I know I should just walk away from this one, but I can’t. Comments like these are the trivial hill I like to die on over and over.

I’ll start by saying I’m impressed! This is one of the most impassioned and slightly baffling defenses of a popular pair of headphones I’ve ever seen.

It’s even more baffling because I don’t think it’s all that relevant to either the conversation it’s underneath, or the article it’s underneath.

ONE

No one was hating on the M50X. In my original article it basically tied with the Sony MDR-100 AAP. The guy in the comments asked me if an on-sale MDR 100 was a better deal than the M50X, and I told him it was, particularly for the type of music he wanted to listen to. I also said it was more comfy, which it is by a hair!

The M50X is a nice headphone, but its stock pads are not the most comfortable in the world. And I know you can change them, but I also believe in reviewing what people get in the box. I hate it when people recommend headphones but then say oh you’ve got to buy these other pads too. I want manufacturers to get it right the first time.

TWO

I love the M50X and have personally purchased multiple pairs of them over the last several years. I’ve written numerous articles praising them for their ability to split the difference between pro and consumer headphones, and their decent value for the money.

You could read this review, or you could read this hilariously long showdown where I wondered if maybe I was wrong about them being “better” than the Sonys.

Those are just two of many examples online where I generally enjoy the M50X. For another example, you could read the article at the top of this comment thread.

THREE

Your comment goes on at length about the 950 series, and Bluetooth…and neither the above conversation nor the original article are about wireless headphones.

The previous reader asked me about the Sony MDR-100 AAP, which is a wired headphone. That was also the subject of the original article. Sony’s 950 series is a wireless bass-focused product, and I think those are fun…but a very different sort of headphone that doesn’t really appeal to the same type of consumer. It seems really weird to go on at length comparing the M50X to Sony’s Xtra Bass lineup because they don’t actually target the same customer at all.

FOUR

Sony is not just a “paid name.” Now, it is true that their products aren’t always the pinnacle of value. They’re a huge company with a million different divisions all operating independently. I’d never hold the PlayStation division responsible for the decisions of the audio division, for instance.

Their headphone quality is all over the place. I don’t like every one of their audio products. Not even remotely.

However…

Sony is actually, in many ways, the beating heart of the audio production world, thanks entirely to the Sony MDR-7506/V6 headphones. They’ve been selling quietly to producers for over 3 decades. They are exceptional field monitoring, recording, and studio headphones. If you need to check a recording for grain, hiss, distortion, or other anomalies, few tools will do the job as well for such a good price.

So it’s not as simple as just saying “all Sony headphones are bad,” in my opinion. Millions of hours of audio exist that were made better thanks to Sony’s production headphones.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I appreciate that you signed up for Medium just to write this rant about how the M50X is better than some Sony headphones no one above you was talking about. Your passion is admirable and I hope you never lose it! I personally really love the M50X too, although I don’t use a Bluetooth adapter because I’ve never found one I really liked the look of.

Thanks for reading and commenting, I hope you’ll check out some of my other work. If not, that’s okay too.

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I do radio voice work by day, and write by day and night. I studied film and production. I love audio, design, and music. Also video games.

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