Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Hays KS
A Plus Electronics
4845 North Steeds Crossing Circle
Park City, KS
Hi Def Radio
565 Lakeshore East
Shawnee Mission, KS
Kief's Record & Stereo
2429 Iowa St
16100 Foster Street
Overland Park, KS
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Scott Olinger, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Garrett Rutledge, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Todd Sandler, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Car Toyz, Inc.
1800 SW Wanamaker Road
Cinema At Home, L.L.C.
14687 S. Constance Street
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Darren Mortensen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
9747 E. 21st St. N, Suite 121
1440 West Douglas
2605 Stagg Hill Road
10500 PARALLEL PKWY
Kansas City, KS
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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