Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
Headphones are available in a zillion styles, sizes, and price ranges. But we've cut through the clu
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are among the best available for less than $200, offering excellent sound and build quality.
Quibbles aside, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are a modestly improved version of the already spectacular model they're based on, and among the best-sounding pairs you'll find for less than $200.
While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50, the Audio-Technica ATH-M35 costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money -- plus it has the fold-up element that's missing from the ATH-M30.
For those who can get a proper fit, the Audio-Technica ATH-CKM50A In-Ear Headphones offer rich and open sound in a compact package for a competitive price.
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