Audio Technica ATH-M50S/LE
The Audio-Technica M50S / LE headphones are a fresh update on the venerable M50 headphones, amongst the top performing sealed headphones in its class and a long-time HeadRoom 'Top 10' favorite. The M50S/LE style updates include a cool 50th anniversary graphic emblazoned on the outer earcups encircled by ice blue flashing and gun-metal aluminum earcups. Fortunately, the same top-of-category sound quality of the original M50 remains, so portable listeners, audiophiles and studio engineers alike will still think these one of the best sealed headphones anywhere near its price.
- Amongst the best sound quality in category
- 45mm copper-clad drivers tuned with proprietary AT audio engineering
- Efficiently designed to be used with iPad, iPod and laptop computers
- Hip new style updates adds some freshness to the M50 looks!
- Collapsible headband and earcups for ease of transit & storage
- Free 2-year manufacturer's warranty
What's In The Box:
- Soft storage / travel pouch
- 1/4" stereo plug adaptor [screw-on]
- Audio Technica owner's warranty statement
There's but a few bright stars in the sealed headphone universe and fewer yet within reach of budget-conscious headphone lovers seeking a well-priced can that does all things really well. Enter the deeply competent Audio Technica ATH-M50S/LE, a high-performance sealed [closed-back] headphone that studio craftsmen, portable music buffs, pro DJs and budding audiophiles will all find attractive. A nice cosmetic refresh of the venerable M50, the M50S/LE offers the same remarkable clarity and rich musical detail with cleanly reproduced extension both high & low that will surprise many when comparing to other sealed headphones anywhere near this price. Expect acoustic accuracy fully responsive to the audio signal along with a true presentation of the source quality for precise imaging of your music and recordings. For maximized resolution of subtle mix nuances plus quickened dynamic range response, we recommend mating the ATH-M50S/LE with a dedicated headphone amp due to their 38 Ohm impedance & low 99dB sensitivity. However, they'll still perform great 'un-amped' direct from iPod, iPhone, iPad, MP3 devices and computers. And for those needing listening privacy and/or thorough noise-blocking on your travels or commutes, the M50S/LE has a solid "monitoring grade" ambient noise seal that -- when combined with the top-shelf sound quality -- makes these cans amongst the very best 'mid-priced' sealed headphone values in the entire industry in our HeadRoom opinion.
The Audio Technica ATH-M50S/LE headphone comes with an approximate 11ft cord and a collapsible headband design for easy portability and convenient storage or transit. The M50S/LE cool brushed gunmetal earcups with ice blue ringed accents is rather exceptional-looking without being too blingy or overstated; its a welcome freshening of the standard 'studio-look' M50 model. Plush black pleather circumaural earpads go fully around the ear for most wearers and swivel 180 degrees for easy one-ear monitoring during DJ work or live mixing. The single-sided straight headphone cord exits from the left earcup (nicely eliminating pesky 'Y-cord' tangles) and terminates to a 3.5mm [1/8"] 'mini' plug straight-type jack. A full-size 1/4" screw-on stereo plug adapter is handily included with the M50S/LE along with a storage pouch. A free 2-year Audio-Technica manufacturer's warranty is standard when proof-purchased at verified/authorized dealers -- like us here at HeadRoom since 1992!
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
- Coupler Size: Medium
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Cord Length: 11ft
- Detachable Cable: No
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 38 Ohms
- Isolation: -12dB ~ 18dB
- Weight: 284 grams (w/o cable)
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
- Sensitivity: 99dB