Summary: These sound amazing paired with a dedicated headphone amp and a high quality source. Much better for various kinds of music as opposed to a certain genre, a reason why I've chose them. I used to own the W5000's and those were only suited for certain genres such as jazz or classical. One of the main reason for choosing these were their appearance, I'll be honest. I'm a big fan of this brand, but am disappointed with the wood used in the cups.
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. Cable looks and feels a bit cheap, but the 1/4" plug is quite nice. To me these sound a lot like my D7000s, although certainly not as good, pretty close overall.
Pros: Sound good with pretty much everything, Look really, really nice, Great value at current price
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. The might have been used as an exposition model since the plug doesn't show any wear.
Using my Sony XBA-3 in the office most of the time, I found the W1000X not as immersive as I would have liked.
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. They sound really, really good, and much better than I recall the original W1000 sounding (which I hated and sold in less than a week).
They are nice looking, and see pretty comfortable.
Summary: Equipment Used: PS Audio Power Plant Premier > Macbook Pro > USB > PS Audio Perfectwave DAC > Woo Audio 5 (Shuguang 300B-Z Output, Shuguang CV-181-Z Driver, EML 5U4G Rectifier)
Aesthetic / Build Quality:
This headphone is quite a handsome headphone with very clean lines. The magnesium frame is very sturdily built and the 3D wings have been tweaked over the years by Audio Technica, and you can tell that this is a great frame that will last with lots of abuse.
Pros: Beautifully Crafted, Great Comfort, Wonderful Sounstage, Prominent Bass
Cons: Pleather Earpads, mids get a little overpowered at higher volumes
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. Relative to their price level, I believe that Liking vs Not liking these headphones is simply matter of personal taste based on the type of sound you like.
equipment used to test: win7 64bit Foobar/wasapi Keces DA 151 MKII dac.
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. Unlike the W5000, these suit my head nicely (I have a fairly large noggin) and stay in place even if I shake my head about.
The cups are still super nice looking. No change there, of course.
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)