The deadly duo, iPod classic with the ATH-M50.

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 big box that holds the ATH-M50, and yup, it is a professional monitoring headphones.

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.

Unpacking the item, headset is carefully placed. Given the amount paid, well, it is to be expected.

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.

Out of the box, lies the headphones with the coiled wires.

The name "Audio Technica" proudly printed. This will make fanboys happy.

It comes with a 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter, well given that it is a studio monitor to start with, this is definitely a must.

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.

The standard gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector which will goes to most devices like the iPods, soundcards.

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.

The deadly duo, iPod classic with the ATH-M50.

Here’s the specs of ATH-M50 if you are curious.

TYPE – Closed-back dynamic
MAGNET – Neodymium
VOICE COIL – CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
MAXIMUM INPUT POWER – 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
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

Audio Technica ATH-M50

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    • Not really, this ATH-M50 can be used for outdoors as well. The headphones are fold-able, making it easier to keep if needed.

      Though the coiled wires maybe a little tricky,just keep the player in a bag compartment with the coiled wires and you should do fine.

  1. As a sound engineer I cannot recommend these cans any more enthusiastically than any other sub $200 headphone. They are analytical, quite neutral, and comfortable. It has a great low frequency extension but not overpowering. It may be a little coloured but for its price you can’t beat it. I love listening all my Macross Frontier tracks on them! They are also my “go to” pair of headphones when I mix live music.

    PS I also love Buchou!

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