Conclusion: Overall, the HD50s deliver better performance than you'd expect from a pair of small, subwoofer-free speakers. They are best for simple audio like voices on a podcast, noises during gaming or pared-back music.
Pros: Doesn't do justice to detailed and bassy music, No bass or treble controls, No headphone jack
Cons: Smaller than your average PC speakers, Good for both PC and MP3 players, Podcasts, games and pared-back songs sound great
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Conclusion: The HD50s aren't perfect, and those who enjoy a bit of base will be disappointed. That said, if you are looking for good sound without a plethora of boxes you can't go too wrong, but the price might put you off slightly.