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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black Straight Cable

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  • 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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Item Weight726 g
Product Dimensions30.5 x 21.6 x 13.3 cm
Item model numberATH-M50S
Colour ScreenNo
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Best Sellers Rank 16,497 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight680 g
Date First Available15 Feb. 2011

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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

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Gold plated 6.3mm adapter

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These are the same as the ATH-M50, the difference is just that the cable is straight on the ATH-M50S and coiled on the other. Check those out to see many more in-depth reviews (including mine), but the jist is that these are unbeatable at this price, and better than many far more expensive headphones.
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I bought these just over two months ago, and have used them extensively, so I feel now is a good time to review them. I bought these, over other alternatives, after seeing fantastic reviews all over the internet - and although over the months I had spent researching headphones I had swayed to and fro from these headphones - I know I made the best possible purchase.
These were my first pair of expensive headphones I had ever bought, and I am more than pleased with the investment. However, it should be noted that I have used my dad's Bose AE2 headphones on several occasions so I have some experience in this area.

The advantages are endless, amazing sound all the way through the spectrum. I have discovered new parts of songs that I never knew existed and the whole music listening experience is now far more dynamic and enjoyable. The term sound-stage is thrown around a lot, and I never really understood what it was until I bought these as I had never spent more than £15 on earbuds. Sounds comes from all directions, and it is pleasantly noticeable. The bass is thumping and clear - something that a lot of people consider to be the most important aspect of music, personally I like a more balanced experience - but for those who love bass, the bass is there and it is clear and not muddy like with the other popular alternative that I'm sure I don't need to name! Highs and mids are crisp, and instrumentals and vocals sound astonishing and very impressive.
I have listened to a variety of genres of music from pop and rock, all the way to electronic and dubstep and have always been thoroughly impressed.
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I've had many headphones over the years usually sticking with either Sennheiser or Denon, but when the opportunity arose to treat myself to a pair of new headphones, I spent months reading reviews to find the perfect headphones for my budget. Long story short, I made a great purchase.

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.

Sound quality:
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.

Build quality:
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!
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1. I've bought lots from Amazon, I've never felt the need to review a product, even a good one, until now.
2. I am not a music producer or professional, a lot of the reviews here are from qualified people, and believe them these headphones are immense.
3. I have now bought three pairs of these things as gifts for other people to enjoy music how it should be delivered.

Anyway here's my story.

I listen to music all day at work, everyday, whilst writing software. I have two pairs of Sennheiser over ear's, one £50 and the other £80. I thought they were the nuts. I went into Curry's (UK shop) listened to a pair of £260 Beats headphones, they blew my mind. I looked on Amazon and everyone who actually knows about music (not just enjoys it) said the Beats sucked and to get the ATH-M50's, for half the price! I admit, I was a skeptic, how can something half the price be better? So as a trial I thought, get a pair if they aren't much better than my Sennheiser's then I can return them. I've never heard music like it before ever. I've directly compared these to my other Sennheiser cans and the range in these ATH-M50's is phenomenal. However initially after plugging them into my iMac I was a little underwhelmed, I was pretty shocked, they didn't sound as good as I expected. I remember the beats sounding better. How can this be I thought? All the reviews were so perfect? Am I using them wrong or something? Turns out I was. I found out the iMac's EQ is setup for the crappy white earbuds Apple make, all Macs ship with one of the best DAC's, but it's "tuned down" so the white ear buds don't distort. So the Mac has the power to run these awesome headphones it's just not enabled by default.
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