Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones Hands On Review

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones | John R.

There are $100 headphones and there are $100 headphones – headphones for listening to a singer / songwriter-type guy and his guitar and there are headphones for listening to Prince and his track-layering extravaganzas.  The Audio-Technica ATH-M50s are for Prince and the layering.

Crystal clear top end and boom boom pow kind of bass – low or high volume.  No crackling, hissing, muddiness or misses.  Just fluid clarity and lots of good quality sound.  The Audio-Technica ATH-M50s are full-sized dynamic headphones with 45mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnets for superior signal transfer. They have a closed-back design and nicely cushioned earcups to cover the entire ear for great isolation and virtually no noise leakage. These headphones are for the big guys and I wouldn’t have a problem, spending a day tracking and mixing in these cans.

The adjustable headbands are cushioned for comfort during those long days in the studio (or long days sitting cross-legged in the middle of the floor listening to the entire Beatles catalog).  also, the collapsible design makes for ease of portability and storage, and that without compromising the rugged durability at all.  The Audio-Technica ATH-M50s are certainly suited to handle the daily workload of studio pros.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 HeadphonesThe circumaural ear pieces offers maximum isolation, and 180-degree swivel for single-ear listening and come with either a coiled cable or straight cable that has a gold-plated 1/8-inch stereo connector with a screw-on ¼-inch adapter, lending the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s the flexibility to be your go-to headphones whether you’re listening to your mp3 player or working on your DAW and some slick interface. The frequency range is an impressive 15 – 28,000 Hz with a relatively flat frequency response, making them ideal for studio monitoring.

In another review, I allowed my headphone snobbery to creep in as I unfairly waged war against the M50s’ younger brother, the ATH-M20s.  I will admit that I compared them to my trusted Sennheiser HD 280s that I’ve had for years.  I love my 280s and they still end up in my bag just about every day.  But fair is fair, and I have to admit that considering the M50s are at a comparable price point for my 280s, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s offer a better quality of sound and a bit more comfort. The M50s offer a more open sound and a fuller bottom on the low end.

Extremely comfortable headphones coupled with superb sound quality and crazy isolation great for enjoying your favorite music, or for use as studio headphones.  They’re from outer space. Get some.

**NOTICE! The only difference between the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the ATM-M50s is the “S” comes with a straight cable, instead of a coiled cable**

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