Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black Straight Cable
- 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
- Proprietary 45mm large apature drivers with neodymium magnet systems
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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 1/4" adapter
Gold plated 6.3mm adapter
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The long cable is for my purposes a major plus. The extra protection of the cable at the junction point with a metallic cover as well.
I used them in an office environment and the sound isolation was really good in both directions.
Although I was not very sure about the design (which looked a little old fashioned to me initially), when they arrived they really made me think otherwise, because they give a "higher quality" visual impression.
These studio headphones deliver amazing crisp sound with excellent balance from treble to bass whilst retaining loads of detail. I particularly find the bass sounds so deep and only matched by much more expensive headphones. And be it classical or rock, these drivers will handle anything you throw at them with ease, offering an immersing musical experience in return.
The ATH-M50 are built to last, thanks to the sturdy materials and solid build quality. The single sided, sturdy cable is non removable and reinforced at both ends.
Please be aware that this version is the ATH-M50s, with"s" meaning that the cable is straight. There is a coiled cable version of the M50. The newer ATH-M50X come with 3 detachable cables.
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So after a full month of usage, here's my review:
Wearing glasses made using most over-ear and on-ear headphones uncomfortable after a few hours, this hasn't been an problem with these. I've been using them 7-8 hours a day 5 days a week with no discomfort. The ear pads on these are also extremely soft and comfortable which for quite a heavy product makes all the difference. I did notice a few reviewers saying they're quite tight on the head, I spent the first few days leaving them wrapped around a soft pillow to stretch out the headband, they're now a perfect fit.
Privacy (sound leakage):
Working in a quiet office meant it was important nobody else could hear what I was listening to, especially when I'm turning it up to 11. Being closed backed with a good seal between head and phones meant these did the job perfectly.
These headphones have the best quality I've ever heard on headphones, I'm no expert at judging highs/lows/soundstage etc, all I can give it my opinion that these make all types music sound great. The bass is there when you need it, and gone when you don't, from classical to dub to rap to rock, I've listened to it all with these and have been impressed with it all.
They are mainly constructed of plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap in any way. I've spent the past month, folding these up and chucking them in my bag at the end of each day and they're still good as new. The thick cable is very durable, but would be even better if it was detachable.
If you have a similar budget to these and are looking for a good all rounder you can't go wrong!
When I first tried these I thought the sound was pretty good. Then after about 50 hours of listening I noticed they really started to 'warm up'. I got the chance to compare them to a brand new set and my 50-hour set really did sound different, warmer, and a bit richer.
I can hear the full range in my music now. The bass is present, but NOT muddy or booming like other brands. It balanced with the mid- and high-ranges. BUT! As I have found with many single speaker systems, the mid-range tends to get tamped down a bit to produce the low and highs in balance. I use a digital EQ to help push out the mid-range a bit while not sacrificing the lows and highs.
These are really comfortable to wear for a full work day. Granted, I (and likely the world of audiologists) recommend you take some breaks throughout the day, so I cannot attest to wearing them for 8 straight hours.
The ear cups rotate allowing you to align them around your ears. Most people will likely be able to turn them to the point where they don't even touch your ears.
The adjustable strap opens up to fit just about any size head (though maybe not kids).
The cord is REALLY long! I found that I had to coil it up a bit since I would roll over it with my chair or close it in the drawers of my desk. It's not detachable like you see on some newer headphone models. This would be a great improvement to allow for swapping out cord lengths, or replacing them.
Mine is going on 2.5 years of daily use, and it is still holding up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant for the money. Get better when they have burnt in. Will benefit from a headphone ampPublished 7 months ago by Paul
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Great bass and overall sound comfortable to wear for extended periods. Excellent build quality.Published 15 months ago by IT.Ninja
Awesome sound. No good for jogging these cans are heavy for home/studio use only. Mega long lead.Published 15 months ago by Thefurryfrogs