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Audio-Technica ATH-IM50 Dual symphonic-driver In-ear Monitor headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews


Somewhere in the middle.


Pros: Very balanced sound, good for any kind of music, superb detachable cable,

Cons: Bulky housing, bass bloat, never designed as the best in class, memory wire / over ear design

I bought IM50 about 1 year ago after Soundmagic E10 and immediately notice that it sounds better than the already good E10. For 62 USD this is still my most expensive BNIB IEM to date. But unfortunately it is not my best IEM since I bought JVC FXT90 about 1 month ago. Overall FXT90 sound quality is slightly better than IM50. Both IM50 and FXT90 has fairly balanced sound with IM50 has slightly more bass amount and FXT90 has slightly more treble. FXT90 also has bigger soundstage and slightly more detail. I prefer FXT90 mainly because it is more comfortable and lighter. IM50 housing is fairly big and memory wire is not very friendly for spectacle wearer like me. Using silicone tip is...
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Negative Reviews


only slighty clear and better than my MYR15 asus earphone.


Pros: clear , great design , great noise cancellation

Cons: bass not details , not comfortable to my ears , cable looking cheap to me

compared it to my MYR15 asus earphone, and it sounded slightly better only in terms of clearness and bass. i like the design and colour. not as comfortable to wear as shure 215 (own one before for 3 years). cable feels cheap and not rugged. when put max bass setting on my xperia z3, the bass was everywhere not detail and sharp. its a cheaper version of shure 125. not worth it in my opinion. next time better go to a higher grade.

More Reviews


Hi-tech Drivers in an Affordable Package


Pros: rich and warm bass, liquid smooth mids, non-fatiguing, instrumental separation, build quality, value

Cons: distending housing, thick nozzles, overly sensitive, intimate soundstage, average treble extension

The Audio-Technica ATH-IM50/70 series has gained popularity and favourable reviews from members of Head-Fi, as it should. The Japanese designed 8.8mm "dual symphonic driver" proves to be more than capable for its asking price, and once again reinforces the notion that Japanese audio engineers know what they are doing. The following is an analytical review based on my experience with the ATH-IM50s.   Gallery: (ATH-IM50 with Comply memory foam tips. Notice the beautiful piano finish of the durable housing) (ATH-IM50 right unit, nude) (aware of the large housing dimensions, I did not have an issue with the fit at all)   The ATH-IM50/70 is best known for its amazingly...
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Great all rounder


Pros: Great for vocals, smooth midrange, good bass and treble

Cons: So so isolation and comfort, treble could be more upfront.

This IEM is vocal oriented and so they are especially for vocal lovers. It is clean, detailed and upfront. This is not a basshead IEM instead it is punchy, detailed maybe a little slow on some really fast tracks but generally it is quite involving and fast. There is no midbass bloat I could hear so there is no veil in the mids. The guitars especially sound amazing on these and also acoustic instruments sound very natural. As I said before this IEM is mid-forward so the vocals are in front of the stage while you are listening to your favorite band. But this is not bad thing at least for me as I love its vocal presentation. Both male and female...
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[$75 & Under Reviews]IM50, And...?


Pros: Nice, Warm, Sheltered Sound

Cons: Silicon Tips SUCK

I can only just about use these for an hour with Silicon Tips.   Tips... - Silicon only last up to an hour, they make your ears scream in pain when you take them out. - Foam Comply Tips, wash them well and they'll last you forever, keep them clean.   So, the IM50: Why'd I buy them? Well... I've not used Earphones since pushing on about 2010, and I really needed something good for just laying in bed on lazy days with, if I had more money it'd have been the SE215, but I think the IM50 are gonna make me just as happy.   So... Bed Headphoners,Earphoners. Do some research, you'll see that warmth is there thing, warm sound, rich tonality, and why? It's...
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Fantastic Entry level priced IEM with premium sound, Great for Vocals


Pros: Great for vocals (especially female), Has fine amount of bass, mids is forward, although big, surprisingly comfortable

Cons: Bass isn't the tightest, some may found the sound to be unnatural,

My second review in Head-Fi (first one of Sony MDR MA100 with different username), so please do be tolerant with me. After long debate of choosing this or Shure SE 215, I finally choose the IM 50 as my first purchase in IEM. There'll be few pints I'll state here as for the reasons for you people who's in some kind of similar situation 1. Form & Build: IM 50 has quite a bulky body that might irk some, but it has a sturdy design that everyone is used from Audio Technica products. AT made a new cables for the fairly new IM line, and it’s a great one, it looks cheap, yes, but it doesn’t feel like that at all when you hold it, tangle free with 90 degrees jack for the...
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Virtu Fortuna

Great IEM for the price


Pros: Mid centric, smooth sound, no sibilance, no mid-bass hump, vocals are upfront, price. Durability.

Cons: Not much treble extension. This makes difficult the details to hear in low volume, big, uncomfortable design, poor isolation.

These earphones are quite big, so if your ears are really small, you can face some problems. Comfort is not great either. Finding a good fit is a little challenging. Don't expect Westone like ergonomics. The cable is good I haven't seen microphonics so far. It has a detachable cable. Overall, it is a good durable product. But comfort and isolation is not great.   The Sound: These have dual drivers. For the price you pay, the sound is really good! These have powerful bass response but not overwhelming the other frequencies. And mids, yeah, where these earphones shine. Vocals are clear and warm, enstrument seperation is fine for the price. Mids are taking the front...
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