Audio Technica ATH-M50 Black Coiled Cable £103.64 @ Amazon
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Audio Technica ATH-M50 Black Coiled Cable £103.64 @ Amazon

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Found 5th Feb 2014
Best price on these ever according to CamelCamelCamel.

Brilliant headphones!

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I suggest not pondering over these if you want a pair like I've always done... they never seem to stay reduced for long (as you can see on the chart!). Shame I'm skint

Tempted! Does anyone know how these compare to AKG 450s? Not sure if there would be enough improvement to justify it

paul555

Tempted! Does anyone know how these compare to AKG 450s? Not sure if … Tempted! Does anyone know how these compare to AKG 450s? Not sure if there would be enough improvement to justify it



The M50s would be better, but I doubt noticeably - you'd also want to use an amp with these to get the best out of them. Powering them from a phone doesn't do them justice. However, depending on their use, you may be able to get better headphones for a similar price.

mentalists

These will get cheaper, new model on the way.

Much prefer the sound of the Fischer Audio FA-003s, but good price for these, they've a legendary status.

I can unreservedly recommend these to all and sundry, pure eargasms.

97 on ebay....

Quite enjoy my sr80's , would these be a worthy competitor?

Also can anyone recommend a good amp to drive them from an mp3 player?

Great price - hth. Still overpriced imho (and I do own a pair).

Cameron583

The M50s would be better, but I doubt noticeably - you'd also want to use … The M50s would be better, but I doubt noticeably - you'd also want to use an amp with these to get the best out of them. Powering them from a phone doesn't do them justice. However, depending on their use, you may be able to get better headphones for a similar price.


I don't think you'd need an amp to drive these personally. They only have a 38 ohm impedance - an EQ would do a good enough job on it's own IMO. An amp would only improve the bass fractionally, certainly not enough to justify the cost of one...

If you want them for even cheaper, Inta Audio have 'damaged box' ones for £94.99. Not sure how many they have though..

inta-audio.com/cle…938

Edited by: "mamboboy" 5th Feb 2014

I bought a pair of ATH-M50 headphones from the seller costlowest on eBay and they are great. The seller is Australian but thankfully I didn't get charged import duty. The seller is cheaper than Amazon (£79.95) if you are willing to take the risk on import.

I agree with Paul about the amp... well to be more specific - a good quality DAC & headphone amp will really make them shine. Any more than £200 on source and amp and these headphones would no longer be my choice, thats probably obvious though.

I have these and they are great, though a bit on the large side... the sound quality is excellent. I've used with and without an amp... the amp does not add much as they are fine without one.

esq3585

Quite enjoy my sr80's , would these be a worthy competitor?



SR80 are open and these are closed-back cans. Not much to compare as I have the SR60 and outgrew them ages ago; these would be more than worthy competitor.

Amazing headphones but I bought mine for studio monitoring. I got my local music shop to match this price an I don't regret buying them at all.

splinters

Amazing headphones but I bought mine for studio monitoring. I got my … Amazing headphones but I bought mine for studio monitoring. I got my local music shop to match this price an I don't regret buying them at all.



Yep, often recommended for studio monitoring work with a transparent sound that works for when you need to get all microscopic on a mix down. Cracking price.

Great cans, great price.

These are a V shaped sound signature and anyone going from grados to this will be disappointed with the midrange, and part of why they get rated so highly is because in america they are way cheaper so a great buy in usa, these are not worth the uk price I'd look at alternatives if you have in and around £100 for some headphones.Audio technica run a silly uk price mark up these should be £50-£60.

I'd say Klipsch Image One M-Audio Studiophile Q40 and creative aurvana live at £50 ish are as good as m50's if not better at half the price.
As for a good portable cheap amp i'd say fiio E6 £20 is good enough to drive them.

Edited by: "C64" 6th Feb 2014

iRomek

I have these and they are great, though a bit on the large side... the … I have these and they are great, though a bit on the large side... the sound quality is excellent. I've used with and without an amp... the amp does not add much as they are fine without one.



It doesn't work like that, they are fine on the sources you have used them on to your ears every source is different.

M50x is being released in the next week or two. Expect these to drop further.

C64

and part of why they get rated so highly is because in america they are … and part of why they get rated so highly is because in america they are way cheaper so a great buy in usa,



Listen to this man, most of the internets opinion is based on USA opinion, although one of the best in the US price range, hardly anyone one would recommend these over cans double the US price which is what they are competing with in the UK.

Would this amp be ok for driving higher end headphones?


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Edited by: "esq3585" 6th Feb 2014

These are great, don't recommend buying them if you plan to use them with an MP3 player out and about though, far too big, better to use them hidden away at home where you can look like a moron in peace

accelerator

Listen to this man, most of the internets opinion is based on USA … Listen to this man, most of the internets opinion is based on USA opinion, although one of the best in the US price range, hardly anyone one would recommend these over cans double the US price which is what they are competing with in the UK.


Don't forget our sales tax is added to the price whereas it isn't in the US - I believe theirs is added during checking depending on which state they are in?

I'm not sure why US has to be a benchmark for us? Everything here is more expensive - our consumer prices are around 30% more on roughly everything apart from local produce - so surely that means this price adds up?

Edited by: "mamboboy" 6th Feb 2014

mamboboy

I don't think you'd need an amp to drive these personally. They only have … I don't think you'd need an amp to drive these personally. They only have a 38 ohm impedance - an EQ would do a good enough job on it's own IMO. An amp would only improve the bass fractionally, certainly not enough to justify the cost of one...If you want them for even cheaper, Inta Audio have 'damaged box' ones for £94.99. Not sure how many they have though..http://www.inta-audio.com/clearance-c234/audio-technica-ath-m50-damaged-box-p5938



I notice quite a big sound difference with these. Even though they're 38 Ohms, doesn't mean they shouldn't be driven. There are a few headphones, such as the bowers and wilkins P7 that also benefit quite a bit with an amplifier, not for loudness, but mainly because of recessed mids and sloppy bass response.

These headphones are poor for the price and are quite aged now.

Better off with some akgk550s.

esq3585

Also can anyone recommend a good amp to drive them from an mp3 player?



look for an amp by askew labs on ebay. Great sound and a Tom's a fantastic fellow

sdavids

These headphones are poor for the price and are quite aged now.Better off … These headphones are poor for the price and are quite aged now.Better off with some akgk550s.


They are a completely different breed of headphones to these. The 550's have a flat frequency response.... they are good for studio work, or huge audiophiles that like to hear every little detail, but they just lack punch for general use IMO, I decided to sell mine on after a couple of weeks.
Hell, I'd recommend even the £25 or whatever Superlux HD 681's over them for gaming/music/general use... great set of headphones once you sort out the earpads. In fact they are my #1 cans to use right now...
Edited by: "mamboboy" 8th Feb 2014

anonimousse

A bit more info please - I might give these a shot. I could go to head-fi … A bit more info please - I might give these a shot. I could go to head-fi but don't want to get drowned out by noise ;--))1. Are they open? I can't tell from pics on google...2. Can they be driven without an amp? I know they are 32ohm so should be ok, but what is your experience?3. Did you do any mods to the earpads?4. What is the size of the drivers - 45mm?I play drums as a hobby so might be using them on my Roland e-kit too and assuming these monitors will stand up to accurate sound-staging and reproduce some authentic dynamics without breaking the bank!Thanks



1. Yep, open - it's what makes them so good for gaming/music... the soundstage on them is massive... so probably not the best for drumming though? Superlux have closed back cans, so might be worth looking into them? HD662, HD661, HD669 for example
2. I don't use an amp with them personally. They do need a little EQ tweaking though
3. Nope. Just changed the pads. The ones they come with are horribly uncomfortable... switched them to velour and they are now the most comfortable ones I have
4. 50mm I believe?
Edited by: "mamboboy" 8th Feb 2014

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Gone down another 43p, £103.21 now
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