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). The headphone consistently garners raves, but the mundane styling won’t cut it with folks craving the latest fashion statements from the likes of Beats by Dr. Dre, V-Moda, or Bowers & Wilkins.
Summary: The Audio Technica ATH-M50 are without a doubt, a good pair of headphones for music enthusiasts. The headphones are priced at Rs. 8,500 (market price of Rs. 7,500), which makes them a little expensive but considering the few options freely available in the market, it’s one of the best you can find in this price range. They offer a much superior sound to products priced at some 20 to 30 percent cheaper.
Conclusion: 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. Uncompromising in their musical reproduction, don't expect that basement recorded podcast to sound good on them but your uncompressed music will come through with all the clarity and impact of...
Excerpt: Most headphones and earphones are designed with some kind of bias to their sound profile. Usually heavy bass, for rockin’ tunes. Studio monitor headphones, on the other hand, are careful to reproduce an audio signal exactly as it is supplied by the audio device. For certain kinds of music, and certain kinds of listener, this is desirable – even essential. Audio Technica offers this set at a fairly reasonable price, and with good results.
Pros: Precise audio reproduction, Solid construction