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Audio Technica ATHESW9A Portable Wooden Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Audio Technica ATHESW9A Portable Wooden Headphones
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 80 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 2.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Sound4.8   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Range4.2   average
Price3.9   below average
Music3.5   below average


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Of course, to achieve this sonic comfort, some compromises had to be made on the resolution of details."
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"Comfort - I was a little disappointed that after only 15~20 minutes my ears were in slight discomfort."
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"Minus points: Not scrupulously accurate sound, less comfortable than circumaural type phones."
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"nice set of cans lighter than i expected and still breaking them in comfortable and nice looking"
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"I was able to listen to the headphones for an hour or so in comfort, but some time after, my ears ached a bit but that's just me with all headphones."
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"Excellent build quality and very comfortable with buttery-smooth mids, good relatively tight bass, and just slightly recessed highs."
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"Comfortable and clear sounding."
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"Great sounding and very comfortable, love em."
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Listening

Listening:
"(3 stars) Can be physically uncomfortable after a long time - I found them uncomfortable after medium-long listening sessions."
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"Comfort is great for extended listening periods (though Dont recommend The Cult for too long if you want to keep your hearing).6."
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"s=mp3&ie;=UTF8&qid;=1422455442&sr;=1-1Now I am using ATHESW9A for outdoor listening of jazz and rock - it is amazing experience."
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"(4 stars) Sonically comfortable for long listening sessions - I find them to be sonically comfortable for long listening sessions (not sibilant or fatiguing)."
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"Easily driven by most portable music players; however, adding an inexpensive amp such as a Fiio E6, iBasso, or a NuForce will greatly enhance your listening pleasure."
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"Also everything is balanced really nicely, and even listening to them on high volume is still relatively comfortable!"
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Music

Music:
"The downsides are that they are slightly big for a portable, can get uncomfortable, don't have music controls mic, and are generally poor on airplanes public transportation."
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"I was particularly disappointed with how they handled solo acoustic music (Tommy Emmanuel and Ewan Dobson) because that's my favorite music at the moment, so if you find yourself listening to a lot of Tommy or Andy McKee or the like, you should look elsewhere."
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"PRAT is mediocre, so these are not good phones for faster paced music like metal or rock."
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"My only negative is that the insulation, though very comfy, is very average in that music does leak more than I expected and I would not be comfortable saying my next seat companion would be undisturbed."
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"Nice earphone, low key but delivers good music."
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"Easily driven by most portable music players; however, adding an inexpensive amp such as a Fiio E6, iBasso, or a NuForce will greatly enhance your listening pleasure."
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"I'd recommend this for anyone with a wide range of music in their library; it does well with rock, alternative, female vocals, indie, folk, jazz, among others."
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"The sound is still good with heavier bass-emphasis music like electronica, although if that's the only thing in your library, you may want to check out VMODA or some other brand."
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"Speaking of that cafe, good luck hearing your music there!"
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Portable

Portable:
"The downsides are that they are slightly big for a portable, can get uncomfortable, don't have music controls mic, and are generally poor on airplanes public transportation."
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"Again, I was expecting over-ears not on-ears so this may be par for the course for on-ears, but to me even for portable headphones this would be unacceptable."
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"Summary: (3.5 stars)These are what I consider to be a very niche portable that provides upsides of versatility and good sound quality while also being stylish for an office setting."
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"i'm find one perfect portable headphone for many years,this one fit all my expact"
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"Portability - For me, a truly portable set of headphones would be able to fold."
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"Portable, light and comfortable."
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"They cope extremely well with ipod ipad - so perfect for portable.7."
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Price

Price:
"Still a bit upset something this nice required a repair (on a cheap cable wiring nonetheless) and that I had to pay for shipping for an under warranty repair."
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"The cheap flimsy metal frame on the headband feels dodgy when expanded out, and the forks used to hold the cups also appear to be cheap and non-durable."
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"The padauk wood used does not create exceptional sound or exceptional aesthetics, and the cheap 1985 style metal band and cabling create long term durability concerns."
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"Still a bit upset something this nice required a repair (on a cheap cable wiring nonetheless) and that I had to pay for shipping for an under warranty repair."
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"The wood looks great, I've gotten many compliments, and I'm happy with the sound quality for the price."
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"Sound really decent, worth the price! "
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"Prefect ^^I love it very much .Thank you give me special price ."
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"These Audio Technicas do well against the competition at this price point, and may even compare to some pricier cans."
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Quality

Quality:
"Other than that, no complaints; decent quality."
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"Slightly flimsy build quality."
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"The wood looks great, I've gotten many compliments, and I'm happy with the sound quality for the price."
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"Pro: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 comfortable on-ear headphone I've woren."
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"Beautiful sound quality."
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"It is as picture showed,and the quality is excellent."
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"sound quality is good."
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Range

Range:
"It's hard to believe you'll find the same range in another set of over-the-ear phones for this price."
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"In the initial performance my ATHESW9A was trying hard to be true - but the clarity and range was spotty and not consistent at all."
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"I have a pair of Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones, which give the best sound I have ever heard in the under $350 price range."
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"They are extremely crisp clean and capable across the dynamic range and can deal with The Cult as equally well as Pavarotti !"
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"The bass is tuned pretty high in the 100-200hz range."
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"Being a novice and only relying on the ohm range as an indication of sonic satisfaction, I opted for this pair because it's within a 1-5% difference of other products within the same price bracket."
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"I'd recommend this for anyone with a wide range of music in their library; it does well with rock, alternative, female vocals, indie, folk, jazz, among others."
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Sound

Sound:
"The 9As cover the sound bases well enough (with a few weaknesses) but the design and materials used (other than the wooden resonance chambers) are awful, and would be out of place on a headphone half the price."
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"The padauk wood used does not create exceptional sound or exceptional aesthetics, and the cheap 1985 style metal band and cabling create long term durability concerns."
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"Minus points: Not scrupulously accurate sound, less comfortable than circumaural type phones."
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"The wood looks great, I've gotten many compliments, and I'm happy with the sound quality for the price."
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"I love how they sound, clear, spacious, with a solid fairly wide soundstage."
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"Sound really decent, worth the price! "
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"Pro: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 comfortable on-ear headphone I've woren."
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