In this [interview with *Image-Line*](http://www.image-line.com/documents/powerusers.php?entry_id=1414384433) K-391 says: "I use a pair of [Q12 Eqauator](http://equipboard.com/items/equator-q12-studio-monitors) speakers (absolutely sick), and for headphones I use Audio Technica ath-m50 monitor headphones."more
«I worked for years on the classic Sony MDR headphones, but after they broke I started comparing with other pairs and I found these, which for me are amazing. They are really precise, clearer both in the high and low end than a lot of other headphones in my opinion, so I wouldn’t need to turn them up as loud as other headphones when I mix»more
Here the band play Cardia Arrest and it is possible to see that they are all wearing the same headphones and here is a close up of the Bass player. You can tell that these are M50s and not another model based on the silver circle and the size of the Audio Technica logo compared to the silver. These are not the M50x version as there is no Silver vertical line where the input jack should be on the Right ear. https://youtu.be/zI7M1g5q3-g?t=143 (2.23 in the video).more
Here the band play Cardiac Arrest and it is possible to see that they are all wearing the same headphones and here is a close up of the Bass player. You can tell that these are M50s and not another model based on the silver circle and the size of the Audio Technica logo compared to the silver. These are not the M50x version as there is no Silver vertical line where the input jack should be on the Right ear. https://youtu.be/zI7M1g5q3-g?t=143 (2.23 in the video).more
Great headphones for listening, tracking, and mixing. I use these all the time when monitors are not available. Once you learn their frequency response, you can get some pretty flat mixes out of them. The bass is a little hyped and theres a treble boost that will make you think your mixes are brighter than they actually are.
this set of cans are not equalized just like the other head sets (beats, leaning on bass etc). it was made to make you hear what the musicians want you to hear. BUT BUT... the headbands and the leather copy easily disintegrate, about 2 years of used. And unfortunately, there are no replacement parts.
I rarely get studio time at home, take these things with me everywhere and do 99% of my work on them. Great, flat response and trustworthy sound. They take a beating, too!
Edit: A few years on now, and I'll never go back to ATH-M50s. Their stereo-image is poor, they aren't very flat at all and tend to overhype the low end quite a bit. Good for sketching out tracks but definitely not good to mix on. I've since upgraded to a pair of Focal Spirit Pros and a pair of Shure SRH1540s and both are leagues above the M50s in pretty much every aspect.
If you live with other people and you don't have a studio, chances are you're not going to get a lot of "aloud" time with your production. A good flat-response pair of studio monitor headphones is crucial for hearing EXACTLY what you're creating.
These headphones are studio-reference and very true to the mix. I recently jumped from Sony XB950AP Extra Bass headphones and as any serious music producer would tell you, any headphone with enhancements such as "extra bass" are detrimental to your mix.
Comparing the two is like night and day; I listened to a mix without these and then put them on; the playback was nearly identical, unlike any consumer-based products, which give an entirely different sound than what's coming from your monitors.
These headphones are expensive if you're new to music but the quality upgrade is perfect if you're no longer a beginner and moving into the intermediate stage.
I like them because they have good low range. LOUD AF if you take them off your head, do not bring these on a plane the guy next to you will hate you.
For the mobile DJ life, plastic typically doesn't cut it. I actually have the X edition which I believe the highs are a little higher and the bass is a little boomier. They sound great, I love hearing them in contrast with my studio monitors.
First thing I noticed when I switched over from my Bose headphone was the volume increase with the M50. As such for low impedance and throughput. Clarity if very good, very well spread out through al frequency ranges. Would buy again.