Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Frankfort KY
232 E. Main St.
Masterpiece Audio Video
Masterpiece Audio Video
Fort Mitchell, KY
Mountain City Audio
120 N Bardstown Road
Mt. Washington, KY
Digital Lifestyles, LLC
Middletown Plaza12310 Shelbyville Rd.
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Crestron, B&W, Runco, Rotel, Stewart Filmscreen, Vantage, Litetouch...
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Brassell, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I
Lexington Audio Video Authority
1919 Heather Way
Masterpiece Audio Video & Automation
3325 Madison Pike
Ft Wright, KY
Musical Images Of Kentucky
6700 Sycamore Wood Drive
Barney Miller's, Inc.
232 E Main Street
437 Lewis Hargett CircleSte. 180-A
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Telephone Systems
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chris Greene, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Magnolia Home Theater
1979 PAVILLION WY
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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