Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (OLD MODEL)
- Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
- Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
- Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
- Adjustable padded headband for comfort during long mixing/recording sessions
- Single-sided coiled cable terminates to gold-plated mini-plug with screw-on 1/4" adapter
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With the ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones, Audio-Technica has achieved an exceptionally accurate response and long-wearing listening comfort. Designed especially for professional monitoring and mixing, these studiophones feature an efficient collapsible design for space-saving portability and storage. Circumaural ear pieces swivel 180° for easy one-ear monitoring and luxuriously padded ear cushions create an outstanding seal for maximum isolation. The adjustable headband is generously padded for ultimate comfort during long mixing sessions. A coiled cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated mini-plug with included screw-on ¼" adapter. Audio-Technica’s sophisticated driver technology and superior components deliver exceptional power handling and very high SPL capabilities while maintaining clarity of sound throughout their extended range, with deep, accurate bass and outstanding high-frequency extension. The headphones feature proprietary large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer.
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This is my new all-time favorite pair of headphones. I've gone through my Beats by Dre phase. I've gone through my in-ear buds phase [high school]. I've been sent numerous pairs of headphones to review for my YouTube channel. Only 1 has received a 10/10 with an outstanding price/performance ratio. And that's the M50s.
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The ear pads have some considerable wear and are cracked but unlike slightly cheaper headphones I've had for much less time, they are not falling apart with little pieces being dropped everywhere. I know you know what I've referring to if you have ever used a pair of headphones until that time the headphone gods come calling. The swivel design should make these a DJ favorite and overall it's just a great design that always felt solidly built but after having them for 4yrs I know that to be a fact. Mine have taken their fair share of drops and don't have so much as a single crack or problem anywhere.
As I look to go wireless, I thought I would finally write this review, which should be helpful as it's coming from someone who has used them consistently and more than put them through their paces. Guess what wireless headphones I'm looking at? It's a no brainer at this point. This is how you hook customers. Just make solid products.
After these 2 years, I have sat on them, dropped them ect., and they're as functional as the day I bought them! The sound quality is still superb with no disconnections!
The ONLY issue is that after roughly 6 months the pleather ear pads stiffened up and since then they are no longer soft and cushy, but surprisingly still very comfortable! After a couple hours of wearing I just have to adjust them a little bit to keep the comfort but other than that they are good for long sessions!
A note to buyers. These are NOT bass head headphones!!! If you like heavy bass then these are NOT the headphones for you! Personally, I like a good bit of bass, but the comfort and extremely sharp, crisp, clear sound quality totally make up for it! I like the sound quality so much that I'd rather not have heavy bass anymore as much as just clean, quality audio!
So my final verdict is that these are incredible headphones! Super portable, super comfy, and insanely clean audio! The have stood the tests of time and I don't plan on getting any new pairs of headphones anytime soon!
One other side note though, if you can, get a pair with a coiled cable, and buying them used is a great option considering you can get them as low as $40 on eBay. New is good too :)
My measurements indicate an extremely flat response with plenty of headroom at DEAFENING levels.
For your consideration, I've uploaded these measurements as a product image (Audio-Technica ATHM50RD Pro DJ Headphones - Red).
While the M50's bass extension does dip all the way down to helicopter territory, there is about a 50dB gap between 15 & 35 hertz. Sealed, the ambient noise was about 45dB & 15Hz was still a good four times louder than the silence. So, while it is subdued compared to the overall frequency response of the M50s, the sub-bass is still quite present. From 35 hertz up, the response is extremely flat, save for a brief null at around 16k. This null does not appear to be consistent & more testing will be necessary to know for sure if the null is or isn't a result of human error.
Nevertheless, from a technical standpoint these headphones are downright amazing & the price is definitely right!
It is important to understand that the M50s are not for everyone. Simply put, the M50s are designed for critical listening. Any individual who is not accustomed to a truly high-fidelity listening experience will most certainly have to 'get used to' the M50s. Like it or not, the M50s will reveal every flaw coming from a source. Self-proclaimed audiophiles will certainly judge the M50s as the primary weak-link in their listening experience(s), but trust me, these headphones are true to source. I'll be the first to admit; true Hi-Fi isn't for everyone, let alone these so-called audiophiles.
As long as you know what you are getting into, the only thing that could potentially steer you away from purchasing the ATH-M50 is size. The ear-gap is about 2 & 1/4 inches (about 6 centimeters) tall & 1 & 1/2 inches (about 4 centimeters) wide. If sizing is a concern, try these on before you buy them.
Other than that...
I strongly recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones to anyone looking for a high quality pair of reference monitors.
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