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Audio Technica Headphones: 2020 Ultimate Guide

Since its establishment in 1962, Audio Technica has provided quality, meticulously crafted audio tech. From its humble beginnings of manufacturing turntable parts, Audio Technica became an award-winning audiology giant well-loved by professionals and casual listeners alike. 

You wouldn’t expect less from the official microphone supplier of the Grammys. This company promises a high-end experience using only the best materials and technology for their lineup. If you want to listen to your songs and movies like a king, here are the 10 best Audio Technica headphones that’ll redefine your listening experience.

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ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones

Retail Price: USD150.00

If the Marvel movies had Iron Man, Audio Technica headphones have the M50x. As the poster boy of the Audio Technica headphones line, the ATH-M50x catches praise from audio engineers and audio junkies years after its initial release. 

This model’s dynamic balance makes it the go-to choice for studio headphones. Pronounced bass response ensures a solid but controlled punch that won’t overpower the mids or high ends. The midrange is present and clear, and the highs stand out without being too tinny. 

One of the best feats of the M50x is that it delivers imaging and soundstaging at a depth rarely seen in closed-back headphones. This deliberate sound profile paired with its versatile delivery guarantee the most “accurate” sound needed for recording and mixing. 

If you’re into music production, the M50x would be a good first choice, since the price to quality ratio is arguably the best you can get for studio recording quality gear. 

SPECS
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 45 mm
Magnet Neodymium
Voice Coil CCAW (Copper-Clad aluminum wire)
Frequency Response 15 – 28,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
Sensitivity 99 db
Impedance 38 ohms
Weight 285 g (10 oz), without cable and connector
Cable Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m – 3.0 m (3.9′ – 9.8′) coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8′) straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) straight cable
Accessories Included Protective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter

 

audio technica ath-pro7x
(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-PRO7X DJ Headphones

Retail Price: USD200.00

Another addition to the performance line, this model is for people who want a more in-your-face kind of sound. 

The ATH-PRO7X was engineered for live DJ sets, but it will appeal to any avid music listener. 

This model’s dynamic is busier than the monitor models; if the monitor line goes for accuracy, this one is a bit more of a show-off. 

With a solid foundation of deep, punchy bass, the PRO7x delivers prominent highs without being exaggerated. Between these two extremes fits a consistent midrange. Details in music will jump out at you, which is another impressive feat for closed-back headphones. 

If you want more character in your sound, the PRO7x will help you achieve a more extreme aural experience as a music producer or listener.

SPECS
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 45 mm
Frequency Response 5 – 40,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 2,000 mW at 1 kHz
Sensitivity 100 db/mW
Impedance 37 ohms
Weight 220 g without cable and connector
Cable -Detachable 1.2 m – 3.0 m (3.9′ – 9.8′) coiled cable

-Detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) straight cable

Accessories Included -Pouch

– 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter

 

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(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-MSR7b Over-Ear High-Resolution Headphones

Retail Price: USD249.00

One of the newest releases, the ATH-MSR7b is another example of Audio Technica’s purposeful engineering. 

If you’re a sucker for sound reality, this model is for you. The MSR7b features an artfully balanced tone, with improved bass (deeper and snappier than the MSR7 model) and augmented mids and highs. This hi-fi pair also delivers imaging and spatial placement well, although still not as good as an open-back model would.

For those who want an exact, lifelike sound, the MSR7b would be the way to go.

SPECS
Type Dynamic
Driver Diameter 45 mm
Frequency Response 5 – 50,000 Hz
Sensitivity 101 db/mfW
Impedance 36 ohms
Cable Detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) cable (3.5 mm 3-pole stereo mini-plug to A2DC); detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) cable (4.4 mm 5-pole balanced mini-plug to A2DC)
Accessories Included Carrying pouch

 

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(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-L5000 Audiophile Closed-back Dynamic Wooden Headphones

Retail Price: USD769.32

If you want a pair of headphones that scream bourgeoisie, you might want to consider the ATH-L5000. 

As one of Audio Technica’s more luxurious offerings, this model is adorned by premium leather.  Other than its materials and degree of craftsmanship, though, the L5000’s distinct feature is its surreal soundstaging. Its sense of placement can really take you somewhere else. 

However, not everyone is a fan of the toned down low and mid range on these. Its pronounced highs might not be the best for harder or bass-heavy genres. However, for acoustic music, the high, warm timbre works in its favor.

SPECS
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 58 mm
Frequency Response 5 – 50,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,000 mW
Sensitivity 100 db/mW
Impedance 45 ohms
Weight 480 g
Cable 3.0 m (dual-sided), 4-core parallel cable/OFC6N + OFC/Elastomer sheath
Connector 6.3 mm (¼”) gold-plated plug
Accessories Included Protective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter

 

audio technica adx5000
(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-ADX5000 Reference Air Dynamic Open-Back headphones

Retail Price: USD2,499.99

If the L5000 is the luxury option of the lineup, this model would be the golden caviar of the bunch. 

The steampunk, heavy metal aesthetic might fool you into thinking it’s heavy, but this magnesium-frame pair is actually quite lightweight. Although it has a tendency for creaking, it doesn’t strain your head at all.  

Sound-wise, it is like the embodiment of a cafe. Bright, not a lot of space. It shines more in delivering distinct sound textures rather than dynamic. Much like the L5000, intimate, easy listening genres seem to favor this pair the most. It’s not really big on bass or present mids.

The ADX5000 exhibits the phenomenal soundstaging distinct to Audio Technica headphones. If you have the money to spare, you’d have to see for yourself. 

SPECS
Type Open-air dynamic
Driver Diameter 58 mm x 2
Frequency Response 5 – 50,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,000 mW
Sensitivity 100 db/mW
Impedance 420 ohms
Weight 270g (without cable)
Cable Detachable cable (3.0m), 6.3mm gold-plated stereo plug
Connector A2DC connectors
Accessories Included Exclusive hard carrying case

 

audio technica sport7tw
(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-SPORT7TW SonicSport® Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Retail Price: USD199.00

Music does wonders for a workout – who wants to hear themselves suffering? 

These compact bluetooth headphones have a preset hear-through mode for outdoor workouts. You don’t want too much noise cancellation when you’re outside and vulnerable to accidents. 

The ATH-SPORT7TW is ergonomically designed with a silicone earhook to ensure a snug fit that won’t fall out.  This model features touch controls and voice assistance compatibility, so you can still connect to the outside world as you use it. The SPORT7TW is sweat and water-resistant – but don’t you go jumping into pools with it anytime soon. 

In terms of sound performance, this model is bass-driven with somewhat compressed mids. Not too generous with the highs, but unless you have very specific preferences, it’s not glaring enough to be a problem. 

SPECS
Type Dynamic
Driver Diameter 5.8 mm
Frequency Response 20 – 25,000 Hz
Sensitivity 91 db/mW
Impedance 14 ohms
Battery Headphones: DC 3.7V lithium-ion battery

Battery case: DC 3.7V lithium polymer battery

Max. approx. 3.5 hours*

Charging time: Headphones: Approx. 2 hours*

Charging case: Approx. 3 hour

Weight Headphones (left & right combined): 12.8 g (0.4 oz)

Charging case: Approx. 64 g (2.2 oz)

Accessories Included USB charging cable (30 cm (12″) USB Type A / Micro USB Type B), Eartips (XS, S, M, L), Ear fins (XS, S, M, L), Comply™ foam eartips (M)

 

audio technica anc100bt
(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-ANC100BT QuietPoint® Wireless In-Ear Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Retail Price: USD99.00

Audio Technica’s entry-level wireless headphones are kind of what you see is what you get

The ANC100BT’s audio is as clear as you would expect from an Audio Technica model – but it’s nothing too extreme or distinguishable. The highs are more pronounced – though – which makes for a bright sound. Its main feature is an active noise cancellation which you can enable or disable as needed. 

If you want to tune out the rest of the world with the ample noise cancellation it offers, the ANC100BT could be a good investment. 

SPECS
Type Active noise-cancelling
Driver Diameter 12 mm
Frequency Response 20 – 24,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 10 mW (wired)
Sensitivity 103 dB/mW (w/ noise-cancellation*

102 dB/mW (w/o noise-cancellation)

Impedance 16 ohms (w/o noise-cancellation)
Battery DC3.7 V lithium polymer rechargeable battery

Max. 10 hours (w/ Bluetooth and noise-cancellation)

Max. 20 hours (wired w/ noise cancellation)

Charging Time: Approx. 3 hours (for 0-100% charge)

Weight 30 g (1.1 oz), without cable
Connector 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo mini-plug, L-shaped
Accessories Included Silicone eartips (XS, S, M, L), Comply™ foam eartips (M), 30 cm (1′) USB charging cable, and protective pouch

 

 

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(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-ANC900BT Wireless Noise Cancelling-Headphones

Retail Price: USD299.99

For some people, music is an escape. 

People on the go usually sport earphones or headphones, but using wired ones can hold you back. They get caught on people or things, and eventually give out to the wear and tear of everyday use. This model can help you avoid that problem.

For sound performance,  this pair offers booming but controlled bass. The mids, present and detailed. Highs are bright but not overdone, with imaging and soundstaging you’d expect from Audio Technica headphones.  

SPECS
Type Dynamic
Driver Diameter 40 mm
Frequency Response 5 – 45,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,300 mW
Sensitivity 103 dB/mW (w/ noise-canceling)

100 dB/mW (w/o noise-canceling)

Impedance 35 ohms
Weight Approx. 263g (9.2 oz)
Battery DC 3.7 V lithium polymer battery

Max. approx. 35 hours (w/ Bluetooth + noise-canceling)

Max. approx. 60 hours (w/ noise-canceling)

 

 

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(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-G1 Premium Gaming Headset

Retail Price: USD169.00

Audio Technica caters to the gaming community with this surround sound headset.

Unlike most other gaming headsets, the ATH-G1 won’t make you download programs for the equalizer – it works right out of the box. The G1’s offer more dynamic range than some similar gaming headsets. It is well-padded for maximum comfort. 

If you want to improve your gaming experience with the high-end quality of the Audio Technica line, this would not be a bad place to start. 

SPECS
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 45 mm
Frequency Response 5 – 40,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,300 mW
Sensitivity 101 dB/mW
Impedance 45 ohms
Weight 250 g (8.8 oz), without cable

257 g (9.1 oz), including detachable microphone

Cable 2.0 m (6.6′)
Connector 3.5 mm (1/8″) gold-plated stereo mini-plug (4 pole)
Accessories Included Y-type adapter cable with two 3.5 mm (1/8″) gold-plated mini stereo plugs, and windscreen

 

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(Source: Audio Technica)

ATH-AG1X High-Fidelity Closed-Back Gaming Headset

Retail Price: USD229.99

Beyond its futuristic look is a gaming headset that delivers high clarity for a more detailed sound while gaming. 

Though not big on bass, this pair knocks soundstaging out of the park. The open back design makes for clear and vivid soundstage without obstructing all ambient noise, so you and your Twitch subscribers will still hear yourself talk.

Overall, if you want hi-fi audio with your gaming experience, it’s better than most headphones marketed for gamers. The price point and nonremovable cable may be the only things that set this model back.

Making gear purchases can be tough and you’d want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. It’s better to go with trusted companies with proven quality. Audio Technica provides audio tech for professionals, and it reflects in most of their headphones.

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