Audio Technica ATH M50 Headphones Review – For Studio Sounds on the Street

I created this website to help more ‘audiophiles’ and casual music lovers to choose the best pair of headphones. Personally, I’ve been getting fed up with the number of people I’ve seen around wearing Dr Dre Beats headphones. I think a lot of them have been sucked into the marketing hype and bought them based on appearances rather than performance. While Beats by Dre are a decent pair of headphones, according to all the reviews I’ve read they’re not ‘all that’. There are plenty of better pairs of headphones for the same price range that provide much better sound performance than the overpowering bass you hear many people complain of from Dr Dre Beats headphones.

In my first review I’m going to take a look at the Audio Technica ATH M50, to decide are they better than Beats by Dr Dre?

Designed for use studio monitor headphones, the Audio Technica ATH-M50s are a beefy pair of headphones. They are designed for long hours spent at the mixing desk, so comfort is high on the list of Audio Technica’s prioorities. The ear pieces swivel 180 degrees for easy one –ear monitoring with heavily padded ear cushions. The padded headband is also reassuringly chunky with the Audio Technica brand easily visible for those that like to show off their audiophile credientials and that they know how to choose the best pair of headphones.

Chunky and comfortable, you can wear these for long hours on the commute to work in comfort.


As mentioned, the Audio Technica ATH M50 headphones are designed for professional studio mixologists. So the technology built into these is top notch. They have proprietary large 45mm operture drivers with neodynamic magnet systems for ultra spec signal transfer. What this means in laymen terms is that they have a deep accurate bass and outstanding high frequency extension that should blow Beats by Dr Dre away.

What people say

After scouting the online buzz, the Audio Technica ATH M50 headphones get five out of five in the majority of reviews. People have commented on their exceptional comfort, as you would expect for a pair of headphones designed to be worn by professional sound engineers for hours on end. Compared to the overpowering bass experienced by many people when using Beats by Dr Dre, the Audio Technica ATH M50 headphones have a tight bass that’s detailed in range with a smooth relaxed top.

The size and price might put off the casual listener, but if you’re after sound quality that’s good enough for the pros in the mixing studio then you should definitely check them out.

Music they are good for

Trance, Drum and Bass, dubstep and metal thanks to the tight, detailed bass and sparking highs.

Music they are not good for

Classical, jazz or ambient. The soundstage is just too small and can sound unnatural.

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