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Audio-Technica Headphones 2017
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We have currently reviewed 14 headphones from Audio-Technica. They're a versatile brand with many varied and affordable models. We plan on reviewing a lot more models throughout the year and we will continue to update you on any new headphones from Audio-Technica that we test.

Compared to other brands

  • Diverse Headphone Lineup. Audio-Technica has a vast lineup of headphones geared towards different types of listeners. They make professional closed and open back model, as well as well-rounded, all-purpose headphones for everyday use.
  • Good, Affordable Headphones. Audio-Technica offers a couple of series, specifically designed to deliver an accurate audio reproduction. These models like the ATH-M50x have an excellent sound quality and are significantly more affordable than the competition.
  • Weak Noise Isolation. Although Audio-Technica has a Noise Cancelling series, their models are comparatively less isolating than other similarly designed headphones in the same price range. 
  • Mediocre Build Quality. Audio-Technica has some premium models that feel well built and durable. However, most of their line up are decently performing, affordable headphones that feel a bit cheap at times, especially in their build quality.
  • Overlapping Models. Audio-Technica's lineup can be a bit confusing. They have a lot of very similarly designed headphones with slight incremental upgrades that don't really add much to the headphones.

Overall, Audio-Technica offers a broad variety of headphones and models. They're an affordable brand that still delivers in the sound department, the ATH-M series being especially popular for their stellar audio quality and comparatively low price. They might not have the best build quality, and most of Audio Technica noise cancelling headphones are a little weak in isolation, but the sheer variety and audio fidelity of some models in their lineup make them a reputable and often recommended brand.

Best Audio Technica Headphones

Audio-Technica's diverse lineup ensures that you will find a pair of headphones to suit your listening habits and preferences. We have yet to review some of the series in their vast lineup, but below are the typical use cases for the different model names.

  • ATH-ANC = Noise Canceling closed-back headphones meant for traveling or commuting.
  • ATH-M = Affordable closed-back headphones, with great sound quality for studio use.
  • ATH-A = Audiophile-oriented and typically open-back headphones with a neutral sound for critical listening.
  • ATH-SR = Versatile closed-back headphones with a wireless design. Some also have noise canceling.

Best for audio quality

Usage Ratings
6.2Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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8.0Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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5.3Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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5.5Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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5.9Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Audio Technica headphones for audio quality are the ATH-M50x. They are popular over-ear headphones, thanks to their almost unmatched price to sound quality ratio. If you're looking for a sturdy and durable pair of headphones that you're primarily going to use to listen to music, then they're a great option. They're comfortable and have an excellent sound quality but they do not block a lot of noise.

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Best for mixed usage

Usage Ratings
6.6Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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7.2Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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6.7Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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6.2Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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6.5Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The ATH-ANC9 are the best Audio Technica headphones for mixed usage and the most versatile headphones from this brand that we've reviewed so far. They have a decent sound quality and a sleek design. They're also quite comfortable and isolate relatively well in loud environments. Unfortunately, they're also a bit bulky because they do not fold and their build quality feels a bit plasticky.

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Conclusion

Audio-Technica is a well-known brand. They make affordable headphones that can compete with some higher-end models in the sound department but may not be as well built. Their noise-cancelling series struggles to deliver good isolation in loud environments but when it comes to audio reproduction, some of their headphones are exceedingly well balanced, even at their incredibly low price range.

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