More than two years ago we received the ATH AD300 from Audio-Technica for review. Those headphones left an indelible mark with their open airy sound and unmatched comfort; and when we got our hands on the AD 500X recently, it was sweet nostalgia all over again.
Like it’s younger sibling, the AD 500X shines in the higher frequency ranges. If ever you are looking for the definition of a bright sound signature these are the cans. Being open, there is quite a lot of leakage and little isolation. But that’s not really a complaint since they’re not meant to be portable. You’ll listen to them indoors and hopefully in a quiet environment. For the price, the AD 500X is the top choice in circumaural headphones for home use.