Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X – Review

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

| Over-Ear | Open-Back | 53 mm Driver |

🎧 We are reviewing the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X, one of the most affordable open-back headphones from Audio-Technica.

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X features a single dynamic driver configuration with a very large diameter of 53mm and CCAW voice coils.

This model belongs both to the High-Fidelity Headphones series and to the Audiophile Open-air Headphones line of Audio-Technica headphones, among which can also be found:

Among all the open-back models in the HiFi series, the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is the 2nd most affordable model, preceded by the Audio-Technica ATH-AVA400.

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Accessories & Packaging

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X comesbundled, simply,  with a screw-on adapter (3.5mm to 1/4″).




The cable of the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is a fixed (non-detachable), oxygen-free copper cable with a single sided design.

The cable is fairly thick and rubberized which can help to handle (in part), gentle tangling issues.

The length of the cable (being 3 meters), though, might not be the best friend for casual listeners but will be appreciated for people mixing or monitoring.

The connector is straight with a gold-plated end and a “casing” end fully made of plastic.



Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X weight in Ounces and Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X weight in grams.

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Construction Quality and Build

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is remarkably light-weighted despite the huge size and, contrary than it might be thought when holding it on the hands, this model offers many durable build materials.

The unit is constructed with more or less 4 different materials; the casing are aluminum, the frame structure is magnesium, the earpads are made of fabric and the rest of the pieces are mostly plastic.

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X


Bass & Sub Bass

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X presents a mid-bass personality that is very bouncy and not particularly very precise.

On the other hand, this same style gives it a noticeable amount of punch – feature that tends to be uncommon on open headphones.

As expected, sub-bass is present but cannot reach very deep levels nor reproduce extreme low notes; as expected for an open-back headphone, as this is a typical characteristic of these kind of headphones due to a design “limitation” in comparison to fully or partially closed housings.

With an EQ, there was, mostly, an important deepening of the sub-bass but negligible gain in mid-bass punch.


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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X


Mids & Vocals

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have very warm mids with somewhat congested flavor. However, the midrange on the ATH-AD500X is able to sound fairly non-distant.

The upper end of their midrange offers some crispness and a “less-busy” sound than their lower mids, yet this will not be a headphone winning awards as the crispier out there.

Nonetheless, this less pronounced upper-mids grants them a harsh-free sound on nearly any track or genre.

Applying an EQ can reduce their “busyness”, drastically clearing up their male vocals but beware that things get easily tinny and boxy if slightly overdone.


Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X


Highs & Treble

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X highs have some brightness but with a contrasting darkish/congested tint that is always present.

Still, for an open-back headphone with this darkish profile, detail is resolved but not do not expect a great amount.

In general all of our editors agreed that their highs had something a bit off that was not fully convincing. Unfortunately, sibilance is also present, yet piercing peaks usually did not show up on most tracks.

Using an EQ, highs can be brighten up and helped to resolve more detail, with a noteworthy overall amelioration of SQ.


Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X


Sound Leak

The sound leaking out of this headphones will be strong and highly hearable by anyone nearby.

If you are concerned about the privacy of your listening sessions you should not buy this model, nor any open-back headphone.


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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X


Sound Isolation

The sound isolation provided by the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is practically none; wearing or not wearing them will make little difference of the perceived isolation (while not playing music)

This is a normal way how a fully open-back headphone should perform; this is not a defect of this particular model.


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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X



The earpads of the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X are very large, soft and provide a deep space to fit anyone’s ears without any discomfort.

Moreover, the fabric is quite pleasant to the touch and enable a more “breathable” experience than plush-leather and real leather earmuffs.

The 2-rod main headband design on this Audio-Technica headphone combined with a self-adjusting wing system and an superb choice of build materials to keep the unit feather-light, results in a phenomenal experience regarding fit and prolonged use, with zero discomfort worries.

The only drawback of these wings and self-adjusting system is that the wings themselves might not be able to withhold a lot of weight.


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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X


Response to Equalization

The response to EQ of the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X showed a very efficient performance over highs and treble with not many cons while their mids risked to introduce some issues if overdone.


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Size & Fit

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Frequency Response (raw)

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Frequency Response Curve

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Frequency Response Curve
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Frequency Response Curve

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Technical Specifications


Driver Unit53mm
Power Capacity500mW
Impedance48 ohms
Frequency Response5-25,000Hz
Cordround cord
Cord Length3m
PlugStereo mini plug
WeightApprox. 235g
Supplied Accessories1/4″ adapter

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X FAQ

How many drivers does the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is a single driver headphone. Which means that the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X has 1 driver per side.

What type of headphone is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is an over-ear headphone.

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is an open, semi-open or closed back headphone?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is an open back headphone.

 Does the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have a microphone?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X does not have a microphone and a remote.

What is the price of the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X?

You can check the most up-to-date price of the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X by following THIS LINK.

Where can I buy the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X?

You can buy the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X, here.

Which Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X colors are available?

The colors available for the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X are: black

What cable do the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have single-sided, round cable.

What cable connection does the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X cable connection has a 3.5mm mini stereo plug.

Are there replacement cables for the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X ?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X cables cannot be replaced.

Does the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X have Bluetooth / The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is a wireless headphone?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X does not have Bluetooth but you can buy adapters such as the FiiO BTR3 to make it wireless Bluetooth.

Is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X compatible with Apple devices?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is fully compatible with Apple devices.

Is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X compatible with Android devices?

The Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is fully compatible with Android devices.


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