Summary: These monitors will blow your mind.I'll say this first off: I don't record, DJ, or do any mixes with this headphone (no prosumer work). These Audio Technica M50's (straight cable) are used purely for listening to my music. One phrase comes to mind about these cans: O MiE GaWd! They sound ridiculously good! Highs 5/5 - Imagine a dedicated tweeter per cup. The highs are PERFECT. Sirens, cymbals, piano notes, you name it comes in crystal clear with a pristine pitch.
Summary: The ATH-M50 headphone is one of the finestI have ever listened to. The sound is simply amazing. My personal response when I first tried them was Wow. Especially after they burn in the Wow factor increases. I was in Headroom's main store in Bozeman Montana when I first tried these. I opened the session with some Sennheiser HD 600s with the center headphone ear cushion removed, which greatly increased sound depth.
Summary: These headphones are incredible. Fantastic sound quality. The bass response is really, really nice. It's well defined, accurate and strong, but it's not overpowering. The mids and highs are awesome too. Very crisp and I heard things in my music that I haven't heard with my other headphones. As well, these headphones look really nice and are really comfortable. The only things I do not like about these headphones is the very long straight cable.
Summary: The newer white M50 sells now for about $160 to $170 USD, and the sound compares well above the $250 range in my opinion. I find a very slight treble peak and/or sibilance on some tracks, a small midrange coloration, and a bass that actually increases slightly below 50 hz to about 30 hz. The bass can get slightly boomy or muddy on perhaps two percent of my music tracks, which in my view is a bargain price to pay for the bass extension and impact at this price level.
Summary: I don't like this headphone, I can't tell you otherwise.
I like open back cans because it's generally less-fatiguing for me and spacious. But for the price range, and for being closed-back these REALLY are hard to beat.
It is one the most detailed/aggressive cans I have ever tried on, but I admire it's detail ( this is why it got 3 stars.
Pros: Build Quality, Long Cable, Clean balanced sound, Very Warm
Cons: Bass (In my opinion) is a bit loose, Recessed mid- section, VERY Flat (But you might like it)
Summary: As this is my first headphones that costed me over 50$, 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. I heard that the M50 pads has pads hardening issue, but from what I was told at the place where I bought it, they said I should always wipe the pads with a wet cloth and let it dry to prevent the...
Pros: Balanced sound, controlled bass, not too bright
Cons: Earpads get uncomfortable at times, clamping force loosen after a while
Summary: When i first bought this headphones i feel like "What the hell did i paid this for?" The sound was like coming out of my $10 and i was disappointed, the urge to sell them piled up and i was desperately listen to my music with them (ATH M50 LE was my first over $100 headphones back then, i can't really tell what kind of sound deserve how much money), but after a few hours of burn in (more than 100 hours i think), i think "Man.. this headphones made a big difference.
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. I'm new to Head-Fi (having just joined to leave this review), but I have been lurking about as a guest from time to time, especially on that one thread that's a collection of IEM reviews, as well as a few...
Pros: Audio-Technica's bright house sound, quality bass, clarity, comfort, versatility, Anniversary exclusivity and design
Summary: Dr. Dre like this
This is probably the most recommended headphones in the audiophile world. The Audio-Technica is an instant classic, the value for its price is simply unbeatable. Its versatility? A chameleon of headphones. Classical, club, dance, pop, reggae, rock, techno? name it, and this set of cans can play it.
Overall its value is 5 of 5. I would gladly pay $250 for them.
Audio Quality: Lows: The bass is punchy, but just about right.
Pros: Pristine sound quality, Great build, Price, Versatile