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Audio Technica ATH-ES55BK

MSRP $129.95
This product is no longer available at HeadRoom.

The Audio-Technica ATH-ES55 BK are mobile-use 'on-ear' headphones featuring nearly weightless aluminum housings and large 40mm drivers for clearly defined, rich musical detail and highly intelligible audio from just about any portable source. The tough-built lightweight headband swivels and locks flat for easy transit. Black hairline gunmetal finish adds a touch of understated class. Winner of 2010 UK What Hi-Fi? award for best 'on-ear' headphones under $149!


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Product Features:

  • Lightweight fit and good sound for mobile listening
  • Swiveling locking headband mechanism for easy flat storage
  • 40mm drivers + CCAW bobbin-wound voice coils for precise, potent mids
  • Winner of 2010 UK 'WhatHiFi' award for best on-ear headphone under $149!
  • Formerly hard-to-find 'Japan-only' headphones!

What's In The Box:

  • Storage / travel pouch


The Audio-Technica headphone train always keeps moving and a recent arrival at the HeadRoom station fresh from Japan is the sweet-looking ATH-ES55 portable on-ear headphones expressly designed for mobile listening. Sweet-sounding mids/highs are acoustically impressive in tone and clarity thanks to bobbin-wound copper voice coils with 40mm drivers. However, resident bass-heads may need a bit more oomph and bottom-octave impact for hip-hop, R&B or funk styles. Nevertheless, lovers of clean detail and musicality not needing big bass presence will still find punchy low-end extension --  just not big booty-shaking bass response which, frankly, is always a tough feat for small on-ear [supra-aural] cans. The typically 'open' transparency and balanced mid-range presentation we've come to expect from top audiophile-level Audio-Technica headphones remains evident in this little, handily foldable/collapsible ES55 model but without (of course) quite the vast soundstage depth or lightning-fast dynamic extension of AT's top-tier and significantly more expensive headphones. Great efficiency without a headphone amp required means nothing extra needed on the road with your iPod, iPhone or computer to get bell-like definition and clear listening in an easily toteable 'on-ear' size.

The Audio Technica ATH-ES55 come in black-matte color with nifty hairline brushed gunmetal accents on the earcups offering sleek understated style. The headband swivels and locks flat for storage and an AT soft storage/travel bag is included. Cord length is approximately 4ft, nice for mobile listening without getting tangled up in blue.


  • Connector Type: 1/8
  • Headphone Type: Earpad
  • Weight: 120 grams w/o cord
  • Isolation: -10dB ~ -14dB
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 34 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 4ft
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Small
  • Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
  • Sensitivity: 103 dB

Reviews At A Glance
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Fantastic portable headphones
Posted by manolisk from Cyprus on 2011-10-14

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Amazing clarity, non-microphonic cable
Cons: headband could be more comfortable, no case

They remind me of my Quad Electrostatics ('57). Incredible midrange, pure highs and very clear, if not distorted, bass. This is straight on an iPhone 3GS.

They are a bit delicate and I would have liked a slim hard case for them- but they fold for next-to-nothing flatness. A detachable cord would have been nice. AKG has both these features- but I went with AT for the sound. AKG's were great too, but a bit too much in-your-face. For short listening periods, the AKG could well sound more exciting, but for extended listening, the clarity and smoothness of the AT's won it for me.

AT also has a slightly larger model (forget the model) which might sit better on/over your ears- the 55's are smallish. Recommended without hesitation.

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