The Audio- Technica ATH-M50's are, for all intents and purposes, the perfect set of over ear headphones. They are reasonably priced, well built, durable, sound absolutely fantastic and are relatively pleasing to look at as well. It is no wonder that these headphones have attained such a following in the hifi and professional community. They provide the perfect blend of performance, price, value and aesthetic design. Of all the many headphones in my collection, I continually find myself coming back to the ATH-M50's, even over some of my more expensive models. They are simply some of the best in terms of sheer value and price to performance ratio.
The Audio- Technica ATH-M50 over ear headphones are an extremely popular headphone used by budget audiophiles and professionals alike. The ATH-M50’s sport large, 45mm neodymium driver units, a frequency response of 15- 28,000Hz, 99dB sensitivity rating and an easy to drive 38 Ohm impedance rating. The ATH-M50’s are also available in a regular coiled cable configuration, a straight cable configuration (ATH-M50S, the straight cable denoted by the S) and as of this writing, white and silver limited edition models. The result of Audio- Technicas legendary audio engineering is a headphone that sounds great even when used with varying different types of equipment, even modest and low powered sources. I personally love the way the M50’s look, and I believe Audio- Technica has successfully merged studio quality sound and premium aesthetic appeal to create a headphone that is arguably one of the best in its respective category.
Sound quality is another areas where the ATH-M50’s shine. The ATH-M50’s do not have the unforgiving flat frequency response that many other studio monitor headphones possess. They do in fact, have a certain degree of noticeable sound coloration. The M50’s really have a gentle U shaped frequency response, with emphasis on the lower range and treble with a slight amount of mid-range recession. While I would prefer that the mid-range was a little more forward, the M50’s sound quality certainly won’t disappoint.
Through and through the ATH-M50’s are a wonderful choice for any entry level audiophile, audio enthusiast, studio professional or even someone who just wants some higher quality sound to bring to their music collection. The M50’s provide wonderful build and sound quality in an over ear package all at an extremely reasonable value making them a go to choice for the majority of people looking a competitively priced, solid performer.