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Audio Technica ATHWS50 Hifi Headphones Black

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  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
  • Item model number: ATH-WS50BK
  • ASIN: B004HDX8OG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,469 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For the mony you can find better 9 Oct 2011
By Alexei
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I use these for my MP3 players and I listen to hip-hop, reggae, dubstep, drum and bass and a bit of UK garage, and these headphones are perfect for what I listen to. I would say they would suit any dance music, metal and rock music too. In fact if your MP3 has an equaliser function then they would suit most music genres.

The bass is deep and punchy without overpowering the midrange and treble. I have tried out many headphones around the £50 - £60 price range and these are the best I have found. I like deep, tight, punchy bass and these don't dissapoint. The high end frequencies are lively and precise and overall the level of detail puts them up there with much pricer rivals. My MP3 player has no problems driving them either. I tried out a pair of Beats and these hold their own. The bass on beats sound slighty muffled and with the bass being very pronounced music can sound a little stuffy on the Beats, fortunately the WS50's don't have this problem which is an issue for most headphones designed to enhance bass. I am not suggesting the sound quality is superior to beats (although any difference is negligable), just that the WS50's are better balanced.

They look very good, however the headband is a bit plasticy and a little flimsy. The cable is a good thickness and where the cable meets the jack it is re-enforced quite nicely. My only complaint is that the cable connects to both sides of the phones and cannot be disconnected. As a result for me these headphones with probably only last me about 6 months, as in the case of all my previous headphones, the cable where it means the jack always gives out between 3 and 6 months.

For the price (I paid £[]) they are great value, and certainly enhance the pleasure I get when listening to music with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, meaty cans!! 16 Nov 2011
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Had these for three weeks now and they are great headphones.
To get the critical stuff out of the way first, these headphones can be tight on the ears after a short while but this can be solved by pinching the steel band in the centre until they're comfortable. Also the treble can be harsh but a bit of EQ can reign that in to desired levels.
Lastly I've found they can need driving a bit harder than my other cans/buds but I have a Fiio E7 to sort that.
Now the critique is out of the way I can definitely say these babies sound great.
Just compared them with a mates Dre SoloHD's and the difference was immense, even he commented. The Dre's do have a very nice creamy bass response but the treble was very flat and dynamics, separation were extremely lacking.
These audio technicas seem to open up after a fortnight, and everyone who's tried them have been surprised.
I listen to all sorts of music and these cans complement everything.
Have them on my bonce as I'm writing this, love 'em!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Champion Sound!!! 1 Sep 2011
My sennheisers PX 200's packed in about a month before my birthday so it was only right that I asked the missus to treat me to a new pair of headphones. I could of opted to get another pair of PX 200's, which don't get me wrong are a great set of cans, especially for an Ipod. However I wanted something more suited to my preferred musical genre of HipHop and so the quest began. There is a lot of choice out there when it comes to looking for headphones. The question is, how much are you prepared to spend? As I was looking for a pair of Bass responsive headphones that would compliment my choice of music I did some research on prices and quality. As a headphone brand Audio-Technica may not be as trendy as sennheisers, Bose or the current flavour of the month, Dre beats. However do not be put off by this as these cans are some serious monsters that can stand with the best of them. The bass is weighty but not to the detriment of other frequencies that you want to hear when listening to your MP3. I thought that I would give these cans a run for their money by playing some Method Man (Tical) and they handled it pretty well with no distortion whatsoever. With my PX200's it struggled a bit to handle the weight on this album but these cans are definitely built for bass responsive genres. What surprises me most is that their not even burnt in yet and they sound like monsters already! A definite must if your into bass responsive music.
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