There is always a question when it comes to entry-level audiophile headphones, which one to go with? There are quite a few to choose from, and there is no real way to know whether a person is making a good choice or a bad one without actually getting to try each individual headset. That is where we try to make the difference by explaining what each headset is capable of and whether they fit the bill in what is needed from the headphones or not.
So, the quest begins again, how well did Audio-Technica do with this particular headset and how good are they? Read on to find the answers to these questions.
53mm audio drivers
Good for gaming and instrumentals
Focused on sound and comfort
No strong bass content
3D wing design not very strong
Activities for Use
Another basic feature is the fact that this headset does not really need anything extra to use them properly. With no need for extra devices or connectors, that means this headset is definitely a plug-and-play item. There is nothing more basic than that, really.
Well, really, they are and are not. A headband is what holds the headset up AND holds the headset together while also allowing the wiring to move unimpeded from one ear cup to the other. These ‘wires’ do the latter two pieces of the equation, to be honest. Otherwise, the adjustable 3D wings this headset has does the first piece of the said equation. More on this design idea will be found in the comfort section.
First things first, there is the option of changing the EQ settings of the device. While this will work on changing the bass range, it will more likely detract and even destroy the rest of the sound range, so not really all that good if a person is looking to enjoy and immerse themselves in music or whatever sound-oriented activity.
The other viable option is to obtain a good amp and use that to enhance the range of this pair of headphones. This works much better as it does not destroy the EQ, leaving the focused mid and high range of sound while giving further strength to the low-range bass sounds. This is much more acceptable than the other option mentioned earlier.
While it is not necessary to use an amp to use this headset, it can help make things more enjoyable.
As was earlier stated, the soundstage is large due to the open-backed ear cups. This is great for many reasons, the main one being that a person is not hammered with a wall of sound continuously. Each bit of the sound, be it music, movie or a video game, has its own place. In terms of video games, especially for first-person shooters, the enemies will be much easier to locate.
With movies and music, there is a feeling like a wearer is right in the middle of the ‘action’. Again, this allows more immersion and thus more enjoyment in the activity of choice. The only other detractor to the sound of these headphones is a simple fact that the open-backed design does nothing to cancel or isolate the sound a person is hearing.
This means that whatever happens in the environment around the wearer will ‘corrupt’ the sounds he or she is hearing. That means that the wearer should not be using the headset in places where there is a lot of ambient sounds, as it could potentially drown out the music or such. But, in proper conditions, this headset can easily blow a person away.
Luckily, this headset comes with an enlarger, allowing for more options without having to spend even more money. Truly, Audio-Technica proves that they have the consumer in mind with this product, even if it takes a little extra set-up to get the exact type of sound you are looking for.
On top of that, this headset’s ear cups go around the ears, rather than pressing against the ears. This also adds to the comfort level, as there is no pressure build-up that causes ear fatigue. And then there is the lack of a traditional headband, this offers the wearer even more comfort as there is no real pressure on the top of the head and also no heat build-up to the top of the head.
There is no real way to explain exactly how great this can feel over extended usage. The only thing to detract from this comfort level is the fact that some people find that the 3D wings do not really hold the headset over time, and thus they find the headset’s weight is carried by the ears. It is speculated that it is the shape of the wearer’s head that causes this to happen.
While this could sound extremely uncomfortable to people, there is one thing to keep in mind and that is that this headset weighs roughly a little over a half-a-pound. That means that the headset is not as bad in discomfort than several other headsets would offer under the same conditions.
The open-topped headband, open-backed ear cups, and 3D wing style make this headset have a rather interesting and unique appearance in their own right. Do not be fooled, though, as Audio-Technica uses this same style with pretty much all of their audiophile headsets. The difference between the other types and this one is a very little outside of sound quality. The higher the model number, the higher the quality.
Again, though, do not be fooled as this headset is not to be overlooked. For the price they are offered at on Amazon.com, they are more than worth picking up, especially if you like making music. This set isn’t really intended for easy listening or gaming, but it can be used for both if you do not mind sound leakage in both directions.
Still, though, accidents happen and this headset should easily handle them without taking serious damage. The warranties for these can also be difficult to navigate on the site, and you will need your products serial number to find out what it covers. Amazon offers its usual recovery plans, which are based on the product getting to you safely and working properly for 30 days, beyond that you will need to use the company site and most likely to register it.
Ease of Use
While not needed, some people will want to take that extra effort to get the maximum ability of this pair of headphones. Even then, this headset is rather easy to use and enjoy with or without the addition of an amp. Of course, if you don’t want to blow out your headset with too much bass your going to need that extra amp, and that means learning how to set that up.
There are also other programs you can use to adjust the levels of any headset, but these will only affect your set as long as you are connected to the item that has the program on it. Some of these programs are free and relatively easy to use, however, the more extensive the settings, the more likely you are to have to pay and the more you will need to learn to adjust it properly.
-Open design headband
-Compatible with almost any device