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Audio Technica ATH-M50

Collapsible Professional Studio Monitoring Enclosed Ear Headphones with Coiled Cable

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Hear the Professional Audio Difference

Audio-Technica's ATH-M50 closed back dynamic studio monitor headphones will deliver a clean and crisp sound through out long listening sessions, giving you accurate bass and high-frequency extensions with their large-aperture drivers. Equipped with neodymium magnets for signal transfer efficiency, these 180 swivel padded headphones are designed with professional monitoring and mixing in mind. with an included 1/4" adapter and unsurpassed quality and comfort, Audio-Technica's ATH-M50 are a great pair of high-end over the head headphones to have in your arsenal.

Product Features:
  • Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
  • Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
  • Closed-back cushioned ear-cup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
  • Circumaural ear pieces swivel 180
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems
  • Adjustable padded headband for comfort during long mixing/recording sessions
  • Single-sided coiled cable terminates to gold-plated mini-plug with screw-on 1/4" adapter
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  • Also found as: ATHM50
  • 2-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 15-28,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 99dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 38 Ohm
  • Cord Length: 3.9'-9.38' (1.2 - 3 m)
  • Cable Type: Coiled, OFC litz wire
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Construction: Gold-plated
  • Magnet Material: Neodymium
  • Weight/Mass: 10 oz (284g)
  • Speaker Diameter: 1-3/4" (45mm)
  • Max Input Power: 1600mW @ 1kHz
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Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Lifestyle

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Athlete:
Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Audiophile:
For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

DJ:
Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

Gamer
This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Student:
Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Traveler:
Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Audiophile
Music Lover
Musical Production / Recording Artists

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Yes
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
15 - 28,000 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
99 dB
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
38 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Black
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.
Gray

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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4.9

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Miami, Florida

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August 2, 2014

At first, without an amp, they sounded decent. When plugged into an amp these things are the closest thing to a 300 dollar headphone you can get. I have a pair of GRADO sr 325is and sometimes i perfer these (with an amp) over them. Why? Because of their bass. The sr 325is has very clean bass but sometimes i feel it lacks a correct mid base. The m50s base are perfection... And the sound is oh so warm!

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MarkInTheGardens

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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GREAT CANS - Glad I found them.

March 14, 2014

First, I ordered some A-T M50s from another source (MF) and after a couple of weeks on "back order" they told me they could no longer get them. Apparently, A-T had a newer version coming out and these became in short supply. I did a little Internet searching and found Sonic had them; and at a killer price too. My ordering process was trouble-free, shipping was quick and communications from Sonic were excellent. I definitely would buy from them again. I'm really glad I found these. I had been looking to upgrade my monitoring headphones for recording on the road. I had been looking at models from Sennheiser, Shure and others. All of the reviews I had read about these A-T cans was glowing. They have been all of that and more. After about 100hrs of break-in, my ears were in heaven. I have used a couple of pairs of Sennhieser 280 Pros for several years. The M50s seem sooooo much flatter. Listening to previous demos, I found they were often a little lean on the low end, maybe because the Senns were a bit boomy. When listening to program material, high frequency passages that had seemed sibilant before were smooth and transparent. I also recently purchased a pair of Shure 840s and, although they are close, I think the A-Ts are just a touch smoother with more high end extension. I can't say enough good things about the A-T headphones. I would HIGHLY recommend them. As I said before, A-T has a new version of these. Basically the same cans but with a few new features and a higher price. If you can find these older units, they could be a bargain.

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Mark

Houston, TX.

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Good Value

March 9, 2014

I am using these headphones to monitor tracks I'm playing drums to.... They are working well.

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IBEW Rich

San Bernardino, Ca.

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Awesome

January 28, 2014

I have a lot of music stored in my computer. Plugging these headphones on the computer is a no no or direct to a receiver. Buy a headphone amp and use it as an intermediary device between your computer and a receiver. I bought the audioengine D1 headphone amp and connected it directly. The overall sound improved a lot; however, it still lacked bass since the headphone amp don't have a bass attenuator, just a volume knob. Mids and high are crisp and very clear. I am using the headphone amp to improve the sound quality of my receiver and I thought I heard it all just using the receiver. Because It also improved the receivers' sound, the ATH-M50 benefited from it. Now you can adjust the bass from the receiver or treble if you prefer but the latter is not necessary. I Compared the M50 to the Skullcandy crusher due to its' superb bass, good mid, highs and higher sensitivity (by itself) although not listed on the box or lack of info +literature. With the M50 plugged to the receiver, it is unbeatable! Ever wonder why the M50's low frequency listing is rated low down to 14 Hz and actually low on bass when you listen to it? I think Audio Technica engineers gave the bass frequency of these headphones some room for us to equalize it and not by itself. Air suspension (sealed box) type of bass not a ported type sound.

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Brandon

Chatham, IL

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ATH-M50

December 31, 2013

Absolutely amazing set of headphones and a great set if not the best for the price.

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Alexander

Tennessee

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These Headphones...

December 30, 2013

I think they sound great, but the sound quality isn't as good as I expected. I got free earbuds with this order, the NVX EX10S, and they are better than the headphones! Long cord.

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Smit

Schiller park, IL

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Great buy!

December 27, 2013

The sound is amazing, great exterior with toughness, looks like it will last long, every instrument in the music is heard so nicely in it..nobody will regret this buy. I am very happy.

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Flaviu

Suwanee, GA

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Real SQ

December 20, 2013

This headphones will let you hear highs that you haven't heard before but don't expect powerful bass like you get from Bose or Beats by Dre. The bass is there and it's refined but I wouldn't recommend these if you're listening to hip-hop r&b or electronic music. These headphones are more suitable for studio applications or classic/pop/rock auditions. The vocals sound superb also! Comfortable and practical with the coil cable.

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Zachary

Rock Island, IL

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great Headphones!

October 29, 2013

I would recommend these to anyone looking for a mid range price headphone with very high end performance.

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Dunkelfuss

The Woodlands, TX

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Great Headphones!

October 14, 2013

I have been using mine now for about a month and a half and I love them. They are very comfortable (not too heavy, well padded) and the quality of sound is fantastic. I definitely recommend these headphones to anyone who might be considering them.

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Jimmy

Anchorage, AK

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Good headphones

October 4, 2013

The headphones work well. They are a little tight, but they wear in.

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joe

LISLE, IL

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Great even sound

September 30, 2013

Basically a standard in studio sound, they are very even sound they don't have booming bass. But when you combine them with an EQ or the fiio portable amp, these things pound like a great pair of subs!

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Jason

Canada

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Unbeatable Value vs. Price

September 25, 2013

Great set of cans! Flat sound with a little extra bass, good insulation, pretty comfortable to rest on your head for a few hours. The wire, plastic, and pleather earpads are all really durable, and it folds up nicely in the bag it comes with. Pretty much unbeatable for the price. Mine still work like new after a year of heavy use.

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Dan

Canada

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Best headphones I have ever listened to

September 18, 2013

Excellent headphones. The bass isn't quite as good as the beats, but these pick up all the little nuances of the songs way better. Use them primarily to listen to hip hop. Great studio quality headphones, great value. Would recommend them to anyone.

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Peg

Bellingham, WA

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My First Headphones

September 17, 2013

I purchased these headphones for use on the plane when I travel. They are Very comfortable, but not exceptionally noise cancelling (nor were they described as noise cancelling). I was hopeful that they would be "more better" than they are for plane noise. This is the only reason I purchased them, so can't say anymore!

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blues1

Appleton, WI

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Nice, clean sound

September 17, 2013

Not an audiophile, per se, but I know good sound when I hear it. The ATH-M50's have been great for practicing harmonica via precorded MP3's. Only wishlist item would be an extra volume control. Hoghly recommend these for anyone, no matter their musical taste or experience.

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dragonmaster

Carbondale, CO

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Solid product

September 17, 2013

Bought AudioTechnica ATH-M50 a few months ago. Love every thing about them. I work at a cubicle all day...and listen to music all day. Very comfortable, the sound is precise, clear and LOUD (if you want it to be). I set my volume to about 10% and that is enough for my ears to bump. If I set them on my desk and turn the volume up, they are as loud as my laptop speakers. Very good quality all around. Sturdy design, very comfortable pads (I have worn them for about ten hours in a day and they never become uncomfortable). The cord is long, but the spirals keep it out of my way. I like all kinds of music--rock, reggae, electronic, blue grass, rap, classical--all sound great. Excellent bass. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone, professional or layperson. They look cool too.

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Kurtis

Canada

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GREEEAAT

September 8, 2013

Honestly best headphones you can buy for the money. Quality is amazing and they are 2x as goood as those stupid beats with the gross bass at half the price.

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Good Stuff

September 5, 2013

I have been using these for 6 months. The delivery was on time. Nice sealed box. The headphones are fantastic for house, edm, trance, tehcno music. They have not the crazy bass for r&b and rap songs but these are still better than beats by dr dre headphones and all the other crappy stuff out there. there is actually an image of dr dre in the recording studio with these on...google it! If you are okay with the not so extreme bass, these headphones are the most balanced and high sound quality ones ive tested . good day everyone

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Alex

Wauwatosa, WI

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Great Headphones, Great Customer Service

September 2, 2013

Best headphones I've owned. Great value, great product. They are a little heavy but otherwise no complaints.

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Product Summary

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ATH-M50

UPC

4961310095802

Weight

2.20lbs

Internal SKU

athm50

Internal Product ID

35451

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