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Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Reviews

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tribestros

Overhyped piece of junk

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Pros: Nice highs and mids, comfortable

Cons: Terribly artificial bass, NOT "monitors" (that's why nobody uses them as monitors), laughable build quality

  There's always one.  Every good thing has a dissenter, and that's me.  The ATH-M50 cannot handle songs with lots of different lower frequencies going on at once because of the artificial bass extension.  For example, Nine Inch Nails' "Heresy" is a very challenging song to play on headphones; it sounds like crap on my car stereo because the subwoofer is confused on which notes to play, so too low of frequencies overpower what should be playing louder.  The M50s do the same on the FLAC version of it.  The impacts of the kick-drum are far quieter than the bass in the verses.  It's incredibly annoying.  The bass is so sloppy and uncontrolled. ...
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koolkat

Review based on a short audition.

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Pros: Folds up, better build quality.

Cons: Uncomfortable, boring sound.

First and foremost, I didn't buy these. Put in bogus purchase dates or it won't let me submit.   It was a really short audition, roughly 15 minutes.  And this will be an equally short review.   In fifteen minutes I found out six good/bad things about the M50   1) Boring sound signature. 2) Very clampy head band. 3) Uncomfortable ear pads. 4) They are not as revealing as some say they are. 5) Loved the coiled cable. Very thick and solid. 6) collapsible, iirc.   I suppose point 2 and 3 aren't deal breakers since headphones do get more comfortable over time.   The M50 wasn't worth S$240. It surely didn't sound like $240 to...
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