Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Frankfort KY
599 S. L Roger Blvd
Sound Design Inc.
10757 St. Leger Circle
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Triad Speakers, SpeakerCraft, Parasound, Yamaha, Marantz,Toshiba,Runco, Russound,Panasonic, Liberty Cable and Wire, Stewart Film Screen, Richard Gray Power Company, Draper, LiteTouch, Universal Remote Control, Sonance, Epson, LG, Samsung
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Norman, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Audio/Video Interior Design, Inc.
437 Lewis Hargett Circle, Suite 180A
232 East Main Street
3844 S. Highway 27
708 Valley Ridge Circle, Ste. 22 & 23
Integration Unlimited, LLC.
533-A Codell Drive
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Telephone Systems
AMX, ADA, AutoPatch, Sunfire, Panasonic, JVC, Onkyo, SpeakerCraft, Sharp, Tannoy, Panduit, Liberty Cable, Universal Remote.
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Christopher Gray, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Kurt Korfhage, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer
3220 NICHOLASVILLE RD
1001 Carter Ave Absolute Sound
4200 Produce Road
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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