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Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 82 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 7.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Gaming4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Sound4.6   above average
Fit4.4   average
Music4.3   average
Quality4.0   average
Audio3.9   average
Comfortable3.7   below average
Cable3.3   average


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Audio

Audio:
"Audio is not horrible, it's just not great like people seem to think."
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"However it will mostly make low quality audio sound worst, which I assume is the case as all high quality headphones."
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"Best positional audio out there although the headbands are quite uncomfortable, had to put a rubber band on it, it's a pretty critical design flaw in my opinion but for me it doesn't take that much away."
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"- Audio Technica AD900x: I found these quite uncomfortable."
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"They were all great, I wasn't perfectly happy with any of them but I liked Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic best despite the ugly design."
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"The AD900X Open-Back Headphones by Audio Technica are such a great choice for any entry level audiophile!"
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"Audio is not horrible, it's just not great like people seem to think."
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"The Audio Technica AD900X are great headphones."
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"Audio Technica is a good company with several support options."
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"Most of the open-air effect goes the other direction: its nice to have ambient spatial sound when audio isolation is not a priority."
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Cable

Cable:
"(bearable)- Cable very hard to straighten (if possible)- **Reduced soundstage in comparison to AD700.- Rubberized plastic connector vs. previous metal."
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"Unfortunately, I can't say the same of the AD900x -- the cable would absolutely NEVER straighten out."
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"Amazing for games as well as music, the only real complaint I have is the cable is non-detachable, very long & has a habit of coiling up which can be a bit of a hassle to manage."
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"The only drawback is that the cable is non removable."
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"On the AD700s, you will find a nice, memory-free cable that will straighten up over the first few hours of usage."
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"Amazing for games as well as music, the only real complaint I have is the cable is non-detachable, very long & has a habit of coiling up which can be a bit of a hassle to manage."
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"They're also very comfortable and sport a long cord."
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"The cable is crazy long which is good for people who love long wires, but I would of loved it if it was detachable to allow for a shorter more portable wire so you can bring it with you."
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"The Sennheiser has an easily removable swappable headphone cable that the Beyerdynamic doesn't, but the Beyerdynamic feels nice and solid."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"On the topic of comfort i was worried that these would not fit my head because of the space age futuristic 3d Wings that some people complain that they do not work well with weird heads."
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"The 3D wing support works for me really well - comfortable and stable, but I can see how people would complain if they compare against traditional headbands."
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"I bought a couple of headphones to see what I would like and I always come back to these for comfort and sound, the only downside to these pair of cans is probably the portability of them."
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"If a headphone is not comfortable, it is useless, no matter how good it sounds."
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"Then it was obvious this headphone was not as good as k550.AD900X is not as comfortable as k550, DT880, sr225i,hd598,hd650."
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"OVERALL: 7.5 10+ Similar sound signature to the AD line+ Airy, crisp, transparent sound+ Fantastic vocals, orchestral, classical, etc.+ Large soundstage**+ Looks clean and professional+ Could be good for gaming if comfort works for you- Significantly reduced comfort compared to previous versions."
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"be nice if the ear opening was slightly larger so it was more comfortable"
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"It's every bit as comfortable, and once you get it nice and burned-in the sound quality is beautiful."
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"Fit is loose but in a comfortable way, and I have a pretty big head."
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"These are about being light, comfortable, cool, and creating amazing sound stage."
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Fit

Fit:
"On the topic of comfort i was worried that these would not fit my head because of the space age futuristic 3d Wings that some people complain that they do not work well with weird heads."
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"The fit of these are too weak even for a mid big head and they feel like they are slipping."
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"The AD700s were the perfect fit for me -- they just sat on my head, making them one of the best fits for at home, on-the-computer headphones for long periods of time."
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"And it doesn't make you feel confident about the fit of the headphones, you get that sense that they might be sliding or slipping from their original position over time."
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"Fit is loose but in a comfortable way, and I have a pretty big head."
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"Love the fit and feel."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Otherwise, I haven't actually noticed any long term discomfort while gaming to the point where it distracts me from the game."
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"OVERALL: 7.5 10+ Similar sound signature to the AD line+ Airy, crisp, transparent sound+ Fantastic vocals, orchestral, classical, etc.+ Large soundstage**+ Looks clean and professional+ Could be good for gaming if comfort works for you- Significantly reduced comfort compared to previous versions."
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"Excellent soundstage, great for classical music and gaming."
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"HOWEVER with an amplifier (I used a gaming brand amplifier), my XB700 sounds more full and fun."
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"When it comes to gaming, my main purpose, I feel I made a great purchase."
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"friggin GREAT headphones for fps gaming, positional tracking and soundstage...."
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Listening

Listening:
"If open back headphones are not your fancy, then I recommend the ATH-M50 headphones, which I actually prefer when I am listening specifically to music."
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"Anyway, my conclusion is that I wouldn't recommend buying these for listening to rock music."
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"Sound performance is good to very good, depending upon your listening settings and personal audio standards."
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"While you would want to avoid using these on a plane I would say they are a great compliment to your sound listening enjoyment."
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"These headphones have given me the best listening experience i've ever had."
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"These are definitely not portable headphones, and offer about 0 sound isolation, but if you're like me and are using the headphones for home listening alone in your room, you can't go wrong."
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"I plugged them into my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 without any amplification as I do not own any amp; I must admit that while listening to them at a loudness level that I find comfortable, the ATH-AD900X produce a really great sound and the bass is not noticeably less than on the ATH-M50X."
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Music

Music:
"Amazing for games as well as music, the only real complaint I have is the cable is non-detachable, very long & has a habit of coiling up which can be a bit of a hassle to manage."
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"Anyway, my conclusion is that I wouldn't recommend buying these for listening to rock music."
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"Pros:Absolutely shines with piano or female vocalsWide soundstage with good amount of depthAiry, extended highsSmooth midsFast bass response with the right amount of impact for meVery comfortable with no need to adjustGood build qualityCons:Can sound a bit harsh or sibilant with some recordings (not a good match with synthesized music imo)Does not have huge bass impact required to shine with pop and hip hop musicSuch a wide soundstage also means slightly less pinpoint imaging"
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"Amazing for games as well as music, the only real complaint I have is the cable is non-detachable, very long & has a habit of coiling up which can be a bit of a hassle to manage."
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"All your music will sound good, but the best experience will be with the least possible compression."
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"Its easy to hear the music you are making and the music from the headphones simultaneously."
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"My wife heard the tinky-tanky sound just as the music was hitting my comfort zone, roughly one-third of the way up from zero volume on my MacBook Pro."
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Price

Price:
"With a fair amount of hype surrounding these headphones and having them at the same price point as some other well-respected cans, I was disappointed enough to send them back."
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"Hands down the best headphones iv tried so good the sound is great and the surround sound is amazing if you have the money buy it worth every penny and its so comfortable"
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"Great price for a great product! "
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"My verdict: Money well spent."
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"Coming from a background of using gaming headsets, this has to be the best headset for the money period."
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"Excellent headphones for the price range."
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Quality

Quality:
"They do not have the claimed extraordinary sound quality to satisfy the most discriminating listeners, despite the companys statements."
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"Out of the box quality was not great."
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"The quality is hard to beat."
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"However it will mostly make low quality audio sound worst, which I assume is the case as all high quality headphones."
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"They simply felt like they weren't of great quality and they were uncomfortable for me to wear, so I didn't bother going down that road with them."
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"BUILD QUALITY: 7 10-Aesthetically, these headphones look much nicer than my AD700s (apart from the hollow wing system padding)."
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"The overall sound quality was pretty good, compared to nc60's."
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"I bought these expecting a superior sound quality, given that these are more expensive than the M50s."
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"Needed to run music through them for about 7 days straight before quality got perfect."
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"The AD700 is probably my favorite headset I'd ever owned-- I'm no audiophile, but its sound quality and sheer comfort factor were second-to-none, and it lasted longer than any headset I'd owned prior to it."
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Sound

Sound:
"They do not have the claimed extraordinary sound quality to satisfy the most discriminating listeners, despite the companys statements."
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"However it will mostly make low quality audio sound worst, which I assume is the case as all high quality headphones."
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"I was displeased by a buzzing sound at first, but purchased a USB sound card which solved the issue."
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"I bought a couple of headphones to see what I would like and I always come back to these for comfort and sound, the only downside to these pair of cans is probably the portability of them."
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"I recently purchased these headphones along with the Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro (250 Ohm), and I already own Sennheiser HD 598.I tried all three with: Dragonfly v1.2 (DAC Amp), Creative X-Fi Titanium HD (sound card w DAC Amp), and Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (audio interface)I'll rank them in terms of a few things I care about:Sound- Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro (250 Ohm): I hate to say it, but they really did feel like they beat out my beloved Sennheiser HD 598 overall for sound quality."
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"Don't buy open backed headphones and then complain that you can hear outside sounds and others can hear what you are listening to."
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"Airy sound, nice treble, good midrange, and substantial bass notes."
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"Because, my first impression of the sound, was uncannily similar to ... well, you guessed it -- the AD700s."
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"I looked forward to falling in love and being floored again by the sound of my beloved AD700s, but this was supposedly IMPROVED!"
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"In fact, I really wanted to love the sound of the AD900x, but it just sounded too similar to the previous."
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"OVERALL: 7.5 10+ Similar sound signature to the AD line+ Airy, crisp, transparent sound+ Fantastic vocals, orchestral, classical, etc.+ Large soundstage**+ Looks clean and professional+ Could be good for gaming if comfort works for you- Significantly reduced comfort compared to previous versions."
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