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Audio Technica ATH-M50WH

Circumaural Earpieces with 45mm Large-Aperture Neodymium Drivers and 180 Swivelling Earcups


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The Audio Technica ATH-M50WH is loaded with all the features necessary for effective studio use. Joining comfort and performance, the ATH-M50WH is powered by 45mm neodymium large aperture drivers that deliver robust tone in lower frequencies while remaining sensitive enough to elegantly reproduce delicate and nuanced treble. Aside from its broad tonal selection, the ATH-M50WH is equally defined by its supremely comfortable and folding construction. Much beyond mere appeal or novelty, the earpads of the ATH-M50WH provide reliable sound isolation and maximum portability to culminate in an experience that is both comfortable and reliable for extended use as well as mobile.

More than just looks, the ATH-M50WH is a serious piece of professional equipment designed exclusively for the most demanding and ambitious musicians and mixers.

Product Features:

  • Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
  • Broad tonal range with accurate reproduction for a balanced effect in bass and treble frequencies
  • Collapsible design for easy storage and portability
  • 180° swiveling earcups for single-ear monitoring
  • Audio Technica exclusive 45mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Comfortable and secure earcups create isolate sound and are designed for use over extended periods
  • Closed-back design limits ambient noise from interfering with sound reproduction
  • Single-sided coiled cable prevents clutter
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) gold-plated mini plug with 1/4" (6.35mm) adapter
  • Also Available In: Black , Black (Straight Cable) , Red (Limited Edition) , and ATH-M50S/LE 50th Anniversary (Limited Edition)

Technical Specifications

  • Closed-back dynamic headphones
  • 45mm drivers
  • Neodymium magnets
  • Copper-clad aluminum wire (CCAW) voice coil
  • Frequency response: 15-28,000 Hz
  • Maximum input power: 1600 mW
  • Sensitivity: 99dB
  • Impedance: 38 Ohms
  • Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5mm) mini stereo jack with 1/4"(6.35mm) adapter
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2-year Manufacturer's Warranty
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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Music Lover
Musical Production / Recording Artists

General Features

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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
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
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.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

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Warranty and Return Policy

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

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Average Attribution Rating


Gainesville, FL

Great Value and beautiful design

September 17, 2013

I enjoyed the look/design of the headphones the most... the clean white and gray scheme works well and the cushions are fairly comfortable. I also found the ability to swivel the headphones were very functional and came in handy.

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Seattle, WA

a very happy teen age son

June 25, 2013

I purchased these as a gift for my 13 year old son. They are great sounding, comfortable to wear, durable and my son likes having something other than the "popular" brand. I highly recommend these. The only minor complaint is that he wishes they had volume control on the cord (like Beats) and he feels the cord is a bit too long.

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Tulsa, OK

Good Product

August 18, 2013

I bought these for my grandson and he loves them. He is constantly using them.

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• 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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