ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)
Cracked Cushions Means No 5th Star
I write music using software-based systems and a keyboard. I also listen to all genres, but mostly electronic, rock, classical, and various indie styles. From one genre to the next, these headphones deliver the kind of sound I need, and whether I'm composing a new song or sitting back listening to my favorite music, these cans produce accurate, quality sound.
I bought these in the summer of 2009, and they've survived quite well since then, except for one thing: the ear cushions. I use these headphones for 4-6 hours a day, and while the padding itself has remained durable and comfortable, the outer surface of the ear cushions are cracking badly. I don't wear these jogging or anything, so I doubt it's a profusion of sweat or something, but whatever the cause, it's bad enough to require hunting for replacement cushions.
Other than this cracking, everything else has remained remarkably durable, despite heavy use and daily travel. I will continue to recommend these to anyone, and remain a lifelong Audio Technica fan.
October 23, 2013
Bought the ATH-M50 headphones about six months ago. I love everything about them. Clear, precise and loud. Loud enough for me at 10% volume. I can set them on my desk and turn up the volume and they are as loud as my laptop. Excellent bass. I listen to all music genres--rock, reggae, electronic, bluegrass, rap, talk--everything sounds excellent. I wear them for 2-10 hours a day and they are comfortable the entire time. Sometimes my playlist will end but I leave them on, just because they do a good job of cancelling sound. Can't beat them for the price. I like the coiled cord. It's long, but stays out of the way if you are at a desk. I would recommend to anyone.
September 17, 2013
Great Company, Great Headphones
Audio-Technica is renown for their excellent audio equipment, and these headphones are a perfect representative of this outstanding company. The ATH-M50 Professional Monitor headphones are absolutely impressive in sound and durability. The trebles resound with exceptional accuracy and crispness. Vocals stand out brilliantly and the music feels alive. The middle ranges are a little less emphasized, but they are very precise and clear. To me, bass and distortion from the bass that are included as one of the ingredients of many headphones are hindering the good experience of music as the composer had intended, but this pair's lower is truly astonishing. The lower mids and the upper bass has a powerful impact that is detailed exactly like the treble and the mids; the bass gives me chills on mostly every song I listen to. I believe these headphones are perfect in almost every category, excluding their appearance. However, looks are always a preference and these headphones were designed for studio and stationary use, not portable use. In conclusion, if you are searching for a faithful and authentic sound, you do not have to look any further as you have already found what you were searching for.
July 5, 2013
superb sound and comfort
I normally don't write reviews but these cans are simply amazing. I have had them for just a couple of weeks and have put around 40 hours on them and the sq just gets better and better. For an all round headphone there is nothing out there in this price range that can compare. I find myself listening to my music over and over cause I here so much more detail than I ever did with my v-moda m80. Way to go A/T keep up the excellent work.
June 11, 2013
BEST OF THE BEST HEADPHONES
There are my first headphones that I've used. The sound quality is just outstanding.....
No words to explain the awesomeness of these headphones
June 9, 2013
The best thing ever
These are easily better then any beats you could buy and at least 100 dollars less! When I am watching videos I feel as if they are right there in front of me. REAL DEAL SURROND SOUND!!!!
May 21, 2013
These headphones are the ones to get.
The unboxing scared me, being that the 1/4 in came so flush with the normal jack. DON'T BE SCARED JUST UNSCREW THE ADAPTER. After that it was like Christmas, almost drooling at the sound quality. Everyone who has tried them has only one problem with them, they didn't buy them yet! while owning them for a month there has surfaced, the coiled cable can be a bit in the way, a bit of cable memory and no detachable cable at the can. I do like the padding contrary to others. The biggest problem I have had with these is that my computer sound card and audio file type isn't good enough for them!
May 9, 2013
Very good indeed
Reliability: if you treat them correctly they will last forever, as Japanese reliability is the best sort
Audio quality: best I've had from any of my headphones.
Durability: I am very hard on headphones, my last pair of headphones (sennhieser) lasted about 2 months before I distroyed them by accident, these have lasted for over 5 months!
Ease of use: they are incredibly easy to use, you plug them in and turn on your music playing device of choice. The only bad part is they do leak a fair bit at higher volumes.
February 27, 2013