Excerpt: These headphones are the king of my electronic collection. I did a lot of research into different headphones, eventually coming down between this and a pair of Beyerdynamic can almost twice the price. The main audio signature that I was looking for was bassy and strong because I listen to a lot of electronica/trance/techno music so pounding beats were a must. These cans fit the bill exactly.
Audiotechnica ATH-M50 is great sound for a good price
9 September 2012
Excerpt: These headphones are humongous if you've never bought expensive headphones before. As you get into audiophile quality or more professional studio quality, you tend to see more of the larger sizes, and this is no exception. However, much of this size is due to padding, which makes it comfy for your ears and top of your head. It does clamp down a bit for people with wider heads, so stretch it on a few books or a computer tower for a couple days.
Sim from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Sonic Electronix
6 August 2012
Conclusion: Forget about the Beats by Dr.Dre or the Bose QC15. If you want the best sound for a good price, get these. Good lows, mids and highs. Quality materials and looks amazing! ATH-M50 are the best headphones in the 100-500$ range.
Conclusion: These are phenomenal to say the least. A few of my buddies had Beats by Dre (all the different versions) and they don't even come close in terms of sound quality. These are the BEST sounding closed back headphones on the market! Don't over pay for other brands. These are, by far, the best! Very strong and durable.
Summary: The newer white M50 sells now for about $160 to $170 USD, and the sound compares well above the $250 range in my opinion. I find a very slight treble peak and/or sibilance on some tracks, a small midrange coloration, and a bass that actually increases slightly below 50 hz to about 30 hz. The bass can get slightly boomy or muddy on perhaps two percent of my music tracks, which in my view is a bargain price to pay for the bass extension and impact at this price level.