The Audio Technica ATH-W1000X Grandioso are full-size audiophile sealed headphones with precise musical detail and that wondrously deep instrumental soundstage space we've come to expect from high-end AT designs. An even-keeled rhythmic pace caters to knowledgeable ears seeking resolution and definition along with comfortable listening privacy. Beautiful and unique ATH-W1000X earcup housings are real Black Cherry virgin wood often used in piano construction for graceful sound and looks.
Occupying a choice spot in the high-end sealed headphone panoply, the Audio Technica ATH-W1000X Grandioso are lovely audiophile-oriented cans with precise musical detail and that deep sense of instrumental soundstage space we've come to expect from top AT designs. These large circumaural headphones have a richly present bass that is expertly balanced with clear vocal mids and detailed highs without audible edginess. A weakness of some less expensive Audio Technica models is perhaps a lack of musical body and acoustic fullness, but these issues are not heard in the ATH-W1000X. There does, however, exist a hint of resonance in the upper bass and low mids bringing a vague honkiness to certain recordings, most noticeably with tracks that are dense with low frequencies and can be prone to muddiness; some extensive ‘burn-in’ time may help clarify that nit-pick. Nevertheless, the ATH-W1000X maintain an engrossing level of definition and musical separation, even if slightly lacking an organically "natural" tone — frankly, always a difficult feat for any sealed-back headphone. The beauteous ATH-W1000X housings are cut from real Black Cherry virgin wood often used in piano construction for distinct sound and graceful looks.