- Sound quality Pretty forgiving, kind of smooth and dark. Has a good soundstage when you need it and works well with a lot of genres. Needs to be EQ'd though.
- Design and form factor Flawless in this respect: very easy to use and versatile. Folds every which way and looks classy and professional.
- Comfort Can wear for hours on end, even with glasses. Angled drivers give the ears some extra space. Perfect clamping force, but I wish the pads were softer.
- Noise isolation With music on, you can't hear anything around you within reason. Certainly not on par with noise cancelling phones or IEMs though.
- Durability Very high quality, thick, matte finish plastics and metal bits seem quite durable.
Edit: Doing a sock mod can make these really comfy and doesn't affect the sound. I highly recommend it.
These have a good soundstage and respond very well to EQ, which makes them great for a wide variety of genres. I'd say the only one that doesn't sound great on the M50s is noise rock, or anything that has a lot of mid-range texture, because it tends to gloss over those details (it is very detailed on the high end though) and may screw up the mids with bass if not EQ'd. In general though, they sound pretty alright for most rock music (though I prefer my Grados for this), and even bring forward some needed bass in punk songs where it's often relegated to the background. It's also pretty good with classical, especially string quartets, where I think it hits the perfect level of intimacy and brings out the rich tones in the music. Where it really shines though, is on dark, impacting, or dance-ish music like Massive Attack, U2, New Order, My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwerk, and The Stone Roses. On some of those tracks, it feels like musical nirvana.
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