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Audio-Technica ATH-M50WH Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
- 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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|Item Dimensions||11.3 x 8.2 x 4.2 in||10 x 11.4 x 4.1 in||6.1 x 8.5 x 2.6 in||4.7 x 9.4 x 11.2 in||10 x 11.4 x 4.1 in||4 x 7 x 8 in|
|Item Weight||0.62 lb||1.8 lbs||0.97 ounces||0.62 lb||6.7 ounces||1 lb|
|Additional Features||Dj-Style||Model Sealed Dynamic Type||noise canceling, stereo||Adjustable Headband||Output Sound Pressure Level 96Db/Mw||lightweight|
With the ATH-M50WH professional studio monitor headphones (white color; coiled cable), 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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Lets start with the packaging:
-Includes a convenient carrying pouch made from a very high quality material (Soft and durable), and also comes with a 6.35 mm (1/4 in) stereo jack adapter pre-installed to the headphones, which you can unscrew to reveal the 3.5 mm headphone jack underneath.
The Actual Headphones:
I have been using these headphones for over 2 months now, and I have to tell you that these things are solid, I dropped them several times and got away with it, they didn't break or anything. Very durable. And the White Color looks amazing on them, no stains so far. (See update)
The cups are made from a very soft material that covers your whole ear, very comfortable to the ear, even after long periods, though you might have sweaty ears after extremely long sessions (6 hours or more). I also want to mention that you may feel discomforted by the headphones the first time you use them (Which happened to me), and I think it happened because they were still fresh and they didn't soften up yet, but after you use them several times, your head will adjust to them and they will no longer hurt. Also, they are very adjustable; the swiveling cup makes it very easy for any kind of head to fit these headphones. Overall, they provide nice fit to everyone.
I can't give these headphones enough justice just by a literal review; you have to hear them to understand how amazing they are. I'm no expert in sound ranges (Highs, Lows, Etc.), but I can say that the bass on these is very, very deep; every note is separate from the other providing unbelievable sound. And they are actually closed-back headphones, meaning that they will block some of the outside noise and provide sealed and polished sound (I would say that they block about 9% of the outside noise), and probably the best thing about these headphones is that the leak no sound at all, I do adjust the volume such that it's mostly on the 80% mark and there is no sound leakage whatsoever, even if I crank up the volume to 100%, the sound leakage is nearly nothing and is very minimal (One of the benefits of the closed-back structure). I primarily use these for Music, and they sound fabulous on any genre, vocals are clear, the beats pop out, and everything is very well balanced.
Still looking for amazing headphones? Well, You should probably stop.
UPDATE (After 6 Months of Usage):
I started noticing a gradual increase in sound leakage after continuous use. I really don't know what caused this but, as long as you don't go too far on the volume. You should be ok. And as a matter of fact, Apple's own bundled EarPods still leak much more sound than these.
Also, stains should form sooner or later on anything white. And it's fairly easy to clean them, as long as you don't let the dirt accumulate on the headphones.
Everything else is still perfect. Sound reproduction has never been better actually. It's almost as if it got better! I don't know if it's actually real or it's just a placebo effect. Nevertheless. This review will still be a perfect five in my opinion.
The sound is amazing, and these headphones can handle a lot. There are three things I mainly listen to using my headphones, my MacBook Pro, which has a frequency response of 20-20, my amplifiers, which carry analog signals, and don't have a set frequency range, although I'm sure could reach the frequency range of the headphones, and lastly a home theatre system that I use in junction with my CD player, which allows for a 1/4 headphone plugin. On my laptop, I hear the music in a perfectly even range. The lows might be underpowered the slightest bit, but I'm unsure, as I mostly listen to indie rock, which doesn't tend to have the rumble that bass junkies hear. The 45mm drivers definitely can deliver these bass noises, as I've heard while listening to bands such as Death Grips. Even though my laptop can't go really loud out my headphone jack without external amplification, these headphones still deliver quite loudly, even when plugged into normal headphone jacks. I have yet to burn them in, but it won't be too hard, as I could set the headphones down on a table, and turn music up as loud as it goes, and it'll play louder than the macbook's speakers do, while retaining the sound on the record (although this is much too loud for me to listen to comfortably with the headphones on my ears)
On my amps, I can hear noises channeled through them much more clearly, and I can much more easily hear the mix with clarity. The around the ear portion of the headphones prevent sound leakage, and make it easier for me to focus on the sound that the amplifier would be making instead of my instrument without bothering anyone. The home theatre system allows me to listen to the music in amazing ways. Not the kind of amazing to where I turn omnipotent and fly through walls, but I've heard so many things that the average headphones wouldn't have made clear through my ATH-M50's, and understand the mixes and enjoy the sound more thoroughly then I ever have.
These headphones are probably the best pair you could purchase in the $100 - $200 range, and are amazing value. Although, if you are not a musician, or don't exactly indulge in your music, and just want something to work out with or wear on the bus, these headphones would prove uncomfortable, and you probably wouldn't hear the extra $100 dollars you put into this pair rather than a $60 pair of Sony headphones.
It's been a while that I've owned these cans. About two years, and they've (somewhat) met their demise. I don't remember exactly when, or how, but one of the plastic pegs that hinges the rotation of the cups on the headband had broken off, and after a while the exposed wire had gained a short. One of the cups have since gone silent, and I can probably fix it given the time and borrowing a soldering device from the local hackerspace, and most likely eventually will.
My opinion still stands, however. They've lasted quite a while, and didn't defect in any way I could attribute to poor construction. I might get another pair, but that's still undecided on.