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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sandy UT

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.

Protech Electronics
(801) 495-0207
10717 S State St Protech Electronics
Sandy, UT
 
Best Buy
(801) 571-0168
35 E 11400 S
Sandy, UT
 
Utah Audio
(801) 619-6262
10661 S State Street
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Safe And Sound Systems
(801) 838-7888
Suite 300 12896 South Pony Express Road
Draper, UT
 
Safe & Sound Systems
(801) 838-7888
12896 S Pony Express Road #300
Draper, UT
 
Lasting Comforts
(801) 572-1634
8716 South 700 East
Sandy, UT
 
Utah Audio
(801) 619-6262
10661 S. State Street
Sandy, UT
 
Safe and Sound Systems, Inc.
(801) 838-7888
12896 S. Pony Express, Suite #300
Draper, UT
 
TheaterXtreme
(801) 878-8444
241 E 12300 S #2
Draper, UT
 
Interwest Electronics
(801) 266-5301
4091 South State Street Interwest Electronics
Salt Lake City, UT
 

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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