Audio Technica ATH WS55 Review: A basshead’s delight!
Audio Technica has been a pioneer in the audio equipment industry for the past 50 years since its establishment back in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. They design and manufacture professional wired and wireless microphones, headphones and other audio equipment. The company has also been supplying microphones for the annual Grammy Awards for the last 10 years and regularly outfits TV shows like Deal or No Deal, international sports events including the Olympics and various music concerts all over the world.
First time I laid my eyes on the ATH WS55’s my mind went ‘Wow, this is a classy design.’ The piece I got was pure black and with its no-nonsense design, one would love it at first sight! They are well constructed and have solid build quality. The body does not creak or show any weak-points in construction when stretched. The plastic feels nice and strong and has a smooth finish which adds a premium feel. The speaker cups have the Audio Technica logo in silver and the cups have aluminum backs.
They fold flat but don’t fold up so it’s not the most portable set of headphones in the world. These headphones should fit people with small to large sized heads. I have a large head and this headphone fits me just fine with the sidebands extended fully. The only issue I have with them is the clamping force. These headphones quite literally pin the ears to your head. This gives excellent isolation but makes the ears sweaty and causes discomfort over long listening sessions.
These are marketed as ‘Solid Bass’ over-ear (supra-aural) headphones. Well, they deliver all that they promise. The bass is clear, tight, controlled and has all the thump you’d ever want! Consequently bassy tracks sound great. Also, Hip-hop, rap, electronica and trance sound good. I was personally listening to some of my favorite Snoop Dogg tracks while writing this. Bass isn’t the only thing they’re good at, the highs and mids are great too. Rock and metal fans won’t be disappointed, but you guys can probably find better deals elsewhere as the bass does overpower the other instruments sometimes.
For an asking price of Rs. 4200 these headphones provide solid sound and probably the best bass I’ve heard among budget and some high-end headphones like the Sennheiser HD 555.
These headphones need a decent DAC to play properly. Most phones and PMPs will not be able to power them to their full potential. A portable amp like the Fiio E6 is highly recommended.
- Great headphones for bass-lovers
- Needs an amp to sound good
- Excellent Isolation
- Good value for money
- Comes in multiple colors
- Poor comfort levels