Summary: As I always say, I am an ameteur reviewer, so please keep this in mind.
I should just state out front that I think these are pretty great headphones. In the simplest of terms, they just sound good.
Summary: Firstly, fit and finish:
I am able to wear these guys for upwards of 7 hours in any day. The ATH "wing" mechanism is excellent, and one of the best headphone fit devices on the market. Perfect fit, every time, even if someone else tries them out. Totally amazing.
Pros: Glorious midrange, beautiful with vocals, fantastic rich bass
Cons: If the source is too bright, these will accentuate it, pleather pads (minus one star from design for that)
Summary: It took me a while to warm up to this set of ATH-W1000X, because they are just so warm compared to what I'm used to, so it sounded like they lacked the clarity of my other sets (which, to be fair, are excellent and very expensive sets such as the Beyerdynamic T1 and the open ATH-AD2000X) - but it's...
Pros: Beautiful tone curve (warm without being muddy), crystal clear, Audio-Technica comfort, great value compared to competition
Summary: I bought a pair of these recently, I'm one of many who took advantage of the $399 deal on these. I think for the price I paid they are a pretty good deal, but they do have some issues. They are certainly an attractive pair of headphones.
Pros: Sound good with pretty much everything, Look really, really nice, Great value at current price
Summary: Bought my ATH-W1000X headphones used, with leather earcups and an improved cable. Using a Linn Mimik CD Player and an older Woo WA-3 with Amperex (Holland) tubes, and getting what I consider exceptional sound for from dynamic drivers.
Summary: Really wanting to buy the AD2000 I got the W1000x on the Japanese Yahoo Auction site for a ridiculously low price of 29000 yen. They are used but have almost no wear or tear. I guess they have been broken in alreay, but I really can't say.
Summary: I got mine for $570 shipped from PriceJapan. Arrived in two days. Amazing service from those guys.
They sounded terrific right out of the box. The treble smoothed out just a little after burn-in, but if they hadn't changed one bit I'd have been fine.
Excerpt: The Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X, which was introduced in 2011, is not a celebrity-endorsed headphone, nor does it come in a rainbow of colors. For $699, you get a headphone designed and engineered for discriminating listeners and music lovers, with ear cups made from American black cherry wood...