On Playback’s march through the well-respected headphones of the major manufacturers we haven’t yet tested a top model from Audio-Technica (we’ve covered other A-T models, though: click here to download Playback’s Headphone Buyer’s Guide). In a way that’s fitting because the Audio-Technica brand lies somewhere away from the center of the radar screen. Nonetheless, Audio-Technica is a long-standing headphone brand and has a following among those in the know.
Naturally, we chose A-T’s top-of-the-line model for this test. Nominally they cost $1669.95, but you should check actual street pricing before crossing these off your list, even if you are shopping in the $600 range.
The ATH-W5000 “Raffinato” offers some special features in keeping with its elevated positioning: