A Pleasure Listening To The ATH-WS990BT Solid Bass Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Built-in Mic & Control

Over-Ear headphones have the distinct advantage of space — space for large drivers (i.e., “speakers”) to connect with each ear. The ear cup’s abundant room makes for a more complete seal against surface noise too. But the big thing it can do is also give the space needed for a better bass response. Hence you get Audio-Technica’s ATH-WS990BT Solid Bass Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Built-in Mic & Control.

That abundant room allows for the pair of 53mm Deep Motion Drivers to have a lot more going for them than just size, providing both a solid bass response as well as mid and high frequencies that are clean and vibrant and devoid of that “hollowness” that some headphones are subjected to. Aiding all this comes from the physical headphone design which is sleek to the eye— it can’t all be about tech. Plus the ear pads are composed of memory foam which, besides providing a more comfortable, snug fit, helps to enhance the overall sound response through a dual-layer construction (firm internal layer/soft external layer).

For the audiophile, delivering Hi-Res sound means old-fashion cable connecting as a standard, so a stereo mini-plug does the job and saves on battery power at the same time. But it also means that the quality of the headphones must reach a transducer frequency performance to at least 40 kHz – or else the logo ain’t allowed and sonic performance ain’t gonna happen. These headphones do.

Choice is also key with these headphones: there’s active noise reduction to use if desired, as well as a hear-through functionality that doesn’t separate you from the rest of the world (there’s times when being able to hear the world going on around you has merit, for example should someone be trying to speak to you, no need to take off the headphones as the microphone that does noise reduction is now monitoring).

Now because it’s the 21st Century and not the 20th, you got to have the option for not depending on that cable if you don’t want to. So that’s why there’s wireless Bluetooth. But it’s been enhanced so that the stereo being heard is more stable and closer to Hi-Res through the use of the aptX codec. This combines with embedded magnetic flux technology for a better performance, coming closer to the higher-quality audio that a cabled connection can take for granted.

And since BT is working and a phone is probably doing the streaming, ear cup controls for taking/answering calls, controlling music/video playback and adjusting the volume has to be a given. So it is. Powering this all is an internal battery (up to 30 hours of use/1,000 hours! on standby of rechargeable power). Taken all together, these are the kind of headphones that makes listening a pleasure.

The ATH-WS990BT Solid Bass Wireless Over-Ear Headphones with Built-in Mic & Control provides a carry pouch (the headphones folding to fit) — it’s for those times when you’re not wearing it but carrying it around. Also a short USB charging cable, plus an audio cable. It retails for $249.00.

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