Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Tuscaloosa AL
Kincaid Tv-Stereo Inc.
620 15Th Street
1811 Hargrove Road E
Look & Listen
3656 G Hwy, 90 Government Blvd
CKR Mobile Electronics
2710 E. South Blvd.
One Button Magic
2558 Foothills Drive
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Atlantic Technology, Control4, Monitor Audio, Speakercraft, Universal Remote Control, Marantz, Parasound, Escient, TiVo etc.
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jayson Berger, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Kincaid TV-Stereo, Inc.
620 Parkview Center
Ken's Car Tunes, Inc
3675 Government Blvd
Clear Solutions, Inc.
5184 Caldwell Mill RoadSte. 204-129
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Controls
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Gary Boackle, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II
Audio Video Excellence
1917 29th Ave south
CKR Mobile Electronics
2259 Cobbs Ford Road
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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