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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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Product History:

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Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
5 out of 5 - Amazing! Forget I'm Wearing Them!
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
4 out of 5 - We're Big Fans
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
4 out of 5 - High Quality and Durable Construction
Design
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
4 out of 5 - We're Big Fans
Isolation
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.
4 out of 5 - You'll hear a train horn, but that's about it
Value
Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Sound Staging and Imaging refers to the ability of a pair of headphones to create the placement of instruments and vocalists in a recording. A small sound stage is very difficult to determine where the instruments are in relation to the vocalists, everything sounds like it's coming from the same place. An extra large sound stage separates the instruments and vocalists so that you can clearly tell where each is on the sound stage.
Large
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
High
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Neutral
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Heavy
Bass Detail
How accurately a headphone can reproduce bass notes; a culmination of attack, speed, decay and clarity. Attack is how precisely it can begin a bass note without delay. Speed is the ability to continue to attack an array of bass notes without lagging. Decay is the length of time after a bass note ends that the sound is still heard. Clarity is how easily all bass frequencies are heard. It gives perception of loose, tight, or muddy bass.
Tight

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

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
Headband 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
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
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
Home/Office
Studio

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
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
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.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

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

Corded
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
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
3.5mm
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
1/4" Adapter
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
No
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Black
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Metal
Plastic
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Leatherette
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
No
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Yes

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
38 ohms
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
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
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
No

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Audio Technica ATH-M50 Headphones
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
77%
4 Star
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3 Star
2%
2 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.8
Features
4.4
Design
4.4
Usability
4.9
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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Jothree

Savage, MN

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Love this --- Love this Sonic.

February 20, 2013

Awesome sound for the $***...been listening to various head phone, haven't found one can come close for that price.

Used with a headphone amp ... sound even better. (one day burn in with the head amp). Long cord a plus and also great for musical instrument.

Nothing to complaint about.
I also own Sony MDR-V6, SkullCandy Aviator, BOSE OE.
All diff in sound ... Love the Skull but used the M50 most for overall balance.

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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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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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Alexander

Canada

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Worth the buy.

March 6, 2013

According the the email I just got (which is the reason I am writing this review) I bought these headphones 6 months ago. These headphones still sound great and have no damage to them. I am no an expert on audio but I really enjoy the sound. Plus the price is perfect. I recommend people to get these headphones.

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Jeffrey

Canada

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Great headphone!

January 21, 2013

You can't regret it, so buy it.

Pros : Sound great, look good, overkill when they are amplified!

cons : get warm after 4-6 hours of listening.

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Kyle

Saugus, CA

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Best headphones at this price!

February 7, 2012

For this price you have to be crazy to purchase any other headphone. To this day when I see people walking around the gym with their BEATS on trying to demo them for people while they leak horribly I laugh. If only they knew about these headphones that are half the price and twice as good. I prefer these over some even more expensive cans. Bottom line is if you are looking for a good pair of head phones buy these and be blown away when you put them to the test.

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Big Papa

Michigan

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ATH-M50

February 6, 2012

These headphones are phenomenal, the highs, mids, and lows are all fantastic! The sound is absolutely amazing. These are probably the best sounding, and most durable headphones I've ever owned! Believe me I've had AKG, Beats By Dre (WAY OVERPRICED DO NOT BUY), Sync By 50 Cent (Again way overpriced), and Soul By Ludacris (Better then then Beats, and Sync, but you can get way better for the money.) Let me tell you this, I have not heard a better sounding headphone that is a closed back design. This is the best you'll get in terms of sound quality with a closed back. The only headphones I own that sound better are the Sennhiser HD650. Which are 5 times the price of these. Overall, BUY THESE!!

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go

Canada

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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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wayne

Canada

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Good Value

July 16, 2013

I was standing in line in a grocery store and mentioned to the person ahead of me that I was interested in head phones. He recommended ATH m50's. This came from a 20 year old who had done his research. I bought them and they have been great. I have nothing to compare them with, except cheap earphones.

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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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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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Ash

Niles, IL

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ATH m50 Review

April 16, 2013

This product is a solid buy because of the nature of the headphones, they are well built and sound amazing. My problem with them is comfort because after 1 hour or 2 hours they become hard on the ears and uncomfortable because of how heavy they are. I would not recommend this product to anyone who has to wear headphones over a significant amount of time. Professional or audophiles be aware, this product is not comfortable.

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Tuan

Denver, Co

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Excellent Product and Service

March 7, 2013

This company is as good as any out there as the delivery was fast and the product, M50 headphones were brand new and just as described. Bought months ago and still love. Best bang for buck product without boomy, unrealistic bass.

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mukiga

ma

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ATH-M50

March 2, 2012

Best headphone for the money. Sound better the M****er and B*** combined. I would recommend.

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John

Canada

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Awesome headphones

February 5, 2012

Great headphones, easily out-perform headphones twice their price. Even though they are 'studio monitors', they have a great overall range; deep bass, piercing highs, mids aren't lacking at all. Comfortable to wear for hours, look good. If you plan on buying them just to use with an ipod or anything portable, a pocket amp will be required as they are power hungry.

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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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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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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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Doug

Canada

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Wonderful Sound and Comfort

June 12, 2013

These are popular headphones and for good reason. They are very comfortable on your head and really make you feel like you are alone with your audio (the noise cancelling helps here, too). I use these for my electronic drum kit and it completely cancels out any of the impact noises. As for actual sound quality, the ATH-M50 shines as well. I listened to a song I had been listening to for months on another set of headphones and with the ATH-M50, I heard new layers and tracks; they breathed new life into old songs! Build quality holds up as well.

These are terrific high end headphones for a mid-range price. A much better value than some of the more "branded" 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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LV

Canada

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Excellent sound

February 26, 2013

Clarity is great . Not overly bassy, which I like. I use these for gaming, TV and music. Blueray Apocalypse Now sounds great with these cans. Sound isolation is good. The only drawback is my ears get hot sometimes. Really happy I bought these.

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Sim

Canada

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Best. Headphones. Ever. Period.

August 6, 2012

Forget about the Beats by Dr.Dre or the Bose QC15. If you want the best sound for a good price, get these. Good lows, mids and highs. Quality materials and looks amazing! ATH-M50 are the best headphones in the 100-500$ range.

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Jeffrey

Canada

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I recommend

July 14, 2012

Ils sont toujours avec moi. Le song est clair, fort et bat tout se que j ai deja eu. Vous ne pouvez pas vous tromper avec ces ecouteur.

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Big P

Michigan

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GREAT!

June 22, 2012

These are phenomenal to say the least. A few of my buddies had Beats by Dre (all the different versions) and they don't even come close in terms of sound quality. These are the BEST sounding closed back headphones on the market! Don't over pay for other brands. These are, by far, the best! Very strong and durable.

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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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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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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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Headcase

Canada

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Incredible Product

August 26, 2013

Without over stating the point, simply put, these are among the best
headphones I've ever purchased and experienced within their price range.
I have purchased more expensive cans but to be frank, I would probably not have were I made aware of the ATH's sooner. My son did the research for me, knowing that I have fairly high standards when it comes to audio, and I must confess he served me well by doing so. Have never looked back and would recommend to all considering. Nice honest representation of highs, mids and lows (not TOO bass driven, fortunately!). Very clean and crisp over all and don't need to be amp driven unlike other cans at higher price.

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Boris Rio

Atlanta

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Seriously high quality cans

June 10, 2013

Fantastic sound and quality, comfortable, durable and the price is great too.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Needed new headphones for travel. Works well
Winnie G on Feb 4, 2015
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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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