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Audio-Technica W5000 Wood Headphones

Audio-Technica W5000 Wood Headphones

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I wish all drops went this smoothly. Not only did the W5000 ship early, but it arrived before the estimated ship date. Other vendors should take note. Under-promise and over-deliver... not the other way around.
As far as the sound, I love it! These have the most delicate, detailed sound. Every little nuance of the music comes through. They don't seem to need much power either. I was running them from an Amps&Sound Leeloo and barely even turned on the volume to make them very loud. Also, they seem to sound better at low to medium volume, kind of like Grados do. It lets the lush mid-range and the airy treble shine through without being painful. I don't feel like the bass is lacking, as some have stated. Perhaps it's just a matter of finding the right volume balance. I could see the bass getting overwhelmed by the upper mid-range and treble at high volume.
I'm very happy with these. I was worried about the headband but even with my rather small head, it seems to fit fine. Just a matter of positioning it properly. Certainly is lightweight. The included case is quite nice and I plan to store them in it since it's easy to access and fairly compact.
I had just planned to listen for an hour or so last night to try them out and ended up listening for 4 hours! ...which is about how much sleep I ended up getting as well... oops!
Astral_Abyss
I ended up sleep while wearing with it... for the first night. So good. Now my ears has been burned in properly. LOL
Got the cans today, sound superb after first run !
Just reporting after using my W5000(not from massdrop) for about 2 weeks Left driver rattle issue is still there and probly worse now, and i am going to send it back due to this reason.
Apparently early models of this headphones(i guess before 2008) had driver rattle problem.
Might be worth running this test once you receive your units from massdrop 'Bass Shaker' https://www.audiocheck.net/soundtests_headphones.php
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Interesting.
People request to open this drop again is going to be a lot more than initail drops....
Wait so... 500 dollar headphones and they don't have a detachable cable? so if that breaks you're kinda screwed? lol.
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Hi pal. I know this is off topic, but could we get some Audio-Technica 440 MLA or 440 MLB drops? I have a TT and I can't find any cartridges around. Also, MassDrop is great for shipping to my region. Thanks!
DinoJoe
We can always make something like that happen. I think we would have to work with MassDrop to see if there is enough community interest to move forward. I will put a bug in the ear of a couple of people.
Thanks.
Go to Amazon right now and get these for the same price without the wait...I love these with my Yamamoto HA02 but they might not be as good with other amps.
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The next model is a more mainstream unit. The price is going to be very competitive based on a recent adjustment to retail pricing. And let me just say, it is my go to headphone for listening on a regular basis. Comfortable. And if I am not mistaken a version of the very first Audio-Technica headphone launched by Massdrop. Stay tuned. We are not very far off from it starting. =-) Giddy with excitement.
poteetb1
Cheers! Look forward to more AT collabs with Massdrop
Exciting times!
When it comes to high-end headphones like these, you don't want to take any chances. Best to be prepared...
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you’ve heard right my friend
Haaaarrrre
These are some amazing headphones! Super happy to see MD pick these up. I will say these are kinda picky with amplification. A nice thicker tube would do well or a Chord DAC product paired with a hybrid like the CTH.
Non the less, compared to the W1000X/Z this is a lot more resolving I feel but it can be very shouty on the wrong system. The improvements in resolve and overall response time from the driver come with a serious lack of decay or body. The bass is punchy but the sounds is really aggressive and kind of thin, so again Chord Mojo owners, any of you with the iFi iDSD Nano Black Label or any tube dac will likely enjoy the sound!
But if your running a solid state system or anything built around an ESS Sabre DAC you'll like not enjoy it. I would again recommend this headphone for any one with a DAC built around either a AK 449X, PCM, BurrBrown of any of Chords crazy FPGA Dacs pair'd with a thicker sounding tube will likely appreciate the great speed and unique envelope of this special wood back Audio Technica!
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most reviews on the product say you need to bend the wings a bit if you have a large head or the drivers won't be angled properly.
Yup with my G1217 Project Sunrise 3, it sounds lot better although treble is still forward oh btw, ebay has a 15% off coupon today 3/20 if anyone is interested in the Project Sunrise
Nice wood. Seems there should be a depression in the case to hold a travel size can of Pledge.
I like the Lemon sent, but most people feel the new Orange sent adds extra punch to the mids, while tamping back a bit on the the highs. Personally, I think a lot also depends on the type of dust cloth one uses...
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well I bought them, and I am making snake oil jokes. In a normal world that would prove your argument invalid, but I know the scientific method doesnt apply to audiophiles. Your incredibly snobish argument of attacking people thoughts not on their probable merit but on what they can afford still stands. Seriously do you actually understand what makes this headphones stand out from an engineering standpoint and can enlighten people? Instead of you know just being a snob.
The jokes are just that, jokes. Is probably a very hard concept to understand for you, but you can enjoy hifi audio without having a stick up your butt, is also posible you are not using the right kind. Let me recomend the Audioquest buttplug, as a company Audioquest has ass fucked audiophiles for decades so they know what they are doing.
And one last thing do you really have to call them the Raffinato??? seriously was that necesary? the you are not wrong you are just an asshole meme fits nicely here.
ares347
How am I being an ass? I'm not trying to come off as snobbish, but the guy is posting boomer level memes and they don't even make sense. I make the snake-oil jokes too, but the ones I see here don't even make any sense relative to what they're saying. I see mashed potatos being flung around.
Also the headphone is called the Raffinato?? Uh......
Any comparisons to the w1000x or the AD2000(x)? I know the AD comparison might be unfair due to closed vs. open, but i think it's worth looking into.
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Hiring? ;D
Sloblo
Check our website.....You'd be surprised we are growing. Of course you might have to live in Ohio. =-/
Reviews are mixed on these, but still may be a good purchase depending on the music preferences
FWIW, those are very genre and amp specific from what I've heard.
now looking for AT-HA5000 drop
sky8massdrop
Probably not anytime real soon. The current AT-HA5000 is scheduled for extermination. (haha wood trim...nevermind) but, stay tuned for the balance of 2018, there may be some exciting new things to share with the world later this year!
What does everyone think of this case? It seems really robust, but also a bit large. Most other headphone cases have zippers instead of latches. I'm conflicted. Looking for help. :D
dogface_jim
Case is not too big and latch works great.
No issues with storing or traveling
dogface_jim
Case is worth the price, even without the headphones; doubles as a carrier for your miniature schnauzer, fits in the overhead too!
These are $599 on Amazon (not $1200 as they indicated). Also, with this head band, fit might be a problem.
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Thanks for clarifying! Glad to be proven wrong
Sam44321
This headband is known as the 3-D Wing support system. IMHO, you will either love it or hate it. I will say once you try it, the long listening sessions with headphones makes this system very comfortable for wear. Downside, I usually like a little more clamping pressure, the earpads don't provide as much at the top of my big dome. I have found ways around this that make them more than suitable. YMMV.
How does this compare to the TH-X00s (all 3 woods) and the lcd-2 bamboo with "fazor"?
Brosefstalin42
all the TH-X00s will has more emphasised bottom end. Whereas earlier (2011) audio technicas like these are known to have smooth mid range (even though said to be slightly recessed if not using the ideal source), slight extended highs, lacking in low end bass. These were technically Audio Technicas flagship until the X5000 came along. The build quality on these are in another league compared to the TH-X00s. These are 100% Japanese made and the wood is hand polished to perfection. The wood work on my TH-X00s (both Purple Heart & Mahogany) were mediocre at best and were not made in Japan. LCD-2 would not be a good comparisons. You are comparing Planars to Dynamic drivers. Its like asking how sports cars compare with 4WD. Planars (particularly Audeze) will have flatter and more even low extension but will be much darker. Dynamic are suppose to have more kick but these will have treble extended and almost be the polar opposites to the Audeze.
Congratulations. They look super sweet. Hopefully they work out great for you.
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Well these are AT's current closed flagship. Impressions on enthusiast forums seem incredibly divisive though. Personally I'd wait for the next revision (whenever that might be) in the hopes the detachable cable design makes its way over from the ADX5000
FrostyP
True, there is no doubt the replacement for W5000 is on the horizon but in the current market, expect it to cost north of $2k if the X5000 was a hint. Closed cans had the tendency to sell at a higher premium compared to their open counterpart for Audio Technica.
jumped on these like a biatch
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round and brown
DinoJoe
Chocolate latte