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I have a pair of Sennheiser HD650 headphones which are very high quality, but they are high impedance and not really suitable for use with mobile devices.
I got the ATH-M50x headphones so I could listen to music from my phone, and also to have a closed back set for studio recording. They are excellent for this.
I find the sound to be very good and quite representative of how most people will end up listening to music, which is with a bump in the bass and some slightly exaggerated highs. This makes them good for general purpose listening, and monitoring while recording. I wouldn't mix with them, however I find them good for critical listening to mixes and they can highlight mix issues.
Bought these as an upgrade from the older M40x model after the hinges broke on one ear. They're good so far and feel more solid around the hinges compared to the older model. I'm no sound guru so can't say much in that regard but they sound just as good to me as the older model did, maybe even better.
they are amazing, audio technica is a a guilty pleasure i find their headsets beautiful by design and sound crystal for gaming and music production they are some of the best for the cheapest, you cant go wrong with them, this headset has one thing that alot of people dont expect and view as a negative and that it is not very bass heavy it is pretty mid with sound so if you dont mind then this headset is super light and all round amazing.
These babies are great. Once burned in, they have excellent sound. Lots of depth in the base, balanced with excellent treble. And they last... The set I bought before this one is still working (10 years on), and although the earpads and the head arch rest are a bit haggard (which reminds me to oil these new ones to keep the leather smooth), the sound is still excellent. Best earphones I ever bought (for that price point).
I bought some Bose headphones a few years back because I'd heard they were fantastic. Well they were too quiet, and there was an awful lot of distortion and clicks with higher sounds, so I returned them. I checked out a few in-store alternatives, since I was getting a refund, and ended up getting the Audio Technica ATH-M50x instead. I was surprised and impressed by the clarity when I played 'Don't Speak' by No Doubt, and other songs. I've had them ever since and I think they were the best earphones I've ever gotten. There's very little bass that muddies everything else. The bass is there when it's needed but not overwhelming. That's the main drawcard for me, so if you're into intense EDM bass, maybe look elsewhere. But as a music producer, I actually couldn't believe how cheap these were (I got $150 back on my refund!). I'm an Audio Technica fan for life.
I love these. When I first got them I was looking for a PC gaming headset and I tried about 10 ranging from cheap to much more expensive. These were better, but you realise, when reading around, that audio is a very personal thing, and what you prefer and what you actually hear depends on you. These do what closed back, monitor headphones should do, I believe, ie. they have a pretty flat frequency response and a very narrow sound stage, ie. they sound like they have very little 'EQ applied' and everything sounds 'very close' to you. I would say they perhaps differ to other studio monitors in that the frequency response is somewhat pronounced in the high frequency and has impressive low frequency, but it is pretty flat. Some like this (like me) and some don't. Some find the treble harsh and the bass boomy. I don't. I listen to others and find wider sound stages make sounds indistinct and washed out. Maybe you'd be fine with those. Maybe you'd even do better with open-backed. I listen to others and find those with less treble and bass sound like they have confusing mid-range overload. I'm no expert audiophile so my terminology might be imprecise. Hopefully you get what I mean. All I can tell you is I keep trying other headphones - even those that are supposedly 'upgrades' - over the years and keep coming back to these. I would advise anyone to try several sets, because you might settle for something that doesn't actually suit you otherwise. People that say these are trash are simply not suited. They are good phones, but sure, *you* might not get on with them. I would say to anyone to try them, though, if you are trying to work out what you might like.
If I could give these beauties a ten I would.as I listen to metal thrash,death metal,it was difficult to know what set of cans to get.i tried sennheiser but not a patch on the audia m50, I allredy have sony m1000 for just watching movies,£270,Again m50x way ahead on sound.evety cymbol crash, hi hat effect, snare & bass drum,vocal is pitch perfect.these things pick up everything.hence monitoring headphones. Every metal head should have these.for those about to rock, audio technica we Salute You.Up the irons.