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  • Perhaps the best feature about these, from an engineer's perspective at least, is that they lack any strong coloration to the sound

    • by Christopher Morales

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      My review of the Audio Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones is my own work, has not been published or copyrighted anywhere and is based on my experiences with the product alone.

      The first thing you’ll take note of when taking these out of the box is their size. The padding on the ear pieces and headband is thick and wide. The chord is also thicker than most consumer headphones, though it’s still flexible. Casual consumers might find these too bulky for their purposes, even with the collapsible design and included carrying pouch, but audiophiles and recording/mixing engineers will be pleased with the quality construction and

      comfort offered by the cushioning. Another welcome feature is the included gold-plated professional 1/4″ TRS adapter that can be screwed on over the also gold-plated 1/8″ plug on the end of the cable. This assures optimal connectivity and compatibility with both consumer and professional audio devices.

      I’ve used these on many mixing and tracking sessions at my college, home studio and my band’s studio. The noise-canceling nature of the phones is average compared to similarly designed models, but the trade-off is the sound quality. Unlike most closed-back models that have a boxy sound quality to them, the ATH-M50 sound clear, clean and natural. The ...

      • frequency response is rated at 15Hz to 28kHz, which extends beyond both thresholds of human hearing. The bass response is rich yet not overpowering, and the mids and highs are reproduced with exceptional accuracy. Perhaps the best feature about these, from an engineer’s perspective at least, is that they lack any strong coloration to the sound. They are some of the most transparent closed-back headphones I’ve used, which means that mixes done using them translate well to other sound sources like computer speakers and car stereo systems. And yet, they are also great for casual listening, even if the bass isn’t as overly-emphasized as
        some people might be used to.

        The retail for the ATH-M50 is listed at $199, but can easily be found for as low as $110 through some internet venues. Which, if you’re a prospective audio engineer looking to a reliable and transparent set of phones to track and mix with, is an absolute steal considering a lot of high-quality headphones can go for over $1,000. For the price, there’s not much I can complain about, except that the chord on the carrying pouch broke after a couple of months - although the phones themselves are still working perfectly after almost a year and a half of regular use.

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