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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Lawrence KS

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.

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(785) 865-4337
2429 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS
 
Kief's Audio/Video
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24th & Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS
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(620) 662-2791
510 N. Main Street
Hutchinson, KS
 
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14105 Marshall Drive
Lenexa, KS
 
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1601 Tuttle Creek Blvd
Manhattan, KS
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Kief's Record & Stereo
(913) 842-1811
2429 Iowa St
Lawrence, KS
 
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2101 Delaware
Lawrence, KS
 
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16230 Foster
Overland Park, KS
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Alex Evans, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jim Evans, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Zak Golden, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Keith Staver, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

A-V Design Studios
(913) 948-7772
9047 Metcalf Ave A-V Design Studios
Overland Park, KS
 
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11525 METCALF AVE
Overland Park, KS
 

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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