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Audio-Technica ATH-A990Z

Art Monitor® over-ear headphones

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Item # 901ATHA990

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The Audio-Technica ATH-A990Z headphones feature massive 53mm drivers. They produce a larger soundstage than you might expect from a set of closed-backs. Within that super-sized soundstage you'll enjoy fine-tuned imaging — instruments and vocals with a sense of place. These headphones reproduce sound accurately across a wide frequency range. And I'm a fan of Audio-Technica's 3D wing system headband (even though I've heard it's not everyone's cup of tea). I find the headband 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
  • lightweight aluminum housings help dampen resonance
  • Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S.) reproduces deep bass
  • 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: 5-42,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 100 dB
  • impedance: 44 ohms
  • weight: 11.8 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)
  • Screw-on 3.5mm-to-1/4" Plug adapter (installed)
  • Instruction booklet
  • Environmental declaration

Very smooth sound. Bass is good but not boomy. They are also very comfortable to wear with glasses. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend them to anyone

Walter, Chicago, IL


Audio-Technica ATH-A990Z Reviews

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Smooth Sound

Walter from Chicago, IL on 6/12/2017

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Very smooth sound. Bass is good but not boomy. They are also very comfortable to wear with glasses. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend them to anyone

Pros: Nice bass,Long cord

Cons: The way they sit on your head (fit is loose)


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Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 4.318" x 4.318"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 5-42k Hz
Sensitivity 100 dB
Impedance 44 Ohms
Weight 14.5 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-A990Z 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, including Hi-Res Audio reproduction. They have an attached 10' cloth-wrapped cable with a 3.5mm plug and a 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter. The A990Z headphones are ideal for studio and live work, or personal listening.

Drivers: The large 53mm large-aperture drivers feature bobbin-wound voice coils with oxygen-free copper wire (OFC) for superior performance and wide frequency response. The drivers are installed in lightweight aluminum housings, which reduce unwanted resonance. The top-mounted PCB provides excellent transient response, and improved 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-A990Z has a 10' attached cloth-wrapped cable that is tangle-resistant and dampens contact noise into the headphones. The cable terminates into a sturdy gold-plated 3.5mm plug with a screw-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 - 42kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW
  • Maximum Input Power: 2000mW
  • Impedance: 44 ohms
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 4.318", Depth: 2.096"
  • Cable Length: 10' (straight)
  • Weight: 14.5 ounces (with 1/4" adapter)

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