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Ear cups feel greatPublished on 11/24/12 at 22:51
The padding on the ear cups is truly amazing. They way that they feel sitting on your ears is so comfortable. I have not found many headphones that have ear cups this comfortable. The frequency range...…
The padding on the ear cups is truly amazing. They way that they feel sitting on your ears is so comfortable. I have not found many headphones that have ear cups this comfortable. The frequency range on these is also very good being at 15Hz-28kHz. Right out of the box you will get a 12 foot long cable which is perfect for reaching across your studio to the vocal booth. They also come with a ¼ adapter but it is standard 1/8. These closed circumaural headphones are perfect for your recording booth. You can even fold them up and take them with you anywhere. They do not come with a carrying pouch or case though which would have been a plus. I just used one of my Shure headphone cases for these and it held them fine. I have used a lot of Audio Technica headphones recently and these are one of my favorite ones they make because of the comfort level. They are not the best ones Audio Technica makes but with them being so affordable and comfortable you can afford to have a few pair of these in your studio. If anything where to happen to mine, I would probably by another pair right away. I am even thinking of buying a back up pair for when I travel.
ExcellentPublished on 05/05/12 at 12:56
You can absolutely mix with these.
They are not audiophile phones in any way.
Try mixing something with these and compare with a mix from your normal set up.
You will probably be quite surprised.
At $150.00 there is nothing better.
Doesn't hold a candle to other headphonesPublished on 04/30/12 at 10:19
Also these had a pretty bad clamp feeling on my head. They press together crushing your ears so I got a headache pretty fast as well as my ears stung. These may be great for just listening but that's not what I was looking for, these were to be strictly studio headphones. I sometimes wear headphones for hours on end so they need to be very comfortable. All headphones will start to hurt eventually but these were within minutes. I don’t have a big head so that wasn’t the problem, these just squeeze too much for me.
AT's flagship headphones hit home.Published on 06/29/11 at 18:35
That being said, the Audio-Techinca ATH-M50's are a treat in every way. It's a shame I don't personally own a pair of them, but when I tried my friend's pair on against my trusty Sony MDR7506's they blew them out of the water (and you all should know that the Sony ...…
That being said, the Audio-Techinca ATH-M50's are a treat in every way. It's a shame I don't personally own a pair of them, but when I tried my friend's pair on against my trusty Sony MDR7506's they blew them out of the water (and you all should know that the Sony MDR7506's are a very VERY respected pair of headphones).
First, they feel like a dream. The ATH-M50's have that inexplicably difficult to achieve quality of being neither too tight nor too loose. They sit right on your ears and you feel like you could wear them for hours if it came to it. While my MDR7506's are quite comfortable, I tend to take breaks after every hour or so.
Second, they are some of the most accurate sounding headphones I've ever heard this side of $200. Even when using them purely for music-listening, they pick up things that you would never hear, even against other studio headphones. I heard from my friend that even before the burn-in period, they blow their competition out of the water. According to his often dubious testimony, (he's a bit of a joker) he put them on and stared at the wall listening to an album just for the sake of hearing things he never heard before. The one thing he mentioned that improved after the burn-in was the soundstage. The sound, according to him, felt slightly narrow before the burn-in. When I tried them, they were wide-open.
So there's not much more to say about a pair of great headphones. They feel great, and they sound great. As a monitor-deficient person, I am searching for the headphones that will get as close to monitors as possible.
Headphones aren't exactly capable of that, but I would certainly buy the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's instead of my MDRs if I could do it over again. They're that good.
- Manufacturer: Audio-Technica
- Model: ATH-M50
- Series: ATH-M
- Category: Studio headphones
- Added in our database on: 09/07/2007
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