The Audio Technica ATH-M50s are professional studio headphones, designed to give the listers a true and accurate representation of the music they are listening to. This means they aren’t headphones designed with EQ (louder bass, louder mids etc..), they are designed to give a flat response. This is because they are studio headphones designed for monitoring and mixing. They have a collapsible design for portability, 180 degrees swivelling ear pieces, padded ear cushions for comfort and sound isolation, and a 1.2 -3m coiled cable with a gold plated mini plug adapter.
The first thing you notice about these headphones is how incredibly detailed all the instruments you’re listening to sound across the entire frequency spectrum. Mid-high instruments cut through with a true sense of clarity that I haven’t heard in any other headphones. However this does not come at the expense of the bass, the bass still sounds full and rich. To those who think that you need excessive amounts of bass for headphones to sound good, these may not be the headphones for you. In my opinion the bass response is the best I have heard, but these are designed to have a flat frequency response so you get the perfect blend from all the frequencies. To get a better idea we can compare the frequency response of the M50s to a pair of Dre Beats, not even in the same price bracket.
Monster Beats By Dr Dre currently (£189.99-£219.99)
Audio Technica ATH-M50s currently (£89.99-£119.99)
Now sound quality is subjective, (I keep reminding myself), but even someone with no audio background should be able to look at these graphs and see which headphones are the best performance for your money. But it is up to you, if you want bipolar highs and a bass fat fat bass, Beats are definitely for you!
The headphones are very well built with a comfortable design for long lasting use (again subjective). Although these headphones don’t have noise cancelling technology, the noise isolation contributed just by the over-ear ear pieces is perfectly sufficient. They definitely aren’t the best looking headphones in the world, but by no means do they look bad. The priorities when designing these headphones were the best sound quality possible, and the comfort. The ear pieces fold away conveniently and also swivel in order to comfortably fit any sized head.
I have had these headphones for the best part of three years now and I am still absolutely content with them. They sound great and are definitely not delicate, they have been bashed about, dropped, squashed and even stood on many a time and they have pulled through. These are still definitely one of the best choices for sound quality in this price bracket, competing with headphones worth hundreds more, and some that are even worth thousands more.