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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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Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

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

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

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

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

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audiophile
Music Lover
Musical Production / Recording Artists
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
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

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

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

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

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

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

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Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
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3 Star
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2 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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4.7
Value
4.9
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4.4
Design
4.5
Usability
4.8
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Audio Technica ATH-M50

• Exceptional Audio Quality
• Closed-back Cushioned Ear-cup Design
• Propriety Large-Aperture 45 mm Drivers
• Neodymium Magnet
• OFC Litz Cable
• Ear Pieces Swivel 180
• 1/4" Adapter Included

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

ATH-M50S

UPC

4961310103095

Weight

1.50lbs

Internal SKU

athm50s

Internal Product ID

35452

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