Our Verdict An excellent pair of on-ears for the bass-loving iPhone-owner For Weighty, punchy and exciting bass Against Nothing Reviewed on 9th November 2011 It’s always refreshing when a manufacturer listens to criticism and sets out to fix things, which is what Audio-Technica has done with the ATH-WS55i headphones. The original ATH-WS55 model was designed to have lots of bass, but it was also rather overbearing and fat at the bottom. With the 55i model, though, Audio-Technica has really hit on a fine balance. The bass is still weighty, chunky and deep, but it is also more taut and less overbearing, which leads to a delivery that’s full-bodied and rich, but also punchy and exciting. True, there are some fine alternatives to these headphones, including Audio-Technica’s own ATH-ES55, that offer greater insight and timing, but these WS55is are an undeniably satisfying listen. The three-button, Apple-compatible remote, closed-back design and firm, noise-isolating fit add to the appeal of these fine ’phones. More after the break See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi on TwitterJoin whathifi on Facebook Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month - April Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 04:45pm Best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 02:14pm Bank Holiday sales 2017 – best UK tech deals Fri, 14 Apr 2017, 05:24pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Mon, 03 Apr 2017, 05:07pm V-Moda unveils new Crossfade 2 wireless on-ear headphones Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 05:03pm ATH-WS55i Audio Technica Headphones Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.