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Audio-Technica A & AD Headphone Series

Audio-Technica A & AD Headphone Series

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Established in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan, Audio-Technica is known around the world for its lineup of headphones, microphones, and turntables. In the US, the company has gained particular acclaim for its classic M50X studio headphones, along with its audiophile-grade A and AD Series Read More

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(5 reviews)
Dec 15, 2018
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I've been looking for a drop with these for a while--I have the older A700, which made me fall in love with the head-rest mechanism that these all share. I went with the 990z headphones, because I use these at work and need the closed-back style. I am by no means an audiophile, but I do appreciate a good/decent set of headphones. I use my headphones with a couple small, portable amps, for reference: Audiolab...something or other (, and the EarStudio ES100 ( I like the A700s because they did a better job of creating neutral-ish sound than any of the (cruddy) headphones I'd had before. The 990z are decidedly more punchy and bass-heavy, which initially was a bit off-putting because that's not what I look for. However, after pairing them with the Audiolab amp, the highs and mids improved. I've started to miss the bass from the 990z when I go back, so I guess I'm converted. The 990z also do a better job of separating the voice from the rest of the instruments, which is generally good but can sometimes sound...a little too separated? Like the voice was recorded separately and then mixed in almost (could be the case I suppose.) The head-rest is still amazing. It feels like nothing is on my head. No problem with listening for long sessions. Have also used with the Massdrop ModMic for Skype calls, no problems with volume or clarity (at least, not any that weren't related to Skype itself.)
May 12, 2020
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Fanfreakintastic All purpose open-backs!
Been using various models of the AD series for years and they have never let me down. I mainly enjoy them with gaming, they are enjoyably haunting to say the least. Walking around in Fallout 4 was unnerving with these headphones. And playing classical and live music is a dream. The only thing I will forever dislike about these headphones are their band design. They are too loose on my giant head, and tend to slide down without doing the elastic band hack on them. The also leave weird impressions on my head, even if I only wear them for a couple of minutes. One of those cheapo headband cozies is a quick and simple (albeit, ugly) solution for this. Other than that, these headphones always sound amazing out of the box. Def the least troublesome headphones Ive ever used (i.e. no need to hack or mod for good sound).
Recommends this product? Yes
Jan 10, 2023
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Decent gift
These were a gift for a friend, needed new earpads though.
Nov 27, 2022
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Good headphones, but they have a few flaws
The sound is excellent. The comfort/fit leaves a bit to be desired, since the cups don't pivot at all. The cardinal sin however is the cable. It is long, impossible to roll up nicely, and not replaceable without a soldering iron. I unfortunately broke my cable quickly. Did a solder job for a new plug, but did it poorly, resulting in shorting an amp. I suggest anyone who likes AT to go for the R70X instead, despite the higher price.
Recommends this product? No
Mar 15, 2021
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AD500x: great entry open-backs
Build: typical plastic design for this price Comfort: amazing; you could forget you even had them on. Nitpick: wing headband does cause the hp to slide downwards after some time. Sound: smooth & warm. Not in a sense of boosted bass but in a sense of relaxed treble. Resolution isn't great, but it's what I expected from this price. It tends to smooth over the notes quite a bit, giving off a more laid back presentation. + bass roll-off typical of most dynamic open-backs
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