What's the difference between the M50S and M50X?
Hey this is my first "expensive" headphone purchase and I'm just sick of the in ear headphones breaking when they fall on the ground or even when I don't use them. With that said, what's the current durability of these M50X and do they have a mic included or some form of audio control switch?
Also, what are some features that makes the M50X better than the skullcandy skullcrushers, or the Beats by Dre Exclusive?
If you already made a purchase on the M50, you have my congratulations!
Bear in mind the M50 has been out in the market since Winter of 2009.
The M50x model is Audio-Technica's new iteration of their flagship monitor headphones that offers detaching cables. These are brand new and will hit the market by February 28th, 2014.
The M50s uses a long straight cable that is NOT detachable. Great for use in studio if you need to move around a lot. The original M50 uses coiled cables that are not detachable either. These were available if you don't need the extra length to work while doing your mixes.
A good improvement that the M50x will offer is better padding material. It is very noticeable and bolsters much better comfort compared to the original's padding material. Sound profile is identical across all the M50 line so whatever you purchase here is a matter of convenience as there's a market for consumers wanting detachable cables.
The M50 are EXTREMELY durable. I accidentally dropped one of mine down a flight of wooden stairs about a year ago and they hardly developed a scratch LOL
I have pair of them actually. One coil and one straight. One for sound mixing, the other for listening on the receiver in the living room. No issues with them after 2 years of owning them. The only thing I had to replace recently were the warn ear pads. Audio-Technica will happily send replacement pads for a small fee if you contact them. The headphones will last you for a long time so they're a really good investment in my opinion.
That said, I have to remind you that these are 'monitor' headphones. A real awesome one at that, geared for use in studios. These will offer no such things as microphones or volume control as they are designed to be powered an amplifier of some sort. They can be driven properly by most PC/Laptop audio inputs and a few portable devices out there...but don't expect great performance using most portable devices out there as they are generally under powering the headphones like the Iphone.
-Also, adding useless components that can add unwanted noise and artifacts in your playback makes for a big headache in a recording/mixing session. That is more suited for the portable media market.
With regards to your question concerning comparisons between the Beats by Dre and Skullcandy...
Let's put these headphones in perspective because I want you to see what the M50 were designed to do.
Let's start with the Beats, Skullcandy, and end with the M50.
Skullcandy and the entire Beats lineup is really made for the portable market and the companies can deliberately manufacture the headphones to provide a sound signature that conforms to what most casual listeners want to hear.
Thus we have the Beats. These headphones are engineered to have a very asymmetric V-Shape sound signature favoring the bass frequency which offers boomy impact to most music. Most of the time however, the bass is ridiculously muddy with music that already has a large amount of bass in the original recording. Monster has yet to publish beyond the frequency range of their models which leaves me skeptical as to what their real specs are. They're geared for bass heads but they suffer severely in frequency response in the higher ranges. This is prevalent using the Beats with classical music. Sound reproduction is just terrible. The price on them is ridiculous for how they sound, leading me to believe it's marked up significantly solely by it's name.
Beats isn't something you want to use in studio. Since they put an EQ (Equalizer) that is emphasizing heavy bass on the Beats , you'll get misleading results if you mix with them.
Skullcandy is somewhat well-rounded. It has audio level controls, microphone, and EQ slider to adjust bass on the go. It doesn't offer remarkable sound reproduction especially in the high frequencies...geared for casual listening or phone conservations...maybe gaming perhaps...
But see, again, this is something you DON'T want in a studio setting. Sound output on the headphones should never be tampered in anyway, shape, or form and should only be manipulated on the amp/mixer end.
Now we look at the monitor headphones: ATH M50.
The sound reproduction on these headphones is phenomenal at all frequency ranges detectable by the human ear. The drivers are HUGE so you'll hear everything the sound file has to offer in proper hearing levels.
Because of the clarity the M50 will offer, you'll seriously pickup and hear all the imperfections/artifacts of any poorly recorded material or low quality sound files (aka youtube quality) compared to your ear buds.
Heed my advice, make sure you're listening to audio files in its best possible quality when you use these headphones. You may find yourself criticizing your audio library if they're poor in quality.
If you have original CD albums you can listen to, that's a great place to start listening. The M50 will NOT disappoint!
Your music will really come to life.
Since the M50 are well balanced, nothing in the sound file is getting a significant EQ. That's how they're supposed to be. So if your amplifier, or whatever equipment you use, has an EQ setting to adjust treble/mid/bass, feel free to mess with it. If you want these headphones to have super punchy bass or high timber, they can easily deliver that punch into your ear with EQ if you wish it to. The M50 can really output some serious sound pressure, especially in the low frequency range if you have a sound file with a cinematic blast for example lol
M50 are awesome headphones and can be used for casual listening, gaming, movie watching, e.t.c if you want them to. Just make sure they're properly driven with good power and they can do whatever you want it to do.
They got more portable now that detachable cable models are being released soon.
If you ever get into sound editing, you've made the perfect purchase!
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