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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
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  • Overview

    Pure. Professional. Performance.

    As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50xWH (white) professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of a detachable cable. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.

    Also available in black (ATH-M50x).

    More About the M-Series Headphones
    Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.

  • Features

    • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers

    • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils

    • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response

    • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments

    • 90 swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring

    • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort

    • Collapsible for space-saving portability

    • Detachable cables (includes 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable)

    • Top choice for studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring and personal listening

    • Also available in black (ATH-M50x)
  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter45 mm
    Voice CoilCCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
    Frequency Response15 - 28,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity99 dB
    Impedance38 ohms
    Weight285 g (10 oz), without cable and connector
    CableInterchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable
    Accessories IncludedProtective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter

  • Downloads

    M-Series Headphones Brochure (pdf 3.11 M)
    Studio Headphones Microsite
  • Reviews

    Great value, stylish and versatile


    I use my M50x monitors almost everyday and love them. I've had them for over a year now and they've proven to be tough an reliable. I wear them out and about, I'm not the most delicate person and they've nary an issue yet. I find they carry a wonderful industrial asethetic that fits with almost any situation. They sounds fantastic, especially for the price. They aren't super "Beats" style bass heavy focused but they also aren't neutral, it's a very nice balance that makes them enjoyable to listen to for a variety of music types. The only concern I've heard from friends who have tried them is that some found the clamping force slightly too high and a couple disliked the stock pads. I personally don't have these issues but it's something to keep in mind.

    Oakville, ON, Canada


    Not The Real Sound


    It boosts the bass. I want the true sound. The sound leaks like crazy. I can't record vocals with them. They are going back

    San Francisco


    I would recommend this product to audio pros


    I use these headphones for audio play back with my ipod and it sounds great. One problem with these headphone are that the sound stage is lacking a little bit. I would like a better sound stage next time. Other wise I don't find any problem with these headphones

    St. Elizabeth Jamaica


    Amazing. Just put it at that.


    These pairs look sexy and sound amazing. Chose some old song, you will hear different instrumentals come to life. The song that these really comes out is "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5. A very nice flat sound with a tweak in bass. Mids and High sound phenomenal. There is no distortion when the volume is turned up.

    Hong Kong

    Very revealing when I'm mixing


    I am an audio engineer and we use these headphones for our clients. I liked them so much that I decided to purchase a pair for myself. I have been using them as another perspective while mixing and the ATH-M50's have been invaluable.

    Atlanta, GA, USA

    Great 'phones!


    These have quickly become my favorite headphones. They're very comfortable, well-balanced across the frequency spectrum, non-fatiguing, and accurate.


    Buy These!!


    I have had these for over a year now and they sound Amazing! I use them for everyday listening and monitors while playing bass on stage. They work great for both. They are so comfortable and I forget they are even on my head. I would recommend these to anyone. Definitely the best in their price range. PS They are super stylish and look incredible with the Blue and Tan. I get a lot of people telling me how good they look. I have the M50 coiled cable ones and they were so good that I bought these and gave the other ones to my friend just so I could have the removable cable. I couldn't be happier with them.


    Best bang for the buck


    I researched many pairs of headphones before I bought these. What I found was unanimous praise for the the M50s, regardless of price. I love knowing that I am hearing exactly what the artist intended, along being rewarded for choosing well recorded music played through quality gear. These seem to do it all, at a great price. Highly recommended!

    Riverside, CA, USA

    Great product with a great design.


    This is a great product and I'm glad that I bought it. It was a tough choice to buy but it was worth it. The $ is a little high for the quality but not much. The cables have held up of the constant switches and rolling. The arch pinches a little bit at first but then it relaxes and fits beautiful.( Take that with a grain of salt, I have a large head my friends don?t get problem as much or at all). The design is great but I've noticed the leather cracking slightly in places. The ability to fold them and pack them is great and works beautifully. The ATH-MX50 has a great range of both trebles and bass. The base is rich and solid without the treble falling off or being drowned out. The treble is excellent quality and wont crack or falter like the other headset I had. (Sennheiser) Over all it is a great piece of gear and would recommend this product to anyone looking for a beautiful mix of style and performance.

    Virginia, USA

    Looks Amazing, sounds Amazing!


    This special addition of a classic, does not disappoint! You can't help but appreciate how stylish these headphones are. But even more important than that is the versatility of these headphones. From listening to music, to producing music or videos, these headphones do it all.

    Riverside, CA, USA

    ATH-M50xWH Professional Monitor Headphones

    4.5 17


  • Q & A

    Is it possible to purchase a phone that is directly compatible with modern iphone jacks? I would prefer to not have to use the apple dongle as it often becomes disconnected. Love the headphones. Thanks!


    Thank you for your inquiry. No, we do not provide such a cable..


    Where can I get a replacement headband cover? The leatherette is cracking on the underside.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5003. They would be happy to help you.


    Do the materials contain any animal products? (e.g. Is real leather used?)


    Thank you for your inquiry. No these are not made with any animal products.


    Does Audio-Technica sell any kind of inline mic ? like in cables and stuff


    The M Series headphones including the ATH-M50x headphones, being designed for professional studio monitoring, will not have consumer headphone features such as an inline microphone and controls available. You may use a third party inline microphone such as the this cable. You may also try other Audio-Technica headphones that has consumer features such as an inline mic.


    The material on my headband is cracking and deteriorating. Does the manufacturer's warranty cover this. I have owned my pair for less than 2 years.


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at for assistance with this.


    Hi! The very end of my cable, the metal plug in, seems to have chipped off. I've had these for less than a year. Should I order a new cable or what are the procedures here? Thanks!


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at for assistance with this.


    I've had the ATH-M50x version of this product since last Christmas, and I wanted to know if its possible trade that variant in for the ATH-M50xWH?

    Forrest B.

    Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that we do not sell products directly to end users. You will need to check with your place of purchase about their policy for exchanges.


    I was wondering if the M50x has sorround sound or not as I did not see any mention of stereo or sorround sound on this headset


    All headphones are stereo. This means two drivers (left and right.) Any additional sound imaging are happening in third party processing software/hardware.


    What kind of maintaining product do you recommend for the synthetic ear pads(surrounds)? I've had mine for about 3yrs and they're starting to dry out, small cracks. -Thanks


    The fully-synthetic/non-leather material we use for the ATH-M50x headphones is made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that is referred to as "leatherette". To clean leatherette earpads, first you must unplug them from any device. Then, use a small amount of mild-strength fragrance-free detergent and water, and try on a small inconspicuous area first to test results. Please make certain that you do NOT use a detergent that is known to irritate your skin. Also, AVOID using any products containing any amount Bleach, Alcohol, or Ammonia, as they could dry out the material. It is recommended that you do NOT soak the headphones with the cleaning solution; rather, dampen a cloth and try on an inconspicuous area first. Do not "scrub" the headphones; rather, just give a gentle cleaning. After using the recommended cleaning method listed above, please wipe down with a water-dampened cloth. Allow to dry thoroughly before again using your headphones. Replacement earpads for the ATH-M50 and ATH-M50x is the Audio-Technica HP-EP (Black) and HP-EP-WH (White). If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at: Thanks!


    Does the detachable cable do anything as in have a extra purpose?

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