The Audio Technica ATH-M50’s are a very popular set of headphones. The build and sound quality is probably one of the best you’ll find within in it’s price range, which is coming in at £113.99.
ATH-M50’s are said to have a cult following and this is obvious why once you use a pair. I’ve used a fair amount of headphones but once I put these on I was instantly amazed by the sound quality and couldn’t wait to start using them for producing and mixing.
I like the fact they’re closed cup, so no distractions… ‘Music On World Off’.
Even though these headphones boost the low and higher frequencies they produce a very pleasant, crisp sound. There is a small dip around the 1kHz frequencies which could tempt you to boost this region (if you’re mixing), but with this knowledge in mind and constant use you’ll soon get used to how they sound.
Pros: The ATH-M50’s are built with comfort in mind and superb for long sessions, whether you’re mixing, tracking or for general use. The large padded ear-cups fit nicely around your ears and the padded foam provide that extra bit of comfort, which allows you to wear them for longer periods of time compared to some smaller cupped headphones.
The neatly coiled cable allows for distance between the plug in source and user, and comes with a 1/4 inch adapter so you can plug into your audio interface and mobile device.
Unlike the M70X’s, you can fold them up which makes them smaller and fits into a carry case that comes free with the headphones.
Some say they found them a bit heavy and tight around their head, luckily for me I have a small head so this didn’t pose a problem. However I do find them a little heavy, but that’s not enough of a problem for me.
I’ve been told that the new ATH- M70X’s are a lot lighter but I can’t confirm as I haven’t had the chance to use them yet.
ATH- M50’s can be a it fiddly to fold (especially for someone who doesn’t use them much) but this shouldn’t be a problem once you know how they fold.
Summary: If you’re looking for quality sound, durability and a price tag to match, then these headphones are a perfect choice. I’ve been using them for the last few years and I’m extremely happy with them.