- Apr 2, 2013
Im thinking about buying audio technica ATH-M50 headphones based on the high praise from several people who own them. I will most likely be using them with an iphone 5, and so my question is, will i need an amp with these headphones? These will be my first pair of high quality around the ear headphones so i will most likely not notice the subtle sounds other people have "trained" their ears to hear, but i am still skeptical as to whether or not an amplifier will be necessary. I realize the headphones aren't at full potential without an amp but i just need to know if they still sound crisp, clear, and powerful without an amp. I listen to pretty much anything (rock, country, rap, acoustic) besides strictly instrumental music like jazz or classical, etc.