Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones

I am by far an "Audiophile" or one that can pick out a single instrument from an orchestra of 200. So audio equipment has never been a huge concern of mine.

I was happy with any cheep set of head phones and plugging into the onboard sound card of any computer. As I've gotten older, I like to think my tastes and standards have changed. 128kbps mp3 is no longer good enough.

About 8-9 years ago I had broken the 3rd or 4th set of cheapie set of headphones in a year. So at the time I found a set of Sony MDR-V500, and had been using them without issue ever since. They still work, but I wanted something newer, and feel that the on ear style leaves a little to be desired for bass response. So I started looking at over ear ("Cans") headphones.

I almost picked up a set of AKG K612 based on a couple of YouTube reviews. Until, and I mean the afternoon before I was going to place my order on Amazon, I was able to try the AudioTechnica ATH-M50x, I was sold after hearing.

Now to the ATH-M50x's. They are very solid in construction, no plastic creek when readjusting (something the Sony's has also had).

The cable is detachable from the left ear piece and comes with three sets of cables, an 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable. I use the coiled cable. I guess this would be one downside to the ATH-M50x headphones is the jack is a proprietary plug used only by Audio-Technica, so if the cable is damaged or you want a replacement, Audio-Technica is your only choice, although I hear their tech support department is top notch.

The sound is nothing short of awesome. Bass feels good, not punchy, mids are clear distinguished, and highs are there but don't hurt, even at higher volumes. The sound if very smooth.

My next audio related purchase will be a DAC and Headphone Amp. More on why later.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x