Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Albemarle NC
700-106 Blue Ridge Road
Auto Acoustics, Inc.
200 Cardinal Drive Suite B
1884 CATAWBA VALLEY BLVD SE
CPI Security Systems
4200 Sandy Porter Rd
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
1701 S 40 DR
The Integrated Home
2440 White Hall Park Dr.Ste. 400
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Crestron, Kaleidescape,Paradigm, Acoustic Innovations, Anthem, Audioquest, Audyssey, Denon, Draper, Extreme CCTV, JVC, Liberty Cable, Middle Atlantic, Monster Power, Niles, OnQ, Premier Mounts, Request, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, Speco
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chris Brooks, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Scott Wallace, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
164 Corporate Blvd.
Indian Trail, NC
Innovative Audio Solutions
111 Steinbeck Way
Brantley Electronic Supply, Inc.
935 Bragg Boulevard
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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