Hi, these do actually look fake. The gap between the A and the T is actually normal, you can even see this from Audio Technica's official website: http://eu.audio-technica.com/en/download.asp?FileName=ATH-M50.jpg
However, what points to fake is the build quality. Genuine ATH-M50 have immaculate build quality. The plastic should be 100% clear, without any marks or jagged lines.
I've added some notes from your pics to show what I think makes them fake:
There's also a good comparisons from Henley Designs, who are the official Audio Technica distributors for the UK:
Even heavily used M50s will not have some of these defects. There are clearly stones / bubbles on the plastic, which are manufacturing defects that would not even appear on dropped or damaged genuine M50s.
Also, the leather material on the head band has some extreme shrinkage going on. The head band on GENUINE M50s should look something like this:
On the right side, there's an extreme dent on the top of the head band. You would not get these on genuine M50s that have been used for years. You might get a slight dent underneath the head band if you have used them for some time, but never on the top.
Edited by av2606 - 6/13/13 at 5:46pm