Audio-Technica ATH-WS55

The Good The ATH-WS55 Solid Bass over-ear headphones offer impressive sound for less than $100, with tight, punchy bass and very good detail. They also seem well built, and are fairly compact and lightweight for an over-ear model.

The Bad No inline remote/mic for making cell phone calls, and the headphones' comfort level doesn't match their performance.

The Bottom Line While they may not offer the perfect fit for everyone, the ATH-WS55 Solid Bass headphones offer impressive sound for the money.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
7.9 Overall

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Review

Sub-$100 headphones that sound great

Audio-Technica makes a lot of headphones and several of them, including the ATH-M50 ($160) and ATH-M30 ($60), offer excellent sound for the money. The company's ATH-WS55 Solid Bass, a smaller over-the-ear headphone, isn't as well known as those models, but it, too, delivers solid bang for the buck for a bit less than $100. While it may not be the most comfortable headphone for long listening sessions, it does indeed deliver very "solid" bass without sacrificing the performance of the midrange and treble. If there's such a thing as an affordable audiophile headphone, the ATH-WS55 fits that description.

Design
The headphones appear to be well constructed with earcups that have aluminum backs (the headphones are available in a few different colors); they also fold flat but do not fold up for more compact storage.

The headband and earcups are pretty nicely padded, though I can't say this model is incredibly comfortable. Part of the reason for that is that the earcup is a little smaller than your typical over-the-ear model. I liked that they're more compact and well suited for mobile use, but they felt a little tight on my ears, so I ended up having to adjust them every 5 to 10 minutes. I found that they fit best if I placed the headband slightly back on my head rather than straight over the top of it (in the middle). The angle takes a little pressure off.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand Audio-Technica
  • Type headset
  • Color Black
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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