- Oct 21, 2011
I would find that the ATH-M50 has issues as a studio monitor. The frequency response graphs indicate a greater than usual 10khz treble peak which overemphasizes the highs while also having a recessed response at 2khz. This implies that they have recessed vocals, an aspect which is normally considered to be a poor trait in studio monitors -- it makes analyzing the vocal details a more difficult job as they fall behind a soup of bass and treble. This dip is partially what makes the M50s seem so bass heavy -- the main aspect of the mids that we listen to is recessed compared to the bass, which can overshadow them due to that dip. Hence, this is why most studio monitors tend to roll off the bass beyond the 2khz region -- they can check out the vocals more clearly.