Make any music lover happy this holiday season with one of CNET's top picks for audio and headphones. You and yours can throw a dance party with a portable Bluetooth boombox or just escape the relatives using the latest noise-canceling headphones. If you're looking for great audio tech, start here.
It's clear from just a few listens that the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 are among the best headphones available that cost less than $200. At around $160 online, they're an excellent bargain. Highly recommended, particularly for those looking for full-size headphones.
- Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 26 user reviews
Starting at: $159.00
The good: The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones offer excellent build quality and very detailed, balanced sound with tight bass. They're also very comfortable and are a relative bargain.
The bad: There's no integrated microphone for making cell phone calls; the bulkier design makes them less suitable for mobile use; and the headphone cord isn't detachable.
The bottom line: The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are among the best available for less than $200, offering excellent sound and build quality.
October 31, 2012 2:21 PM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Justin Yu
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