Audio-Technica ATH-M50s/LE Professional Studio Monitor Limited Edition Headphones
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- Special 50th anniversary edition in silver-colored metallic finish
- Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
- Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
- Proprietary 45 millimeter large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems
- Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
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To celebrate Audio-Technica's 50th Anniversary, A-T has introduced the Audio Technica ATHM50SLE Limited Edition Studio Monitor Headphones. Designed especially for professional monitoring and mixing, the ATHM50SLE studio headphones feature an efficient collapsible design for space-saving portability and storage. Circumaural ear pieces swivel 180 degrees for easy one-ear monitoring and luxuriously padded ear cushions create an outstanding seal for maximum isolation. These limited edition headphones also feature an adjustable headband that is generously padded for ultimate comfort during long mixing sessions. A straight cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated mini-plug with included screw-on 1/4-Inch 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 ATHM50SLE Limited Edition Studio Monitor Headphones feature proprietary large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer.
Top Customer Reviews
The bass is very heavily emphasized and it doesn't muddy out anything else, but also sounds good with some classical that I listen to. They also get pretty loud without an amp. (using a sansa clip plus as an mp3 player)
Very comfortable. I wore these for about 6 hours and the only discomfort I felt was how warm my ears started getting over time. That is saying a lot since I wear glasses. The ear pads are also very soft. That would probably be why it doesnt hurt to wear them with glasses.
The point where the cord meets the jack is covered by a spring to help prevent damage to the cord. This is a nice feature since I have a tendency to put my mp3 player in my pocket on the go.
The only cons I could really give these are in the design. The cord is a 9 foot straight cable. It can be a little awkward to use if you take them everywhere like I do. It is also made out of mostly plastic. It certainly feels sturdy enough but my friends and I have both noticed it looks kind of like a toy (atleast in this limited edition color)
They're comfortable to wear and feel very sturdy and well made. The cord is nice and long (can be an issue traveling with them though) so you no longer need an extender to walk around a room. One thing to note also is that they're alil tight on the neck if youre going for the "around the neck" style.. Not as comfortable as beats in that respect, but thats the ONLY time Beats, beat these headphones. The bass, mids and highs all hit exactly where they need to and I noticed I can now hear things in songs that I didnt even know existed.
Conclusion? Enjoy the headphones and buy with confidence! Audio Technica 4 Life!
I then recalled seeing a post on some forum that said they require at least 50 hours of "burn in". I did not even know this was a real thing, I figured it was some douchie audio-phile talking smack. Boy was I wrong!!!!! I kept listening to different music, and after only about 5 minutes I noticed a difference. The bass started to show up, and no longer were the highs sounding like nails on a chalkboard. After about 2 hours I was very happy to have spent the $120 for these headphones. With this little FiiO E7 DAC I scooped up for $60 and the line out dock for the iPhone it was under $200, and to me, WELL worth the price. Now I have been wearing these for almost 8 hours straight and have listened to everything from Ray Charles and Slayer, to Dr Dre, Prince and Egyptian Lover. I have heard things on these songs that I had not noticed before. The stage has even opened up a little, the bass is thumping, but does not sound like my daughters "beats" headphones with that garbage sounding bass, that sounds almost fake. The bass that these headphones provides is almost warm sounding, punching you in the chest. I actually heard the kick drum pedal squeaking on the Sheepdogs song "Warmer Love" it tripped me out. I could also hear a door close on Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" and heard Stevie Nicks actually hum in a spot I never knew she hummed! The bass from that record is actually shaking my head. Now listening to Pantera and all sounds amazing! Tight clean bass and great highs, the mids on these are not the greatest, but for the price you can't go wrong.
As far as portability I don't think they are that great for lugging along with you. They are kinda big and gawdy, and would probably look goofy wearing them in public. They come with a cool pleather bag though. The chord is also like 75ft long, so that about kills it for me on the go.
In conclusion, for $120 shipped, buy these. Actually I just looked at the price and they went up to like $150 for some reason. Maybe they are cheaper on the weekend or something as I bought mine on Sunday and got them today which is a Wednesday, so wait til the weekend. Also it's amazing how much the FiiO E7 helps these, you will notice a difference for sure. So you may wanna spend the extra $60 for that as well.