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.
Audio Technica ATH M50 Headphones - Coiled Cable - 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. We love the Audio Technica ATH M50 Studio Headphones here at Inta Audio and we know you will.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.•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•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 ¼" adaptor
I seldom review anything on Amazon, but I thought these headphones deserved the extra effort.
I'm a musician. I listen to and produce a lot of music. These headphones have a wonderful crisp and accurate sound. Although many people have mentioned that the bass is not particularly strong, this is because the M50s give you the closest thing to a flat mix that you can find. If the music you are listening to is not produced to be bass-heavy, it won't sound bassy. The really excellent thing about the M50s is that you hear as faithfully as possible the producer's mix (as close as you can get without speakers). On no other headphones have I ever picked up on so many fresh details in my favourite music. You'll hear things when using the M50s that you've never heard before. Any insufficiency in the mixing is blindingly obvious, weak mixes sound terrible, etc. but you also hear almost inaudible subtleties that really bring the music to life.
If you are looking for a bass-heavy headphone that's going to rattle your teeth, these aren't for you. Although the M50s can handle very heavy bass, you'll find yourself having to EQ it yourself. These also aren't for people who want headphones that are generous to all music.
These ARE for people who want to hear music as true to its production as possible. You'll find certain albums which are an absolute miracle (for me, Imogen Heap's 'Ellipse' - everything sounds in its perfect place and the result is mind-blowing) and you'll come back to again and again. As far as studio work goes, these are the best headphones you're going to find in this price-range. I mix on these all the time and have been extremely satisfied with the result, even listening back on my powerful studio monitors. Furthermore, they are wonderfully comfortable; so much so that you'll sometimes forget you're wearing them. The sound leakage is minimal - no problems on the bus or tube.
Cons are the noise-isolation: you're going to have to turn these up quite a bit to hear them on the tube. Also, I had to replace the headphone jack after about six months as the connection was damaged - it's not particularly sturdy and this is disappointing in such a quality headphone.
However, I can't recommend the M50s enough. I spent a long time reading review after review online before I finally settled with these. They have great reviews and for good reason. They will transform your listening experience.Read more ›
I am no audiophile or expert. I am just enthusiastic about good sound quality at reasonable prices. I also own a Radius HP-TWF11 Pro DDM (awesome IEMs).
These are headphones I have auditioned before deciding on the M50:
1. Audio Technica ATH M50 - £135 2. Audio Technica ATH PRO700 MKII - £150 3. Sony MDR 7506 - £135 4. Dr Dre Beats Pro - £280 5. Denon AHD1100 - £100 6. Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO - £130 7. Sony MDR XB700 - £64
Now onto some characteristics of the ATH M50:
Highs The highs are smooth and crisp. They sparkle when they need to and are smooth and relaxed when the need arises. It is not fatiguing at all. Vocals and cymbals sound very good.
Mids In my opinion the mids have quite a lot of meat in it. It has a thick and creamy quality but not over-emphasised.
Lows/Bass This is where the ATH M50 shines. The bass is serious quality bass. It reaches deep, it is punchy, not lazy at all.
Note: I currently only listen to music out of my laptop's 3.5mm jack. My music is mostly in FLAC and in 320kbps Mp3 format. I listen to a wide array of genres like Hip Hop, Rock, House, Electronic, Jazz, etc. I also use my headphones for films and games.
Although made mostly of plastic, the build quality is excellent. I feel well made and well put together. The ear pads are ovals so they fit the natural shape of the ears well. (unlike other round ear pads like on the PRO700s, Sony XB700 and Beats Pros)
Comparisons to other headphones I tried:
The ATH PRO700 MKII is quite similar to the M50 except for more bass quantity. The bass does not reach deeper than the M50, it just has more slam. In my opinion, it affects the mids and highs and makes them sound veiled.
I quite liked the Sony MDR 7506 as it had a very good quality sound. However, upon hearing the M50, I changed my mind. The difference is that the 7506s have very pronounced highs. A treble-head would love it. However, the highs get quite fatiguing after over an hour of listening. These are very good phones though.
I tried the Beats Pro just for a reference benchmark and was also curious how it sounded, as it had such a big price tag. The Pros' sound signature is actually very similar to the M50 except the M50 does everything (highs, mids, bass) about 5-10% better. Highs are clearer on the M50, bass also more controlled and just as punchy and deep.
I only tried the Beyers and Denons briefly so I cannot really comment much. However, I noticed that the Denons and Beyers have a bit more bass bloat compared to the M50. This is the same case for the XB700s, except the bass bloat is even more pronounced.
The ATH M50 is one of the best is not the best earphones under £300. It has everything done right; excellent sound quality, build quality and comfort. It has a slightly better sound signature than the Beats Pros which is more than twice its price. This really is the price to performance champion! I can't wait to get an amplifier/DAC for the M50. Then the true sound quality would be epic!Read more ›
I've been very impressed with these things. I've been using HD25s and ultrasone Pro750s for years now, and had these for about a year. I havent stopped using the others, but these are now the headphones I reach for first in all but one circumstance.
Accuracy of sound. Pretty much the whole spectrum is there and no part of it struggles to be heard through these. They go very low, very high and are balanced in between. Very fast response, tight and detailed. I do actually use them for starter-for-ten rough mixing as I go, or even while mixing-proper in conjunction with my monitors. That might not sound like a big deal, but it is in fact HUGE for me. I've tried many times to mix with headphones and failed consistently. You lose track of levels, both of instruments and relative levels of different parts of the spectrum, way too easily, and with just the shear physics of getting low frequencies out of little drivers its really hard to get detail out of the low end. These have those problems, but much lesser extent than I've become accustomed to hearing in headphones, and so I do do some mixing with them.
The forgiveness/forgivingness of the sound is in the midrange. They can and will let some ugliness in your mixes slide past unnoticed in the mids and low end of the high mids. But for me to even get to that point in a desription of headphones is unheard of; I'm talking about mixing on headphones, here. That, for me is, one more time, HUGE. I've used headphones to place mics, I've used headphones to do the bulk of dialing in of guitar tones in isolation, to be fine tuned later after a check through proper monitors, I've used headphones as references and made itty bitty tweaks on them, I've but I've never sat and mixed with them for hours *with success*. I've tried, but its never sounded right. This is new to me. I'd learned to mistrust headphones for that. I like it a lot. Its like having extra monitors that arent affected by my room (I use Adam A7s and a sub 8, and fwiw the overall balance and character of the sound of the HD25s is similar to those (with differences that I wont go into, since this isnt a review of adams, suffice to say while the balance and character are similar, Adams > Headphones, in lots of ways, and Any Good Monitors in a reasonalbly well treated room >>> headphones, generally))
If youre shopping for nice sounds, the reason I dont trust them *all that much* should be added to your reasons to buy them if youre just looking for good sounding headphones. They are very good sounding headphones, and hit well above their price in sound quality. I would have NO compunction whatsoever about getting them for pure listening pleasure.
Spatial representation in terms of apparent depth of the source is decent. Not much more than decent. I've heard better. I've heard much worse. Stereo represetation; they're headphones! You can pick out left, right and if you can hear a trace of a signal in both ears then its somewhere in between and might seem to be coming from some indisctict point inside your head, but mainly things seem to be left, right, or smack in the middle of your head. i.e. they're binaural. Want a good stereo field? Use speakers, set up a good listening position.
The market that these headphones should really shine for - neophyte would-be audio engineers, people just starting out making their own music in their houses for the hell of it. You can (and should) get some decent monitors. Thats a given. But for you to be able to effectively use those monitors you need at least a reasonably well treated room. The cost and logistic difficulties are mounting! As are the required knowledge and research. You should do that in the end, if youre serious about making music, BUT, With these you have something you can make decent mixes with in between now and then, and frankly, I'd rather mix on these than low-ish end monitors in an untreated room. As a stopgap between 'nothing worth mixing on available' and 'decent monitors in a decent room' these are a relatively inexpensive, relatively reliable way of scrutinising your mixes that you likely wont outgrow even when you do get a good monitor setup and well treated room.
The isolation is also good. Not amazing; they let a little more through than HD25s, but it not much different. The design also seems sturdy and utilitarian enough that they can take a working environment. If someone dropped them or sat on them or something, my heart wouldnt leap into my mouth. Actually, come to think of it they've been dropped quite a few times and there were no cardiac gymnastics, or any damage to the phones. They havent recieved anything resembling 'abuse' however, but like I say; they seem pretty tough, I dont bother babying them.
So, the checklist of ATH-M50 awesomeness
- Great sound, accurate enough to do some pretty passable mixing on CHECK (perfect for people new to mixing that havent got a good space for it set up yet)
- The only headphones I've ever used that I'm prepared to say that of? CHECK.
- Good isolation? CHECK.
- Very comfortable? CHECK.
- Light and durable? CHECK, and I havent how shall we say, 'tested' the M50s durability, but they seem pretty solid.
- Excellent value for money? CHECK
- Doubly so if you arent doing any mixing? CHECK
The detraction: a little forgiving, but the detail audiable with them and the fact that its *mostly* unflattering reproduction counters it, imo.
Oh, and the one circumstance I dont use them as first choice is tracking anything loud when in the room with that thing, after sounds have been dialed in, mics placed, etc. HD25 isolation might not be that much better, but it is better, so I track with those for the loudest sounds in the room. Below a certain point, though, they're fine and you shouldnt worry about the isolation if youre trying to decide between these and other isolating headphones; they do isolate very well, its just in some circumstances I want to shave a couple of dB off the level through my phones (I like having hearing) and get a small degree of benefit from a little bit better isolation, so I use that instead.Read more ›