Reviews and Problems with Audio-Technica ATH-W5000
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Audio-Technica ATH-W5000 Headphones (Playback 28)
3 March 2010
Excerpt: readers know, we are in the midst of a program to review top-tier models from all the well-respected headphone manufacturers, and thus far we haven’t yet tested a top model from Audio-Technica (we’ve covered other A-T models, though: click here to download
Summary: I tried a few Grado's —didn't like the Grado house sound—, a few Senn's —HD650 left a good impression—, a few lower-end AT's —I thought the AD700 were impressive for the price— and after reading Head-Fi and other audio forums for a long time, I thought the W5000 would suit me and my listening habits...
Pros: Lightweight, feels solid, confortable; speed of attack & decay, instrument separation, 3D imaging; outstanding on acoustic instruments and vocals.
Cons: Slightly creaky frame at times; lettering wears off on the cups, but is that really a con?! More display of the beautiful striped ebony wood!
Summary: This headphone goes for much below its MSRP.
It's something you ought to get if you listen to vocals and classical and don't want to bother other people.
These are bright and extremely detailed. Although their frequency response seems rolled off, they sound great. How come?
Pros: great for vocals and classical
Cons: the plastic wings on headband could be made sturdier
Summary: Right have the pleasure of owning these for about 4 months.
Source: Foobar through Cambridge Audio Dacmagic
Amp: Lehman Audio Blackcube Linear
Headphones: Audio Technica ATH W 5000, Audeze LCD 2 Rev 2, Denon AH D 7100, Sennheiser HD 800 and HD 700, Beyerdynamic T1
Very well judged...
Pros: Natural high frequency, Exceptional midrange
Conclusion: The ATH-W5000 headphones are endowed with exceptional sound characteristics and stylish, cutting-edge design which earns them recognition as some of the best-sounding headphones available today.
Summary: From dance to metal, folk to pop, rock to Balinese gamelan, these cans shine with their relentless detail, wide soundstage and clarity. What they lack in low-end presence they make up for in brightness and high-end clarity
Pros: Accurate sound quality; super-detailed high-end; ideal as reference headphones for mixing; excellent cabling.
Cons: Bass isn't too powerful; no 6.5mm-3.5mm adaptor in the box.
Excerpt: Here at the G-Lab, we expect a luxury item to do three things: work real good, look real good, and cost real good. Audio-Technica’s ATH-W5000 Dynamic Headphones fit the bill with a capital “Bling.
Pros: Excellent, precise sound. Enticing craftsmanship. Thoughtful weight-saving measures (like a magnesium alloy frame) keep the headphones at just 340g despite dense ebony backs. Light and soft-one of the most comfortable closed-back, full-size phones we’ve ever used.
Cons: Exotic materials require special care. Headphones cost as much as a diamond tennis bracelet. Let’s be honest-these are too nice to ever leave the sound room.