61points

Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD

62points

M-Audio Studiophile Q40

94points

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

87points

Sony MDR-XB950B1

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD vs M-Audio Studiophile Q40 vs Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 vs Sony MDR-XB950B1

Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
M-Audio Studiophile Q40
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony MDR-XB950B1
Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
M-Audio Studiophile Q40
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD better than M-Audio Studiophile Q40 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Has a coiled cord

Why is M-Audio Studiophile Q40 better than Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

    Why is Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 better than Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD & M-Audio Studiophile Q40 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

    • Has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
    • Has a mute function

    Why is Sony MDR-XB950B1 better than Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD & M-Audio Studiophile Q40 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2?

    • Lowest frequency
      3Hzvs15,10,20Hz
    • Weight
      245gvs284,250,289g
    • Impedance
      24 Ohmsvs38,64,32 Ohms
    • Supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC

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    Design

    1.has stereo speakers
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

    2.has an over-the-ear form
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

    3.weight

    284g

    250g

    289g

    245g

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    Sony MDR-EX150AP

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    4.has a detachable cable
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

    5.can be folded
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

    6.has an in-ear form
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    The in-ear device is ultracompact and lightweight, with little or no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. It is inserted in the ear canal itself and blocks out a lot of environmental noise. It has stronger bass tones and is unlikely to fall out of the ear.

    For example

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    Sound quality

    1.lowest frequency

    15Hz

    10Hz

    20Hz

    3Hz

    The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

    Best

    Sony MH1CBLK

    1Hz

    2.highest frequency

    28000Hz

    20000Hz

    20000Hz

    28000Hz

    The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

    Best

    Sony MDR-Z1R

    120000Hz

    3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

    4.sound pressure level

    99dB/mW

    116dB/mW

    93dB/mW

    105dB/mW

    Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

    Best

    AKG K553 Pro

    144dB/mW

    5.has a neodymium magnet
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

    6.impedance

    38 Ohms

    64 Ohms

    32 Ohms

    24 Ohms

    Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.

    Best

    Flips Solo 2 Social

    4 Ohms

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    Power

    1.has a battery level indicator
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

    2.has a rechargeable battery
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    The battery can be recharged and used over again.

    3.has a removable battery
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

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    Connectivity

    1.Can be used wirelessly
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

    2.has a 3.5mm male connector
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

    3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

    4.Has WiFi
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    The device can connect to WiFi.

    For example

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    Features

    1.control panel placed on a device
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

    2.has an in-line control panel
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

    For example

    AKG N200 Wireless

    3.can be used as a headset
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

    4.has a noise canceling microphone
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

    For example

    Microsoft Surface Headphones

    5.has a mute function
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD
    M-Audio Studiophile Q40
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
    Sony MDR-XB950B1

    The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

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