ATH-M50

Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)

MSRP* US$199.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview

    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 180į 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 ľ" adapter.

    Audio-Technicaís 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 proprietary large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer.

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  • Features


    • 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 ľ" adapter

    • Available in white color with coiled cable (ATH-M50WH), red color with coiled cable (ATH-M50RD), black color with straight cable (ATH-M50s), and silver color with straight cable (Limited Edition ATH-M50s/LE)

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter45 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
    Frequency Response15 - 28,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity99 dB
    Impedance38 ohms
    Weight284 g (10 oz) without cable and connector
    Cable1.2 - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') Coiled, OFC litz wire
    ConnectorGold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
    Accessory IncludedProtective pouch



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    ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable) 4.8 5 61 61
    Sitting at the computer all day never sounded so good Kicking off my job required two things, a nice desk chair and a nice set of headphones. I knew I'd be sitting and working on my computer all day, so I decided to invest. The reality is that while these headphones might cost more than the pair I typically find misplaced on the floor of the gym, I will never regret purchasing them. I am all about build quality and these things have it. I am not easy on them. They travel with me in my bag and barely look like it 1 year in. Two thumbs up for the M50s. I am sure I will buy their newer version when the time comes. September 11, 2014
    Best Headphone Ever, Just use a good amp! These are absolutely incredible, beating out my Sony MDR-v6 (which are amazing too). My first listen was on my Ipad and I was NOT impressed, the bass was lacking and the audio was quiet. Plugging it into my Sony STR-DH720 receiver they really came alive, with just the right levels of highs, mids, and bass! My friends who have the $500 Beats Pros were incredibly impressed, with all music and video (minus dubstep) sounded MUCH BETTER on the M50s (keep in mind I havn't even broken them in yet). September 10, 2014
    Great audiophile sound Great audiophile sound. Circular on-ear cushions put pressure on ear lobes - which can become uncomfortable during prolonged use. Would have preferred over-ear design to fully enclose ear. July 24, 2014
    Superb Performance; Extremely Well-Made Simply the BEST money I've EVER spent on audio gear was to buy my ATH-M50 headphones 3 years ago. As a classical fan, I love sonic accuracy; these phones deliver a super-wide frequency range and a thrilling transparency. They are the next-best thing to being in a concert hall. They're SO sturdy & well-made! My head is BIG size 8.5; but on full extension, the phones fit me perfectly, so comfy I often fall asleep wearing them, and they've been tossed into my backpack 500 times. But they still look almost like new. Thank you, A-T, for designing an awesome product. Forget the competition; headphone bliss is right here! July 20, 2014
    Brilliant! If you are buying muffs for sound reproduction, these are brilliant. Absolutely brilliant! There is nothing that comes close at twice the price IMHO. However, staying true to the sound is only part of consumer demand ... a 9 foot straight cable is ridiculous ... include a detachable cable with varying length options and mobile phone/MP3 controls. Sorry, not hating ... just saying. The source reproduction is beyond comparison. If sound quality rules for you, cable BS is very minor. If you want to hear your music ... no, if you want to hear the musician's music, exactly as it was intended, there is no other option (short of a second mortgage). July 11, 2014
    Nice product - Questionable packaging Purchased two pair of the MTH-M50 straight cable. Arrived today.Excellent sound and comfort. Unfortunately, upon removal from packaging the cable was a kinked twisted mess. Come on gang, one shouldn't have to spend hours straightening the cable on a new set of quality headphones. Review of cable coiling technique for packaging is warranted. Unfortunately, the condition of the cable has tarnished the enjoyment of this purchase and otherwise fine product. March 29, 2014
    An incredible experience Man, wearing these headphones is just complete bliss. The sound, the comfort, the price, and the looks all come together to make an amazing headphone. I can't say enough good things about these headphones, if you are even slightly considering them, BUY THEM! I promise you won't regret it. December 23, 2013
    Dr who?! After reading review after review, and a number of YouTube selfie reviews, I decided to go with a fantastic Groupon purchase of the ATH-M50S's. Granted, I wasn't overly fond of a 9' cord, but the value was a no-brainer. We're talking almost a $200 savings simply from not having a certain name or endorsement attached to it. Needless to say, when I received them I was quite impressed. They reminded me of my younger days, sitting in front of my parent's 8-track / LP player with those monster headphones on, the kind you could wear for hours because the padding was so luxurious. While they are sturdy and beefy, certainly not something you take on the move or to the gym, I'm leary of too many moving parts. Simply put, the build is plastic with a lot of swiveling going on. I'm not sure what the real need for noise-cancellation is when you are wearing studio headphones, which are for a studio. A recording studio has it's own enclosed mixing room. Why waste hundreds of bucks on a feature that is most likely not necessary. I work construction, but not in my lifetime would I ever bring this to a jobsite. Another reason the NC feature is a waste, these headphones are more than capable of drowning out everything around you, and with perfectly balanced highs, mids and lows. Granted, most portable devices have an output cap, ensuring you don't go deaf within a week. But a good audio device, such as my phone with Beats Audio bumps up the rhythms to a point you block everything out. Go a step further and apply the 1/4" gold-plated adapter for your amplifier and enjoy head-rattling audio like you've never experienced before! One dose of Transformers 2 and, along with the ear-to-ear grin, these headphones rattled my ears so much that it made me wince. What's more, they never crackled or cut out. My roomy has a pair of $300 Dr's. Due to posting requirements, I can't name them. But they are they hype of today's headphone market. Plainly put, they cannot compete with ATH-M50's. While mine are not cordless, nor do they have noise-cancellation, they are by far the best buy for your buck! You cannot go wrong! December 23, 2013
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    are these a good choice to wear anywhere?

    like at school, traveling, at house, anywhere except a studio.
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    I wear them everywhere, I have even biked with them, they're solid! Yes theres the long cable, role it up and stick it in a pocket! The sound is excellent! I've had other high end brand headphones in this price range and these have the best sound, and the 50th edition are beautiful! Love em' !
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    I would only recommend these for home, or for any purpose that doesn't require you to move. The cord is 11' long, and you would have to roll it up if you wanted to walk around with your ipod hooked up to it. Also, you would have to put them in your book bag, and wrap them up in bubble wrap or something to keep them from getting damaged. These are studiophones, although you could possibly use them for other purposes as well. Personally, I use them at home (for listening to and recording music).
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    yes everywhere i go there on my head
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    Thank you for your inquiry. These are traditionally studio headphones, although the sound quility is so good and the fit is so comfortable that many customers use them for casual listening. Feel free to use them as your every day headphone.
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    I've read on several websites that some headphones with different impedances require a headphone amplifier separate from an iPod or other mp3 player to function best is this true?

    If so how where would I find one?
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    you could get a small headphone amplifier to help any headphones reach their full potencial. Like the Fiio E3 for $10. I got one for a different pair of headphones. But they even help with my JVC Marshmallow earbuds.
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    that is true for some headphones, but not for these. they operate at full capacity without an external amp even when I'm using them on my phone.
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    These headphones are actually pretty loud, and don't require extra amplification.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-50's are my personal headphone of choice and I use them connected directly to my iPod, iPhone or laptop with no preamp.
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    if it goes around it will isolate rigth? i dont want to much noise getting on my ear while listening music (in fact i wont be in very noisy places, but not in very quiet places), but i cant pay for a noise cancelling, i also have read that in the description of the ath-m50wh, that they isolate, but in the description of the m50 it does not say that, and they look alike (sorry for the bad english)
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    The cushion does go around your ear (Unless you have exceptionally large ears) The only downside with them in my opinion, is they aren't deep enough, and the corners of my ears bend and rub up against the drivers as I wear them. Otherwise, fit, comfort, and sound is excellent.
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    It must depend on your ears. They catch the top and bottom of my ears but my old Sennhiser HD 520 II phones did not. They are still not that uncomfortable but it would help if we could buy larger ear pads.
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    These block noise very well, I had active noise cancelling before (PXC-300) and these are comparable. The cushion goes around your ear. I use mine in the metro and all I hear is a low rumble in the background but I cant hear anyone or anything else. Great sound!
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The pads go around the ear and offer a degree of passive isolation.
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    what is the ambient noise attenuation value?

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    9/10

    70% Volume, you wont hear a thing unless you're in a mosh pit.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. We do not spec this because it is a bogus measurement. These headphones do not offer active noise cancelation. The degree of passive noise isolation is based on the frequency content of noise. When a spec says 32 dB of isolation the question is "at what frequency?" It would be very easy to pick a frequency that gives a really good number and then post that as its total noise isolation spec, but that would not be correct so we choose to not to do it.
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    The only result I've seen (attenuation of external sound versus frequency): Isolation in dB (100Hz to 10kHz) = -9 dBr
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    Thank you for your inquiry. We do not spec ambient noise reduction. This is very hard to measure because the question is "At what frequency?"
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    Will this fit on a really small head

    I have a really small head and I don't want to look like I have huge cans on top of my head. I ve tried the beats by dre solo and I want a headphone that has a similar thickness.
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    Depends. It doesn't fit mine. I'm a 5'2-3" female and these do not fit. I'm looking for extra padding for the headband because I think it would fix the issue.
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    I am the owner of a not-so-melon-head and they fit great. In other words; yes, they fit a smaller head well. Very good set of cans, by the way.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. These are fairly large headphones.
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