Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Sound & Vision Magazine
17 April 2013
Excerpt: Universally loved audio products are rare, but you won’t find too many folks with a bad thing to say about the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones (it has around 800 five-star and just nine one-star ratings on Amazon).
Summary: (disclaimer: My rating scale is based off of what i paid for the headphones not msrp, Review is based off of what i think of them compared to their respective $150 price point)
Ah the all mighty hyped best under $150 giant killers the m50s.
Summary: It seemed these were the perfect headphones which met my expectations perfectly when i first got them, great sound, not too muddy, decent bass response without being too boomy or out of control, don't require to be amped (not even on my $30 logitech computer speakers) hardly any sound leakage, some...
Pros: Excellent sound, hardly any leakage, don't require to be amped, coiled cable, low price
Cons: Uncomfortable, require a lot of burn in for best sound
Summary: Impressions/Mini-review after 1 Month of usage
Sources: PC, Laptop, A/V Receiver, iPod Video 5.5G (30GB)
Amps: Fiio E7, A/V Receiver
Other headphones: Sennhesier HD 555
Files: FLAC, MP3 320 CBR, CD
After about one month with the M50, I can say I am satisifed and impressed with its sound.
Summary: Like many others on this site, these phones are my stepping stone into the realm of "hi-fi"-headphones. These are indeed a good pair of phones for beginners and old-timers alike, because of their price/value ratio and ability to play all kind of music well.
Pros: - Very deep and semi-tight bass - Sparkly and detailed treble - Clarity - Isolation compared to competing phones - Comfort - Sleek looks - Price
Cons: - Lack of mids - Bass can be loose - Pads can get sweaty - Coiled wire not all that practical - Can cause spot-pressure pains
Summary: As this is my first headphones that costed me over 50$, I kind of regretting buying it at first, because it costed too much. But after a while, I listen to it more and more and I came to like it. Very much. It felt very comfortable at first, but after a while, the pad hardens.
Pros: Balanced sound, controlled bass, not too bright
Cons: Earpads get uncomfortable at times, clamping force loosen after a while
Summary: Saddle up - this is actually pretty long now that i've read it myself
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50, and its variations, is a pair of headphones I acknowledge%r0to be simultaneously loved and hated around here on Head-Fi, for their sound-for-money and hype, respectively.
Pros: Audio-Technica's bright house sound, quality bass, clarity, comfort, versatility, Anniversary exclusivity and design
Summary: While I don't believe in long break-in periods, I'm thinking that the comfort of the ATH-M50s will only improve as the headstrap loosens up. Overall, the Audio-Technica M50s headphones represent a very good value for what they offer - an accurate, if lively, presentation of music.