Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Review: There are a few quality wireless headphones out there at the $150 – $200 price point. Audio Technica just took a shot at its first headphone in that range. Can it compete with the more established wireless brands? Does it live up to Audio Technica’s famous sound signature? Let’s figure it out.
Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
IN the BOX – Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
30 cm Charging USB cable (USB Type-A / Micro USB Type-B)
1.2 m cable
FIT – Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
The ATH WS660BT is a light headphone with a very flexible headband. The memory foam ear cushions are made from a soft leather, and the fit is really comfortable over my small ears. If you happen to have Goofy ears, the ear pads might feel a little small. But they do a pretty good job of isolating sound without feeling too tight.
DESIGN and FEATURES – Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
Although these headphones are very light, one could question their quality in design. The buttons don’t wobble but they seem a little loose, and I wouldn’t call it precision technology. That being said, they do have a 40 hour battery life, which is an unusually long time. They have a range of about 30 feet; pretty standard. The functioning is very simple. One on/off button pairs to your phone, while the other button toggles between volume, tracks and calls. They fold nicely but don’t come with a carrying bag.
SOUND – Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
Ok, bass heads…We’ve got a reasonably thumpy bass here. It’s not incredibly deep, but it certainly pops. It’s got clarity and width, and it makes listening to pop and EDM pretty fun. Unfortunately, the volume doesn’t get intensely loud, so the earth doesn’t shake when you play music. But for a pair of wireless headphones in this price range, the bass is quite solid.
This isn’t a poorly balanced headphone, but rock doesn’t sound as good as pop and hip hop on these cans. The higher mids are ok, but the lower mids are missing. The presence just isn’t there for me. Listening to anthemic rock music, like the Bleachers, was a little anticlimactic. There’s a general bluntness that characterizes these headphones, and it certainly shows in this range.
The highs on the ATH-WS660BT aren’t very pronounced, so you miss some treble detail in songs. The upside is that you don’t get any piercing sound at the high end. The highs have a nice curve. Guitars, strings and vocals in this range are silky smooth.
The soundstage on these headphones is a little narrow, which isn’t surprising for wireless headphones, especially in this price range. Still, the imaging sounds pretty accurate, especially when listening to live recordings.
Summary – Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
In general, these headphones sound decent. But they’re missing a little edge, which lessens the fun of listening. For a hundred and fifty bucks, I was expecting just a little bit more sharpness from Audio Technica. I can’t say I’m disappointed, just a little underwhelmed.
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SPECIFICATIONS – Audio Technica ATH WS660BT Wireless Headphones Review
|Driver Diameter: 53 mm
Frequency Response: 8 – 29,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW
Battery: DC3.7 V lithium polymer rechargeable battery
Battery Life: Max. 40 hours; Max. 1,000 hours (standby)
Charging Time: Approx. 5 hours (for 0-100% charge)
Weight: 220 g (7.8 oz)
Cable: 1.2 m (3. 9′)
Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo mini-plug, L-type
Accessories Included: 30 cm (1.0′) USB charging cable
Type (Microphone): Condenser
Sensitivity (Microphone): -44 dB (1V/Pa at 1 kHz)
Frequency Response (Microphone): 50 – 4,000 Hz