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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
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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



    it is good but it is too quite and the sound isoulation is not that good.



    Cover is disintegrating


    I have worn these headphones about 30-40 times. Already the cover, which looks like leather but is paper, has begun to disintegrate. This is not acceptable

    North Carolina


    very poor build quality, the padding material disintegrate


    The material used to build this headphone is very bad, the padding material disintegrated in less than a year

    Seattle, WA


    Fake leather covering on ear pads flaking off


    Great sound and no tangle cord but pieces of the earmuff covering are falling off all over my shirt and inside my ears after using them. I used to use Sony but had problems with the cords breaking inside and only 1 earmuff would work, so I switched to Audio Technica and I'm not sure I would buy again. I got them as a Xmas gift a few years ago as I do a lot of at home mixing.



    For this price point there is NO competition.


    I use these cans for 2-5 hours at a time in an FM radio studio. They never hurt my ears because of excellent ear pads. If I accidentally have the volume up all the way, the drivers never have a problem afterwards. I accidentally drop these cans all the time, and never any problems or breakage. The sound quality is exactly what your ears WANT to hear, rather than laboratory specs being the first consideration. That is why they sound so good to most ears, for ANY genre of music. They're perfect in the studio, perfect at home, or outside. Excellent noise isolation. There just aren't ANY negatives with these cans, and I've enjoyed them for over a decade (older ATH-M50, and I also have a pair of the new ATH-M50x). Audio Techica serviced them (older cans) about 4 years ago with new swivel driver enclosures, new ear pads, new hinges, and a new cable. This work was performed quickly and expertly for a shockingly low fee. Techs in the repair dept. are very friendly and helpful, and WANT you to continue enjoying your cans. You just can't go wrong choosing these cans. They are my favorites, even over much more expensive competitors. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Denver, CO


    Excellent headphones, not quite durable


    Great headphones, but the ear pads won't last long. The faux leather stuff starts cracking and it comes off.

    Honolulu, Hi


    Great investment


    I believe its the by far the best quality headphone you can get for its value. I use mine everyday and absolutely love them.



    Exceptional Buy


    I've had my pair for over a year now and I havent had one complaint. I use them every single day and they have exceptional audio quality I recommend them to everyone who mentions looking for a new pair of headphones.

    Traverse City, MI


    Best Headphones for the price


    Try it to fall in love with these headphones



    Very bad model


    Wery bad cords. Two of it died in a year. I've bought another one and it's about to die too. After some time I've noticed phase issues during listening. If I touch 3.5 plug everithing goes to normal. After a while sound ruins and nothing helps. It repeated for three times with different cords.

    Saint Petersburg, Ru


    ATH-M50xWH Professional Monitor Headphones

    4.5 118


  • 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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