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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Kapolei HI

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.

Home Automation Hawaii
(808) 842-4646
94-417 Maikoiko St
Waipahu, HI
 
Design Systems
(808) 455-6611
96-1382 Waihona Street, Suite 4
Pearl City, HI
 
Design Systems, Ltd
(808) 455-6611
96-1382 Waihona St, Unit #4
Pearl City, HI
 
Progressive Auto Sounds
(808) 486-8847
98-025 Hekaha Street #6
Alea, HI
 
Car Stereo Express
(808) 484-0180
98-072 Kam Highway
Aiea, HI
 
Home Automation Hawaii LLC
(808) 842-4646
94-417 Maikoiko StreetSte. 103
Waipahu, HI
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
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Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Salvador Ancheta Jr., CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Design Systems, Ltd. ~Founding Member~
(808) 455-6611
96-1382 Waihona StreetSte. 4
Pearl City, HI
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control
Brands
Boston Acoustics, Control4, Crestron, Denon, Draper, Elan, Escient,FutureSmart, Home Logic, Lutron, McIntosh, Niles Audio, RPG Acoustics, Runco, Sharp, Sonance, Sony, Stewart Filmscreen
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lance Crabbe, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

WDS Audio Video Interiors
(808) 626-2777
95-216 Milia Place
Mililani, HI
 
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808-623-6161, 808-626-2777
95-216 Milia Place
Mililani, HI
 
Audio Lab
(808) 595-8066
660 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI
 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50

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0.000A-T_ATH-M50These 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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