Audio Technica ATHM50 Studio Monitor Headphones with Coiled Cable - White
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- Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
- Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
- Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems
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Designed especially for professional monitoring and mixing, the Audio Technical ATHM50 Studio Monitor 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. The adjustable headband is generously padded for ultimate comfort during long mixing sessions. A coiled or 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 headphones feature propriety large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer. With the ATHM50 Headphones, Audio-Technical has achieved an exceptionally accurate response and long-wearing listening comfort.
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Legal Disclaimer: Seller (veryWest) is the original owner—-me, 70-year old, old-man. Purchased from Amazon: ORDER PLACED, September 15, 2013 TOTAL $176.06 ORDER # 109-8091835-1413827
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Anyways, onto the review. To be honest, I can't tell a significant difference in music quality from the Audio Technica earbuds I purchased. (For earbuds under $25 their sound quality is very exceptional.) With that said it's only because I know I'm not using them to their full potential. They're professional studio monitor headphones and not specially designed for listening to music on music players (still does that job great though.) The cord is pretty long but not too long and it's coiled so you can stretch it pretty far. They're really comfortable and you can adjust them to fit a pretty large head (also great for people with a lot of hair.) The thing that sets them apart from the earbuds is that they're professional studio monitor headphones and they're more durable so it's got a better longevity. Other than that, I'm not trying to hate, but if you aren't going to use these for studio monitoring, I probably wouldn't buy it. I'd just go with a cheaper pair of headphones/earphones instead, preferably from Audio Technica. I know they have beautiful potential but I can't tell much difference from the other products I bought from Audio Technica on my tablets or MP3 players. Buy hey, if I decide to do some studio monitoring, I know they'll come in handy :)
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.
So, I did some research, and found that according to reddit, various forums, articles, etc, that Audio-Technica ATH-M50's were the best pair of headphones you could get for a reasonable price. I must say, this is a correct statement. I purchased these for my sister as a big Christmas present, and she adores them; I hardly see her without them on anymore.
The noise cancellation in these is great, because whenever I'm screaming that I need a towel or something (the bathroom is right next to her room), she never hears me. Not sure if she's ignoring me or not, but I'm telling myself it's the headphones.
Also, love the color choices. My sister is a huge fan of white electronics, and I was thrilled that I could purchase her some dope headphones in her favorite color. The cord is also nice and long, and, of course, the sound quality is crisp and just magnificent.
Thank you very much for your product!!
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Sure, they can little uncomfortable to wear if you are using them for hours at a time both around the ears and on top the head. I know ergonomics is often a significant factor to consider when one is in the market for new headphones. Whist this personally does not bother me, it is the reason I award them four instead in of five stars. Beyond that however, one would be hard pressed to fault these headphones and indeed their reputation proceeds them.
I believe this model has been replaced now by the "ath-m50x" line, which I have not tried.
Finally, I'll qualify this review by noting some of the artists whose production techniques would be widely considered to put any piece of audio gear through its paces, who sound particularly good through these headphones: Autechre, Boards of Canada, Biosphere, The Knife, DJ Shadow - All laden with effects which are accentuated by these headphones. Also, if you listen to a lot of classic rock then you are in for a treat with these. Tracks which particularly stand out are Fleetwod Mac's "The Chain", Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive", REM's "Turn You Inside Out" and Pink Floyd's "High Hopes"... In which the plucking of the acoustic guitar really sparkles.
I bought my ATH-M50 back in in 2014, and still use them to this day. Some audiophiles might scoff, but these headphones are commonly recommended for a reason - they're a decent entry to high-end headphones. Once your brain gets accustom to the high-quality sounds you'll quickly notice which of your mp3 files are lower bitrate than the rest, and in time be unable to go back to lesser-quality headphones.
The good: The audio jack is robust (encased in metal and the flex reinforced by a spring), and the curled cord is a wonder for length. Seem strong after surviving many drops on the floor. Comfort is average, the speakers are adjustable and headband quite stretchy. If you don't adjust the speaker length properly you'll feel it after a while.
Beware: White is a risky colour choice due to dirt showing up. No one likes seeing yellowed inner-earpads. The earpads themselves are pleather and will crack from sweat-corrosion unless you care for them, costing this product a star. Genuine ATH replacement earpads are hard to come by in the UK.
Overall, very happy with this purchase. Just remember that the output quality of these headphones depends on the sound source and your own ears. Will update this review if I find anything else worth mentioning over time.
After only half hour of research online, it soon became apparent that the Audio Technica M50's were the obvious choice. Trying to find a review of them that isn't 5/5 is almost impossible, it seems.
The frequency response is 15 - 28,000 Hz, the build quality is excellent, the folding design and size adjustment features are exquisitely design and then there is the buttery bass. Mmmmmm.
I went for the white pair because they seemed to be cheaper, just because of their appearance. Not being one for strutting down the street with 'Toons' blaring in garishly sized headphone and knowing full well that they will never leave the studio, the color made now difference to me other than the money saved.
It would be hard to find a pair of headphone more suited to the job in hand so, I calmly decided that the £79.99 that would be swiftly disappearing from my account was money well spent.
Quick tip: Listen to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue through them. Majestic.
as a means to practice your guitar playing then your amp will drive these headphones perfectly. Equally great if your recording vocals, the headphones sit over your ears perfectly and leakage is minimal. I bought the white ones. They look so ****ing! cool, but be warned! White headphones can get dirty easily, therefore the Black Headphones will look newer over time.
Firstly, I'll start by mentioning that I producing music, and DJing for around 5 years now, so I spend a lot of my time monitoring/listening to music. I delegated a budget of around £100ish for some new monitors, as I originally wanted some desktop ones but I came across these headphones, and I thought I'd give them a shot. So, I'll get on with it:
I have to say, I have never been so surprised before. With these headphones, the whole sound is broadened, and you hear elements in the music which you have never heard before - so much so that you didn't even realise they existed. In terms of EQ, they are very flat, not in a bad way, but in a way which means that what you hear is what you get - no bass boosted tosh, no hiss on treble etc, what you hear is the music in it's purest and most natural form. This blows my previous Sennheiser headphones out of the water in terms of quality, in some songs you can hear the full mixture of all of the instruments, and truly enjoy the music playing itself rather than just the melody or vocals. They sound in no way 'channeled' or filtered whatsoever. 10/10 for that.
Comfort was a big problem for me with all previous headphones, hence my decision to search for desktop monitors before stumbling across these. Both my Sennheiser's sat awkwardly ON my ears rather than over them. Beat Pro's used to hurt the top of my head because they were so bulky and heavy, and in-ear headphones were always a no go from the start. These M50's are light, flexible, and practical. For a start they sit nicely over your ears rather than CLAMP onto your head, meaning you can wear them for hours without headaches or having to take 'breaks' and putting them round your neck for ten minutes. They also come with a nice long cable, with a coiled section that is about 30cm long so you never feel like you are attached to your chosen listening device like a dog on a lead. I am sat with them on now as I type, and they almost feel comforting having them sat there, even without music being played. 10/10 there too.
This is also excellent. They are made of a strong plastic, they feel solid and dont creak/wobble/flex in any way that would make you nervous, especially if you had just paid close to £100 on a pair of headphones. The reversible housing also makes them useful, especially if you were utilizing it whilst DJing etc (which I personally wouldn't do, not at a party or whatever anyway), and again they are reliable and haven't failed me yet. However, I can't argue their corner for endurance quite yet as I haven't had them long - although if the quality of the sound was anything to go by, it is probably fantastic.
Sound bleeding is minimal, took them off when I had them turned up reasonably loud and couldn't hear much, so I imagine for travelling and stuff publicly you wouldn't get too many dirty looks off of the people sat around you.
On the flipside; sound isolation isn't the best, although I've never really liked it, I've tried a few Bose headphones and stuff, and the idea of not being able to hear anything of the outside world has never really appealed to me (especially if the phone is ringing or whatever). But for those of you who do like it, voices are still clear, and I can hear the keys on my keyboard as I type etc still with the headphones on.
They also come with a nice metal jack and an adapter for those of you who make use of the 6.3 mm as well as the 3.5 mm headphone jacks, and a tidy little white pouch for you to keep them in.
I would 100000% recommend these, you'd be wasting money if you went for Beat's, and you'd be losing quality if you went to Sennheiser. If you want great sound quality at a reasonable price - look no further, the answer is here. These will not disappoint. Ever.
The bass is nice and punchy and treble and highs reveal a lot more than is noticeable on any other pair of headphones I have used (around or below the same price). Very satisfying listening for everything I have played so far. Drum and bass, house, hip-hop, grime, acoustic, rock, it's all sounding much better than before to me!!
The sound quality is brilliant. The highs are crisp, the mids are punchy and the lows are present and warmly rounded. The lows could do with a little tightening as they can be slightly loose in places, but at this price point there is no complaining. In no way do the lows swamp the song, which is a definite plus point over some pairs of headphones I have used in the past.
If you are still using any other headphones in this price range you are doing yourself a disservice by not picking up these headphones immediately. I have owned several pairs of sonys in the past from the XB range, and these eclipse them easily.
I did find the AKG were much more comfortable though in my opinion but the others I was with at the time of testing thought not, they also agreed hands-down the audio technica were night and day better sound quality !
I cannot bash the sound quality these things produce however as they are brilliant headphones and i would advise them, just be careful with your cables i suppose.
I did manage to solder the wires back together and tape them up, still happy with them.