Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Brighton CO
8190 East 218Th Place Futurelink, Inc.
Future Link, Inc.
8190 E. 128th Place
Electronics By Design
Suite 140 580 Burbank Street
Electronics by Design, Inc.
580 Burbank StreetSte. 140
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
ADA,CAT,CRESTRON,ARRAKIS,VANTAGE,LITETOUCH,HAI,ITI,ENERZONE,RUNCO,STEWART,NHT,SONANCE,REQUEST,ONKYO,SIGNATURE,LIBERTY,MIDDLEATLANTIC, Integra, AudioRequest, GE Intelogix, Loewe
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Nathan Farrar, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Ryan Rewitzer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
7100 N. Broadway Ste. 8C
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Crestron, Triad, Vidikron, Stewart, Audio Control, Sonance, RTI, Audioquest.
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Scott Forreider, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Quality Auto Sound
11870 N. Washington
Mile High Automation
15978 E 106th Place
Commerce City, CO
271 E FLATIRON CIR
Magnolia Home Theater
271 E FLATIRON CIR
4601 Quebec Street
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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