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Audio Technica ATHESW9A Portable Wooden Headphones
- Wooden housings made of African Padauk for superior acoustic reproduction
- Specially designed 42 mm drivers deliver outstanding audio
- Soft earpads provide luxurious comfort
- Headphones fold for compact portability
- Includes protective pouch
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1. Yes, worth the money
2. No significant downside
4. Look great
5. Sounds like 250 bucks
On my first point: Once you pull the trigger on these cans, you can be assured you haven't been suckered by inflated reviews. I've tried all its contenders and you simply must pay more to meet its match. If you have a good ear and aren't mislead by the Bose and dr. dre bass subterfuge, you will appreciate every moment these are on your head. If you're worried about sound leakage-don't be. I've had people plug these babies into their iphones at max and there is hardly a peep from them. If you want noise cancellation buy the Bose, but you'll be getting inferior sound. And let me add to that- just placing these over your ears significantly deadens the ambient noise,and with the music on- it won't matter.
Downsides? Ideally, I'd like these to fit completely over the ears, however once you've worn them for a while its not an issue. Another downside I can see is the wood housing succumbing to someone sitting on them. ( get a hard case )
Comfort: Light, and the cushions are just perfect for long durations. Careful, you might fall asleep!
Looks: Wood cans- classy. Not overly large or rediculous looking.
The sound: This is why you're buying them! When you get these delivered, make sure you have a comfortable chair and plenty of music. Let me give you a warning about break in- it sounds like geek gibberish but its not. As I've listened, I've noticed a far deeper tone develope and low frequencies resonating more pleasantly, basically the 'mud/distortion' you think you hear at first actually does disappear.Read more ›
Let's judge this book by it's cover. First words that come to mind when I look at these are retro/classical beauty. The cups are made out of real African Paduak tree, the ear pads are made out of lambskin leather which is unique since this leather is not as soft as the leather used in other high end headphones making it feel more authentic and look customish. The headband seems to be constructed in metal, because the headphones are stretchable, I should know because I stretched them out to about 4" apart so that it doesn't put as much pressure on my ears, it is covered in leather(different from the ear pads' leather) with black on the bottom/sides and brown over the top which also adds to its retro look. Over all, hands down the best looking headphones in it's price range.
Speaking of price, these retail for $[...], that is not what the rating above covers, I rate the price based ont eh $[...]I paid from here. There are no headphones this stylish with this built and sound quality for this kind of money, period.
Like I siad this may be subjective, I've met people who prefer muffled highs and mids so I've come to a conclusion that what is defined by high end sound quality isn't for everyone. With that said, separation in lows, mids, and highs is something I look for, and it is definitely present here, certainly better balanced than most $500/below headphones(let's not forget these are only $[...]). Highs are quite nicely adjusted, crisp but not overly hissy, although not recommended listening at very high volumes because crisp highs will fatigue the ear in extended listening sessions. Mids are clear, so clear that it makes even 128kbps mp3s sound better than before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had these for about 1 week now and I love them. They sure are terrific looking!
I was somewhat concerned about references to comfort but haven't had any issues,... Read more
These are some awesome headphones. They look great, sound wonderful, and wear relatively well. I have a huge head and these things don't fatigue my ears as much as other headphones... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve
Headphones were pretty great overall. Like others said, my main complaint was they're on-the-ear not over-the-ear and hurt after several hours. But that's a personal preference. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anonymous
These are a bit delicate. I love how they sound, clear, spacious, with a solid fairly wide soundstage.
Full bass, not bloated or boomy at all.
These are on ear,.. Read more
Very good sound, I prefer it over the M50, it has similar level of sound quality as M50 (keep in mind M50 only cost about 150 though)
Very comfortable, most... Read more
Beautiful sound quality. Only drawback is the realitivly small ear cups, but 'travel'.Published 15 months ago by Aaron S. Rush
The sound is great and meets the expectations I had for such a pricey piece of headgear, however they feel fragile and I'm often taking extra care not to abuse them out of feat of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pierce S.