Audio-Technica Headphones

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Audio-Technica Headphones
Price: $99.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Monday, Mar 07 to Thursday, Mar 10) + transit
Condition: New/Open Box


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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
2/1/2016 - $114.99
1/31/2016 - $119.99

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These are a decent headphone…and can be driven by phones/ipods without having an amplifier. Very comfortable. Hard to beat in this price range.

These are tuned with bass up a bit, not flat like the 40’s. Makes them good for music if you like bass, but less worth it than the 40’s if you’re using them for true audio applications. Good price.

These will be excellent for most users for listening to music. (Significantly better than Beats, for example)

If you want the audiogeekery, this third-party site has a good summary.

Look at the first graph in this PDF to see mids a little low relative to others, as well as a gentle peak in highs. That’s fine for most listening (don’t buy these for mixing/producing audio) - it will make most audio feel very present and detailed.

Also look at lower graph to see the nice fast/simple impulse response - what people call “punch,” the feeling the bass response is really present in your ears. (That plus the not too badly exaggerated actual bass response will make these feel really responsive.)

at this price range Grado makes a better sounding headphone.

Same price as New Egg, so if Woot runs out…

[MOD: Not the same, see posts below]

Do you have a link, because when I search Newegg, the price is $158.

Depends on what you’re looking for. Grados, while certainly very good headphones, aren’t closed. I would much rather take My M40s on a plane or train than I would my Grados because there’s less leakage out of the M40s.

Assuming you’re speaking of the SR80e which are also $99. They are also open headphones which means they aren’t for private listening. Sound signature is actually pretty similar between the two but the m50x are more comfortable, better looking and more versatile.

When most people buy headphones they do not expect everyone else to be able to hear their too. Most people buy headphones for private listening, nothing private about open headphones.
So for $99 the m50x is the best buy between the m40x, m50x and the SR80e. And yes I own all 3 of them… well I have the older SR80 from 15 years ago. But essentially the same thing.

If anyone tries to tell you within a certain price range that one headphone is better than another, you know they clearly don’t know what they are talking about… within a giving price range, its all about the sound signature you prefer.

As someone who has risen through the Head-Fi ranks, starting out with the original M50 (before there was an X), and having also owned multiple Grado’s, Shure’s, AKG’s, Sennheisers, Beyerdynamics, etc. (and currently own Senn HD800’s) I can say with some credit that these headphones are a great place to start your hi-fi journey.

Are they the best headphone ever? Absolutely not. Are they a great place to start to begin to learn what high definition sound and achieving that “next level” begins to feel like, absolutely.

For $99, these aren’t a STEAL, but they are not a bad deal. I’d check used sources as well, since used headphones can be a great way to save money as long as they’ve been treated nicely – always take a listen before you buy.

Thank you for the great advice. I had the good fortune to purchase a pair of these at one of their factory outlet sales…

I almost purchased a pair of ATH-W5000 and ATH-AD1000X at significant discounts- can you offer any opinions on the more costly Audio Technica headphones? While I would like to claim being an audiophile, I mostly watch blu-ray movies with a Yamaha AV receiver…

Hmmm… Open Box… I wonder if these are the “Used - Like New” that were selling at Amazon Warehouse for $96?

These headphones are awesome !! You will not find anything better for the price point.

Just looking back through Slickdeals for the last few months these occasionally go on sale new for $120. The best deal I saw besides that were the white ones only new for $99.99 from Adorama. I’m thinking that was part of a black friday deal so may not see that often.

How would you experts compare these to the Bose QC 15 at Costco for $240?
Although they don’t have the active noise cancellation of the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise-Cancelling Headphones or Beats Studio (2013) , they do a good job of passively sealing out the sound from the outside world. No, you don’t get the same level of noise reduction, but they’re a good alternative to the QuietComfort 15 headphones for people who are sensitive to the slight pressure of active noise cancellation – and they sound better.

When moving into that level of headphone, the best thing you can do for your money is listen to them. Check out your local headphone meet (on

For really high levels of headphones the entire system needs to be taken into account: DAC, Amp, and Headphones. The signatures need to compliment each other. There’s too much detail for me to go over in a Woot comment, so my best suggestion would be to check out and read up there. Also check out to get a good sense of what acoustic signature the headphones will have.

If you have more questions, send me a PM on Head-Fi (wdahm519)