Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Cabot AR
RazorBack Foam Installation
110 Kaitlyn Dr
4195 PHOENIX AVE
Fort Smith, AR
Smart Southern Homes, Inc.
3416 Old Cantrell Rd
Little Rock, AR
2924 Longview Suite A
215 SE 28th Street, Suite 5
11800 CHENAL PKWY
Little Rock, AR
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, iPhone / iPad integration
Sony, Sony ES, Denon, Polk Audio, Russound, Monster Cable, Sunfire, Sonance, Elan, LG, Centralite, Sanus, Draper, and Lutron.
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Steve Tapley, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Digital Entertainment Systems
2349 W. Hudson Rd. Digital Entertainment Systems
6802 Rogers Avenue #3 Laws Electronics
Fort Smith, AR
Custom Home & Commercial Electronics
P. O. Box 1383
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Sony A/V designers; Touch screens; Lutron lighting; Stewart screens; UStec structured wiring systems; Doorking, FAAC & sentex gate systems; Ademco security & all other major brands.
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- James (Butch) Coger, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
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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