Audio Technica ATH-T500 headphones review

Reviews Ben Griffin 18:29, 18 May 2011

We review the Audio Technica ATH-T500 to see whether these mid-range headphones are worth the asking price

Likable sound, Study build quality
Only for the most brave commuter due to size
Providers of a warm, likable sound, the Audio Technica ATH-T500 headphones are easily worth the asking price, and then some

As we listen to Aloe Bloc - I need a dollar, it occured to us just how successful this type of song is. Think back to Black Eyed Peas' - Where is the love? and, of course, Robert Miles - Children of the World.

A couple of timesless Christmas songs also rapidly spring to mind. There are probably countless other similiar hits locked away in the pop music vaults, too.

How on earth does that tie-in with our review of the Audio Technica ATH-T500 headphones? That's a good question - it's all to do with a couple of qualities: Value for money and quality.

You see, part of the allure of charity songs is the money you spend is going to someone who needs it. Essentially, instead of begrudginly giving someone your change in a supermarket, having endured a queue that felt like it started in one postcode and ended in another, you actually get something in exchange for your head-earned cash.

But you won't part with money if a song is awful - it's got to be catchy and likable, too.

With those two factors in mind, it's fair to say the Audio Technica ATH-T500 headphones, the top of the T-range, would almost certainly be number one if they were a charity song. For what you get for £60 you can't help but like them, even with the odd imperfection.

Comfy leather ear cups and a thick padded band equates to great comfort and reasonable sound-proofing, without the head-squeezing, headache-conjuring of DJ-style headphones.

It also means they look and feel great. Relatively plain, classy black plastic and leather looks very striking alongside the odd silver embellishment here and there. Whilst not a patch on the more elegant and expensive ATH-AD700 set, it's clear similar quality construction methods and materials have been used.

There's a certain weightiness to them we love, and although the gullwing design is no where to be seen, the headband offering is nearly as comfortable.


Typical Price £60

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