[They] are definitely special, but at the same time they are quite segmented. I would recommend them mostly for slow-paced music, but nothing aggressive like Rock or Electronica. Their genre compatibility is pretty limited, but they do sound more refined than the typical mid-fi dynamic headphones like the typical K701/DT880/HD650 trio.
So far, this is the only really musical and fun closed back full size headphone I’ve ever heard above $500. So with that, it might deserve respect at that price point for being so unique and offering such a memorable listening experience in tone and midrange appeal.
The W1000X is the latest evolutionary installment of the ATH-W wood series which for me finally cashes in fully on Audio-Technica’s established house sound. The ATH-W1000X excels at electronica and Jazz where its liveliness and impulse response are fully exploited.