Labelled as ‘Monitor Headphones’, Audio-Technica’s intention is clear for the ATH-M50s, which feature swivel-mounted ear cups to minimise the profile.
The oval-shaped pads cover your ears completely for a very useful degree of isolation both in and out, while the partially coiled lead gives you plenty of freedom of movement. The lead terminates in a stereo mini-jack with a screw-on standard jack so you can use the ’phones with pro equipment and electronic items with smaller socketry.
We like: Foldability; good isolation; sound
We dislike: The white finish
The ATH-M50s are loud and vibrant with a well-balanced sound. We’d be worried about getting our white set grubby, but they are available in black.4 Stars
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 specs
- Type: Closed-back headphones
- Freq response: 15-28,000Hz
- Sensitivity: 99dB
- Impedance: 38 ohms
- Quoted input power: 1600mW
- Connections: Stereo mini jack with screw-on 6.4mm stereo jack
- Cabling: 1.2-3m coiled (captive)