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Audio Technica ATH-M50

Collapsible Professional Studio Monitoring Enclosed Ear Headphones with Coiled Cable

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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
  • Also Available In:
  • 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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Product History:

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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
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
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3 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.8
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4.8
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4.4
Usability
4.9
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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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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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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christian

Canada

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ATH-M50 review

August 7, 2013

After reading tons of reviews on headphones I opted for the ATH-M50. I am very satisfied with the headphones and I would recommended them without hesitation. I was looking for headphones with precision, clarity, presence of sound in the whole range including the bass which are absolutely great in this case. When I say great I mean the kind of bass that is not dripping wet and slurpy like the bose or Dr Dre for example. Very present but not overwhelming. Before buying I also went in about 6 music stores who sold musical instruments and they ALL without any exception, recommended the ATH-M50 for the precision and the clarity. They said that they were favorites among musicians and for use in studios. Musicians could ''hear'' everything, every sound was detached and clear. They simply loved them. I listen to Jazz, blues, folk, rock, hip hop, electronic, alternative, new folk, progressive rock, classic and even a bit of opera and more. The phones projects the music in all cases with clarity, presence, quality. OK, I do have one hesitation, the cushion for the ears do get hot a bit in warm weather and they do have a tendency to harden (not much I admit) but a bit with time. But, at the same time, they are soft around the ears for a long time before they get stiff and you can also replace the cushions when they are too stiff for your taste. In conclusion, love the headphones, simple.

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Jason

Miami, Florida

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Read This!

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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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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jake

atlanta,GA

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Great Professional Quality Headphones **Affordable**

July 16, 2013

I think this is a great buy for the price..
Did not have a problem with quality.
I got the Coiled pair and love that they fit in my pocket.
A+ Headphones

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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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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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amrik

Canada

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Excellent headphones

July 31, 2013

Would have been better with the removable cable. Other than excellent sound quality and very handy to carry in my bag. Would recommend definitely. Don't waste your money on the overly priced monster products.

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Paul

Canada

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Great headphones

July 17, 2013

For the money you can't go wrong. Perfect for my home studio.

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eduardo

Searcy, Arkansas

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Excellent Value and Superior Sound!

June 11, 2013

I bought these for my wife to use at night with her ipad. They also serve to drown out my snoring. I tried them myself and the quality is excellent. I ended up using them as monitors for mixing my new song I'm working on. The sound is very even and not colored in any way. Not too much bass, not too much high...just right. That's what I need for proper mixing.

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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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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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Paul

Jacksonville,FL

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Awesome Headphones!

July 14, 2013

Great sound quality very deep sound and great bass.
First set of some large headphones and I'm impressed by how good they are! I tried my friends Beats and they were just not as good.

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Zach

Portland, OR

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Amazing Sound Quality

June 4, 2013

These headphones amaze me everytime i put them on my ears. The clarity of them is just amazing. The bass isnt going to hurt your ears or anything but it sounds good especially if you have a good sound source. I would reccomend buying a headphone amp with these if you are going to listen to them with an mp3 player. I bought the Fio amp and its pretty good it adds the bass that these are otherwise lacking at sometimes. I love these headphones!

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Fai

Canada

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Amazing Sound

June 3, 2013

When we received the M50s in the mail, the first thing we did was test sound quality and tonal range. We listened to audio test recordings on these and about 4 other sets of headphones, including some decent-ish earbuds, cheap headphones, and a medium quality set of headphones.

In the upper ranges, all our headphones could go out of my hearing range. At the low end is where the differences started. When we started testing bass-level sounds on the cheap and even medium-range headphones, we couldn't hear anything for quite a while before the sound kicked in (the sound clip starts at a low tone, which raises smoothly while a voice tells you the current level). The M50s started rumbling the moment we started the recordings.

There's definitely been a breaking-in period, as the sound is now noticeably smoother than it was when we first received the headphones.

A small issue we ran into: One piece of equipment (my husband's laptop) plays nice with other headphones, but not with the M50s. This is because the 3.5mm plug on the headphones (with adapter removed) has a wide base, and can't push in quite far anough because of the rounded plastic body of the laptop (IE it's the laptop's fault). We solved this problem by using a short 3.5mm extender. It's not ideal, but it doesn't noticeably affect sound quality.

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Nathan

Canada

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Solid - definitely recommend!

May 19, 2013

Solid & top quality headphones. I use these both for monitoring when doing location sound recording, mixing audio on my PC as well as general use listening on my PC and ipod/smartphone.

Works great all around. Love the heavy bass feeling from them.

Great noise cancellation. Would love a bit more for monitoring in noisy environments but I can't complain.

I love the connector with spring to avoid splitting/damage near the connector which is where I've typically had problems with other headphones. Expecting these to last me many years

Definitely recommend!

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Big Louie

Albuquerque, NM

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Best buy and best value and just the best

May 16, 2013

Great performance and sound and when plugged in to my dennon home receiver I mean wow

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po

Canada

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Audio technica ATH-M50

May 9, 2013

Good Headphones.General reviews on the internet tells the truth : They are good.

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Needed new headphones for travel. Works well
Winnie G on Feb 4, 2015
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Don B on Dec 18, 2014
Quality!
MIKEY R on Dec 18, 2014
High Quality and Price
Mark M on Dec 15, 2014
What is difference between audio technica ath m50 and the 50x?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2014
Best Answer: I don't have any first hand experience with these products, insofar as the M50 is a holiday present I haven't opened yet, and I have no experience with the 50x. However, from what I have read online, the 50x has a removable chord, and the ear pads are apparently more comfortable. As far as sonic signature, most reviewers think that they sound very similar, while a few think that the 50x has better response at both ends of the audio spectrum. My best guess is that you would be pleased with the performance of either model.The most obvious difference, of course is the price; the m50 is 25-35 bucks cheaper, depending on which model of the m50 you can find/buy. Good luck.
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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

ATH-M50

UPC

4961310095802

Weight

2.20lbs

Internal SKU

athm50

Internal Product ID

35451

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