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'Pro Grade' Headphones For $50? Hmmm...(Rockville PRO-M50 Studio Headphones Review)

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

Headphones can make a world of difference in your experience of music, podcasts, and audiobooks. And if you work in a creative field where you do any kind of audio production, a great set of headphones is essential. The Rockville PRO-M50 Studio Headphones promise a lot — guaranteeing to outperform competitors that are three times as expensive. Can that really be the case?

I’m Josh with WiseBuysGuys. I recently tried out this new headphone set, hoping I’d find a hidden gem. We all know you can spend a fortune on audio gear if you want, but what if the budget stuff works just as well? Today, we’re going to look at these economy headphones to see if they can get the job done.


Rockville headphones can be found just about anywhere — I bought mine on Amazon. They look okay, and the value proposition is compelling. And I would be so excited to share with you that these super affordable and available headphones worked just as well as the expensive kind. Spoiler alert: this isn’t that review.


But to be fair, these aren’t all bad. The PRO-M50s are made to be comfortable, with a fully adjustable headband covered in soft leather. The ear cups swivel, they use sound isolation, and they have a minimal bleed. A lot of these features are basically what you’d hope for with any headphones. The fact that they have these doesn’t necessarily mean they're good, but at least they have them.



Now, it’s time for the less impressive side of things.


A major feature holding these economy headphones back is the lack of bass quality. This is an area that really separates an incredible set from a lackluster one, and this model simply doesn’t make the cut. These only go down to 10 hertz. Of course, you’d know that to look over the specs, but if you don’t know a lot about audio, I think you’d expect more bass from these.


When the bass is this weak, it reduces sound quality, sure. But more importantly, it reduces immersion. You can’t feel music nearly as well. It also means you get a lot less information about what you’re working on if you are using these for production. All in all, that limits the application of the PRO-M50.


This is disappointing for a product that describes itself as “professional grade.” These don’t come close to that. At around $50, at least this doesn’t cost a fortune. Sure, they work a lot better than earbuds you’d see at a grocery store checkout. But that’s a low bar. There are plenty of other studio headphones near this price point that can delve below the 10-hertz range.


In my most generous moments, I’d give this three and a half stars. Fundamentally, these are entry-level headphones, nothing much better than that. Rockville can promote them as real, “professional grade” studio headphones all they want, but they just aren’t up to snuff. They beat the bare minimum — just don’t expect anything more than that.




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