Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Review

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For about a year I owned a pair of Sennheiser HD-280s which I think are also a great pair of headphones, but wearing them for hours really hurt with my glasses on. I decided to sell my Sennheisers and used that as an excuse to purchase the ATH-M50s. 

Saying Goodbye to my Sennheisers and hello to my new ATH-M50s
Putting the headphones, I immediately noticed how soft the cups were and after wearing them for 2 hours straight they did not push the supports of my glasses into the sides of my head and there was no pain. Acoustically, these are very similar to the Sennheisers, but one may immediately notice that the mids and highs are very crisp and the bass is deeper than the HD-280s. 

Headroom Frequency Response Chart comparing 3 headphones that I mentioned in this review.

You get quite a bang for the buck with these headphones as, they retail at $150. Something funny that I noticed about Amazon is that sometimes they will have an advertisement with a picture of Beats by Dre, and the caption is Top rated headphones. When you actually click on the link and organize the list by reviews Beats by Dre don't even appear in the Top 10. 

Link: Headroom's Top 10 headphones for under $500
Link: Amazon highly rated headphones by customers

Specifications (From Audio-Technica Website)

TypeClosed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter45 mm
Voice CoilCCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
Frequency Response15 - 28,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
Sensitivity99 dB
Impedance38 ohms
Weight284 g (10 oz) without cable and connector
Cable1.2 - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire
ConnectorGold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
Accessory IncludedProtective pouch


Overall, I think these headphones are the best in the $100 - $500 Category. They are very comfortable. Have a great frequency response. They are significantly better than Monster and Beats by Dre headphones. If you are looking for a decent headphones that you want to actually listen music with, these are it.


Black/Grey ATH-M50
Red              ATH-M50
White           ATH-M50
Silver           ATH-M50
Straight Cable Version



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