Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review

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Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review – $299

PROS: sound great, well built, comfortable.

CONS: none.

The problem with headphones is finding a set that can work for the studio as well as personal use. Audio-Technica has added the ATH-M70x to their prestigious lineup of headphones, and they’re ready to handle anything that can be thrown at them.

The design is sleek and modern, and has a strong, robust feel. With a closed back, over the ear design, a comfortable and adjustable fit should be no problem for even the largest head sizes. With plenty of isolation, blocking out unwanted outside noise, one ear monitoring can still be achieved with the ear cup’s 90-degree range. Perfect for DJ-ing or checking a mix in the studio.

Internally, they have 45mm drivers with Neodymium magnets, which are super powerful, and super light. The driver’s voice coils are copper clad aluminum wire. It might not mean much on paper, but these features really give these headphones some punch and clarity. The frequency response is 5Hz through 40Khz, meaning they can cover plenty of lows, and still maintain clarity in the high end without getting brittle.

Overall the sound is great; it’s hard to believe they are non-powered, non noise-cancelling headphones. The outside world can be easily masked out with a set of these. The light weight and the fact they’re musically balanced means no ear fatigue, or wearer’s fatigue even after long mixing sessions.

Also worth noting is that they come in a nice carrying case, with three different detachable cables. With a street price of $299, this set can do double duty – as subway or street cans, blocking out the sounds of the city, as well as the go-to set of headphones for mixing and tracking, with no compromises.

FEATURES
Type: Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter: 45mm; Magnet: Neodymium
Voice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
Frequency Response: 5Hz-40kHz
Maximum Input Power: 2,000 mW at 1kHz
Sensitivity: 97dB; Impedance: 35 ohms
Weight: 9.9 oz, without cable and connector

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1 Comment

  1. Jim Nesta

    June 23, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I have these phones, as well as the older M50x, and have to say that I agree highly with your evaluation of them. I play electric bass and am very sensitive to bass string articulation and to string attack and decay transients, as such these phones are superb for detail and clarity. They are very evenly balanced across the tonal spectrum and so mid-bass frequencies are clearly discernible in the mix, not being masked by booming low bass. They are more expensive but I think that the user gets sonic performance equal to phones at a much higher price range. Finally, I’ve never heard a closed-back set of phones with such a good soundstage as these.

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