Date: Friday , July 01, 2011
During its fifty year history, Audio-Technica has earned an excellent reputation for the design and production values found in its broadcast and recording quality microphones, headsets, and headphones.
One year ago, we reviewed Audio-Technica's ATH-AD700 open-backed headphones. That product received our Editor's Choice Gold Award for the excellent listening experience we had during PC usage with movies, genre-specific music, and games. The AD700 headphones surpass many more expensive PC gaming headsets in both sound quality and comfort.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Audio-Technica re-launched some of its products in order to broaden its exposure and appeal to the general public. The company's ATH-AD900 Audiophile Open-air Dynamic Headphones are now positioned as the "big brother" to the AD700 in terms of both performance and price.
Today, we will review the ATH-AD900 open-backed headphones in order to tell you what kind of performance and comfort this higher price unit may bring to your PC gaming, movie, and music experience.
The ATH-AD900 headphones carry an M.S.R.P of $299.95 and $30.00 ground shipping on the company's product website. Walmart.com lists the headphones for $351.75 including tax and free shipping for in-store pickup.
BeachCamera.com has the lowest price we found. It lists the ATH-AD900 for $219.95 with $6.95 for ground shipping. We used the location of our offices in Texas when calculating any taxes and shipping costs. The steep $125.00 price difference that we found between Walmart.com and Beach Camera's prices should tell you that comparison shopping for this product is absolutely necessary.
It is interesting to note that the ATH-AD700 headphones that we reviewed previously actually cost seven dollars more today on Newegg than these did exactly one year ago.
In our past reviews of Audio-Technica headphones, we found that packaging was not very relevant to what was actually inside the box. The ATH-AD700 headphones had a purple feather on its box, while the A700 headphones had a picture of a violin. The AD900 product box features a prominent close up of one of the two ear cups and its honeycombed grill on the outer box flap. When the box flap is opened, a potential buyer can see the full life size and design of the headphones through a plastic window.
The headphones are mounted on a plastic frame inside the box that preserves their shape. The back of the box lists the product's features and technical specifications in eight languages.
The AD900 headphones have a one year limited warranty.
The product will be repaired free of charge, if it is found to be defective, upon return to Audio-Technica or an authorized service center.
It must also be accompanied by the original product receipt.
With the substantial price of this product, we would have liked to have seen a warranty period longer than one year.