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Audio-Technica ATH-A550Z

Art Monitor® over-ear headphone

3 Reviews

Item # 901ATHA550

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Our take on the Audio-Technica ATH-A550Z

Audio-Technica makes some of the best-reviewed headphones we carry. I haven't gotten tried the ATH-A550Z headphones, but I've heard from customers who have. They report exactly what I would expect from this company: detailed sound across a wide-frequency range, and super-accurate imaging. And the 53mm drivers help produce a larger soundstage than you find in most closed-back headphones. I'm familiar with the 3D wing system headband, and I personally like it a lot — it doesn't require a lot of adjusting, and it almost feels like the headphones are floating on your head.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design
  • large-aperture 53mm dynamic drivers deliver exceptional clarity and accuracy
  • bobbin-wound voice coil design provides accurate sound across a wide frequency range
  • diaphragm design offers better airflow for smoother sound
  • headset with 3D wing system for a comfortable, fuss-free fit
  • soft, oversized earpads
  • 118" cloth-covered cable with miniplug connector
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • frequency response: 5-35,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 100 dB
  • impedance: 40 ohms
  • weight: 10.5 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones (black) with attached 10' cable (3.5mm plug)
  • Snap-on 3.5mm-to-1/4" Plug adapter (installed)
  • Instruction booklet
  • Environmental declaration

Audio-Technica ATH-A550Z Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

big room sound

Andy from Raleigh, NC on 8/26/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Haven't worn headphones in a while, and it's taking some effort to warm up to these. Putting them on is like walking into an echo chamber, so much presence and sound space. I feel like I'm on stage with the band, but it sounds like an enormous room. This is the first time I've sensed "burn-in" that they say some equipment needs: the first few tracks with vocals sounded very distant and soft, but later at night I had Prince and Stevie W. on, and they were pumping - amazing. Jazz and R&B sound huge, great sound spread, tons of bass. Classical is very rich, but distant. Phones are very comfortable, easy to wear, get a little warm. Blocks out everything else in the world, nice to escape, I could stay in this headphone-room for a very long time.



Audio-Technica ATH-A550Z over-ear

Crutchfield customer from Beaumont, CA on 12/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Compared to more inexpensive headsets, these present a thrilling expanse of the soundstage. One can (even with reduced hearing as with me) hear positional differences between the instruments in an orchestra. That is wonderful because with a cheaper headset I found it difficult to even identify instruments. With the AT, I can now hear highs and lows unavailable with cheaper sets and bookshelf (computer) speakers. I have not compared the ATs to other mid to high priced headsets but these compare very favorably to my memory of my Stax which were very high end back when I bought them. My head is large and the ATs are physically comfortable which is, literally, a great relief. Highly recommended.



Sounds great, Looks great

Ian from Long Beach, Ca. on 10/23/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought these headphones primarily for my digital piano. Love how they sound. Only wished my external piano speakers sounded this nice. Love the look of these headphones. I look pretty professional with them on, even though I'm teaching myself how to play. Hopefully one day I'll come to approaching a Bill Evans style. Not too crazy about the wing head support/band. But they stay pretty secure to your head, just don't have that feeling. I went to these around ear type phones from on ear types because i thought they would block out more ambient noise but these don't. Actually sounds like more ambient noise intrudes. However the sound quality just overpowers the ambient noise. I would certainly purchase akg headphones again, but with the traditional head band. The packaging was just WOW. I've never seen such packaging in my life. Kudos to Audio Technica. Very nice.

Pros: Sound quality Appearance Packaging

Cons: My minor gripes are not a deal breaker


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 4.329" x 4.329"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-35k Hz
Sensitivity 100 dB
Impedance 40 Ohms
Weight 12.7 ounces
Cord Length 120"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The ATH-A550Z is part of the Art Monitor-series of Audio-Technica's high fidelity headphones. These over-ear headphones have large drivers that are tuned to accurately reproduce extreme low and high frequencies. They have an attached 10' cable with a 3.5mm plug and a 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter. The A550Z headphones are ideal for studio and live work, or personal listening.

Drivers: The large 53mm large-aperture drivers feature bobbin-wound voice coils with copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) for superior performance and wide frequency response. The top-mounted PCB gives you smoother airflow and precise diaphragm movement, while the Double Air Damping system (DADS) augments the deep bass.

Comfort Features: The headphones feature Audio-Technica's proprietary 3D wing support system, which provides an improved fit and greater comfort for long listening sessions. The closed-back design helps keep out unwanted ambient noise, while the premium, soft earpads gently surround your ear to provide the proper seal.

Cable: The ATH-A550Z has a 10' attached straight cable with a smooth, tangle free jacket that dampens contact noise into the headphones. The cable terminates into a gold-plated 3.5mm plug with a snap-on 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter, so you can listen to your smartphone, tablet, and portable devices, as well as studio mixers, sound boards, and home audio components.


  • Frequency Response: 5Hz - 35kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW
  • Maximum Input Power: 500mW
  • Impedance: 40 ohms
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 4.329", Depth: 2.122"
  • Cable Length: 10' (straight)
  • Weight: 12.7 ounces (with 1/4" adapter)

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Why did you buy this?

The good reviews [ Aaron  May 21, 2018 ]
Brand reputation [ Ian  Oct 09, 2016 ]