In our latest head-to-head comparison, we have two very popular studio monitors that have been laying waste to the competition; the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
and the Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Backed by a solid pedigree in sound, both these studio monitors have been hotly debated among both audiophiles and consumers for their ability to reproduce truly balanced sound that is perfect for mixing, mastering and producing the latest track that'll blow your minds.
In this face off, Beyerdynamic's DT 770 32 Ohm Limited Edition is the contender. Let's see who comes out on top!
Beyerdynamic - DT 770 PRO
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Audio Technica - ATH-M50X
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DESIGN: BEYERDYNAMIC DT 770 PRO VS AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-M50X
The DT770 Limited Edition is marketed towards people wishing to have the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro without the hassle of an amp.
The first thing that'll strike you is how sophisticated it looks. The materials used are robust and durable. The plastic earcups proudly proclaim the name of these headphones but apart from that, the branding is pretty understated.
THE BATTLE BETWEEN LARGE UNDERSTATED EARCUPS AND LOUD BRANDING
The headband uses the same removable material that is used on the 80 Ohm version, which is a very good thing as it's very comfortable and the band itself is flexible enough to adjust to any head size and stay in place without it feeling heavy on the head.
Unlike the DT 770, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x has a rather old fashioned and functional design. Rather than trying to look sleek, and employing expensive-feeling materials like aluminium and leather, these are largely – and unashamedly – plastic.
Although that doesn't take away from the durability, it does make it feel cheaper than the DT 770. Also, the large Audio-Technica logo on the headband might be a turn-off for some.
COMFORT: BEYERDYNAMIC DT 770 PRO VS AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-M50X
The earcups are large and comfortable but unlike the other models in the DT 770 family, the earpads have been changed.
They are made out of pleather that feels very similar to the material the headband is made of, though not quite as soft, but it does have the same amount of give. This makes them easy to wear for long hours. Although you might feel a slight warmth after using them for half an hour, the heat doesn't really increase the longer you wear them.
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If you can get the velour pads that come with others in this range, do that. Because there is an increase in comfort and they allow your ears to breathe some more. Noise isolation is also very effective and you'll be hard pressed to find any noise that'll hamper your listening experience.
To better work with smartphones, the DT 770 Limited Edition comes with a shorter 1.8 metre straight cable. The length is slightly odd, because it's a little too long for phones and short for use with desktops and laptops. So if you're intending to use them with anything other than with a mobile, it's preferable to buy an extension cable too.
The M50x is definitely very comfortable. The large earcups sit on the ears and can be used for long hours. However, they do tend to clamp down on the top of your head which can cause discomfort. That does reduce as when the headphones are broken in, but out of the box, there might be an issue for large heads. Noise isolation is also less effective than the DT 770.
The biggest advantage over the DT 770 is of course the 3 cables that are included. There's a 1.2m straight cable, a coiled cable and another long straight one for use in the studio.
SOUND: BEYERDYNAMIC DT 770 PRO VS AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-M50X
In a word: Brilliant.
The lows are punchy and clean but never go overboard, the bass is punchy, crystal clear, and separated from the mids really well. The sound has a really nice sense of space, where you feel like the bass is surrounding you, as if you were listening to a large stereo system. The sub-bass is quite low and rumbles, but can be a bit on the weaker side on certain tracks.
The midrange is mostly neutral but does have a little bit of sheen that makes vocals sound just a little bright, but not so much that it compromises its accuracy or hinders detail. They can get a little too bright in some tracks, especially in the busy ones, but on the whole the DT 770 is very smooth on the treble with excellent extension.
The sound stage is very impressive for a pair of closed back headphones so your music really does come to life while wearing these.
ENJOYABLE BASS VS EXTREMELY CLEAN MIDS MAKES THE CHOICE EASIER
It's very difficult to find fault in the M-50x's sound performance. Vocals and instruments have a good deal of texture, and are nicely separated on a well-organised soundstage.
There’s liveliness and it's an immersive listen.
Just like the DT 770, tonally, the ATH-M50Xs aren’t quite balanced; they lean a little towards the low end. It’s a warm, controlled rumble that’s just enough without being overwhelming. As for the rest: the midrange is well defined and well assimilated with the treble, which is smooth enough to avoid harshness, even when cranked up.
The imperfections come in with the lack of a more dynamic punch. Also, a little bit of clarity would help the treble sparkle – as it feels a little muted.
Just like the DT 770, the ATH-M50x also has an impressively wide soundstage that you can immerse yourself into.
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- Clean Mids
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This is a difficult choice.
If you're looking for a pair of headphones that have emphasized mids, and the ability to be used in different scenarios, then go for the ATH-M50x.
If you'd like to experience detailed sound that is also great on the bass and is arguably one of the best Beyerdynamics you can get, then go for the DT 770 Limited Edition.
Still confused? Book a time of your preference and let us guide you through other options, discuss sound and help you make the right choice. Allow us to introduce you to the choicest of products at your leisure.
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