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Audio Technica’s M50s certainly look and feel more expensive that their price tag would suggest. With a steel-reinforced headband, a coiled cable with a gold-plated connector, replaceable earpads and plenty of comfort over long use, they definitely make a good first impression.
So what of the sound? The best word to describe it is clear. There’s a huge amount of stereo field considering the M50s’ closed nature, and the high end sparkles, although probably a bit too much. We can’t help but feel there’s hyping occurring from about 10k upwards, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s not enough to ruin a mix, and it definitely adds some excitement if you’re using these for general listening.
The lack of a replaceable cable is worrying at this price, but apart from that, the M50s are good value and have enough of everything to make them a great all-rounder.