What do you want from a pair of headphones that cost $1,999? Well, good audio of course, but what else? Audio-Technica seems to think it’s a luxury case, which is almost equal to having extra luggage. The company’s new headphones, called the Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000 literally comes with a fancy briefcase to carry them. The headphones compete against other premium offerings, like the Sennheiser HD800 and the Audeze LCD-X.
The headphones are meant for audiophiles looking for luxury headphones, and of course, those who can afford to spend nearly $2000 on a headphone.
The headphones are part of the company’s Air Dynamic line, which also includes the Audio Technica ATH-AD2000Xs. The new model is obviously an upgrade to that, with the nomenclature making that pretty clear. The headphones are meant for audiophiles looking for luxury headphones, and of course, those who can afford to spend nearly $2000 on a headphone.
The headphones have 58mm tungsten-coated drivers, placed inside honeycomb patterned earcups. It also has Alacantra covering, the same material Microsoft used on its Surface laptop to make it feel premium. It is hand-assembled in Tokyo, and the serial number on each unit is laser etched. You will need amplifiers with 420 Ohms impedance to power these headphones.
The headphones go on sale from from November at prices of $1,999, and will be showcased at IFA Berlin next week.