Audio Technica ATH-M50

Collapsible Professional Studio Monitoring Enclosed Ear Headphones with Coiled Cable

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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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Product Highlights

• 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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Audio-Technica's ATH-M50 closed back dynamic studio monitor headphones will deliver a clean and crisp sound through out long listening sessions, giving you accurate bass and high-frequency extensions with their large-aperture drivers. Equipped with neodymium magnets for signal transfer efficiency, these 180° swivel padded headphones are designed with professional monitoring and mixing in mind. with an included 1/4" adapter and unsurpassed quality and comfort, Audio-Technica's ATH-M50 are a great pair of high-end over the head headphones to have in your arsenal.

Product Features:
  • Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
  • Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
  • Closed-back cushioned ear-cup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
  • Circumaural ear pieces swivel 180°
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems
  • Adjustable padded headband for comfort during long mixing/recording sessions
  • Single-sided coiled cable terminates to gold-plated mini-plug with screw-on 1/4" adapter
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  • Also found as: ATHM50
  • 2-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 15-28,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 99dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 38 Ohm
  • Cord Length: 3.9'-9.38' (1.2 - 3 m)
  • Cable Type: Coiled, OFC litz wire
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Construction: Gold-plated
  • Magnet Material: Neodymium
  • Weight/Mass: 10 oz (284g)
  • Speaker Diameter: 1-3/4" (45mm)
  • Max Input Power: 1600mW @ 1kHz
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Product history:

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Specifications & Details

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)
Comfort & Ergonomics
5 out of 5 - Amazing! Forget I'm Wearing Them!
Overall Audio Quality
4 out of 5 - We're Big Fans
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Rock & Alternative Optimized
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Optimized for All Genres
4 out of 5 - Almost Feels Like I'm at a Show
Build Quality
4 out of 5 - High Quality and Durable Construction
4 out of 5 - We're Big Fans
4 out of 5 - You'll hear a train horn, but that's about it
Sound Signature
Sound Staging & Imaging
Bass Detail
Headphone Design
Headphone Type
Headband Type
Over the Head
Specifically For
Headphone Application
Home Hi-Fi
General Features
Built-In Microphone
Headphone Connection
Volume Adjustment
Connector Type
Jack Size
Jack Angle
Straight Jack
Included Adapters
1/4" Adapter
Detachable Cable
Color Shades
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Water Resistant
Audio Features
Driver Type
38 ohms
99 dB
Frequency Response
15 - 28,000 Hz
Built-in Amplifier
What is in the box?
User manual
Warranty/Registration card
Main Product
Audio Technica ATH-M50 Headphones
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Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
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Absolutely amazing set of headphones and a great set if not the best for the price.

By Brandon on December 31, 2013


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At first, without an amp, they sounded decent. When plugged into an amp these things are the closest thing to a 300 dollar headphone you can get.

I have a pair of GRADO sr 325is and sometimes i perfer these (with an amp) over them.

Why? Because of their bass. The sr 325is has very clean bass but sometimes i feel it lacks a correct mid base. The m50s base are perfection... And the sound is oh so warm!

By Jason on August 2, 2014


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Great even sound

Basically a standard in studio sound, they are very even sound they don't have booming bass. But when you combine them with an EQ or the fiio portable amp, these things pound like a great pair of subs!

By joe on September 30, 2013


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GREAT CANS - Glad I found them.

First, I ordered some A-T M50s from another source (MF) and after a couple of weeks on "back order" they told me they could no longer get them. Apparently, A-T had a newer version coming out and these became in short supply. I did a little Internet searching and found Sonic had them; and at a killer price too. My ordering process was trouble-free, shipping was quick and communications from Sonic were excellent. I definitely would buy from them again.

I'm really glad I found these. I had been looking to upgrade my monitoring headphones for recording on the road. I had been looking at models from Sennheiser, Shure and others. All of the reviews I had read about these A-T cans was glowing. They have been all of that and more. After about 100hrs of break-in, my ears were in heaven.

I have used a couple of pairs of Sennhieser 280 Pros for several years. The M50s seem sooooo much flatter. Listening to previous demos, I found they were often a little lean on the low end, maybe because the Senns were a bit boomy. When listening to program material, high frequency passages that had seemed sibilant before were smooth and transparent.

I also recently purchased a pair of Shure 840s and, although they are close, I think the A-Ts are just a touch smoother with more high end extension. I can't say enough good things about the A-T headphones. I would HIGHLY recommend them.

As I said before, A-T has a new version of these. Basically the same cans but with a few new features and a higher price. If you can find these older units, they could be a bargain.

By MarkInTheGardens on March 14, 2014


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Unbeatable Value vs. Price

Great set of cans! Flat sound with a little extra bass, good insulation, pretty comfortable to rest on your head for a few hours. The wire, plastic, and pleather earpads are all really durable, and it folds up nicely in the bag it comes with. Pretty much unbeatable for the price. Mine still work like new after a year of heavy use.

By Jason on September 25, 2013


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Best headphones I have ever listened to

Excellent headphones. The bass isn't quite as good as the beats, but these pick up all the little nuances of the songs way better. Use them primarily to listen to hip hop. Great studio quality headphones, great value. Would recommend them to anyone.

By Dan on September 18, 2013


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Great Headphones, Great Customer Service

Best headphones I've owned. Great value, great product. They are a little heavy but otherwise no complaints.

By Alex on September 2, 2013


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ATH-M50 review

After reading tons of reviews on headphones I opted for the ATH-M50. I am very satisfied with the headphones and I would recommended them without hesitation. I was looking for headphones with precision, clarity, presence of sound in the whole range including the bass which are absolutely great in this case. When I say great I mean the kind of bass that is not dripping wet and slurpy like the bose or Dr Dre for example. Very present but not overwhelming. Before buying I also went in about 6 music stores who sold musical instruments and they ALL without any exception, recommended the ATH-M50 for the precision and the clarity. They said that they were favorites among musicians and for use in studios. Musicians could ''hear'' everything, every sound was detached and clear. They simply loved them. I listen to Jazz, blues, folk, rock, hip hop, electronic, alternative, new folk, progressive rock, classic and even a bit of opera and more. The phones projects the music in all cases with clarity, presence, quality. OK, I do have one hesitation, the cushion for the ears do get hot a bit in warm weather and they do have a tendency to harden (not much I admit) but a bit with time. But, at the same time, they are soft around the ears for a long time before they get stiff and you can also replace the cushions when they are too stiff for your taste. In conclusion, love the headphones, simple.

By christian on August 7, 2013


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Excellent headphones

Would have been better with the removable cable. Other than excellent sound quality and very handy to carry in my bag. Would recommend definitely. Don't waste your money on the overly priced monster products.

By amrik on July 31, 2013


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Good Value

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

By wayne on July 16, 2013


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