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Audio Technica ATH-M50s/LE (ATHM50s/LE) Limited Edition Studio Headphones

Limited Edition ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitoring Enclosed Ear Headphones


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50 Years of Perfection

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Audio Technica has released their Limited Edition ATH-M50s with a sleek, metallic silver finish. 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:

  • Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Professional Studio Monitoring Headphones
  • 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
  • Color: Silver
  • Also available in: Black (Straight Cable), Black (Coiled Cable), White (Coiled Cable), and Limited Edition Red (Coiled Cable)
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Type: Closed-back dynamic
  • Voice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
  • 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) connector w/ strain relief
    and professional 1/4" (6.5mm) screw-on adapter
  • 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.

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.

Fashion Enthusiast
Music Lover
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.

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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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Detroit, MI

Great Deal for Great Headphones

September 16, 2012

I bought these headphones six months ago- and even through an array of abuse (for instance, dropping it on a hard wooden floor), it still looks the same to me as it did on the day I received it. Shipping was also blazing fast- I received the headphones around a week after I had ordered them.

Aside from its great build quality, it also outputs some of the clearest, crispest sound I've ever heard. Also, the sound is nice and flat, so I can control if I want to hear more treble, mid or bass (which works very nicely). I can't hear any crackling coming from the headphones themselves, although the older music that I listen to often has imperfections which the headphones sometimes like to amplify.

Comfortwise, these headphones are quite average. The headphones need to be situated at a certain angle sometimes, or else it will start to physically annoy you. Still, the cups and the headband are both quite soft (but have hardened significantly over time).

Overall, I think this was a great buy- great sound, great build quality, and great price.

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Stee Low

Couldnt be better

July 19, 2012

They really did a great job on these anniversary edition. Anniversary editions are either spot on, or a total flop. I like the design on these, and even more important they sound better then any headphones I have heard. I will put my name on that. It takes a real company, with history, and a proven track record in the business to make a headphone like this. and I would say 50 years gives them a little authority here. Great purchase. Half the price of headphones it's compared against every day. #1 choice.

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Very good value for the sound

March 25, 2013

Good quality bass, clear sound, comfortable for up to 1hour, after that the ears get hot. I was looking for closed ear phones to watch late night TV. It has a very long cord. The quality of sound surprised me as my primary phones are Grado sr325. The M50s were cheaper to buy from Sonic (including shipping, duties & taxes) than local suppliers.

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Great Headphones

January 21, 2013

Clear soundstage, fair price, good bass, good sound close up, nice looking

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Arlington, VA

Only place to get them

October 9, 2012

I have tried multiple times with various different sites and companies to get these headphones in particular. They all said that it was this silver version but whenever they sent it it would always end up being the normal black version. This site is the only one which sent me the actual product I asked for. As for the headphones themselves they are amazing! They look great and deliver the sound quality that they are known for. They're really comfortable and are much more affordable and deliver more than some of the other headphones on the market. They are very flexible and have good durability although they lack a disconectable cord and a remote but being studio headphones that's understandable. Very easy to use and overall great for their price and quality. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for good headphones.

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Great sound for this price range

August 29, 2012

Sound quality is superb in this price range
Quality of materials for this budget

Not as flashy as the popular beats

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STEEL reserve

West Covina, Ca

Built to Last

July 12, 2012

These are my second pair of Audio Technica headphones. I also have the ATH-AD700 which I really do love. But I can't use them at work because they drive my co workers nuts. I leave my music on pretty loud, and with the open air dynamic design, they leak a ton of sound. These are sealed, so they work for work :). I have heard great things about the ATH-M50 so I purchased these. Every good thing you read in the reviews are true!!! These really are AMAZING. AT is #1.

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Quality/Price Ratio is Great

May 27, 2013

I really liked this headphone. The look is great. The sound quality is awesome. The cushion is not that comfortable for me, that's my opinion only.

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