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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 monitoring and mixing, these studiophones feature an efficient collapsible design for space-saving portability and storage. Circumaural ear pieces swivel 180...  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
Single-sided coiled cable terminates to gold-plated mini plug with screw-on 1/4" adapter
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
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Manufacturer's Warranty
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


nice cans

By Justin Moses

from Fremont, Ohio

These headphones are probably one of the most rewarding purchases I have made in a long time. The soundstage on these headphones is amazing. Anyone I let listen to these headphones are astonished by them. I myself love to use them everyday. The bass response of these rival that of high end home theater system. Durability wise, I take them everywhere in my backpack. They have yet to break, going on 2 months now. I usually connect them to my laptop but I do ocassionally connect them to my Dolby Digital receiver. They definitely can get loud and will not be drowned out by outside noise. I went with the coiled cord, a definite plus in my opinion. Also, the "actual" screw-on 1/4" adapter was a nice touch, unlike the flimsy push on ones.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Hear every detail

By billy

from Bakersfield, CA

I can honestly say that After having some of the sure se 210's, 110's, e2c's, (all in ear) as well as Sennhiser hd 210 pro's, The ATH-M50's are miles ahead of the bose as well as all others i've tried. Yes, even better than Dr. Dre. I can hear the missing nuances in the music and wonder why anyone would pay more for a good set of cans. No frequency is misrepresented or over powered. They even have bass presence, which rolls with the other frequencies beautifully. I'm into about as many genres of music as I can think of, and these fit the bill on everything. Movies come through without disappointment as well. Haven't tried games yet, but I can already see where that is going.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Decent Headphones


from Iowa

This is my sixth pair of studio headphones, and first pair of Audio-Technica. I was very excited to try these out, and am generally very happy with the purchase. This are very detailed cans, especially for the price. The sound signature is not flat though, so if you need a flat response headphones these might not be for you. They have a detailed bass that doesn't get muddy, a laid back mid range, and very clear treble. Because of the laid back mids I would not recommend these for classical or vocals. Although they still perform satisfactory for Rock or Punk. The place these cans shine is in Electronica music, particularly House music. The detailed bass, with crystal clear highs make listening to House music an unique experience. Overall these are very comfortable and non-fatiguing. They are one of the most comfortable pairs I own. And the materials used are very high quality and durable. One word of caution, be sure to amp these properly and use a DAC. Otherwise these cans will sound average, and not how they are suppose to.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Clear, Flat Response


from Private

The M50's are by far the best headphones for monitoring I have used. While I understand that you shouldn't mix in headphones, you can get yourself close with these and fix the small stuff later. Also, if you don't get the coiled cable version you are absolutely insane. The coiled cable makes these portable and useable on the go. If you need a longer cable in the studio, you can easily buy a 20' extension cable at a relatively low cost. I find that the coiled cable is plenty, even for a studio.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


does the trick at a great price.

By MIchael Faries

from dupo, il

when i bought these, i didn't really know much about headphones. i only knew that i needed a quality pair of affordable studio monitoring headphones for the mastering of the electronic music that i'm producing. i used to HAVE to listen to my tracks in my car and on my cheap headphones to get a good idea of how it would sound in different scenarios. while i'm still doing that (because i'm a perfectionist), i'm slowly realizing that i don't need to. what i hear on these headphones is indeed the basis of what i'm getting everywhere else that i'm listening to my tracks. from what i read in reviews, these headphones aren't bass-heavy. i love bass as much as anyone else, and just have to say that these headphones accurately present the bass into my head sufficiently enough without rattling new ideas out of it. speaking of my head, i have a big one. i was weary of purchasing studio headphones out of fear of my head being squeezed into headaches. these are extremely comfortable, even after hours and hours of wearing them. buy them or steal them. just get these headphones.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect Headphones

By Norris Pride

from Richmond Virginia

All I can say is wow these headphones are great! I would encourage anyone to buy them if you are looking for a well balanced affordable set of cans. I bought them online while in the store and my salespersons Alex and Justin did a excellent job helping me. They also gave me a great deal on a set of monitors. I would recommend an in store purchase from them if you guys like to hear it before you buy it. You will NOT be disappointed with these headphones!!! My only problem now is I need to redo all my mixes because they were just awful with my old equipment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Aurora Co

They sound really good I use them for recording and mixing! A little tight on the head but other then that perfect!One more thing is that the ear pads are starting to crack just after 2 months of use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Accurate Audio


from Ashland, Oregon

I mix recorded and live audio for a living and having spent several hours under the Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones I'm very satisfied with the purchase. These "cans" reproduce audio very accurately. If you are looking for headphones to mix tracks you will get very good results using the M50s. They don't color the sound and have very wide frequency response. I've been using Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO-80 Studio Headphones as reference cans for years. They are good, very good, but the AT M50s are better and equally comfortable to wear over extended periods of time. Great mixes don't happen in five minutes so you need headphones you can wear for hours without feeling pain around your ears. The M50s are very comfortable and give a great deal of isolation. AT strikes again with another stellar product. Your only decision is coiled cord or straight. That's up to you.


good headphones

By Ruslan Khalitov

from Rochester,NY

I bought these headphones and I'am very pleased to be able to listen to the purchase of others, but I chose this, this - their price. like the wires are thick strong, clear sound speaker, myself an audiophile and videographer so the accurate transmission of sound is very important, the price-quality 100%, other models may be better but. I wanted to be in the range of prices


Outstanding Headphones

By Evan Kahler

from Fort Collins, CO

I own about 8 pairs of headphones right now and easily over 50 throughout my career. For over-the-ear headphones, these are the best quality/price ratio pair that I have ever used. I don't see why anyone would need better headphones for recording and mixing. Isolates outside sound well but comfortable for 2-3 hours of use before a coffee and twinkie break (sigh, no more twinkies). Balanced, clear and warm sound. I have the coiled cord style...perfect for work on mixes at the PC, keyboard, and guitar. If you stand with a band when you record, you probably want the uncoiled cord version.

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