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Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Professional Studio Monitor Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 10, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 4990 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 2.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Balance5.0   above average
Compact5.0   average
Flexible5.0   above average
Service5.0   above average
Spectrum5.0   above average
Budget4.9   average
Packaging4.9   above average
Durability4.8   above average
Durable4.8   above average
Tone4.8   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Audio4.6   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Sound4.6   above average
Music4.5   above average
Noise4.5   above average
Fit4.4   average
Listening4.3   average
Clamp3.6   average
Comfort3.6   below average
Quick3.6   below average
Size3.6   average
Cable3.5   average
Connection3.4   average
Cushion3.4   below average
Plastic3.4   above average
Plug3.3   average
Speaker3.3   average
Cord3.2   average
Connector3.1   average
Traveling2.9   mediocre
Usage2.6   below average
Crack2.3   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Acoustic

Acoustic:
"The acoustic properties aren't good enough for professional mixing because there isn't the isolation required by sound engineers."
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"It is not noise cancelling, but it is over the ear and takes a good deal out of the acoustic discomfort."
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"It is not noise cancelling, but it is over the ear and takes a good deal out of the acoustic discomfort."
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"If you're a pseudo-audiophile like me who loves lossless audio and sound quality but doesn't have the budget to get really high-end wood extra phonic hear-that-mouse-that-farted-in-the-studio level audio system, but enjoys a good listen to some rock or electronic or acoustic (including classical), then these are for you, my friend."
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"I know and appreciate what good music sounds like, and my quest for headphones has been to find the ideal representation of what I experience in listening to a live performance in a good acoustic environment, which means i have a set of standards against which to compare various products."
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"However acoustic music sounds amazing on these."
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"Bass might be too much for some who like clearer sound (genre: classical, acoustic), but definitely a good kick for electronic hip-hop rock."
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Audio

Audio:
"Sound quality aside, I mostly listen to podcasts and audio books, these are terrible headphones."
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"Came in with left earcup broken, no audio."
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"The only negative is that when I use an audio jack splitter to watch a movie with my girlfriend we have to battle over the volume her headphones simply don't put out the amount of sound that these do, so the volume at which she can barely hear the movie hurts my ears."
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"Idk if this is a common problem with audio technicas or just mine, but the music didn't feel balanced on the right cup compared to the left."
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"Upgrading from mediocre audio equipment to this was mind blowing."
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"Don't buy overpriced beats by dre they are just inferior junk compared to Audio Technica ATH-M50's."
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"I bought my Audio Technica turntable after purchasing these and discovering how great of quality they are."
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"Almost completely neutral sound, which is exactly what you need for professional work and to enjoy not just listening to music and watching movies, but to also appreciate the work that goes into mastering audio for albums or films."
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"Amazing product with great audio quality and a really fresh design."
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"I wouldn't go so far as to call myself an audiophile, but I enjoy good audio quality where I can get it and these are exceptional for the money."
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"I have had to replace the padding but the audio quality is as amazing as ever."
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Balance

Balance:
"The highs have a good balance with the base and I love hearing nuanced sounds that I didn't hear before."
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"Great sound, balance, and separation."
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"Superb fidelity and balance; easily the best value for mid-range (~ $100-$150) headphones on the market."
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"These headphones are a Perfect balance."
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"If you are looking for precision, balance and studio accuracy, these are for you."
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Budget

Budget:
"Personal problems aside, if you have a budget around $100, this is a worthy get."
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"By far the best budget headphones on the market - they're lightweight, comfortable, and sound leagues better than headphones twice their price."
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"If you have a budget of under $200 and plan on only having one pair, this is the best solution, hands down."
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"Highly recommend these phones for the audiophile on a budget! "
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"I'm sure you can find better headphones if you raise your budget above $200, but in my opinion, these are the best you can get for your money when looking for headphones under $200."
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"If you're on a budget, they're very good but if you can splash out a little more, try the Bose QC25s."
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Cable

Cable:
"Also, if I were to rebuy these I spend an extra twenty bucks or so and get the ones with the detachable cable, because the cable is the thing that usually fails first."
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"But that was my own mistake, since I was aware of the length of the cable when I purchased it."
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"I actually regret not getting the coiled cable, since the straight cable is super long."
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"With that said, do note if sound cord gets damaged then this will impact your TCO-total cost of ownership as you will have to repair mod headphone unit."
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")The cable connection into the aux 3.5mm plug is faulty."
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"They are completely comfortable to wear for long periods of time and the cord is super long so I can put plug these into my Audio Technica turntable and fold my laundry or clean and stuff like that."
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"Excellent sound quality, a snug, comfy fit, and a nice long cable (maybe a little long) with a coil that makes it less prone to tangling."
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"The cord is a little too long but the headphones are ultra durable."
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"My first pair was the ATH-M50 straight cable, which has a nice long cable."
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Clamp

Clamp:
"Another thing I worried about before purchasing was the clamp reviews on these concerning the comfort level."
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"I was worried about the clamp about the head being a little too tight as stated before by other reviews but to me the clamp is not too tight."
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"the clamp of these cans is very uncomfortable they make my ears hurt and sometime give me headaches have owned them for over 2 months now."
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"They seem to clamp on good so it won't fall off but they can get annoying because of the material used but u can adjust right."
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"The headphones do have a bit of a 'clamp' on your head and ears which can get uncomfortable if you wear glasses because it pushes your ears onto your glasses and it starts to hurt after an hour or two, but then again I do have a big head so not everyone will have this problem."
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"The only problem for me is that after 15 minutes they start to clamp down on my ears causing some pain."
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"The Headphones do have a pretty good clamp force so they won't just fall off when you look down at your cat.3."
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"*Good Stuff*(listed best to least)- Sound Clarity on every level- Improved bass(significantly more over m40fs)- Durability- Style- Overall Comfort (ears don't touch any part of inside cushions)*OK Stuff*- Pleather pads overheat, can sweat in warm environment- After an hour of use, it can start to feel like a clamp around your ears, but not painful, just fatiguing- Would suggest the coiled cable(using straight cable but got as a good deal used)*Bad Stuff*- Nothing"
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"I was a bit worried they would be too stiff - I've read descriptions that they feel like clamps - but to me, they are super comfortable."
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"The clamp is pretty strong, hurts my jaw a bit and gets my ears pretty warm."
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"The headband clamps onto larger heads and lacks decent padding underneath."
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Color

Color:
"I have been using it for few weeks , the sound is expected after i watched those reviews in amazon , i hear a lot of things that i have never heard of before , such as background singers, hidden instruments and so on , the color is charming yet not public affection , the wool is soft , it doesnt make me feel unwell after long time listening , the bass is deep and not over power , mid is good , high is sweet , sweet means the high wont hurt ur ear drum yet my cheap earbud did , overall ,it deserves 5 stars , it beats some expensive headphones for sure , such as beats studio , i tried beats studio headphone in a headphone shop , what i heard was bass only , mid and high are blur , and it cost usd 400 , rm 1200 in malaysia , amazingly expensive yet it didnt deserve the price , beats studio is very comfortable , but it really doesnt sounds like usd 400 rm 1200 , thats all from me :) cody from malaysia"
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"Great quaility headphone with great color but hard to carry around."
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"I also had to supplement the pads of the M30s (with cottonballs, how cheap of me) so that my ears didn't touch the hard plastic driver (Painful over extended periods of use).The choice of color was purely out of luxury (like others have said).However, the color in the picture is not a good representation of the real color."
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"The color itself is SO EYE POPPING it's RIDICULOUS."
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"Love the red color! "
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"I really love the red color too, they look awesome."
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"I'm not super jazzed about the gloss, but I love the sound, and the color helps me tell which pair is mine in the studio or at a gig."
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"Design - Great, colors and contrast are perfect for outside wear."
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"I also went with the regular old model because it comes in this nice red color."
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Comfort

Comfort:
"9.5 10COMFORT: Mediocre at best."
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"Comfort: Disappointed here."
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"Comfort: 8 10I have glanced over some reviews that say that these aren't comfortable to wear for extended periods of time but if you have made it this far into my review you know that I wear these 5+ hours a day (sometimes almost 8)."
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"Only thing is: beware of comfort; if you have a large head, these headphones might give you a headache if you wear them too long."
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"Comfort(4): The downside of isolation is insulation of heat."
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"For those that are bothered by recessed mids and want possibly a flatter sound, the Shure 840s might be a better choice for some (looks-wise is a bit outdated though).Comfort:Now this is unfortunately somewhat of a mixed bag to me."
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"9.5 10COMFORT: Mediocre at best."
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"Incredible sound quality, all-day comfort... amazing."
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"As far as comfort: Other than the weight, I think they sit perfectly on both head and ears."
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"Comfort: 5 out of 5These headphones were surprisingly comfortable!"
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"Amazing headphones, best sound ever, Great build (could have use more metal though), and great comfort(without glasses)."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They were comfortable and had clear sound, but had a few problems that made me knock off 2 stars."
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"Solid headphones- great sound, comfortable around the ears, stylish, durable... Only complaint is that they are not as comfortable at the top."
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"The downside is the comfort, not the best."
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"But this may be a factor having bought mine used, but the fact that these are broken in without being worn out may mean they are more comfortable than a brand new set."
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"The audio quality is no doubt apt to the hype these headphones are given... but the comfort was a bit disappointing."
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"For instance, these ATH-M50X's actually sound better in some ways than my friend's $6,000 electrostatic setup; they have a deeper, more real-world bass; a livelier treble; and greater comfort."
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"They're very comfortable and the sound is great."
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"very comfortable and well built, i have these headphones for couple of years, and they are still in very good shape."
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"Robust, great sound, perfectly comfortable for extended listening periods, and a good price!"
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"I eventually settled on the ATH-A700 as being the best for me in terms of sound quality, isolation, and comfort in relation to its price."
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Compact

Compact:
"That said, the stretchy cord is compact and easy to store when not in use, and very out-of-the-way when in use."
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"Great set of earphones comfortable and as compact for the performance they give."
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"They're very comfy, quite compact when folded, and provide superior sound quality, all in a stylish and minimalistic design."
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"On top of that, they are very comfortable, extremely durable, and can compact quite nicely into the provided bag for travel."
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"Comes with leather case and is pretty compact also."
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Connection

Connection:
")The cable connection into the aux 3.5mm plug is faulty."
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"And, that adds another connection point for potential failure."
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"These are made for the highest quality sound connected to a good stereo system, they are not well suited for the gym or traveling."
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"Now if i'm using the headphones with my phone the faulty connection tricks the phone into thinking a nonexistant headset button is being pressed, stopping any music I'm listening to."
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"I have them connected to my A V receiver; the coiled cable length can be a problem, since it is short and it tends to pull down on your head making it uncomfortable; however, I have fixed this issue by adding a cable extension to it."
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"However, recently the connection became unstable--probably a broken wire or something."
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"Always a good connection."
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"The cord is high quality and I've never had any problems with connection quality altogether."
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"Plug - With plated Gold, keeps connection to near perfect."
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"Uses a coiled cord [unlike the Sennheiser HD 360 where I was rather surprised at the thinness of the wire which wasn't even coiled on the Sennheiser] but these Audio-Technica phones have a decent thickness of the connecting wire, coiled for the stretch if even needed and the usual mini 4.5mm and standard 1 4 jack screw-on."
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"Generally comfortable, and no problems with the cord sound connections."
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Connector

Connector:
"Eventually the cord near the jack broke, though."
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"The only negative is that when I use an audio jack splitter to watch a movie with my girlfriend we have to battle over the volume her headphones simply don't put out the amount of sound that these do, so the volume at which she can barely hear the movie hurts my ears."
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"I found videos on the Internet of people with the exact same problem fixing it (screwing it back into the connector) but after 20 minutes of frustration I have been unsuccessful."
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"The spring part of the connector on these headphones is not durable and not fit for consumer use!"
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"My last 3 or 4 pairs of headphones have broken right at the base of the headphone jack and I don't think there's much chance of that happening with these."
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"Fast forward to now, and my recent problem is that I've somehow managed to bend the jack; it was in my backpack and must have gotten quite a bit of force put on it from some books."
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"The cable jack is very nice in quality."
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"Basically, the gold coating on the 3.5 mm jack itself doesnt seem to be the best, as mine has worn away entirely, so the hack slips out as I walk around with it."
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"The spring on the jack is a nice touch, allowing for easier removal."
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"I have used with a variety of sources from Aviom to computer output jacks and there is never a problem."
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"I've used these on the Mac's at work and my PC at home, no difference in sound quality between the two or difficulty in setting it up, just plug it into the headphone jack and you're good to go (whereas some have a USB port as well and can be annoying with multiple cords)."
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Control

Control:
"Only downside to these is the lack of volume control for each channel."
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"The only thing missing is a volume control on the cord to make them perfect for me even though a bit pricey."
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"The drawbacks are.... no cord disconnect, volume control, or fancy case."
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"The only problems I have with these headphones is the length of the straight chord (about 6 feet) and the lack of volume control next to the ear, and honestly these two complaints dont really matter when you compare the overall sound quality of these phones to anything else in their price range, or even $200 more for that matter."
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"the sound is great I'm in love with music and i want it sounding good, this brings out that whatever you want to highlight in EQ controls or what the album put as default."
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"The only thing missing is a volume control on the cord to make them perfect for me even though a bit pricey."
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"I am looking to step up- Beyerdynamics DT-880 Pros, as they're closed and the ATH-M50s are open and I wear them outside instead of at a monitor, with my Note 2 (a little program called Neutron Music Player- more granular control of equalizer settings makes this the best sounding app for audiophiles."
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"The ATHM50s should not have either problem, they are very well made and the cord is very durable and strong without a volume control."
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"Got these because of all the recommendations I received for them and knowing they are german made I expected good quality and quality control."
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Cord

Cord:
"I've used these on the Mac's at work and my PC at home, no difference in sound quality between the two or difficulty in setting it up, just plug it into the headphone jack and you're good to go (whereas some have a USB port as well and can be annoying with multiple cords)."
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"The best part of these babies is that they completely fold up for portability, come with gold plated mini RCA, screw over standard size RCA plugs, leatherette carrying sack and a 10' long straight or optional coiled cord; great for home stereos, incredibly inconvenient for planes, trains, and automobiles!"
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"I hate coiled cords."
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"The cord's a bit annoying when walking around but that's not really what they're made for anyway.."
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"After two sets in five years with failing, flaking padding and continually coiling up cords I have no regrets switching to these."
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"If you have a large head you wont be disppaointed there's plenty of adjustment left in these puppiesFirst thing I did wrong was not buy the ATH-M50S (straight cord) and these ATH-M50's are the headphones WITH the coiled cable."
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"I've used these on the Mac's at work and my PC at home, no difference in sound quality between the two or difficulty in setting it up, just plug it into the headphone jack and you're good to go (whereas some have a USB port as well and can be annoying with multiple cords)."
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"I'm not a fan of coiled sound cords, but the comfort and sound of these more than makes up for the tiny annoyance of that."
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"The best part of these babies is that they completely fold up for portability, come with gold plated mini RCA, screw over standard size RCA plugs, leatherette carrying sack and a 10' long straight or optional coiled cord; great for home stereos, incredibly inconvenient for planes, trains, and automobiles!"
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"To continue on the theme of the cord: It's impossible to get it tangled, the coiled part stretches nicely and doesn't distort or attempt to undo itself, and the cord only goes to one ear, which is great if you hate cords going to both ears (I do, it's annoying and gets tangled easily)."
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"Pros- Heavy duty- Awesome sound- Comfortable headband- Over ear design- Not worried about breaking when i through them in my bag- Always clear, never muddy, even at high volumes- Very clear left and right ear markings- Spin on 1 4 PlugCons- Heavy coil cord- Heavy (weight never got annoying though)- Looks"
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Crack

Crack:
"my main complaint is that the headband's leather started to crack and fall."
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"Only complaint is that there is a small crack in the leather on one of the ear covers... but this is coming after about a year and a half's daily use."
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"The problem was the headband part wasn't very sturdy and after a couple years it cracked and broke."
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"Recently purchased these Shure HPAEC840 Replacement Ear Cushions For SRH840 Headphones as replacement pads because mine were almost entirely cracked through and became uncomfortable after an hour of use, and the difference is unbelievable."
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"Update: The material on the ear pad (not sure of the technical term) cracked and became so uncomfortable I just tossed them but I admit it might've been something I was doing to cause it...great sound quality anything they were plugged into amp'd or not."
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"Of note, after owning for 1 year, the headphone covers were cracked and looked terrible (routine use, perhaps 3 to 4 times per week)."
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"The pads on the headphones are getting somewhat worn and cracked, but you can get OEM replacement pads for about $20 to $25 and they'll be as good as new."
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"Speaker arm broke from throwing them down and the leather material around the ear pads will crack pretty bad if exposed to excess moisture."
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"These aren't all they're cracked up to be, weak bass, and the sound wasn't as crisp as everyone says."
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"The bass is amazing and does not crack or distort at all, the mids are great and the highs are crisp and clear."
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"Also, I listen to music like crack and I'm pretty anal about my music sounding good."
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Distortion

Distortion:
"The volume that you can listen to music on these without distortion is unbelievable."
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"If you're looking for a Beats alternative (i. e. all you care about is painfully distorted bass), look elsewhere, because the ATH-M50 delivers excellent bass in wonderful proportion to well-presented highs and mids."
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"They can handle high notes very well and distortion is very hard to run into even when you push the volume."
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"Not only do they get loud without distorting, there is so much clarity in the music that it's hard to describe."
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"You can drive them pretty hard and they will not distort."
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"When I do work on the computer I plug them in and it still sounds good but is distorted, cant handle bass at all."
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"Enough bass to not distort the other sounds and get those beautiful highs and mids."
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"The sound is from this headphones is phenomenal, no distortion no matter the amplification of high highs and low lows."
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"Metallica - Black Album DVD Audio * Great Bass, Vocals Clear, No Distortion Turned up Quite Loud6."
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Durability

Durability:
"Other than that, I'm unable to speak much about durability."
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"My main complaint with them is the durability."
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"Excellent headphones but durability is questionable at this time."
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"Excellent durability and comfort."
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"Excellent quality both in sound and durability."
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"*Good Stuff*(listed best to least)- Sound Clarity on every level- Improved bass(significantly more over m40fs)- Durability- Style- Overall Comfort (ears don't touch any part of inside cushions)*OK Stuff*- Pleather pads overheat, can sweat in warm environment- After an hour of use, it can start to feel like a clamp around your ears, but not painful, just fatiguing- Would suggest the coiled cable(using straight cable but got as a good deal used)*Bad Stuff*- Nothing"
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"Great sound and durability."
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Durable

Durable:
"Solid headphones- great sound, comfortable around the ears, stylish, durable... Only complaint is that they are not as comfortable at the top."
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"Not recommended for kids because not quite durable enough for them, but what is? "
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"Auto manufacturers spend a lot of time and money on making their touch wear areas durable (to prevent customer complaints recalls)."
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"These headphones are great sounding and are super durable."
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"Comfortable and durable with a flat frequency response."
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"Feel durable as well."
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"durable and good quality"
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"These are just plain durable, bright and FUN."
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Fit

Fit:
"Sounds good, but the fit becomes uncomfortable after long wear."
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"The spring part of the connector on these headphones is not durable and not fit for consumer use!"
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"I've also been impressed by the engineering and durability of these, although some may find that that 2.5 plug doesn't fit perfectly in their laptop jack."
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"I totally get the guys with big heads complaining about the fit because for me they are very snug & I have a tiny head (hat size 6 7 8)."
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"They don't fit well in the carry bag that's included and I wouldn't recommend them for going on a jog, but if they're just for desk studio work then this is the pair you want."
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"The only complaint that I have is that the jack doesn't fit over my iPhone case which sucks donkey booty."
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"Excellent sound quality, a snug, comfy fit, and a nice long cable (maybe a little long) with a coil that makes it less prone to tangling."
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"I wear glasses and these are still able to fit snug around the frames."
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"These headphones have a great sound and nice fit."
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"He was looking for a set that had good bass sound and these fit the bill."
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"The recipient said the audio quality from the headphones is stellar, while the muffs fit very comfortably around her head and block out most external noise."
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Flexible

Flexible:
"Earcups are flexible so it wont break easy."
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"The build quality is very very good, they're very flexible and strong and everything holds together perfectly, my beats started falling apart about a month after getting them."
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"The cord has a nice rubbery, flexible feel to it."
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"Build Quality is very durable and flexible."
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"The cans themselves are comfortably snug around your head, and are flexible without feeling like they'll snap in two."
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Listening

Listening:
"Another problem with the headphone is that it is not the best when listening to genres of music that arent very bass heavy, specifically acoustic songs."
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"I understand headphones need to be broken in to get the best sound, but after about 10 hours of listening, the sound is very good."
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"However, if you listen to any genres that aren't very fast paced, or like listening to your music very loudly, these probably won't satisfy you permanently."
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"This doesn't always happen, but if you listen to bands like Passion Pit or other past-paced electronic music with a lot of highs, you will not be able to have the headphones as loud as if you were listening to Run The Jewels instead."
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"Not comfortable enough for long (1+ hour) listening sessionsEven if you get custom pads, HD 598's win in comfortGreat for portability."
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"The only negative I have discovered with these headphones is while listening to my phone and iPod."
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"Have used them daily for 2 years - folding them up, packing them in the included pouch, throwing them in my bag, unpacking them and listening - and they've held up great."
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"Almost completely neutral sound, which is exactly what you need for professional work and to enjoy not just listening to music and watching movies, but to also appreciate the work that goes into mastering audio for albums or films."
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"If there is one thing I have to say about these headphones is that they are a must have for anyone who enjoys listening to music."
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"Predominantly plastic with a metal band only visible if you need to adjust the strap wider, with the overhead strapping clad in faux leather as well, with a more than ominous AUDIOTECHNICA over the top so as to announce to nearby dirigibles that whatever it is you're listening to, rest assured, sounds fantastic."
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"I love listening to music with these bad boys."
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Music

Music:
"Another problem with the headphone is that it is not the best when listening to genres of music that arent very bass heavy, specifically acoustic songs."
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"Idk if this is a common problem with audio technicas or just mine, but the music didn't feel balanced on the right cup compared to the left."
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"I have honestly missed out on the beauty of music for so long."
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"However, if you listen to any genres that aren't very fast paced, or like listening to your music very loudly, these probably won't satisfy you permanently."
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"This doesn't always happen, but if you listen to bands like Passion Pit or other past-paced electronic music with a lot of highs, you will not be able to have the headphones as loud as if you were listening to Run The Jewels instead."
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"These babies require a little bit of breaking in, but they are a solid choice if you want to realize that all the music you own sounds terrible; Ushering in the era of frantically re-downloading everything in 24 bit."
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"All my music sounded so much more complex and amazing with these headphones on."
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"If one can hear the difference in music, these are by far superior to any other headphones I have used."
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"The bass can be a little muddy and doesn't have the punch I was hoping for but overall I'm satisfied and listen to all genres of music."
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"Almost completely neutral sound, which is exactly what you need for professional work and to enjoy not just listening to music and watching movies, but to also appreciate the work that goes into mastering audio for albums or films."
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"These aren't noise canceling by any means nonetheless they do a great job at immersing you in your music videos."
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Noise

Noise:
"No good for noise cancelling, but some of the BEST quality sound ever"
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"Looks like Beats but not as good bc does not have noise canceling; it does aggravate my ears after only wearing form 10 minutes; sound is good and clear."
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"The only drawback is that the noise cancelling could have been a bit better."
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"Really full rich sound, but not great for noise cancellation on a plane."
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"Only problem with these headphones is the noise canceling capabilities."
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"Don't get bose noise canceling for music, made that mistake 5 years ago."
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"I often work at my computer in public places (restaurants, coffee shops) and these headphones do a great job of blocking out noise."
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"These aren't noise canceling by any means nonetheless they do a great job at immersing you in your music videos."
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"But the ATH-M50's are my ultimate headphones of choice because of their unexpected transparency, definition, detail, frequency response, comfort, wear-abilty, outside noise blocking, and outright fun factor."
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"Comfortable, block out the background noise, and didn't cost an arm and a leg."
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"Key Personal Findings:===================Bose QC 25: - Noise Cancelling technology and performance - Comes with a nice travel case vs. cloth case on the beats - Lighter due to materials used in its construction; with that said both headphones are fine for in regards to comfort, but this is subject to your own level of comfort tolerance."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"These headphones broke within 24 hours of opening the package."
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"Headphones came fast, packaged extremely well, and I'm hearing music in a whole new way."
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"My DJ son chose these for his 2015 Christmas present...(they arrived quickly and in nice packaging)."
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"Arrived at the designated time with no damage to packaging or product."
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"Comfort, sound quality, durability, the whole package."
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"They came in the mail and my first thought was that they came in nice packaging."
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Pain

Pain:
"Pain and simple the foam support is not adequate."
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"Design: 5 5Build Quality: 5 5COMFORTI don't know why people are complaining that these things literally squeeze onto your head with unbearable amounts of pressure and pain- they don't."
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"They worked well enough that I'm considering buying another pain, though."
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"No pain, no discomfort, none."
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"That's important as a lousy cord can easily make a headset a pain to deal with."
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"Experienced a bit of neck pain at first, but that was pretty minor and stopped early on."
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"It's not a terrible pain but it's noticeable."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"I've dropped them a few times from about 3 4 feet onto hardwood floors and was worried with the plastic breaking but they still worked fine."
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"The overall build quality is good, the feel right out of the box doesn't seem great, do to that plastic build The leather ear cups are great, but, the pad on the headband does very little in terms of comfort.4."
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"The sound, is moderately flat and balanced, save for the slight bassiness, and yes it does sound really, really good but, no, I'm not an audiophile, I have much better things to indulge my life with that trying to find out the best sound for audio is, because at the end of the day sound is just a subjective thing that I think people just lie about the details that they hear and if you don't hear it your ears are broken or something...The build quality is plastic, and seems to hold up very well, but I'm not going to try bashing it on the ground or throwing it around."
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"After two years, one of the pieces of plastic that slides in the groove snapped and failed, making that side of the headphone impossible to get snug on the ear."
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"Examining the other side, I can see the piece of plastic is well on its way to failing."
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"Even the ear pieces, which are plastic, feel like they could take some serious damage."
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"The build is plastic and doesn't seem very premium but I am happy with these."
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"Good plastic, the coiled cord comes in handy at times but it is heavier then it looks."
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"The only con i would give these is the plastic construction which could be better but its not gonna be a problem if you take care of them."
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"The sound, is moderately flat and balanced, save for the slight bassiness, and yes it does sound really, really good but, no, I'm not an audiophile, I have much better things to indulge my life with that trying to find out the best sound for audio is, because at the end of the day sound is just a subjective thing that I think people just lie about the details that they hear and if you don't hear it your ears are broken or something...The build quality is plastic, and seems to hold up very well, but I'm not going to try bashing it on the ground or throwing it around."
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"They fit decently, tight build, plastic is ok, and cord was well built."
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Plug

Plug:
")The cable connection into the aux 3.5mm plug is faulty."
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"My Bose in ears don't do this, and it does this with anything I plug it into, and its really quite disappointing for a fairly premium product."
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"The spring at the plug end came apart within a few months of owning it, and the plug itself has a nasty habit of unscrewing falling apart, but it just needs to be re-tightened occasionally."
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"Different types of cordsOnly drawback is the cord does not plug in to the headphone itself so when it breaks, (if it does) its over"
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"I've also been impressed by the engineering and durability of these, although some may find that that 2.5 plug doesn't fit perfectly in their laptop jack."
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"My complaint is only that the plug is a bit big and you'll have to remove a case in order to plug it in."
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"My favorite part is they don't require any batteries, just plug them in and they work great."
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"Comes with nice carry bag and full size plug adapter."
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"I've used these on the Mac's at work and my PC at home, no difference in sound quality between the two or difficulty in setting it up, just plug it into the headphone jack and you're good to go (whereas some have a USB port as well and can be annoying with multiple cords)."
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"The only potential con, though, is that the 3.5 mm plug is pretty big!"
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"The clarity of sound, how easy it is to plug and also the material it is made make this product a 5-star item to have it."
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Portable

Portable:
"The only drawback is if you're looking for something very portable then the workhorse design, bulky construction and very long cord means they won't be as sleek as many of the other selections out there (although they may get you nods of approval from well-informed audio enthusiasts)."
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"Amazingly comfortableOnly complaint is the portable case is not all the protective."
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"Most of these sounded fine, I am not an audiophile by any means, but they were either heavy, uncomfortable, not easily portable, either not very stylish or too flamboyant, or, my main issue, they costed way too much."
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"I loved my $300+ pair of AKG-K701 but the bumps on the headband caused me discomfort and they were too high impedance to go portable with my laptop or iPhone."
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"So that's a downside of these headphones - they're not as portable as my iPod earbuds and I don't like carrying bigger headphones on me all the time."
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"The cans do have some size to them so they are not that portable (and were not meant to be), but the superior sound more than make up for that."
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"The latter are also a great choice for my portable devices and even my lowly iMac 27 headphone jack (you would not believe how powerful they sound, thanks in part to their low impedance.)"
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"Impedance is great to use them with any portable device, but I suggest at least a modest headphone amp to give them some headroom."
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"If you are using your phone or portable music player, I HIGHLY recommend getting a small headphone amp to get the most out of these."
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"Portable, fairly light, and sound really good."
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"Amazingly comfortableOnly complaint is the portable case is not all the protective."
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Power

Power:
"The only drawback is you need a good bit of power to push them."
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"The major drawback I found was the heavy bass lacking in that its power was a little weaker than I had expected."
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"The headphone jack is made of very thick metal, so you need power tools to break them( though I don't recommend trying), and they won't bend when they are in your pocket with your ipod media device."
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"I have not been able to push enough power to bottom out any of the drivers yet either."
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"The only drawback is you need a good bit of power to push them."
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"My iPad mini seems to put out a decent amount of power to support these, though."
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"It's always better to run too much power than not enough in order to produce the best sound."
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"don't output enough power to make these sound good."
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"The bass is just fine and does not over power the music and they cancel out other noises very well."
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Price

Price:
"At the price, hard to equal."
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"I love these and for the price I can't see how anyone would regret owning these."
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"So hard, in fact, there are many companies that sell their terrible workmanship, at a higher price, to make people 'think' they are getting better quality."
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"Great for the price but not as good as sennheiser."
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"For this price you may not be able to find a better pair of headphones."
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"Great for louder environments because of their close-backed design but their sound quality isn't impressive for the price."
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"I got them for a excellent price on Amazon."
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"These sound really good, especially at this price point."
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"MONEY WELL SPENT !"
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"There's no microphone, but that isn't functionality I need.$139 seems like a fair price for a good pair of headphones that I use every day."
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"btw, my son's review 'Just buy'em, best beats for the money, save your money for other gear'"
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Quality

Quality:
"The latter being that which I prefer to use, the former degrading the sound quality more than I'd like at the cost of much more comfort however."
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"No good for noise cancelling, but some of the BEST quality sound ever"
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"sound quality is great but they are very uncomfortable."
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"I am not an audio expert, but I find the quality of sound to be very enjoyable and I would definitely go the same route if I misplaced mine."
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"These days it's hard to find quality workmanship, and quality products."
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"I bought my Audio Technica turntable after purchasing these and discovering how great of quality they are."
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"Excellent sound quality, a snug, comfy fit, and a nice long cable (maybe a little long) with a coil that makes it less prone to tangling."
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"I can say that the sound quality is excellent."
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"I have tried BOSE as well, unless one buys the $1000 ones, you won't find the same quality in any other headphones, these sound like $500 headphones, amazing headphones! "
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"Still standing good quality headphones and stylish too"
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Quick

Quick:
"After 30minutes to an hour with these on my ears need a quick rubbing because they do become uncomfortable."
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"Only drawback was length of cable was too long for my application but quick fix by braiding the wire."
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"They put a lot of pressure on the top of the jaw bone just under the ear and it gets really uncomfortable real quick."
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"I did a lot of reading and found this set on The Wire Cutter's website ([...]).QUICK AND DIRTY REVIEW: these are THE BEST sounding headphones I've ever tried on."
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"very nice works excellent arrived quick"
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"I'm happy with my purchase, it came in perfect condition and quick delivery."
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"In addition to the great folding feature, each cup pivots about 180 degrees on each of two axes, which sometimes adds a bit of effort to the process of putting them on (having to rotate the cups to the correct positions), but is really a nice feature and quite convenient for a quick listen when I don't want to put them on."
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"The bass is sharp and quick when the recording means for it to be and soft and easy when ment to."
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"I did a lot of reading and found this set on The Wire Cutter's website ([...]).QUICK AND DIRTY REVIEW: these are THE BEST sounding headphones I've ever tried on."
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Service

Service:
"Fast shipping Great service."
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"Great quality and great service"
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"the M50's are hands down the best headphones I have ever bought, and the repair service means that I can keep this same pair and in the far far future if they break, I don't have to re-purchase another pair."
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"Their customer service is very good."
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"Very fast service and well packaged!"
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Shape

Shape:
"Cons:Not comfortable for my large ears and shape of head."
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"very comfortable and well built, i have these headphones for couple of years, and they are still in very good shape."
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"They are extremely comfortable, versatile, and flexible for any head shape."
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"Aside from adding a technological 'x' to each product name, the entire range features new magnets, aluminium voice coils on the inside and a tweaked design on the outside - a flatter cup shape that the firm says provides excellent isolation."
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"other than getting new pads, they are still in great shape, and trust me, if there was a way to break these, he would have."
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"A plus is that because these are designed for professional mixing and such, the ear cups rotate, so regardless of the shape of your head you should be able to find an amazing fit."
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Simple

Simple:
"I was disappointed that after spending $150+ on these, a simple but non-repairable failure could make them useless"
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"Pain and simple the foam support is not adequate."
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"These are just ridiculous, plain and simple."
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"and if they're not super comfortable then I won't enjoy them more than a simple earbud set."
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"Sure, most may consider that more than enough, but when you are an audiophile in the making like me that is simple unacceptable."
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"however, most of this problem can be fixed by simple wear-in."
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"I don't care about technical stuff I'm a very simple person and I love good quality."
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"Subtle, not flashy, simple and elegant.5 5 sound (good all a rounder headphone) (I own the ATH AD-700, but rarely use them due to lack of bass)4 5 comfort (hurts for long periods) (band needs to be bent back)5 5 price3 5 portability (okay around the neck, ear buds are better."
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"I started off my headphone love with some simple iHome headphones that were $40 bucks."
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"Nice simple and affordable headphones.....I am not an audiophile but these sound great and keeps on getting better over time."
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"The audio technica headphones give you the best of the entire song, simple as that."
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Size

Size:
"I realize these are studio phones so I can hardly blame one small negative that is intended for it's real purpose, but the crazy long cord is cumbersome."
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"Only complaint is that there is a small crack in the leather on one of the ear covers... but this is coming after about a year and a half's daily use."
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"As for comfort, these are a little small for my ears and that leads to some discomfort after a long listening session (transatlantic flight made my ears a bit sore)."
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"Says there is small cosmetic damage on front of headphones but I see no imperfections."
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"Probably not good to have around small children and dogs, but, man, these sound good! "
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"I used a Sony MDR V-600 before and although it was very good, is a bit dated by the size and weight."
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"If you have a small head you will be happy."
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"If you are using your phone or portable music player, I HIGHLY recommend getting a small headphone amp to get the most out of these."
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"The flexibility of the headphones allow them to fold nicely into a small travel bag, and the cups rotate a lot, and very easily."
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"Comes with nice carry bag and full size plug adapter."
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"Also, as a side bonus, I have a MASSIVE head (my old fitted hat size was an 8), and after a few days of wearing these, they were more than able to be worn for multiple hours comfortably."
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Sound

Sound:
"In another words, my ears were poorly treated by myself and I never enjoyed the heavenly sound before!"
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"Keep in mind that these phones are only as good as the source material, so do not expect great sound from lousy amps, recordings, etc."
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"Those have more bass, but not nearly as clear of a sound."
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"The problem is that even for new phones, the sound is not so good (for me)."
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"Sound wise, volume is sufficient to be annoying to neighbors at full blast out of an iphone 6, yet, not that loud that it distorts at max volume."
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"The latter being that which I prefer to use, the former degrading the sound quality more than I'd like at the cost of much more comfort however."
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"These headphones sound great."
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"Bless Audio-technica for making such UNBELIEVABLY sturdy, amazing sounding headphones."
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"These sound really good, especially at this price point."
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"This sounds very good to me."
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"Excellent sound quality, a snug, comfy fit, and a nice long cable (maybe a little long) with a coil that makes it less prone to tangling."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"Simply put, they sound fantastic, they're comfortable, and they made me love listening to music without the need of a good pair of speakers."
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"Great Headset - needs to be broken in some as in all speakers."
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"Unfortunately, my first pair had a dead speaker and had to be returned."
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"I'm hearing details in songs I've not been able to hear with open air speakers and other headphones."
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"Now I know that the weakness in my system is my speakers, and maybe I didn't even need to replace my needle."
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"they can get really loud and I would not recommend turning them up all the way because that can damage the speakers in the headphones and your ears."
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"So using these for mastering and mixing becomes possible -- but obviously checking with good monitor speakers is always best."
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"These speakers are amazing."
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"Great Headset - needs to be broken in some as in all speakers."
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"After using laptop speakers or earbuds for so long, it's great being able to hear the full range of sound."
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"When using headphones like this, it is recommended to have a pair of speakers too."
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Spectrum

Spectrum:
"GREAT sound across the spectrum, crisp up top and solid in the bottom (I listen to EDM)."
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"I'm not a complete audiophile but appreciate a very wide spectrum of music genres."
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"I own 4 other pair of headphones, and these blow them all away in the flat response across the spectrum from natural tight bass to clean, clear high end."
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"They are not boomy but have a full spectrum that is sharp and clear."
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"Can get a good spectrum and projection of what it would sound in a club"
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Starting

Starting:
"had for a little over a year now and starting to hate the ear pads."
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"I'm starting to realize this problem might be more widespread than I'd originally thought."
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"Still working great, the pads are starting to wear after being carried around in a abusive backpack for 4 years."
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"and now that I can hear every sound and every instrument exactly as I should (not too much bass; it's clear and perfect sound even at high volume), I am starting to shop for 32 bit and 24 bit recordings of my favorite cd's."
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"Skullcandy HeshHonestly I'm starting to feel arrogant but the only thing I can say is...... well they makesound."
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"but if you are just starting out and are on the fence about paying 150 bucks (or more) for a good pair of heaphones."
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"Starting with cons (always the easiest part, though not many to be had!"
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Support

Support:
"Pain and simple the foam support is not adequate."
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"The sound is alright(not so amazed) without any support (just onboard soundcard), but with decent amplifier, the headphone is pushed to further limit and the headphone start to shine... For bass lover like me, I recommend you guys to buy the amplifier altogether."
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"My iPad mini seems to put out a decent amount of power to support these, though."
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"The warranty support is also great."
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"The bass is very controlled and supports the mid's and high's very well."
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"I am going to end up repeating a lot of what has already been said, however I felt a slight obligation to write a review since I feel it can be helpful to support excellent products."
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"Great support! "
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Tone

Tone:
"The ONE problem that remains regardless of the source...the tone is a bit digital."
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"Great sound quality, the tones are amazing."
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"Excellent tones, fits well, and makes me want to listen to all of my favorite music al over again."
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"Still these headphones worked well for me, particularly reproducing the lower tones that some others don't."
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"I didn't want to try and justify a $300 set of headphones to my wife so when I found these for around $110 and I read the great reviews it was an easy sell (of course after I had already bought).Sounds were clean, precise, rich, and separated the high to low tones very well."
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"Sound quality tone range is fantastic and totally provides sound isolation from the other (sometimes noisy....) passengers."
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Traveling

Traveling:
"The one downside is that they are not good for traveling, the wire would consistently get tangled and it would be a pain to carry around."
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"These are made for the highest quality sound connected to a good stereo system, they are not well suited for the gym or traveling."
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"The coiled cable is also a great feature, I do a lot of traveling and tangled wires are frustrating."
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"Headphones subject for damage when traveling."
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"For several years, I've been traveling on airplanes and was unable to really hear the audio."
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"I have AKG's and SennHeiser's in my possession but they aren't that great for traveling."
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"This is meant to facilitate ease of use in a studio setting, so you'll appreciate it if that's your intended use, but while at my desk or traveling I keep several feet of cord coiled up and secured with a zip tie."
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"The cups can fold up under the top arch, which is nice for traveling, but otherwise I always keep them in the regular position so I can grab and go."
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"Also great for traveling around, would just suggest getting a hard case."
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"The coiled cable is also a great feature, I do a lot of traveling and tangled wires are frustrating."
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"For those traveling often, I would definitely recommend the coiled cable over the straight cable."
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Usage

Usage:
"Not as comfortable as everyone claims, the leather cups are woeful in the summer heat and makes usage unbearable for more than 30 minutes."
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"If there were to be any downsides to the construction of these headphones, I would say that over some time of usage the weight of the headphones begin to bother me."
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"- If you have a larger head, these headphones may become uncomfortable after long periods of usage."
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"But..its not comfortable for long lasting usage (more than one hour)."
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"Better than anything on the market (yes, they are better than beats) Only one small downside, they hurt your ears a little after extended usage."
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"I actually have broken two of those through regular usage."
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"I bought these headphones 3 years ago, and with consistent usage since then, they still sound phenomenal."
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"It's a great piece of equipment, very comfortable to wear and I think the cable and the headphones itself is durable and can last up to a year and a half, depends on your usage."
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"They tend to represent most ranges of sound quite well, and are great for recreational usage if that's what you're looking for."
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"(the cable isnt enough to deter usage)The fit is comfortable (ignoring the weight of the cable) but I do notice more heat and moisture build up due to the earpieces than my XB700, which are possibly even larger."
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"Its not breathable so your ears become sweaty..and one more: it has very poor middle range..I would recommend it for short studio usage as monitor headphones."
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Weight

Weight:
"I used a Sony MDR V-600 before and although it was very good, is a bit dated by the size and weight."
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"Everything is perfect, except that it might be a bit hard to get used to the size and weight but that's just temporary."
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"The only drawback is weight - they are relatively heavy which may be tiring for the neck."
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"Now, does all this mean that my review carries greater weight than others or that I am right and others are wrong?"
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"They have a nice weight without being so heavy they get uncomfortable."
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"I have been using it for quite some time and maybe the only downside i find is that it has some weight to it and can be tiresome in the long run"
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"The top band does a good job at dispersing the weight of the headphones."
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"I give 4 stars because i do wished it had straight cords cuz the spiral wires feels so heavy and bring down the headset weight a bit but overall happy with the product!"
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"By far the best budget headphones on the market - they're lightweight, comfortable, and sound leagues better than headphones twice their price."
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"...for that..but obviously there are comparable options at half the price..-Turtle Beach- for example sound just as good, except the cord doesn't weigh the controller down."
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"The headband seems to do a good job of dispersing weight, rather than focusing it all on the top-most center area of the skull."
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iPad

iPad:
"That being said, I did not find these comfortable the other night when I used them with my iPad propped up in bed, but for sitting or standing they fit over your ears perfectly, band is not too tight, and although substantially heavier than the Skull Candy, don't feel heavy at all."
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"As I am switching to iPhone, all my research has found nothing comparable- FLAC player and Golden Ear play high-quality files but,as an owner of FLAC Player, I have found the audio equalizer settings missing on my iPad)."
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"Regardless of the gear I own, this pair of phones has seen me through the years as a companion when it comes to anything- getting me through periods where amping is simply impossible or inconvenient (e. g. travel, ad-hoc laptop ipad iphone use, etc).I'm, going to skip the description of the sonic quality these exhibit as its been said in review after review."
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"My iPad mini seems to put out a decent amount of power to support these, though."
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"But with Ipad it sounds well."
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"First of all it's amazing .I am hearing all of detail for music clearly on ipad."
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"I use these for music and for watching movies on my Ipad, and they are wonderful, with great bass response."
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"They sound great when connected to any smartphone or iPad."
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