ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)
Great audiophile sound
Great audiophile sound. Circular on-ear cushions put pressure on ear lobes - which can become uncomfortable during prolonged use. Would have preferred over-ear design to fully enclose ear.
July 24, 2014
Superb Performance; Extremely Well-Made
Simply the BEST money I've EVER spent on audio gear was to buy my ATH-M50 headphones 3 years ago. As a classical fan, I love sonic accuracy; these phones deliver a super-wide frequency range and a thrilling transparency. They are the next-best thing to being in a concert hall.
They're SO sturdy & well-made! My head is BIG size 8.5; but on full extension, the phones fit me perfectly, so comfy I often fall asleep wearing them, and they've been tossed into my backpack 500 times. But they still look almost like new. Thank you, A-T, for designing an awesome product. Forget the competition; headphone bliss is right here!
July 20, 2014
If you are buying muffs for sound reproduction, these are brilliant. Absolutely brilliant! There is nothing that comes close at twice the price IMHO. However, staying true to the sound is only part of consumer demand ... a 9 foot straight cable is ridiculous ... include a detachable cable with varying length options and mobile phone/MP3 controls. Sorry, not hating ... just saying. The source reproduction is beyond comparison. If sound quality rules for you, cable BS is very minor. If you want to hear your music ... no, if you want to hear the musician's music, exactly as it was intended, there is no other option (short of a second mortgage).
July 11, 2014
Nice product - Questionable packaging
Purchased two pair of the MTH-M50 straight cable. Arrived today.Excellent sound and comfort.
Unfortunately, upon removal from packaging the cable was a kinked twisted mess. Come on gang, one shouldn't have to spend hours straightening the cable on a new set of quality headphones. Review of cable coiling technique for packaging is warranted.
Unfortunately, the condition of the cable has tarnished the enjoyment of this purchase and otherwise fine product.
March 29, 2014
An incredible experience
Man, wearing these headphones is just complete bliss. The sound, the comfort, the price, and the looks all come together to make an amazing headphone. I can't say enough good things about these headphones, if you are even slightly considering them, BUY THEM! I promise you won't regret it.
December 23, 2013
After reading review after review, and a number of YouTube selfie reviews, I decided to go with a fantastic Groupon purchase of the ATH-M50S's. Granted, I wasn't overly fond of a 9' cord, but the value was a no-brainer. We're talking almost a $200 savings simply from not having a certain name or endorsement attached to it.
Needless to say, when I received them I was quite impressed. They reminded me of my younger days, sitting in front of my parent's 8-track / LP player with those monster headphones on, the kind you could wear for hours because the padding was so luxurious. While they are sturdy and beefy, certainly not something you take on the move or to the gym, I'm leary of too many moving parts. Simply put, the build is plastic with a lot of swiveling going on.
I'm not sure what the real need for noise-cancellation is when you are wearing studio headphones, which are for a studio. A recording studio has it's own enclosed mixing room. Why waste hundreds of bucks on a feature that is most likely not necessary. I work construction, but not in my lifetime would I ever bring this to a jobsite.
Another reason the NC feature is a waste, these headphones are more than capable of drowning out everything around you, and with perfectly balanced highs, mids and lows. Granted, most portable devices have an output cap, ensuring you don't go deaf within a week. But a good audio device, such as my phone with Beats Audio bumps up the rhythms to a point you block everything out. Go a step further and apply the 1/4" gold-plated adapter for your amplifier and enjoy head-rattling audio like you've never experienced before! One dose of Transformers 2 and, along with the ear-to-ear grin, these headphones rattled my ears so much that it made me wince. What's more, they never crackled or cut out.
My roomy has a pair of $300 Dr's. Due to posting requirements, I can't name them. But they are they hype of today's headphone market. Plainly put, they cannot compete with ATH-M50's. While mine are not cordless, nor do they have noise-cancellation, they are by far the best buy for your buck! You cannot go wrong!
December 23, 2013
One of the best headphones I've tried.
This is just amazing to have. The audio quality is so good, you'll probably try to destroy your other headphones/earphones. The looks aren't bad. My only complaint is the crackling. This happens generally in dubstep. This doesn't count in the "Audio Quality" rating because I'm not sure wether it's my Ipod, or the headphones 'cuz the sound is so clear! I don't care if I got a falty pair. These, especially at the price, is a steal, especially compared to the Beats Pro's. I would recommend these headphones for anyone. Audio-Technica, your product has made a customer extremely happy.
December 15, 2013
Shines at [almost] all levels.
I'm not in any way an expert in the ways of head-gear, just a teen interested in good sound quality. I'd been using earbuds for months when I thought I'd try using headphones for a change. Come Christmas, I asked for the Audio-Technica M50's, as I read many a review online proclaiming them as the best headphones under 200$. Unfortunately, I can't compare these to other quality headphones. However, I can say with confidence that these were a stellar buy as the sound quality is very, very clear, clean, and precise. Bass is rumbly, mids and highs are distinguishable, and there's really nothing else I'd need in a headphone! The reason I marked 'Ease of Use' as 4 in stead of 5 stars is because of the long coiled cable. Of course, the implication of the coiled section is to allow you to move around in a studio whilst producing, however, I use the cans for portable use and bunching the cable up in my pocket is not ideal. For those looking to use these as portable cans, I'd recommend the straight cable variant. Other than this teeny nitpick, I love these headphones, and would definitely spend 200$ to replace them if they broke!
December 15, 2013