One of our favourites so far
The Audio-Technica M50 was launched ages ago but is still one of the most talked about headphones in the world. So naturally we were eager to put it through an aural examination of our own.
Right from the outset they remind you of the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros; whether it’s the foldable design or the coiled cable. Where they differ is the build, look and feel and sound quality, with the M50s raging past the 280 Pros.
The headphone seems to be well built and very neutral indeed, in terms of audio quality. By and large, headphones cannot come close to the experience offered by good quality reference speakers, but the Audio-Technica M50s came comfortably in the vicinity of the sound signature of the Genelecs we had with us sometime back.
All frequencies were rendered true to recording, we would place it more towards the brighter side of sound colouration. On a few tracks we could even make out clipping at low volumes. To maintain a high quality source we tested these cans on the Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. They are very unforgiving on low quality audio. Lower bit rates will be as apparent as Justin Bieber at a death metal concert. A funny inconsistency is that while the seal offered by the pads was quite tight, we noticed a disturbance if you happened to sit right in front of an air conditioner’s draft. At a suggested price Rs. 7,700 they come recommended to anyone who wants to listen to true-to-source audio.
Type: Closed-back dynamic earpads;
Driver: 45 mm Neodymium;
Frequency Response: 15-28,000 Hz;
Impedance: 38 ohms;
Weight: 284 g
Web site: www.pristinenote.com
Price: Rs. 7,700