NOT QUITE AS BASS-Y
Audio-Technica is a brand that's widely recognized by audiophiles as a company among companies that have produced some of the world's most decent pair of headphones within an affordable price point. Earlier this year, the company began to introduce new additions to its Solid Bass lineup, and the unit that we're reviewing this issue is the ATH-WS770iS.
One of the core reasons that anyone would own a pair of Audio-Technica headphones is the workmanship. These audio devices are built light to be carried around and over the head, but solid enough that they're still sturdy and rigid enough for long-hour use. The WS770iS is no exception to that rule, and upon holding the headphones, we could feel the build quality for ourselves.
Aesthetically, the WS770iS is a marriage of soft faux leather and beautifully designed aluminum. The backplates on each earcup are embossed with the Audio-Technica logo, which is etched and carved into a piece of brushed and machinecut aluminum. To add a little more flair to the design, our WS770iS review unit was also accented with hints of metallic red, and believe us when we tell you: that really did lend itself to the overall looks of the headphones.
On another note, AudioTechnica had also taken time to reinforce the WS770iS's durability. At the base of each earcup, the end of the wires is reinforced with rubber nubs, which reduce the likelihood of the wires deteriorating over time. The headphone jack has also been given a similar treatment, having been hardened with a more durable polycarbonate plastic shell.
You're probably expecting us to tell you that the overall audio experience erred more towards the low pitches, given its namesake. Surprisingly, it was quite the opposite. When we played bass-heavy songs such as Nina Simone's ‘Feeling Good' and Yoko Kanno's ‘Diggin' My Potato', the WS770iS's bass register was definitely present, but not overwhelming (with no perceivable distortion). Amazingly, the high and mid registers on these headphones were equally as impressive, and showed no signs of breaking when we listened to Joni Mitchell's ‘A Case of You' and some classical pieces from Boccherini and Bach.
Sound staging on the WS770iS is pretty commendable, and the headphones were relatively accurate in identifying most instruments, though we couldn't help but feel that Audio-Technica could've done better in this area.
But the biggest surprise wasn't that the WS770iS sounded good: it was that these headphones were actually extremely comfortable to wear over long periods of time, bar none.
These rubber joints were actually a nice touch. CONCLUSION