these headphones are great. They just do not do it for me.

The fit is also tight and may be painful to some. People have inserted rubber tubing in the pads to improve this. It's called the "phatpad" mod.

I give it a 3 stars because rather than being a bad headphone, it's a good headphone I do not like.

To end the review on a positive note, there is something astonishing about the bass presentation with these headphones. This is the first headphone where the drums, especially the bass drum, sound very accurate to life. It has a perfect kick (not a dull thump) I've never heard with any other headphone.
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I have had these for just a few days now, and I have to say they are a keeper for sure. They are the perfect open compliment to my closed W5000, and I really can't wait to get my RA5000 amplifier back from servicing but they sound quite good out of my hybrid HiFiMAN EF5 as well. I highly recommend these for their clear as a bell "Audio Technica house sound". If that is your thing, the AD2000 is a real treat to listen to. Like my W5000, I had to stuff some surgical tubing behind the earpads to get the inside of the cup off of my ear physically, no biggie but that design flaw is the only reason these earned less than 5 stars.
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