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First im­pres­sions upon tak­ing the ATH-A2000Z head­phones out of the box were good. With their shiny metal earcups and light­weight two-pronged metal head­band with sep­a­rately mounted cush­ions, they’ve got a sat­is­fy­ingly ‘space age’ look about them, and they sport a nice long ca­ble fin­ished with a 3.5mm jack, as well as a screw-on 6mm adap­tor in­cluded in the box. They’re light and supremely com­fort­able to wear for long pe­ri­ods though they per­haps feel a lit­tle loose on the head, but oth­er­wise there’s noth­ing to grum­ble about in the looks and build de­part­ment.

The Au­dio-Tech­ni­cas im­pressed when it comes to sonic per­for­mance, too. The sound they de­liver is in­cred­i­bly de­tailed – they re­vealed a closed hi-hat tsk’ing away in Pink Floyd’s

Brain Dam­age that I’ve never no­ticed in 30 years of own­ing the al­bum, while Nile Rodgers’s screech­ing gui­tar on Chic’s Happy

Man shone through in ex­em­plary fash­ion. If there’s a crit­i­cism, it’s that they’re per­haps a lit­tle lack­ing in ‘oomph’ – Bernie Ed­wards’ bass on the rest of Chic’s al­bum was forced to take a back seat it doesn’t re­ally de­serve, while Love lacked a lit­tle of their usual ex­u­ber­ance. When it came to Illi­nois Jac­quet and Flip Phillips’s May­hem In Man­hat­tan live con­cert record­ing, though, none of the other head­phones could quite give you that “be­ing there at Carnegie Hall” feel­ing as well as the Au­dio-Tech­ni­cas did.

All told, while they’re per­haps best suited to lighter styles of mu­sic, this is a fine pair of head­phones that def­i­nitely war­rants a place on your lis­ten­ing list. 8/10

Type Cir­cum­au­ral, closed back, dy­namic Fre­quency re­sponse 5Hz-45kHzWeight294gPrice£639.00De­tails au­

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