Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Headphones  

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With the ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones, Audio-Technica has achieved an exceptionally accurate response and long-wearing listening comfort. Designed especially for professional monitor... Click To Read More About This Product

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With the ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones, Audio-Technica has achieved an exceptionally accurate response and long-wearing listening comfort. Designed especially for professional monitoring and mixing, these studiophones feature an efficient collapsible design for space-saving portability and storage. Circumaural ear pieces swivel 180 for easy one-ear monitoring and luxuriously padded ear cushions create an outstanding seal for maximum isolation. The adjustable headband is generously padded for ultimate comfort during long mixing sessions. A coiled cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated mini plug with included screw-on 1/4" adapter.

Audio-Technica's sophisticated driver technology and superior components deliver exceptional power handling and very high SPL capabilities while maintaining clarity of sound throughout their extended range, with deep, accurate bass and outstanding high-frequency extension. The headphones feature propriety large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer.

  • Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
  • Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems
  • Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
  • Adjustable padded headband for comfort during long mixing/recording sessions
  • Type: Closed-back dynamic
    Driver diameter: 1.77" (45mm)
    Magnet: Neodymium
    Voice coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
    Frequency response: 15-28,000Hz
    Maximum input power: 1,600mW at 1kHz
    Sensitivity: 99db
    Impedance: 38 ohms
    Weight: 10oz. (284g) without cable and connector
    Cable: 1.2 - 3.0m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire
    Connector: Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter
    Accessory included: Protective pouch
One year parts and labor warranty.

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(46 of 49 customers found this review helpful)


Far Exceeds expectations

By Ken Hatley

from Orlando, Florida

When first told about the Audio Technica ATH-M50, I had to order simply to see if a pair of headphones were truly of this quality and clarity. However, I was not surprised to find the descriptions from friends and colleagues such as Master Recording Engineer Bruce Hensal, and comments from Bob Clearmountain, accurate. You can mix on these!!@ A worthwhile investment for any studio or project studio. The performances far exceeds the very affordable price tag.

(37 of 39 customers found this review helpful)


I can finally hear it!

By Coach Ockislong

from Seattle, WA

I never thought that I would enjoy mixing and mastering on a pair of headphones. Never has a pair of headphones given me the response that my studio monitors give me. But, the ATH-50 headphones have made me enjoy listening to music on headphones again. And, I can actually mix and master my own recordings using these. I can finally hear the attack in the kick and its separation from the bass on a pair of headphones. Awesome.

(28 of 30 customers found this review helpful)


The Headphones to get.... PERIOD!

By Aaron J. Hamilton

from Houma, LA

I've owned this particular set of headphones for over a year now. I bought these with the expectation of being able to construct quality mixes that would compare closely to near-field monitors. At the time of purchase I was working with a less than desirable set of near-fields due to my budget, and needed something of much better sound quality. With the price of a decent set of monitors being way out of my range, I opted for a nice, professional set of phones to get by. After owning a pair of M30's for a few years and being pleased with the sound quality and isolation, I figured I'd give the M50's a shot. The price to me seemed a bit steep, and probably does to some others, but I have to say... these are the phones to get! Hands-down! Completely blew the M30's out of the water! They are extremely accurate, clean, crisp, and have very nice bass response. I never thought it was possible to mix so well on headphones. You're going to hear so much more in your mixes that it's almost ridiculous. The cups are nice, big and super comfortable, though they do tend to get a bit heavy after several hours. The ONLY problem I've had with this pair was because of my earrings. I had 7/8" plugs when I bought them and they didn't quite fit comfortably, so I had to sacrifice them (Small price to pay for an accurate mix). The isolation is amazing! They almost completely silence the drum kit while tracking. After using them for close to a year to monitor all my mixes I was finally able to buy a pair of KRK near-field monitors, and I have to say, these phones were pretty much on key. I find they do tend to color your mix slightly, so don't over EQ. But once you get accustomed to the way it reproduces the sound, your mixes will sound AMAZING! Bottom line... Buy these headphones! PEACE!

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Mix with confidence

By Eddie Mapp

from New Orleans, La

For years I've used other headphones while mixing in unfriendly situations (live shows with screaming audience members, back of a tour bus, noisy hotels rooms). Always I was second guessing myself about how my mix would translate in the "real world" and many times i've been disappointed and have had to remix several times. WELL NOT ANY MORE! The M50's are extremely accurate and have excellent rejection. My mixes now translate between my dynaudio monitor, the old faithful NS10's and my car. I now save a ton of time especially when traveling by knowing that what I'm hear is true!

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Flat Response

By Zelig504

from New Orleans, LA

Each year it seems another musician friend recommends upgrades to my equipment and the one I'd resisted longest was a set of high quality headphones. I finally broke down and spent the money and it has made a huge difference in the sound quality of my work. Be warned, these won't make listening to your favorite CD's or MP3's sound great, unless they already are great. That's simply because these cans don't color the sound - you get a straight out flat response, so you're hearing what is really going down. If you make the mistake of buying say the Bose Tri-Ports, well you may enjoy The Beatles' White Album a lot but you'll make mistakes in your own recording work since Bose purposely changes the sound contour to make it more pleasing. So - end of ramble - you want accurate flat response - use these. They're comfortable for long sessions, the cord length allows you to roam your studio and I even like listening to The Beatles on them. But if you're looking for cans for simple music enjoyment, you'll do better with the types that are designed to do that.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Absolutely Fantastic.

By Logan C.

from Wheat Ridge, Colorado

These headphones are everything I could ever ask for and more. Cliche, yes. But true nonetheless. I use these headphones for everything nowadays. Since they come with a screw on adapter, you can use them in the studio, as well as anything that uses a 3.5mm connector, like an iPod. When I bought them, they were saying that they would drain the power from an iPod very quickly since the larger drivers need more power to function, but I haven't had any problem with that. The response is unbelievable. I can now hear things in the music that I listen to that my previous headphones didn't pick up at all, even at full volume. The bass is another highlight. Incredibly full, rich, and mind blowing. with the more heavy bass songs, the headphones visually vibrate, and the sound still stays unbelievably clear. All around, the best you can possibly get for the price. they also work well as impromptu speakers. : )

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great Studio Headphones

By nopixels

from SLC, UT

These are fantastic studio monitor headphones with accurate, flat character and excellent distinction between highs and lows. I'm very impressed with the sound isolation �ۡ���� makes mixing a pleasure, even in very noisy environments. (These have also seen quite a few hours on flights, just for music listening �ۡ���� they're simply great at blocking out ambient noise). The design is modern and simple, and the integrated screw-on 1/4" adapter is a very nice touch. Absolute gems for mixing.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound, minor discomfort

By Ben Vesco

from Springfield, OR

Sound quality - top notch, they sound great and are everything I hoped for. Build quality - top notch, they probably won't break without effort Design - they don't fold up as smoothly as I'd like and some extra pressure is created on the mounts when folded Comfort - they touch my ears, I don't like it but instead prefer a larger cup like the HD280 (too bad those don't sound as good as the M50)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awsome Headphones

By Adam G.

from Waukee, IA

The head phones are the best I have ever heard. The quality of sound you get from these headphones makes other headphones seem way overpriced. They are very clear and crisp on all frequencies. The construction is also very good. I don't think I have ever seen a sturdier pair of headphones. Comfort is also amazing, you can easily wear these for hours. There really isn't anything that I can complain about.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Quite Satisfied.

By andrew thompson

from wyoming, michigan

Excellent headphones. Quality sound, very crisp, everything flows nicely together like it should. The comfort level on these are nice too, can go hours with them on your head with no discomfort. I'm also impressed with how well they're put together, thick and sturdy but lightweight. Fits perfectly over my ears and all I can hear is great music thumping into my eardrums. Definitely worth the price.

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