Pros: Value for money without the marketing hype!
Cons: Such a good fit, that they are a little warm on the ear.
A new subscriber, but with a good ear and old enough to avoid being sold by marketing alone. The ability to judge a number of over the ear headphones, without the need for active noise-cancelling, makes the choice of a purchase a predictable pathway. My budget allowed me to examine all contenders up to £500, or $750. I also went down to £100 or $150. I auditioned several headphones and then sourced the ATH-M50 from musicmatters in the NW of England. Delivered by FedEx the following day at no extra cost, BTW no vested interest in this or any other companies. I can just detect the difference with or without a portable amplifier, when connected to an iPod, better with the amplifier. I assume they improve with age and burn-in. So the cost of £126.00 was well worth the investment. I will contribute another missive when the headphones are more mature.