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Audio Technica ATH-M50S

Collapsible ATH-M50s Professional Studio Monitor Enclosed Ear Headphones with Straight Cable

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Audio-Technica's ATH-M50s are the straight coil version of their ATH-M50 professional headphones. These 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:

  • Professional Studio Monitor Enclosed Ear Headphones with Straight Cable
  • 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 straight cable terminates to gold-plated mini-plug with screw-on 1/4" adapter
  • Also available in:
  • 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: Straight, 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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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.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clarity/Detail
Refers to how clear the headphones audio reproduction is.
Tone/Timbre
Refers to the quality of a music note that distinguishes different types of sound production (voices, musical instruments, etc.).
Bass
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
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.

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
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Closed

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
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
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
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
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
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
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.

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.
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.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
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.
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.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
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.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
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.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Detachable Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone can be detached from the headphones.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

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
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
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.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.

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
80%
4 Star
16%
3 Star
3%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.7
Value
4.9
Features
4.4
Design
4.5
Usability
4.8
Nate

Pittsburgh, PA

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Great for home use!

August 7, 2013

Pros: Great sound, good quality for the price, and a much better, less-costly alternative to Beats by Dre that focus mainly on bass and nothing else. The build is great, and the quality easily matches the price. The music aspect is also amazing. I love the sound these cans make, and as a drummer, they really enhance what I can hear while playing. Great pair!

Cons: The cord is obscenely long, to the point where it looks ridiculous for me to carry it around in public. It's great for home but gets a little annoying with an ipod or mp3. I'm sure you could find ways to get around this though, but I only use it at home. It doesn't suppress outside noise as much as a few of my other over-the-ear headphones, but that difference is barely noticeable, and unless you're around stuff as loud as my drum set, it probably wont matter.

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Rich C.

Riverside, California

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Impressive headphone

January 21, 2014

Tested other headphones under $400.00 range of different brands when I was at Best Buys shopping for other things and I was not impressed. I have a headphone that puts out bass ( battery powered subwoofer) with decent mid and highs but that has been put aside for a spare. That's because I got the Audio Technica ATH-M50's. After reading all the good reviews at different sites, I wanted to find out what the fuzz is all about. The first time I heard it, plugged into my computer and my mid priced receiver, I thought it needed a slightly more bass since the mids and highs are so precise and clear. So, I paired it with the Audioengine D1 headphone and Wow! It's like Frankenstein woke up after getting a jolt of electricity! With a fairly decent amp, this headphone shines above the rest. There is something magical about this headphones and highly recommend it. That is probably because bass, mid-range and treble all blend cohesively as one. Bought another one for my son after listening to mine.

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b1b

Brooklyn, NY

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Top tier budget headphones

January 2, 2014

These are one of the best headphones you can get in this price range. The only gripe some people might have is that the cord is 6 or so feet long. They can get quite uncomfortable after some time but keep in mind that I sit by my computer from 8-15 hours a day.

As for the actual site's shipping, it was fast, free, and on time.

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LitespeedBoy

Canada

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awesome phones, very impressed and great price for the sound

January 19, 2014

I researched headphones for over 2 weeks over the net as well as hitting local stores selling them. My criteria was under $200.00 as the limit. I wanted the best b s nd for the buck. Heard most mid to high end offerings from AKG, Sennheiser, Bose, Phiaton, vmoda, etc. I wanted durability but of course awesome sound without bass being the #1 feature. I listen to everything but mostly trance 90% of the time. Also interested in learning to mix so need to doule as DJ sets. These are great with the right balance of bass and vocals with highs not being too up there.

So far I've been super happy with them.

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dlazyd

Auburn, WY

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Excellent Entry Level Hi Fi Headphones

January 12, 2014

Compact for an over ear headphone with folding capability. Comfortable enough for long listening sessions. Clear, well articulated highs with no harshness. Accurate bass without booming. Benefits from an amp/dac unit. After 20 hours or so of break-in, these really shine. Love 'em.

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Tao Gong

OR

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A beautiful sound

January 3, 2014

M50S is very comfortable to wear, when I listen to the song, the sound is very elegant, if it is in place, the low-frequency although somewhat lacking but can accept!

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Nick

Tonawanda, NY

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Great Headphones!

January 1, 2014

Bought these for intermediate user, who has had the better known PRO BEATS, and told these are BY FAR....MUCH BETTER. True Sound Quality great for in home studio! Would recommend to anyone wanting QUALITY over POPULARITY!

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KidCorry

Corry, PA

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From Non-Audiophile

December 31, 2013

I would highly recommend these headphones. They are very comfortable, fairly priced, and sound better than any others I've listened to. I hear nothing but clear, crisp sound. I'm very happy with these.

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Grampa Pete

Marin County, CA

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Great Value

January 30, 2014

Excellent product and value, in my opinion. Shuts out background well. Excellent sound, though I am not an audiophile. I purchased this product based on reviews on the web.

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unknown

Canada

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great value

January 3, 2014

great headphones
i took the time to look at headphones online before purchasing and found multiple sources saying that these are the beast headphones you can get for under $200, and they were right they have great sound along with a slim body and are very comfortable.
i have had them for a few months and dragged them everywhere and they still look like they did strait out of the box that is very impressive these headphones are built to last!
there are only a few things i would change about these headphones and they all have to do with the cord, first of all for me this cord is just too long and ends up bunched in a tangled ball most of the time i would like to see the option when buying of having a shorter cord for those of us who just buy these to listen to music off a laptop or phone and don't need the reach that this cord provides however i am very impressed with the thick strong quality cable that they provide, and my second and only other problem witch is more just a personal preference is i would like to have a removable cable, this would allow people to choose quality and length of the cord and this way if the cord witch for me is the most fragile part of any headphone got damaged in anyway it would be easily replaceable with any other cord
pros: price, size, sound quality, build quality,
cons: cord length, permanent cord

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Amadeus

Jersey

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Thumbs up

December 10, 2013

Detachable cable, that's what i wished it had so if it ripped got cut or etc.

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GrandHustle

Brazil

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Awesome!!

March 9, 2013

This is an awesome product!! Excellent Quality.

Best cost/performance !! Very good headphones!!!

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MEH

Milford, MI

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Nice Economical Headphones

March 5, 2013

Purchased a pair of these headphones for traveling. They are very nice for the price. Comfortable snug fit around ears, think they just fit my husband. They do provide some noise cancellation, if I had to rate maybe 80%+. enough that you can listen to music, watch a movie, or just put on to block out excess noise. Came with a nice carry case too!

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audiophile!

New Jersey

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A real "BEAT" down!

January 13, 2014

Hands down will beat those "DR." phones. I own, have owned and listened to many different headphones, ranging from $50 to $1000. These can play every genre of music with ease. The sound separation and detail was quite surprising. Plays extremely well with iPod and even better with a headphone amp. Very durable, comfortable, and isolating. Has clear detailed sound, awesome bass and yes, it cranks! Great sound guaranteed. Cannot be disregarded, especially at this price point. Highly recommended.

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Ny

Lititz, PA

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Great Value!

January 2, 2014

Best price I could find! Fast shipping and no problems!

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Jay

Los Angeles, CA

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Fantastic Deal for Real Quality Headphones

January 2, 2014

These are no joke. I've spent a life time of using mostly poor quality headphones and finally decided to splurge on a nice set. I couldn't have made a better choice. I'm no headphone connoisseur, but these have been absolutely incredible. They're studio-quality headphones, but I use them for every day listening. They serve my needs perfectly. The sound quality is fantastic; they don't hurt after long use; they appear durable and sturdy in design, and the function is practical- easily collapsing and folding for compact storage. I haven't used them in-flight yet, but they do a great job removing outside noise. You'll be hard pressed to find better quality for such a bargain price (I paid $99).

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POCO55

Ky

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Best value

December 31, 2013

I use this set with my electronic drum set and play cd's with them at the same time. They handle the combined sound and it's fantastic. I would recommend the ATH-M50 S to a friend.

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Clyde

Oceanside, CA

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Very good Value for the money

November 15, 2013

Unlike many Headphones in this price range, these are audibly flat with no perceived coloration. Which means a very nice and accurate reproduction of the music. One caveat though, these will show every flaw within the production and editing of the music being listened to. Not quite up to par with Grado or stax, but overall a great value.

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Ryan

Evansville, in

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Great Headphones

September 18, 2013

I would strongly recommend these headphones. They are very fairly priced and sound better than any others I've listened to. Can't beat these

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john

Argentina

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Perfect

September 10, 2013

Sound quality is awesome. The only con I can think of is that at the beginning the fact that the cans turn and twist in every direction might be annoying but after you understand how it works (which way it turns and so on) it's completely ok.

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mmssdd

Canada

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Sounds good but...

September 1, 2013

I'm no audiophile but these headphones sound good to me. I find them a bit too heavy to wear on a long period or to walk around. I don't really like the ears that swivel in all directions, I'm no DJ. I do need to turn the volume really high on my Ipod to drive them. But they do sound good. For the price it seems to be a good deal.

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Roma

Canada

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Amazing Product

August 29, 2013

These are the best headphones I've ever owned. The sound quality is amazing. Ten times better than gimmick headphones such as Beats. Perfect for any genre of music. Had them for 6 months now, and they're flawless.

Suggestion: If you're looking to buy these, spend the extra 10$ for the coiled wire if it's going to be for personal or office use as the regular wire is very long.

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Stevo

Virginia Beach, VA

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Good but not great

August 14, 2013

I have had two pairs of Koss UR40s (still have them and they work just fine). I bought the M50S after doing a lot of research. My first time listening to them I could not distinguish a difference from the UR40s. The Koss headphones cost a fourth what these do.

The M50S is built sturdier, and heavier on the head. The sound quality is similar to me though. The biggest difference are that the M50S are closed back whereas the UR40s are open which means with the UR40s, everyone can hear what you're listening to. In that regard I like the M50S more.

As I continue to use both cans on and off I have noticed more clarity with the M50S, but not enough to warrant 4 times the cost. I will not be returning them, as I like them over the UR40 for the noise isolation and the slightly crisper sound quality.

Another thing to note is they seem to lack bass at times. When I listen to rock it sounds great, but a lot of electronic music feels like it's lacking on the low end. I have subs in my room and cars, so it's probably just my personal preference. If you have the money go for it, but consider the UR40s before you spend it.

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millerramos

Canada

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Great Value!

July 23, 2013

I highly recommend !! The clarity of the mid-range and depth of the bass in these phones is unrivaled!

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Floydian Fan

Canada

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Awesome!!!!! Excellent....especially for the price!

June 26, 2013

I generally don't write reviews but I must make an exception in this case. Like many others who have reviewed the ATH-M50S before me, I echo many of the same attributes. Fit, finish and overall construction are very good but the most important feature of course is the sound. I also describe a well balanced sound stage boasting well defined bass, excellent mids and a smooth, yet crisp top-end. For the price, and compared to many others well beyond these bucks, the imaging is very accurate. Lastly, the Audio Technica ATH--50S phones are just as pleasant for casual listening as they are great for studio use. Love 'em!

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Anthony

Columbus, OH

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Sweet cans!

June 16, 2013

I bought these headphones when my last pair of radio shack whatevers died and I needed something higher quality for monitoring mixes and just listening to music. WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. These are solid, balanced headphones. Great lows, clear highs. Perfect for what I needed. If anything, they can get a little tight or heavy with extended use, but I also have a big head, so your mileage may vary. All in all, these are the best headphones I've used or owned and I would definitely buy them again.

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Jean-Guy

Canada

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Great headphones for the price

February 11, 2013

I have used them for about 6 month now and I like its natural sound quality and they are very confortable. I have recommended this model to my friends. No need to spend more money on other brand that looks only fancier, but do not offer a better sound.

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Hamm Hands

Raleigh, NC

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Good Purchase

January 14, 2014

Arrived quickly, exactly as described and ordered. I would recommend this product and seller

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James

Richardson, TX

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Great Sound, Great Buy

January 11, 2014

I got these on sale at $100. For that price they are a steal. These are extremely dynamic and versatile headphones. They have an amazing high end, sweet mids, and deep punchy lows. They are very comfortable for long wearing periods because of the ear pads. They come with a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter, so they aren't only for professional equipment. I have a headphone amp on these ( FiiO E07K) and it doesn't make a huge difference, but I like to boost the bass on my headphone amp's EQ because these headphones have great bass potential out of the box. These headphones are very easy to drive meaning that you can use them on your iPhone or similar handheld device and they will still sound pretty good. Plug them directly into your sound card on your computer for best results. I would recommend these to my friends and anyone else looking to buy some high quality headphones.

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Rodney

Atlanta, GA

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Fabulous

January 4, 2014

Great reference headphones. Perfect sound with no overwhelming bass or treble.

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Charles

Ramona, CA

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Great value

January 3, 2014

This headset has great sound, the volume is louder at a lower setting resulting is less distortion. The over the ear feature does a great job of eliminating noise .

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Sully

Greeley, CO

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Great headphones

January 2, 2014

These headphones sound better than my sons noise canceling Headphones (a popular brand) that he got for Christmas. He wants to return them and get these instead. Can't say that I blame him.

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kurtg

Malta

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Excellent buy, a pair that everyone should buy

August 19, 2013

Fully recommend these pair of headphones, they offer true value for money, excellent sound quality for those who want an entry level professional set. Cheaper then other sets of similar quality from other manufacturers. Can't recommend enough

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Zentoz

Charlottesville, VA

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Excellent headphones!

July 24, 2013

Did some research + shopped around. These headphones are comfortable, well made, and sound great. For Value/Price these are a good choice.

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Rich

Greensboro, NC

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Audio Technica ATH-M50S (ATHM50S) Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

June 27, 2013

These Audio Technica headphones are the absolute BEST studio phones that I have ever listened to. The clarity of the mid-range and depth of the bass in these phones is unrivaled! I highly recommend that others should test-drive these headphones against any other "comparable" phones. For the price of these Audio-Technica, I should have bought two or three pairs, because everyone in my family fights over who gets to use the Audio Technica's! There are no headphones with even 50% of the quality, clarity and range of these Audio Technica ATH-M50S (ATHM50S) Professional Studio Monitor Headphones for DOUBLE the cost!!! Get them NOW, you will NOT be disappointed!!!

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Matt

Boca Raton, FL

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ATH-M50S

June 13, 2013

Fantastic reference headphones. They are very clean and add very little color. If you want to critically listen to your music and hear it the way it was recorded, these perform beautifully and are a great value.

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nuke

Canada

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cool beans

February 28, 2013

Great sound quality and comfy. Also i got a sick deal on them through this site.

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gws

Pocatello, ID

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Totally satisfied

March 13, 2012

These cans came recommended by multiple DJs and producers when I asked for suggestions in the $200 price range for a casual listener. (I paid less than that.)
The voice-chat headphones I had been using seemed just fine until the M50s showed me what I had been missing from my music.

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Cristos

Denver, Co

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Best headphones ever!

January 19, 2014

Once you hear these headphones you will love the sound. Great for any type of music you listen to. Not alot of bass but very clean when you do listen to bass. Way better than beats pro. Does have a very long cord and also the headphones do swing out a little too much.

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Bailly

Tulsa, OK

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High Quality

January 7, 2014

Very durable, comfortable, and high quality sound for the cost. Although, it would have been nice is the headphones had a volume dial on them. Still, I'm very pleased with this product.

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Darin

La Mesa, CA

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very impressive.

September 26, 2013

Simply put, the cleanest pair of headphones I've ever heard.

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Capt Kirk

Orlando Fl & Nashville Tn

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Very Nice Design ATH-M50's Pro Studio Headphones

September 17, 2013

After 25 years in the recording studio business, I can only say that these ATH M50's headphones are the truest I've heard in a long time. One of the main reasons is they don't cause "ear fatigue" like all the others I've tried in the past. Warm low end, smooth midrange and really nice high end.

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Rodney

Baltimore, MD

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Best pair of headphones I've ever owned.

September 17, 2013

They have perfect sound! They sound better than the Bose I have and are much more durable. I love them! The pricing is also hard to beat compared to others.

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KellyAnne

Clinton, WA

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I Never Knew What I Was Missing

September 13, 2013

I hear every sound, clear and defined. They eliminate outside noise and are so comfortable that I hate to take them off... Sometimes I wear them just to think. Yes, I recommend them. I've had mine for six months and I'll never buy anything else.

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Keith

Long Beach, NY

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Great Headphone

February 16, 2015

Comfortable, great sound, priced just right.
Professional sound and right for you.

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Dhwan

Brooklyn, NY

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Great Headphones

January 25, 2014

These headphones are very well balanced they are great headphones !

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Zach

Princeton, IL

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Fantastic Product

January 7, 2014

This is my first pair of over ear, studio-esque headphones, and I am very impressed. I would highly recommend these headphones as they are fantastic. Great sound quality on every level, comfortable and very easy to use. No cons in my opinion.

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SuperBon

Boston, MA

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Look No Further - Best Bang for your Buck

January 6, 2014

After doing extensive research I stumbled upon these headphones while looking for a gift for my husband who plays guitar. I tested out Beats and the sound quality and overall look & feel of this headset is better. They sound so good I am buying a pair for myself. Do pay attention to the cord though some models are coiled and some straight.

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Vivian

Westfield

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Good headphones for the price

January 3, 2014

the sound is pretty good, it also blocks/lowers outside noise pretty well too. The only negative thing I have with this headphone is that it is kind of tight on your head. Meaning, it squishes your head when you wear them, so after a long time of wear, it gets uncomfortable despite the fact the parts that touches the ears are foam padded.

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TAOD

Waterbury, CT

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Love the Audio Tech Headphones

December 31, 2013

Bought two sets of the over ear headphones for my children for Christmas, and I loved them so much I ordered one for myself. The clarity of sound is amazing.

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Rob G

Washington Crossing, PA

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Outstanding Value

December 20, 2013

I would highly recommend these headphones for anyone looking to not spend a fortune, but still get outstanding sound.

Pros: Crisp, clean, highly accurate and well balanced sound. Very comfortable. Outstanding value.

Cons: The cord is a bit too long and bulky and the carrying case is nothing more than a cloth pouch.

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Valentin

Cicero, IL

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Best Purchase of My Life

September 22, 2013

I would definitely recommend these headphones, they're obviously at the right price, and knowing many with Beats twice as much and still dont sound as good. These headphones are great at keeping noise out. They do require a little help from an amp or such but aside from that best headphones yet. i just dislike how long the straight cable in thatt makes it a hassle when trying to take it on the go. But still the best headphones I've had.

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nomojuno

Rockwall, TX

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ATH-M50S for bass amp

June 16, 2013

I bought the ATH-M50S headphones to use with my bass amp for silent practicing (silent to everybody else anyway!).

The physical comfort and the pleasant sound make me forget I'm wearing them. They reproduce my bass sound very well. I can certainly overdrive them and make them break up and fatigue my ears, but that's true for any headphones.

My MP3 player comes through with great fidelity and clarity. All in all, very pleasant to use.

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Barket

Denton, TX

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excellent product

March 4, 2013

Excellent sound quality. Perfect design. Very durable. Great value ease of use.

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Chuck

New Smyrna Beach, FL

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Studio quality equipment

January 23, 2014

All the other reviews say these are the best even at three times the price. I concur with those assessments. I have Sony headphones that cost the same and sound almost as good but their mechanical noises from the earpiece mounts are too annoying. My Bose QC's sound as good and block out ambient noises better than the Audio Technica ATH-M50S. But the pressurization feeling associated with QC's is unpleasant.

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theblase

Hungary

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Sonic Electronix review from Hungary

January 6, 2014

The seller is accurate and very reliable. I received a great product with fantastic sound and design at a reasonable price. Thank you!

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trp

Ardmore, PA

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Grest sound at a very good price!

September 19, 2013

Having used them for a couple of months, I am very happy with the comfort of these over the ear phones even after hours of wear. Used on the laptop as well as my receiver, they do not disappoint!

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Ford

Pasco, WA

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Worth the money

January 9, 2014

I tried several different brands but wasn't pleased with the sound.
Deciced to try the M50s. The sound is high quality and overall product is well made.
I like them so much, I ordered another set.

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Brad

Wausau, WI

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Beyond my expectations

February 6, 2014

The Audio Technica ATH-M50 is a tremendous buy. The overall construction is light but sturdy. I read many reviews from users of other manufacturers and found frequent complaints about plastic headbands breaking. The ATH-M50 uses a stainless steel rail to support the cups. The ear cup pressure is adequate without causing discomfort after extended listening. The cord for this model comes in a 6 ft coiled or a 12 ft straight option. I opted for the straight cord because I don't like having the cord constantly pulling on me. For shorter distance listening, I simply put a Velcro strap on the cord to take up the excess. I also like the 1/8 inch plug that's screwed into the 1/4 inch plug adapter. It gives it a clean and sturdy look.

The most stunning feature of the ATH-M50 is its flat response. This headphone does not color the material in any way. Music is reproduced clearly and precisely. The dynamic range is stellar and the sensitivity is most notable.

After a couple weeks of generaI listening to break-in the drivers, I put these headphones to the test. I started with a test track called 'Red hot car' from Squarepusher. The track is very synthetic, with extreme changes in dynamics and frequencies. The response was amazing with no distortion. The sensitivity is the next admiral quality of these headphones. During an HD performance of the New York Philhrmonic , I could easily and clearly hear the minute sounds of the performers shuffling and turning pages of sheet music during quiet passages. To test vocal and DEEP bass response, I used a recording called 'River' by Natalie Merchant. The headphones pushed my low-end hearing abilities to near sub-sonic. Then to test overall response, I ran a dynamically scorching groove called 'Walk the Walk' by non else than the jazz group, Spyro Gyra.

The Audio Technica ATH-M50 certainly proved to be the perfect asset to the audiophile's music collection and I highly recommend them. I was extremely impressed by the quality of sound for such a fair price. There was only one disappointing characteristic about the headphone that I should warn you of. If you have a poorly recorded music collection and sensitive hearing, this headphone will reveal all the annoying flaws. Some listeners may have to upgrade their music collections.

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Carven

Detroit USA

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Mad deece

February 2, 2014

Deez fones Ben mad deece y'all

Get em if you like

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Dan

Culver City, LA

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Satisfied Customer

January 21, 2014

I am not a headphone connoisseur by any means, but these headphones give me an equal to greater sound quality to that of the old Bose, over ear, headphones I had. Very large, which is what I like about them. The headphones and cord seem very durable.

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ATHM50 - I experience intermittent sound from one of the speakers and have to jiggle the input at the entry point the portable device to get sound from it. How do I solve this problem? do u do repairs? thanks - Herm
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Product Summary

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ATH-M50S

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4961310103095

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1.50lbs

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athm50s

Internal Product ID

35452

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