New Headphones - Audio-Technica ATH-M50s
For items that I use regularly, I try to buy the best. Shoes, bed, office chair, computer, monitor, phone, headphones - anything I use everyday and I want to last a long time.
The last time I bought headphones was 2011. Considering I wore them nearly 5x/week for 4 hours/day for 3 years... that's an incredible value at 120 bucks. Everything is perfect soundwise; except the stitching came undone in the ear padding, so the sound is a little muffled.
- I'm familiar with the brand. This is my 3rd pair of ATs.
- They have 3400+ reviews on Amazon
- Wirecutter said they were "cult favorites" and I'm a follower.
- Reviews said "you could wear them for hours and forget they are on your head" Comfort, durability and sound quality were most important to me.
I say "preemptively" because Audio-Technica responded to my tweet and over email offered to replace my ear pads...FOR FREE. So now I have two pair of headphones - one for home and one for office.
Despite coming from the same manufacturer, these headphones are different in many ways.Here's how I compare them:
In summary, I would go with the M50s.
It's easy for me to say that because they're new and who doesn't want to self-justify their latest purchase (to their wife, amiright?)
But as I'm sitting at home writing this, with my old headphones on; I wish I was wearing the newer, more-comfortable ones because these plain hurt after 2 hours...