Audio Technica ATH-M50

Chosing a new set of closedback headphones has never been without its problems. I know, I've had my fair share of blistering cartilage burns or near-deaf experiences when working with unfamiliar cans. But you know you've chosen wisely when a set of monitoring headphones can clasp your head comfortably without forcing your skull into possible collapse (or without sliding off like butter), and then make a sound that makes you feel like you're actually sat within the mix.

These headphones are Audio-Technica's answer to discrete professional studio production, but even for music listening purposes they bring out the strength in any audio and can can also pick out the bad sectors of a project too. If I've experienced a better pair of headphones, then I've probably left that memory far behind, or they were just too far out of my price range. Sure, they can nag at the top of your head after an hour or so, but what pair wouldn't? As an extra incentive for you to buy them, they even come with a carry bag and a gold-plated, quarterinch jack adapter. If you're in the market for 'phones we implore you to try these.

MusicRadar Rating

4.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Sound great for audio listening, as well as project work.

Cons

Can experience slight discomfort after long listening sessions.

Verdict

It's difficult to describe how good these headphones are in the small space here, but they are definitely worth a test.

Features

Protective pouch, Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter

Description

Closed-back dynamic headphones

Review Policy
All MusicRadar's reviews are by independent product specialists, who are not aligned to any gear manufacturer or retailer. Our experts also write for renowned magazines such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Computer Music, Future Music and Rhythm. All are part of Future PLC, the biggest publisher of music making magazines in the world.