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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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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
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Only real cons for me was the fact that the construction of the headphones was mostly plastic (which isn't really a big deal). Also, I'm a real bass head. (I want to feel the wubbs). When I first listened to the headphones, the bass wasn't quite as knock-you're-socks-off-powerful like i was expecting, nevertheless, the more I listened to them the more I loved the amazing all around music quality. So in the end, I would definitely recommend these headphones to really anyone.
Packaging and accessories: Packaging is as Plain Jane as it gets, I was not really impressed with the packaging at all considering these headphones used to retail for $250 at one point in time. For the $124 I paid I suppose the packaging is simply okay. Inside the packaging was a manual, 2 extension cables (one with a mic and a volume slider), one 1/4 inch adapter, and of course the headphones themselves with a dual input non-detachable 1 foot cable. I am not a fan of the short non-detachable cable affixed to the headphones because you will essentially need one of the extension cables to even think about using the headphones at all. The fact that the cable doesn't detach from the headphone at all is borderline unacceptable mostly due to the cable being only a foot long and if you misplace the extension cables and you don't have any spares on you, you cannot use the headphones at all with a portable or a home audio setup without sacrificing A LOT of free range movement. On a brighter note - the extension cables are of good quality and are durable enough. It's a good thing these headphones don't retail for 250 dollars anymore because the packaging and accessories alone are comically inadequate for such an exorbitant price tag. Packaging gets a 4.5/10 and accessories get a 4/10.
Build quality: I am not that impressed with the build quality. The overall look of the headphone is nice and sleek with a mature look. Adults of all ages can wear this headphone and not look like an obnoxious teen wearing a pair of celebrity headphones, you will look like a mature adult with a tasteful looking pair of headphones on your head. The overall build quality of the WS99 is below average. Lots of below average quality plastic that does tend to creak after a brief period of ownership. The aluminum outer ear cups are nice to look at and should be durable enough to last a while. The headband does not have much padding at all but that may not be so much of a bad thing considering the WS99 is a lightweight headphone. The ear cushions themselves are soft and are of a decent pleather material. A more premium pleather for the ear cushions would have been appreciated, but they are decent enough. I do not expect these headphones to hold up for more than 3 years. 4.5/10
Comfort: I find the WS99 to be quite comfortable due to its lightweight and decently soft ear cushions. I have worn the WS99 for up to 5 hours with little to no discomfort. The comfort does make up for the somewhat shoddy build quality of the WS99. 8/10.
Isolation: Isolation is just fairly poor on the WS99. I prefer to use the WS99 at home. Using the WS99 as a portable headphone is out of the question for me - the isolation simply put is not good enough for me. I think I'll stick to my IEMs for portable listening. 5/10
Now I know I have been quite critical of the WS99 thus far and for good reason. But the sound quality does turn things around in favor of the overall scoring for the WS99. I will now review the sound quality.
Treble: The treble is nicely detailed with a good sparkle. Not too bright, not too rolled off. It's just right for a nice and easy listening session. 7.5/10.
Mid range: The mid range much like the treble is nicely detailed and pleasant to listen to. While the mid range is a bit recessed it still makes its presence known, especially with non bass heavy music. Vocals sound nice and clear. Instruments sound a tad distant and recessed in the overall mix. The mid range is still impressive for a headphone in the solid bass category. 7/10.
Sound stage: The sound stage is pretty good. It has a fair amount of width and an okay amount of depth. Panning can be a little hard to make out at times, but the overall sound stage is still enjoyable. 7.5/10
Bass: The bass is solid for sure. Not boomy or muddy at all. It doesn't drown out the mids like most bass heavy headphones do. The bass goes well with the treble and the mid range. The bass is well textured. Mid bass and sub bass are well integrated with good articulation, which is good for all genres of music since the bass only comes out when the music demands it, which puts the WS99 in a league of its own when compared to other bass-y headphones. I am very impressed with the bass, it is one of the most refined bass heavy headphones I have heard to date. The SoundMAGIC HP150 is the only headphone that I would consider to be a notch above the ATH-WS99 in terms of overall bass.
Quick comparion to Sony XB950AP: The XB950's bass is bombastic and fun sounding. The bass rumbles like a subwoofer with the right kind of amplification. The XB950 is lively and fun sounding with bass that will tickle your ear drums and touch your soul! However, the mid range is recessed and lacks refinement, the treble is fairly peaky and unpleasant sounding after a while, and the sound quality doesn't play nice with genres outside of bass heavy music. The WS99 is much more refined sounding with a more articulate bass response. Will the WS99 sound as exciting as the XB950? No, the 950 comfortably beats the WS99 in excitement. However, the 950 does get fatiguing to listen to after a period of time which puts the WS99 a few notches above the XB950 in musicality. The WS99 is a much better all rounder compared to the XB950 while the XB950 has a funner sound quality. I love both headphones equally for different reasons.
Overall I recommend the WS99. The build quality and accessories are lacking but the sound quality makes up for it. The price of admission is worth it for the sound quality alone. You will be hard pressed to find a bass-y headphone as unique as the WS99.
Overall score: 7.5/10
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