Ahh yes, don’t be alarmed, in case you happened to entered the wrong site. Yup, you are not seeing it wrong, this IS a post on Audio Technica’s ATH-M50. Probably gonna share with you readers how does this fare playing Japanese Anisongs and such.
The Audio Technica ATH-M50 is easily one of the most recommend headphones out there. Simply it produces one of the best sound quality that I have ever heard so far. Just a simple rundown on what have I used so far.
2005-2009 -> Sennheiser PX-100
2009-2011 -> AKG-K450 Mini
Looking at the headphones used previously, there is a BIG jump, and for some songs, I do hear some background notes that wasn’t noticeable via the PX-100s & K450.
So far, I have paired it up with my trusty iPod Classic and they have formed up to be formidable duo of music awesomeness on the go. And as of this moment, I have yet to find any GOOD reason to get a portable amp to drive the powerful headphones. The iPod alone is sufficient to drive the ATH-M50, though others may disagree, but that is what I have come to so far.
For the using the ATH-M50 to play the wide variety of Japanese music & Anisongs, its is doing a excellent job, say for songs like 「ユニバーサル・バニー」, 「God Knows」, 「Goodbye Happiness」.
The bass is not tad heavy, very good clarity, but the best parts comes in once the headphones is burned-in. The mids whereby the the majority of the songs that I listened to contains is excellent as well. Say for example 「ユニバーサル・バニー」, this song has a variety of instrumentals used producing a wide frequency range of sounds and I uses it mainly to test headphone which is why how the ATH-M50 landed. This ATH-M50 is able to playback the various sounds accurately with little distortion. The bass is really right as other headphones usually may get it wrong for this particular song.
For about S$200, this headphones is really worth more than what I have paid more, given that probably the headphones that can knock the ATH-M50 will be the much higher end Sennheiser HD650 or the AKG-701 which of course will definitely costs more. So, if you have a wee bit of cash to spare and looking for a good set of headphones, look no further, just grab this the moment you see this in stock at retailers here as it has a record of selling out fast.
Here’s the specs of ATH-M50 if you are curious.
TYPE – Closed-back dynamic
DRIVER DIAMETER – 45 mm
MAGNET – Neodymium
VOICE COIL – CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE – 15 – 28,000 Hz
MAXIMUM INPUT POWER – 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
SENSITIVITY – 99 dB
IMPEDANCE – 38 ohms
WEIGHT – 284 g (10 oz) without cable and connector
CABLE – 1.2 – 3.0 m (3.9′ – 9.8′) Coiled, OFC litz wire
CONNECTOR – Gold-plated stereo 1/8″ (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4″ (6.3 mm) adapter
ACCESSORY INCLUDED – Protective pouch