The Audio Technica ATH-M50 is the Toyota Camry of headphones: bulletproof, efficient, solid, mostly uninteresting, and what gets you to point A from point B.
The ATH-M50’s uninteresting-ness is perhaps also its greatest perk – there is nothing wrong with the headphones at all. And, since it is amazingly average, they make for some of the best studio reference headphones for production and mixing. Few others, outside of Sennheisers or Shures, can match the reliability and solidity of these headphones.
Even, balanced sound: sharp and crisp highs, solid and clean lows, without any artificial boosting of extremes. Rugged construction, closed backs and nicely built ear-cups that prevent sound leakage. Everything you need for reliable production work.