Pros: Sound, Style, Modable, Value, Sleek
Cons: Comfort, Rubber headband
I got a good deal on these and took the chance since I owned the AD-700 and tested the M-50 once. Audio Technica knows what sound is and they do a fantastic job for their low price headphones. After reading that these things have nice bass and people prefer them over the AD-700, I had to give them a try. I wasn't impressed at first, but people said with burn-in, they become better. So I burned them in a little and they were definitely correct in that aspect. The bass started to come out as well as the clarity in the other frequencies. The comfort wasn't bad at first, but once I had them on my head for several hours my ears were in throbbing pain after I took them off, especially my left ear. It hurt worse than any headphone I have ever tried before. So I put them on a large box like someone suggested and they are doing much better. I still have to stretch them out for a few more days but it's tons better and I don't think I will sell them anymore. If the comfort is improved, these are the best headphones you can get under $200 easily. I did a few comfort mods like bending the headband bars and that helped a little but not much. I also did some mods like blue tack inside the cup and that definitely brought out the bass. The bass is decently controlled, but it lacks detail. It hits plenty hard considering the size of these things, but I wish it was more controlled with greater resolution. The shiny mirror finish on these things had me sold as well. So if your looking for a cheap, very good sounding travel headphone, you can't go wrong with these. They are very easy to drive as well.