Audio-Technica ATH ADX-5000

Discussion in 'Headphone Measurements' started by cskippy, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. cskippy

    cskippy Creamy warmpoo

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    @Erikdayo was kind enough to lend me the ADX-5000 for impressions and measurements. I originally heard this at last years RMAF and wrote it off but my impressions were influenced by a cold and blocked ears.

    This will be a stream of consciousness review:
    • The packaging was pretty robust with an outer brown box, inner box with sleeve and a cutout for the leather case with headphones and accessories.
    • The headphones are VERY light, like not wearing anything light. I was careful handling them as the headband seem fragile, at least from appearance.
    • Cable is very microphonic, single ended only.
    Sonic impressions pre-measurements:
    • Sound similar to HD800, very clear expansive sound stage
    • Treble smoother than HD800 (no 6k peak) but just as present or about the same quantity
    • Some excess energy above 5kHz, probably a peak or elevated around 8kHz
    • Mid bass covers up some details but not overbearing
    • lower treble is recessed similarly to HD800
    • Voices are sometimes pushed too far back in the mix
    • Percussion is rendered very nicely but with some extra splash and air
    • They can get tiring on a very neutral setup
    • Tubes pair very well with them, take the treble edge off
    • Sound stage is very open, deep and wide
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    Channel matching is fantastic!
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    I would get some distortion with the right driver with sub bass heavy songs, note the elevated distortion below 30Hz:
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    Something to note, that dip ~5kHz is a measurement artifact, the CSDs show a more complete picture, here is a CSD at a better angle:
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    A couple headphone comparisons...

    ADX5000 vs HD800SDR w foam mod and HD800SDR w Anax? mod:
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    ADX5000 vs Utopia:
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    I did try a couple pad swaps, none were note-worthy. There are some funky artifacts that show up with alternate pads. Audio-Technica did a good job of taming the drivers to achieve the result they have. I enjoyed these quite a bit with the Holo Spring and Aficionado.
     
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  2. Lyer25

    Lyer25 Too sensitive for SBAF

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    Subjectively speaking, how fatiguing would this be compared to a stock HP-3/TH900 or Anax-ed HD800? A spike that large at ~12k might be a bit of a [expletive] without tubes to blunt the edge, but I can see how it might not bother many.

    Not sure what other drivers use a tungsten coating but would you say it has the same sort of interesting timbre as the Focal kids, or the same degree of speed perhaps? This might prove a very interesting listen for people who don't much mind deviation from "neutral" sound.

    The price came as a surprise to me, but any peers in the ~$2k range you'd say this was competitive with? I won't ask for comparisons to the upcoming ZMF kids because that's an unfair ask, but v. Auteur or other dynamic drivers might be cool.
     
  3. maverickronin

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    Pending the Verite, these are my favorite stock dynamics.

    With modding an HD800(S) can go farther, but stock the ADX5000 has much smoother treble and isn't handicapped by the 1 dimensional soundstage of the Focals.
     
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  4. sacredgates

    sacredgates Audio-Technica's high priest

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    @Lyer25:
    ADX5000 is swift and lightfooted, generalizing it goes in the direction of more analytical sounding headphones like HD800 or even SR-009.
    Auteur, far from being slow, brings more meat to the bones; more weight, more density, more musicality, but without becoming thick.
    And Auteur physically brings a lot more weight to your head as well, but comfort is good...
     
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  5. Erikdayo

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    I was surprised when cskippy contacted me about the distortion in the sub bass as I did not hear it and neither did the person I sent the ADX5000 to before him. I don't doubt what cskippy heard or measured, but it did have me worried about potentially needing to send it in for repairs. When I got the headphone back I tested it with some sub bass tests at very high volumes and still failed to notice the issue. At extremely high volumes far far far beyond my listening levels both channels did have some amount of rattle. Below that both channels seemed pretty normal to me.

    It either remains a mystery, or I am even more deaf than I thought. That said, I know my hearing below 30hz tanks pretty hard. I can hear 20hz, but it is probably at best half the volume that I hear 30hz at.

    About the microphonic able. It cannot be overstated how microphonic the stock cable is. You will get used to it, but it's easily the worst I've encountered on a full sized headphone. I do have an Atmos S cable for the ADX5000 as well, but it is also quite microphonic due to there not being any adhesive holding the braid together above the split. A better option would be nice. I have not been actively looking for a long time.
     
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  6. OJneg

    OJneg The Most Insufferable

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    This looks like it measures similar to a ZMF 'phone while maybe(?) having the signature airiness of the AT line? An interesting place to be in the current market.
     
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    I know its been a long time since you had the pair but what I'm looking for is not showing up in the compressed image. Did the baffle/white parts around the driver look like they were very fine mesh? I've been interested in acoustic resistors/mesh lately and am wondering if thats the case with these like the HD800 mesh.

    EDIT: NVM, I found a backlit image of the driver where you can see through the baffle, meaning its definitely permeable/mesh:
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    Hey man I have the ADX-5000 and I spent a few weeks on my first ZMF headphone, the ZMF Aeolus. The biggest sonic difference when A/B-ing them is the exaggerated upper treble. The placement of instruments didn't change despite the difference in frequency response. You're right in regard the upper treble; It highlights well recorded music and gives sparkle and airiness.

    The timbre of female vocals and pianos sound just right but I can't figure out why from the graphs posted here. The ADX-5000 sounds like a balanced armature like the Final FI-BA-SS.

    You can say that the sound signature is pretty much Audio-Technica, focusing on Jazz and Classical music. I feel that the ADX-5000's main target market being 50s Japanese men that listen on AT turntables.
     

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