Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Albemarle NC
Caudill''s Commercial Electric Co., Inc.
208 East Bodenhamer Street
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Honeywell Russound Sphere Denon Life/Ware Boston Acoustics
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- David Jones, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Clarity Sight And Sound
1409 E. Blvd. Clarity Sight And Sound
Sound Solutions of NC, Inc
1621 Stanley Road
Mountain Heritage Systems
430 Pineola Street
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Lighting Control, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems
AMX, Sonance, Yamaha, Lexicon, Klipsch, Ademco, Panasonic, Lite Touch, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Sony
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Joshua Ware, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Auto Acoustics, Inc.
200 Cardinal Drive Suite B
The Incorporated Design Group
7370 Lake Toxaway Views
Lake Toxaway, NC
Today's Audio Video Inc
736 Browley School Road
5715 Market St Soundtronics
Pair Enterprises, Inc.
105-A Trade St
Central Security Systems
370 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC
These are the second least expensiveheadphones in this roundup, but arequality, durable performers with asmooth and balanced response. Thanks to the circumaural design and heavily-padded ear cushions, theyoffer great isolation for tracking and remain comfortable for hours at astretch. Further emphasizing its tracking abilities, the earpieces can swivel180 degrees for those into single-earmonitoring. The isolation is very good,as the ATH-M50 offers above-averagenoise rejection from the outside world.
The high end is not as transparentas more expensive models; the overall sonic signature is a bit “warmer” or“darker” (depending on yourviewpoint). But that doesn’t mean youcan’t mix on them—it just meansthere’s a little less “air.” On the low end,the bass is solid and sounds very even,with a midrange that’s both definedand free of significant “peakiness.”
The ATH-M50 can deliver someserious SPL, which is important in atracking headphone if there’s a lot ofambient noise in the studio. And assomeone who’s used an ATH-M50 fora while, I can attest that it can handle a certain amount of abuse and keep on going. Bottom line is that the ATHM50is all about performance/priceratio, where it scores very well indeed.(An alternate model, the ATH-M50s, is available with a straight cableinstead of coiled; neither modeloffers detachability.)
More from this roundup:
- Can You Really Mix On Headphones?
- AKG K 271 Mk II ($299) And AKG K 702 ($539)
- Shure SRH440 ($125) and SRH840 ($250)
- Sony MDR-7509HD ($265)
- Monster TurbinePro Gold ($299.95)
- Ultrasone Proline 750 ($389) and Edition 8 ($1,499)
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