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Audio-Technica Headphones 2016
Reviews

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.

Updates

  • 09/22/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-M70x reviewed
  • 09/12/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X reviewed
  • 05/27/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-M30x reviewed
  • 05/18/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b reviewed
  • 05/16/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-M20x reviewed
  • 04/21/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-M50x reviewed
  • 04/20/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-M40x reviewed
  • 04/19/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x reviewed
  • 04/08/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 reviewed
  • 03/31/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS reviewed
  • 03/21/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 reviewed
  • 03/10/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B SVIS reviewed
  • 02/26/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 reviewed
  • 02/26/2016 Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 reviewed

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 models. 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 Canceling 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 their noise canceling 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.

Audio-Technica's Lineup – Series Description

Audio-Technica's diverse lineup ensures that you will find a headphone 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.

For example:

  • ATH-M50x = Excellent sounding closed-back headphones with no noise canceling and a simple design.
  • ATH-ANC9 = A noise canceling over-ear model with a decent sound quality and above-average isolation.

Reviewed Models

These are all the Audio-Technica headphones we have reviewed so far. Below is a brief summary of how the models, within each series, stack up against each other. 

ATH-ANC Series

ATH-ANC70
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Design

Lightweight, comfortable over-ear headphones that are simple and easy to use. However, their noise isolation and build quality are not particularly impressive.

ATH-ANC33iS
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS Design

An incremental upgrade to the ATH-ANC23 that adds inline controls to the audio cable and slight improvements to the in-ear fit.

ATH-ANC29
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29  Design

A variation on the ATH-ANC27 design that improves sound quality but leaks a bit at high volumes.

ATH-ANC27x
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x Design

Simple and straightforward noise canceling headphones that don't leak much but do not excel in any other category.

ATH-ANC23
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 Design

In-Ear Noise Canceling headphones with a decent sound and very low leakage but mediocre isolation.

ATH-ANC9
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Design

Comfortable mixed usage headphones. They have an above average sound, but they're leaky at high volumes.

ATH-ANC7b
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b Design

Travel-oriented noise canceling headphones with a simple design and decent isolation but they're a bit uncomfortable at times.

ATH-ANC7B SVIS
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B SVIS Design

A variation of the ATH-ANC7b that has a slightly better sound but unfortunately, performs worse in all other test categories.

ATH-M Series

ATH-M70x
Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Design

The most different of the ATH-M series. They aim to deliver a more neutral sound but just feel bass lacking. 

ATH-M50x
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Design
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One of the best sounding, closed-back headphones that we've tested so far. They deliver a sound quality comparable to much more expensive headphones.

ATH-M40x
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Design

Very similar in design to the ATH-M50x. They have a slightly worse sound but perform admirably for their price.

ATH-M30x
Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Design

One of the cheaper variations of the ATH-M series, which shows in their build quality. However, they still have a good sound and decent overall design. 

ATH-M20x
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Design

The cheapest model in the ATH-M series. They have a good sound for their low price, but they're a bit poorly built. However, they perform better with the higher frequencies than the M30x.

ATH-A Series

ATH-AD900

An upgrade to the ATH-AD700X designed to deliver a more accurate sound.

ATH-AD700X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Design

Open-back headphones with an immersive soundstage. They're comfortable and have a unique headband but do not feel very durable.

ATH-A700X

The closed-back variation of the ATH-AD700X. They should have a less immersive soundstage but a bit more bass.

ATH-SR series

ATH-MSR7NC

A versatile and wireless headset designed for everyday casual use. This variation has noise canceling to be better suited for loud environments and commuting

ATH-SR5BTBK

A stylish, mixed usage wireless headset. They do not have noise cancellation and they are also offered in a wired variation.

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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