|Audio- Technica ATH-M50X's|
The Audio- Technica ATH-M50X's retain all that made the original ATH-M50's a favorite among the professional audio community and add a few features, among other slight improvements, making an already stellar headphone even better.
It's important to note that the ATH-M50X's are sonically identical to the original ATH-M50's. They utilize identical 45mm neodymium drivers with a 99dB sensitivity rating, 38 Ohm impedance and the same 15-28,000Hz frequency response. As per my original ATH-M50 review, the M50X's have a relatively U shaped frequency response. This means emphasis on the lower range as well as the treble, and less emphasis on the mid range. In terms of sound quality, the mid-range recession would have to be a weakest point of the M50's. Despite the "Studio Monitor" moniker, the M50X's do not reproduce a very analytical sound signature, they are not dead pan flat. They possess the aforementioned U shaped sound signature, an aspect that I actually prefer to a very flat, analytical sound.
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|Audio- Technica ATH-M50X's and|
Objective 2 headphone amplifier
The verdict. Every single change Audio- Technica has made to the new ATH-M50X's has been a positive improvement. Audio- Technica has managed to improve the ATH-M50's while still retaining everything that made the originals great. One thing that has changed that I am not particularly pleased to see is the price. I understand that the M50X's should be a bit more than the original M50's, considering the inclusion of three cables and the removable option. However, the $40 dollar price hike over the original M50's is still a bit steep for the new features brought to the table. A $15 to $20 dollar price increase would have been a bit more reasonable, and seeing that Audio- Technica is not retaining the older M50's, I guess future buyers have no choice but to spend more for features that they may or may not want or may not deem worth the price. I feel as if this price hike has degraded the M50X's price to performance ratio to a degree. However, with the commendable pedigree established by the M50's, Audio- Technica is likely to continue to sell M50X's in large quantities, and despite the price increase, the M50X's are still solid performers.
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(a big thanks to Audio- Technica for sending out this review unit among others)