Top positive review
"True" sound perfect for studio work and more general audio enthusiasts who appreciate unadulterated track EQ and clarity
on 3 April 2017
Pretty unbeatable for their price. The clarity of the sound is exceptional. No accentuation of low-end frequencies like some other big name brands. What you hear is the "true" audio, which I believe is why these are particularly attractive to producers. Also, the sound stage is beyond praise... Many times I have been caught out by someone calling or yelling distantly "in-track" and I have mistaken it for someone yelling/crying/singing in real life. I'll leave the detailed audiophile review for those who are qualified and paid to write them save to say the sound is exquisitely balanced and delivered with jaw-tingling clarity.
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.