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Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBL Professional Monitor Headphones - Blue (New 2014 Model) with FiiO E6 Headphone Amplifier by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBL Professional Monitor Headphones - Blue (New 2014 Model) with FiiO E6 Headphone Amplifier
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 390 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.8
Returned or considering to return: 2.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range5.0   above average
Value5.0   average
Comfortable4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Music4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Audio4.4   above average
Fit4.2   average
Listening4.2   average
Noise4.2   average
Cable3.7   average
Size3.6   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Trust the Amazoners when we say these are the 'missing link' in audio production."
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"Even $200-$400 headphones from other brands cannot compare to the perfection that Audio Technica has achieved!"
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"It personally fits my audio taste, but it may not be perfect for you."
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"Oh, yeah... Other downside would be that you NEED high-quality audio files and recordings."
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"I now happily recommend Audio Technica to my friends and colleagues."
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"At the same time, I had bought Audio Technica Bass earbuds which were amazing, with reasonable price and extremely good quality."
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"I'm not an audio specialist, I just demand a really good personal experience."
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"The earpads of these Audio Technica feel very good quality, and the cabling is really good."
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"Great audio from these headphones."
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Cable

Cable:
"I had a problem with the short cable and I had to contact CS."
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"It was hard to find short blue cable as these are limited edition, but the CS was courteous enough to send it for free to me."
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"I highly recommend getting these over the M50s if you are worried about accidentally breaking the cable."
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"My old M50s broke after an accident, and I needed a replacement that wouldn't be a big deal if the cable broke."
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"Tried several Sennheiser and no luck, I have the M30s but they are way too uncomfortable and have a long cable, Beat are way too hyped, Bose are great for noise canceling but i'm not interested in that, this M50x do a great job with that without any batteries which is important for someone like me who use them for long sessions."
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"All my previous headphones eventually die off from the cable getting loose damaged."
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"They are extremely comfortable, and the fact that they give you three different cables is a nice touch too."
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"Otherwise the replaceable cable, various cable lengths, and sound quality is amazing (crisp highs and slight thump to the lows but not over the top)."
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"The three separate cables are very nice and high quality and match the blue headphone."
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"The included amp is OK but seems to add a little noise to the signal and the cables are not cell phone case friendly."
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"Could be more comfortable, but the sound is great and the interchangeable cable is super useful."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They were not as good out and about and I really prefer the Bose 25 for that as they are lighter and more comfortable (and noise cancelling) The only thing I did find is they were a heavy and my head would sweat a little with them on."
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"The only drawback for me personally was the comfort, but I think that's just because my big head wasn't born for headphone."
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"Continuing on, I know people have complained about the comfort of these headphones and coming from an average-head-sized person, I can say that these headphones feel VERY comfortable."
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"No distortion and very efficient and comfortable."
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"I had the ATH-50 for about 2 1 2 years with daily use with only a couple of complaints; cord length and comfort."
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"Although they have a very substantial look, feel, and heft, they feel very comfortable on my large head and I can adjust them very easily."
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"these head phones are great sounding especially if you are just an average music listener this will sound great to you the fiio increases the volume by a lot the clarity in these headphones are great they are very comfortable they are around ear and fit me quite nice and I have slightly large ears the headphones look much larger in person but it is nt a bad thing at all they block out noise fairly well as well"
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"Great sound, very comfortable."
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"Could be more comfortable, but the sound is great and the interchangeable cable is super useful."
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"I wear them all day at work - extremely comfortable, excellent quality."
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Fit

Fit:
"I would recommend these for anyone to try; they just weren't a good fit for me, at least not enough to replace my Sennheiser HD-598's."
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"the amplifier is no that noticeableAmazon suggested Slappa SL-HP-01 Headphone Case but it wasn't that good for it (it fits but with pressure)"
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"the amplifier is no that noticeableAmazon suggested Slappa SL-HP-01 Headphone Case but it wasn't that good for it (it fits but with pressure).seems too white for some people"
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"It personally fits my audio taste, but it may not be perfect for you."
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"I tried a lot of headphones in stores before buying these and they fit as comfortably as any of them, but have much better sound than headphones costing much more."
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"these head phones are great sounding especially if you are just an average music listener this will sound great to you the fiio increases the volume by a lot the clarity in these headphones are great they are very comfortable they are around ear and fit me quite nice and I have slightly large ears the headphones look much larger in person but it is nt a bad thing at all they block out noise fairly well as well"
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"They're a good fit for bigger heads - but it's just not the same mixing with headphones as on speakers monitors."
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"They fit comfortably and I can easily wear them for two hours (I don't wear glasses)."
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"The cups feature tilt, swivel, and can be folded up for a very good fit and portability."
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Listening

Listening:
"You won't be disappointed with those and a Fiio E6 11k 17k for genres like pop dubstep hip hop club techno, etc although it is not as good for listening to acoustic heavy songs with emphasis on guitars."
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"I found these tight and inadequately padded headphones painful to wear for any length of time, and they sounded awful without a good preamp - like listening to a blown speaker with harsh highs and washed out bass."
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"These are good, but I question the bass accuracy as it tends to bring the bass pretty heavy - which I like for listening - but may cause problems for creators."
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"I've gotten to the point where I have a hard time listening to music I love without this amp paired with my ath-m50's."
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"The highs of the M50x are very crisp, and will not fatigue you after long listening sessions, and also have a good amount of detail in them."
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"Regardless, listening experience on this pair was a pleasure while I have it on my ear, just wish I could listen more before I start to have pain on the bones below my ears, despite already trying different a few other different ear pads."
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"I will start by saying these headphones won't knock your socks off but they are pretty darn good (coming from a everyday user for just listening to music, ie."
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"If you're listening to rap you will hear the bass perfectly, but you may want to boost it a bit to get the sound you're expecting."
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Music

Music:
"However, for portable use, the sound stage will not necessarily be the best part of the music to concentrate on, and the consumer should not have a problem with these headphones."
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"Music has never sounded so good."
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"The Bass is Non-existent, tho.. (I would not recommend this headphones if your music library contains a lot of electronic type of music or hip-hop or rock or anything like that).P."
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"These theoretically can be used on the go, but I didn't find it feasible (too bulky to not look silly in public, also do not grasp your head or anything - could slip easily), and also the FiiO amp doesn't play nice with cell phones for mobile music (you will pick up signal noise in the headphones)."
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"My only caution is that you will never want to listen to music any other way... and you might find yourself getting frustrated at the poor sound quality of cheap recordings that you previously liked."
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"Part of me was disappointed that I didn't have a chance to color my music at all--these are studio headphones, after all, and they're meant to be (more or less) flat: you're not going to get the Beats sound."
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"I use these headphones for multiple hours every day to listen to music and do sound editing and they've served me wonderfully with crisp and clear notes till date."
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"The M50x is a more balanced set that will sound good for all genres of music and is suitable for office use where you might not be cranking the volume as loud."
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"Having mostly listened to recorded music on my nice home stereo system, I bought these headphones after reading good reviews in various places, including on Amazon and CNET, which gave it one of only 2 outstanding ratings in its top ten."
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"These headphones sounds so great with all of the music I've listened to so far, I have yet to feel compelled to use the amplifier even once."
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"these head phones are great sounding especially if you are just an average music listener this will sound great to you the fiio increases the volume by a lot the clarity in these headphones are great they are very comfortable they are around ear and fit me quite nice and I have slightly large ears the headphones look much larger in person but it is nt a bad thing at all they block out noise fairly well as well"
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Noise

Noise:
"pretty solid purchase, the only problem is the Fiio E6 makes a lot of hissing noise if its power source is your motherboard."
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"I been using them on a daily basis and gotta admit, I was worried it would not isolate the outside noise; I was wrong."
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"Discerning insignificant lip smacking noises, hidden background vocals, and sharp interment sound separation, all become second nature when listening to your high quality tracks with these cans as it becomes part of the natural music listening experience, adding a novel dimension to an already pleasurable experience."
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"Sound signature= perfect, durability= perfect, noise cancellation= moderate, comfort= above moderate."
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"these head phones are great sounding especially if you are just an average music listener this will sound great to you the fiio increases the volume by a lot the clarity in these headphones are great they are very comfortable they are around ear and fit me quite nice and I have slightly large ears the headphones look much larger in person but it is nt a bad thing at all they block out noise fairly well as well"
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"Ambient Noise: Despite the lack of active noise cancellation I find they are more than adequate for blocking out the ambient noise in our open-office environment, even if no sound is playing."
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"Tried several Sennheiser and no luck, I have the M30s but they are way too uncomfortable and have a long cable, Beat are way too hyped, Bose are great for noise canceling but i'm not interested in that, this M50x do a great job with that without any batteries which is important for someone like me who use them for long sessions."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"However, shortly after opening up the packaging, the amplifier fell from my desk (a distance of about 3 ft) and broke into several parts."
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"sounds amazing i already had excellent headphone good amp but mine didnt come with a rag and it wasnt seperate package it was all in the box not completely happy"
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"This package is a phenomenal deal and I can't recommend it enough."
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"The only complaint is that the Fiio was just in the box without any safety packaging."
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"The Fiio E6, while small and kind of underwhelming at first glance, packs a surprisingly decent punch into such a portable and compact package."
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"They come packaged with three detachable cables, which is a fantastic aspect of the build."
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"BTW: the amplifier is very small - almost magic to be able to package the amp in such a small footprint."
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"Got these for work - these are excellent, comfortable, sturdy headphones - that come with an AMP that does just enough of what it needs to, to deliver a great sound in a small package."
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"The multiple cord options that are included in the packaging are a nice touch."
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Price

Price:
"They really sound amazing though, you won't be disappointed with the amazing sound quality for the good price!"
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"I'm surprised that I missed out of so many sounds with my cheap headphones."
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"But for the price, I challenge anyone to find something better."
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"I can't imagine many (if any) could be dissatisfied with the sound quality for this price."
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"My only caution is that you will never want to listen to music any other way... and you might find yourself getting frustrated at the poor sound quality of cheap recordings that you previously liked."
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"It's hard to say whether the price difference between the prior model and these is justified, but tossing in the FiiO3 amp just about makes that a non-issue anyway."
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"I bought this product about a year ago and I can safely say it is the best money I've ever spent."
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"At the same time, I had bought Audio Technica Bass earbuds which were amazing, with reasonable price and extremely good quality."
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"Probably the most recommended headphones for the money."
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"Amplifier : looks and feels super cheap fake , amplitudes gain until 50% of it's capacity nicely , but Above that level just ruins magic."
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"Amazing sound quality for their price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Sound quality is degraded though."
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"You got to understand these are for Studio Listening Not for phone calls etc etc... Over all if you want Great Build Quality & Good Sound Quality Headphones these ATH 50x wont disappoint you."
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"However, only after a few weeks of usage, the bass seems to have blown out and the quality is horrible, plus I rarely ever turned the volume all the way up."
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"i have zero complaints and hope everyone who appreciates sound quality and bass buys these"
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"They really sound amazing though, you won't be disappointed with the amazing sound quality for the good price!"
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"I can't attest to the durability of my new M50x s yet, but the sound quality is every bit as amazing as my old ATH-M50s, which were far superior to any other headphone I had had prior (the list of which include many more expensive headphones from Sennheiser, Bose, Koss)."
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"I was surprised at the lack of build quality, especially since the headphones looked so well made."
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"Well, these headphones have an amazing balanced sound quality and I'm a bit of a bass-aholic, which is why I opted to get the Fiio Amplifier."
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"At the same time, I had bought Audio Technica Bass earbuds which were amazing, with reasonable price and extremely good quality."
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"The earpads of these Audio Technica feel very good quality, and the cabling is really good."
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"As for sound quality, the bass is clear and punctuated well, the midrange is warm while still being able to handle all the mixing that you may do to your midrange, and the highs are crisp."
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Range

Range:
"These guys really have a very respectable sound range, just use them well."
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"They produce a nice tonal range if you like to hear all details of your music with just the right amount of bass."
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"They have great range, from low bass to mids, to highs."
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"Sound is great across the entire frequency range."
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"Honestly, the range on these is amazing and the overall music experience you get when these are turned on is fantastic."
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Size

Size:
"Only drawback is the size....I feel like I should be tuning into satellite TV or something."
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"-For sports due to its size might be uncomfortable but is more of a personal opinion."
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"They want to slide off the back of my head occasionally because of the cuffs rotating on my ear, small complaint."
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"I wouldn't recommend them for gaming because the sound stage is rather small but other than that they are pretty solid."
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"Super sturdy and the mini amplifier does make a slight difference nothing huge but definitely noticeable it's a nice add on and it's very light weight and small so you forget it's there."
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"Amplifier is small, works well, and has good battery life (at least a day of use per full charge) Combo was the same price as the headphones alone."
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"The Fiio E6 that comes with it is surprisingly good for such a small and light amp."
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"The twist and lock design works perfectly and the multiple cord sizes make the Headphones very versatile."
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"Amazing pair of headphone, the Audio Technica M50s make everything feel like if you were inside a small concert, happy with my purshase and recommend it for the audio enthusiast in you since this is a great pair of starting headphones."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound that it reproduce is somewhat not a clear as the P7 was."
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"However, for portable use, the sound stage will not necessarily be the best part of the music to concentrate on, and the consumer should not have a problem with these headphones."
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"I do not expect a winner to these two as the sound signature are pretty different as well as these two being very dependable on a person's opinion."
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"Sound quality is degraded though."
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"SoundThe M50x, for me, is far from a neutral sound signature, and really feels like the popularity of these headphones would not have been this high without a consumer friendly sound signature."
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"You got to understand these are for Studio Listening Not for phone calls etc etc... Over all if you want Great Build Quality & Good Sound Quality Headphones these ATH 50x wont disappoint you."
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"I use these headphones for multiple hours every day to listen to music and do sound editing and they've served me wonderfully with crisp and clear notes till date."
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"Well, these headphones have an amazing balanced sound quality and I'm a bit of a bass-aholic, which is why I opted to get the Fiio Amplifier."
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"These guys really have a very respectable sound range, just use them well."
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"Awesome Clear sound."
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"Have it hooked up to my guitar rig and it sounds great for monitoring my recordings."
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Value

Value:
"The M50x, with good looks, even better sound, and portability make this a very effective headphone, especially at a price tag around $100 to $200 (USD).A high school student tired of broken earphones and earbuds, I have looked around for the search of higher quality audio as well as some lasting durability and value as well (this was a few years ago)."
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"Awesome clarity...great value."
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"Great value."
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"What a great value too."
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"I would say that both pairs of headphones are an excellent value for their given price point."
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