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Audio Technica ATH-M50 review

Immersive and refined: the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones are a great effort Tested at £130

Our Verdict

Immersive and refined: the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones are a great effort

For

  • Detailed sound
  • Well defined mid-range
  • Smooth bass

Against

  • More suitable for home use than portable

At this price, there aren’t a lot of headphones that can offer a better sound than the Audio Technica ATH-M50 cans. Packed full of detail, they serve up a nicely balanced and immersive listen, with only a slight emphasis on the lower frequencies.

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Bass heavy these M50s cans are not, but they do offer a warm, controlled rumble that’s just enough without overpowering. The midrange is well defined and rolls up smoothly into the treble, which dodges harshness even when cranked up to high volumes.

Theses Audio Technica headphones have a solid design, which isn’t the lightest out there, and the long coiled cable makes them more suitable for at-home listening, but in terms of sound quality, wherever you use these cans you’re in for a treat.

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