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Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with straight cable)

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The ATH-M50s has been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones.

    Audio-Technica has introduced a straight-cable version, ATH-M50s, of its flagship ATH-M50 headphones. Designed to provide an exceptionally natural response for professional monitoring/mixing, the headphones feature a closed-back, collapsible design with 45 mm neodymium drivers, circumaural ear pieces (180° swivel) and luxuriously padded ear cushions. A straight cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated mini-plug with included screw-on ¼" 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 proprietary large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer.

    Read what top industry professionals are saying about the ATH-M50.
  • 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 straight cable terminates to gold-plated mini-plug with screw-on ¼" adapter

    • Available in black color with coiled cable (ATH-M50), white color with coiled cable (ATH-M50WH), and silver color with straight cable (Limited Edition ATH-M50s/LE)

  • 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
    Weight284 g (10 oz) without cable and connector
    Cable3.5 m (11.0'), 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

  • Reviews

    Best All Around


    I just don't know what to say. These are awesome. They have incredibly flat response, with neat range. Even if these don't specialize on the range you like, you can easily tune these with an amp to fit your needs. I usually never had to do it though. The build quality is amazing. These are super comfortable and durable. I used to have these in my teens, and I wasn't careful with my things. I basically wore these 24/7, even in my sleep. I even took these to school. These guys really held up. The thing with these is that they are so comfortable, I eventually forget that I'm wearing them. The only cons I've had with them is that these aren't wireless, so even though I took these to school I had to deal with the big wad of cables in my pocket. They also met their demise when my dog bit the cable. However, I understand that they are designed for studio indoor use, so it's really all my fault. For my uses, I'd get the m50x version instead. With a price like this, you really can't go wrong. If you're thinking of buying it, just do it.

    United States

    Amazingly honest


    These headphones are amazingly flat and accurate. I use these when mixing and mastering recordings. The 45 mm driver extends very low into frequency without coloring the sound warmer as many bass-heavy cans tend to do. They won't break the laws of physics: you can expect bass to break up around 28 Hz but still be represented down to 20 Hz. Comfort-wise you might find these a distant second to your favorites, but they don't really feel like "work" headphones for the first hour. Build quality is high, and an included jack screws off of the cable to allow use with quarter inch sources as well. The cable spring on the jack is further evidence of a durable well built product. The cable is not removable from the headphone end, which may concern some, but these are serious headphones for production and having a stable connection here is one less worry in the signal. The sound stage is very neutral and transparent, and the level of precision and placement makes you forget the medium level of comfort. These headphones feature swiveling cups for one-ear monitoring and ease of carrying, and come with a soft bag for carrying. If you record, mix or master these should be on your short-list.

    Indiana, USA

    Good sounding, good looking headphones.


    Headphones sound great, clear treble. The bass is very much there and it is very smooth sounding, great. The mids are clear as well. They are better than I had expected, I would gladly pay $200 or more for these. I mainly use them for listening and producing and they work well, I also usually just leave them plugged in and use them for gaming as well and they have worked there too. Only thing I can say bad about them is that the cable is a bit too long for some things, like mobile listening or listening, say, with an iPod in public.

    Carmichaels, PA, USA

    Great Quality, only one con


    This product has surpassed any expectations of mine. The audio quality rivals any other top brand and price is reasonable for the overall quality. One con is that that the cord is too long for casual listening in public.

    Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Amazing headphones!!


    I don't usually write reviews for products that I buy but for these i feel I must. They have amazing sound quality, far surpassing any that I have previously tried. If you are looking for a great pair of headphones, here they are. The cord is a little long, which is good, but it is slightly annoying for casual listening.


    Simply the best


    These headphones are simply the best headphones I've ever heard. I always make it a point to try out new headphones and so far nothing has come close. I recently moved to Europe and was not able to bring my headphones with me, due to the bulk, but I love them so much that I decided to have them shipped out despite the cost.


    Absolutely Fantastic


    As just a casual listener my review may not be the most reliable or professional peace of writing but anyways. I found the ATH-M50 strait cable headphones to be completely 100% the best headphones I've ever used, owned and seen as long as I've been interested in high quality audio. As a bass head every aspect of bass is important, from high quality and large bass capacity to it being balanced and not overriding all the other sound. The bass is absolutely flawless and doesn't drown out any of the other frequencies, the highs are crisp and not to sharp (I hope that makes sense) and the mids are perfectly balanced. The only problem I had was that they got a little uncomfortable but that was after 6 1/2 hours so I would expect that. Over all ATH you did an extraordinary job and I you continue being the best audio tech company out there.


    Absolutely Amazing!!!


    I have had these cans for at least a year and all I have to say is WOW!! I absolutely LOVE these headphones! I use them all the time in multiple environments for multiple purposes; mainly as onstage monitors, but also for casual listening, and when I'm producing. There is no need to go and buy a pair of active noise canceling headphones with these things.These are my onstage monitors I use when i play guitar at my church and my church plays the music really loud and even if I have a minimal amount of sounds going through these things I CANNOT hear anything outside of these! I won't hardly listen to anything with my in-ears because the quality of the ath-m50's is just unmatched in anything I've ever heard. I compared them to my friends $300 AKG's and they blew them out of the water! I'm in love with these things! I am constantly recommending them to my friends if they are looking for great headphones. BUY THEM!! YOU WONT REGRET IT!!

    Houston, TX, USA

    best headphones under $200.00


    I just got these today and they sound amazing. The bass is very rich, the mids are fantastic, and the highs are soaring! The only bad thing is the cable is like 6 feet. Litterally the only bad thing. overall, these are the best headphones i have ever owned! I own bose, v-moda, and sadly, skullcandy. i am very happy i purchased these. buy these if you are in this budget and you want more bang for your buck.

    Suwanee, GA, USA

    Sounds Very Accurate


    The highs are quite clear, much better than other headphones of the price range, such as the v-mode crossfade lp's. These have very accurate response over a wide range. They present bass well, not obnoxiously, and you can modify balancing easily on your console anyways.

    Austin, TX, USA

    ATH-M50s Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with straight cable)

    4.9 28


  • Q & A

    I read that the cord comes out of the left side. I like my cord to come out of the right side. Can the head phones be worn in either direction? If not, just curious as to why.

    Rick - GSLCWI

    Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at for assistance with this.


    Where can I find the serial number on the M50x headphones?


    Thank you for your inquiry. The serial number is on the box. It is not on the headphones themselves.


    What advantage would these have in comparison to the slightly cheaper ATH-M40x?


    If you are looking for the greatest possible accuracy, the M50 Headphones reproduce even the smallest details with the greatest accuracy.


    The swivel attachment on the right side has broken. Am I able to replace that? The right side swivel attachment has broken so now the right earphone swivels outwards when I put them on instead of fitting over my ear. I would need to replace the whole piece that extends downwards on the end of the metal extension bar.


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


    Can the cable be replaced? I accidentally tripped over the cable when it was plugged into a computer and it snapped the gold tip of the jack for my ATH M50s headphones. Is that something that an amateur like myself could fix with a replacement jack or should I send it to your service center?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our parts department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.


    Where can I safely purchase these online?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Please check our dealer locator on our home page. There is a list of authorized dealers as well as a list of unauthorized online resellers. Please note, do not purchase from overseas sources or anyone that has a price that would be considered "Too good to be true".


    Will a smartphone drive these headphones? I have read many great reviews, but have not seen a definitive answer if a smartphone will drive these headphones properly. I see they are rated at 38ohm and that is supposed to make them pretty sensitive, but I just kind of want a straight answer. Thanks, Tom


    Not all smartphones are created equal. Hence the reason for non-definitive answer. I have a 3D EVO that powers the M50 to a good extent while my Galaxy Note has a bit of trouble powering them properly (i.e. slight drops in audio levels on certain recordings). While the EVO powers them OK, there's definitely an audible difference in dynamics going from the Evo to my receiver without any post-processing when achieving the same listening volume. So...yeah your mileage may vary. At the very least it will be audible, just don't expect a full sound spectrum when you connect to such devices. You can always audition them at the least. See if there's a local store nearby that can allow you to sample the headphones and have a go with your smartphones.


    Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-M50's are my headphone of choice. I use them with my iPhone. They sound very nice and have plenty of output. I cannot speak for all smartphones, but I would think they would pretty much the same.


    Replacement ear cushion I have a set of these headphones (amazing sound I must say !) but I noticed that the ear cushion on mine begins to crack and I was wondering if I can bought a set of replacement and change them myself. If not possible, can it be change in a service location in Canada. Thanks !


    Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 x 6002 for assistance.


    is there a volume control on these? If not, which comparable model does have it?


    Unfortunately, none of the Audio-Technica Professional Studio Monitoring headphones have an in-line volume control. Most professional headphones do not offer this feature. The only headphones Audio-Technica currently manufactures that do have an in-line volume control are the ATH-ANC23, ATH-ANC33iS, and the ATH-ANC25. One could use an In-Line Headphone Volume Attenuator, such as the Westone Travel Kit (includes an In-Line Volume Control adapter), the Koss VC20, or the Level Attenuator with Volume Control from EarphoneSolutions. However, please note that adding an additional adapter to the mix could degrade sound quality with any set of headphones. Thanks!


    Will tere be a new model coming with a removable cord...? I was hoping that there would be a new model coming out with a removable cord so that a person would have a choice as to the length they would want to use in different situations...


    Thank you for your inquiry. That is something I do not know at this time.