Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Stoneham MA
AV Spectrum Installation, Inc.
PO Box 146
System 7 Solutions
2 Lowell Avunue System 7 Solutions
16 Lindor Road
No Reading, MA
PO Box 4432
NorthShore Audio/Video Inc.
P. O. Box 4432
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Telephone Systems
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bradley Cutler, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Harold Wallace, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Boston High End (Reference Dealer Specialist)
72 Wedgemere Avenue
Magnolia Home Theater
162 SANTILLI HWY
Magnolia Home Theater
100 CAMBRIDGESIDE PL
36 J.F.K. Street, The Garage, Harvard Square
Audio Dave Llc
453 Common Street
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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