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Audio-Technica ATH-W2022 Limited Edition Audiophile Closed-Back Dynamic Wooden Headphones

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Product SKU: ATH-W2022

 

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ATH-W2022

In celebration of the Audio-Technica 60th anniversary, we introduce the ATH-W2022 – new signature wooden headphones that honor our enduring commitment to analog audio and its power to touch our innermost selves.

Sourced and assembled entirely in Japan, the ATH-W2022 blends technological innovation with traditional artistry to fashion a timeless audio component of refined elegance. The housings are expertly crafted from Mizume (Japanese birch) and finished with traditional urushi lacquer – just like our first wooden headphones, the ATH-W10VTG – to deliver pure tone quality with natural reverberation. Sakura (cherry blossom) and hou-ou phoenix designs are hand-painted on the left and right houses, respectively, using the Japanese maki-e lacquer technique, with the right housing also incorporating mother-of-pearl. The housings are suspended from arms shaped to recall the winged slope of irimoya roofs that cap many Japanese temples. Deerskin is used for the earpads and headband to provide long-lasting durability and comfort.

Within the exquisite housings are baffle-integrated 58 mm drivers that were specially developed and optimized for these closed-back headphones. Adopting the innovative Core Mount Technology from our ATH-ADX5000 open-air dynamic headphones, the driver units are positioned for optimal airflow and full-range audio reproduction. We have designed a new magnet circuit that incorporates a pole and yoke structured from laminated pure iron plates to reduce back electromotive force (back EFM). The diaphragm is comprised of a pure titanium center dome, pressed to a thickness of 30 microns (0.03 mm). This construction places an emphasis on mid-high range audio reproduction with excellent high-frequency response, as well.

The ATH-W2022 comes with two detachable, cloth-wrapped cables made from high-purity 7N-class D.U.C.C. (Dia Ultra Crystallized Copper). Both of these 3.0 m (9.8') cables have A2DC (Audio Designed Detachable Coaxial) connectors to attach securely to the headphones; one is terminated with a standard 6.3 mm (1/4") gold-plated stereo plug, the other features a 4-pin XLRM balanced connector for use with the latest high-fidelity equipment to achieve better channel separation. Also included is a 60th anniversary commemorative wood storage case with a Kiso cypress lid that’s cut to complement the irimoya styling of the headphone arms.

Traditionally Unique

Sakura (cherry blossom) and hou-ou phoenix designs are hand-painted on the left and right houses, respectively, using the Japanese maki-e lacquer technique, with the right housing also incorporating mother-of-pearl.

The Art of Analog

“It is an honor to provide a quality audio experience to millions of people throughout the world. What begins as a simple vibration – a subtle movement – results in an emotional connection, whether that be when listening deeply to an album or sharing your voice with the world.”

– Kazuo Matsushita
President of Audio-Technica Corporation

New Tech, Timeless Design

Within the exquisite housings are baffle-integrated 58 mm drivers that were specially developed and optimized for these closed-back headphones. We have designed a new magnet circuit that incorporates a pole and yoke structured from laminated pure iron plates to reduce back electromotive force (back EFM).

  • Handcrafted in Japan
  • Mizume (Japanese Birch) Wooden Headphones
  • 58 mm drivers
  • Pure Titanium Center Dome Diaphragm

Handcrafted Perfection

The diaphragm is comprised of a pure titanium center dome, pressed to a thickness of 30 microns (0.03 mm). This construction places an emphasis on mid-high range audio reproduction with excellent high-frequency response.

Our Story

60 years ago, Hideo Matsushita established Audio-Technica in a small flat in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Inspired by our emotional connections to audio, Matsushita dedicated his time to creating affordable audio equipment to heighten everyday listening experiences.

Features

  • The very finest Audio-Technica wooden headphones – developed to commemorate our 60th anniversary
  • Housings crafted from Mizume (Japanese birch) and finished with traditional urushi lacquer to deliver pure tone quality with natural reverberation
  • Sakura (cherry blossom) and hou-ou phoenix designs are hand-painted on the housings using the Japanese maki-e lacquer technique
  • Specially developed, baffle-integrated 58 mm drivers are optimized for closed-back headphones, delivering incredibly fast response to the input signal
  • Innovative Core Mount Technology, adopted from the ATH-ADX5000, places driver unit in optimal position for improved airflow and excellent full-range audio reproduction
  • Newly designed magnet circuit incorporates a pole and yoke structured from laminated pure iron plates to reduce back electromotive force (back EFM)
  • The diaphragm’s center dome is made of 30-micron-thick pure titanium for exceptional reproduction of the mid-high range with excellent high-frequency characteristics, as well
  • Includes two detachable 3.0 m (9.8'), cloth-wrapped cables (with A2DC connectors at the headphones) made from 7N-class D.U.C.C. (Dia Ultra Crystallized Copper): one with a 6.3 mm (1/4") gold-plated stereo plug, the other with a 4-pin XLRM balanced connector
  • Earpads and headband are made from deerskin for long-lasting durability and comfort
  • Includes a wooden storage case constructed from Kiso cypress and white paulownia wood"
  • Exclusive product: a limited number of units are available worldwide

Accessories Included

  • Cable (3.0m (9.8’) 6.3 mm (1/4”) gold-plated stereo plug)
  • Balanced cable (3.0 m (9.8’) XLR-M connector (4-pin))
  • Case
  • Pouch (for storing cables)

Specifications

Headphones
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 58 mm
Frequency Response 5 to 50,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power 2,000 mW
Sensitivity 98 dB/mW
Impedance 48 ohms
Weight Approx. 450 g (16 oz), without cable
Connector A2DC connector jack

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