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Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)

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

  • Overview

    The ATH-M50WH has been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones.

    With the ATH-M50WH professional studio monitor headphones (white color; coiled cable), 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 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.
  • 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 ¼" adapter

    • ATH-M50WH Headphones are white color (except gray ear pads). Available in black color with coiled cable (ATH-M50), 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
    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

  • Reviews

    After 2 years I stil use these daily


    I got these headphones a couple of Christmases ago, and I have used them daily ever since! I'm a music addict and these headphones are one of the reasons why. The sound quality is phenomenal! I love coming home and relaxing to the catastrophic beauty of Apex Twin bouncing around my head. If you make music, play an instrument, or just enjoy music; Please get these headphones. You will not regret it.

    Fredericksburg, Va


    Definitely a recommended buy for all users, new or veteran t


    For months I scoured the internet for the perfect pair of headphones. Finding a pair of decent, yet financially feasible headphones. I came across many positive reviews for this headset, and when the White Version was released, I could not resist. I purchased myself a pair and was definitely not disappointed. These beauties deliver a wide range of sound ranging from deep powerful bass to crisp, clear and punctuated tones. Everything was balanced and there was no emphasis on any range of sound. Despite having a full sound, the closed back headphones barely leaked any sound, which helped reduce the disturbance of others around you in a quiet environment and is great for use on the go. The comfort level was phenomenal; I could wear these for hours on end. Again, for those looking for a decently priced headset with a good price/quality tradeoff, your search ends here. Thank you, Audio Technica. I will forever be a fan.


    After months of research on finding the right headphones...t


    I've been using these for about half a year now and let me tell you that because of these, I can never casually listen to music again wearing earbuds. The difference in sound quality is uncanny compared to anything else that I've tried. For example, I've tried the Bose AE2 headphones for a few weeks more for comfort, however I had always felt that sound quality was just lacking in crispness and clearness, and the sound was not FULL, rather dissonant. I mention this because these headphones surpass the sound quality on every level of those. Full sound, non-booming bass, and the perfect balance of frequencies. They are ridiculously comfortable and the around-ear feeling blocks a lot of outside noise out when listening to music, so you could say that they imitate noise-cancelling headphones. The white colour is gorgeous and does not cause the phones to get as dirty as you think they would. The cord is also very strong and durable. I would not like to say that these are meant for wearing outside, for example, walking, running, as they are big and heavy duty, but if you're one of those people who walks around all day with big headphones on, then go for it. These look awesome. The ONLY PROBLEM with these was when I first got them. There is a great deal of squeaking from the hinges when you turn your head even slightly, eat, or walk around with them (every step you take causes a squeak or noise), however, after AVID USE of them, it went away, or at least I think it did, because I do not notice it anymore. So if you happen to get annoyed by your headphones making noise, I would advise that you get a different model of Audio Technica headphones, because it will drive you insane with frustration. But the sound is what really counts, and the comfort, and I must say that these are more than excellent for listening to my classical, rock, and jazz music. I am very impressed with the quality that Audio Technica puts into their products, and after extensive use of these phones, I must say that I am very satisfied with the purchase. One thing that I'd fix is the creaking in the headphones, I'm not sure how. Perhaps it was only the model that I have, because I first tried these in the black version and I never heard any creaking.

    Ontario, Canada

    Great sounding headphones for value


    This are really good for the price and hope that remains the same haha! The only improvement I would suggest and crucial one would be detachable cable as I had problems with that I really hope AT engineers/designers would take note of that and include it in their futures models. IT would make it the best if it had 2 jacks enabling daisy chaning! overall great multipurpose headphones from DJing to mixing to leasure!


    they are very durable and sound amaing


    THEY ARE AMAZING the sound quality is amazing take this from someone that studies acoutics the bass is deep and on point punchy when needed to be and smoth when the track depends it they sound amaing on all types of music and even better on my jds labs mcoy head phone amplifer it cleans up the audio quality the mids are nice and rounded and the high are very crisp and clean and can be heard with tracks that have a lot of bass like gucci mayne birds and they are the best head phones for under 1500 dollars hand down and they absoluty stomp on dr dre beats they are way more cofortable they look great but most of all the sound repoduction is the best i have ever heard from head phones and they still keep amazing me with spl and clarity


    ATH-M50 White Professional Review


    This product ATH-M50 White has really impressed me in many ways. It is very comfortable, meaning you can monitor or listen for hours. Great for Studios/Monitoring. It has great bass, I'll explain the Lows, Mids and Highs below: Highs: Very crisp/natural Mids: Perfectly balanced Lows: Great bass, not too much not too low. Bass is only there is bass is present in the track you're listening to. Below is the genre these headphones are recommended for: Dubstep Rap (Most tracks) Any genre of rock Jazz Blues R&B Pop My personal opinion: These are the best on-a-budget headphones you can get for the amazing low price. Wayyyyyy better than the Beats by Dr. Dre Pro or any other celebrity headphone. They're stylish, a great alternative to the Beats by Dr. Dre if you were considering the Beats by Dr. Dre for looks. They're very comfortable, after using them for 10 minutes, you forget you even put them on. I definitely would recommend this product to anyone. The cable is very durable but the only Con would be it's NOT removable, but they make up for this with a very durable thick cable. GET THE COILED CABLE IT'S MUCH MORE PORTABLE THAN THE STRAIGHT CABLE! They easily fold up and can be put into the carrying pouch that comes with it. One last thing is the ear cups swivel 180 degrees What comes with the ATH-M50 White: 1. White carrying pouch 2. Screw-on 1/8" to 1/4" GOLD-PLATED Studio Plug/Adapter 3. ATH-M50 White headphones (Coiled Cable)

    Texas, USA

    Amazing sound quality


    It took me more then 2 weeks to find the right headphones and finally ath-m50 was finalized. Then I spend few days to find the retailer who sells these and I finally found one which was 50km away from my house. After buying it I tried it in my car and I was not satisfied with it because of sound quality. I went home and tried it again and after few mins the sound got better and better and I must say these headphones completed my music. I had beats before but they hurt my ears after using it for awhile. These headphone gave me a comfort and amazing sound quality. One day I 4got I had them on my head. Love this product!! I give you 9/10 because the con is It took me days to find it. :D Just to let you know the reason it didn't sound so good in the start was because my car was turned on and noise outside probably made me think it sound bad!!


    ATH-M50WH Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)

    5.0 7


  • Q & A

    I lost my 1/4 adapter can't seem to find one that fits. This set has a different thread than the sets that replaced it. Do you have the adapter that came with this set


    Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at for assistance with this.


    So... the M50x has the same specifications as the M50 WH? Or are the 'M50 WH the older version of M50x?

    Help please

    Thank you for your inquiry. The audio specifications of the ATH-M50x headphones are the same as those of the original ATH-M50.


    Which one to buy? Im deciding on either getting the black ath-m40x or the ath-m50 white, which do you think is better? I listen to modern mainstream music including dubstep, hip hop, rap and music along those lines.


    Since you specifically indicated "Dubstep, Hip Hop and Rap", I suggest you buy the ATH-m50 because they have a more pronounced Bass Response compared to the ATH-m40 and the music genres you listen to most are typically Bass Heavy or benefit from headphones tuned for emphasized bass response.


    White M50 replacement pads Where can I find the replacement pads for the White M50 headphones? Only place I see that seems to have is ebay.


    Replacement earpads for the ATH-M50 are available through the Audio-Technica Parts Department: Thanks!


    Does this headphones contain any kind of battery?


    No battery. No power source of any kind.


    Thank you for your inquiry. No this headphone does not use a battery.


    ATH-M50WH or ATH-M50 I was looking for a new pair of headphones to purchase and would like to know the differences or even preferences for these to headphones, I would be mainly using it to record, audio editing, listening to music and playback on guitar.


    Thank you for your inquiry. The headphones are identical except for color. The ATH-M50 is black and the ATH-M50-WH is white.


    Can anyone suggest reputable places to buy the white online? Looking through Amazon, none of the sellers have that logo that confirms they are authorized resellers. I don't want to get stuck with a bum knock-off; these white ones are tough to find with any degree of confidence online. Any suggestions/LINKS would be extremely helpful. Thanks!



    Replacement Earpads I have the white M50s, but I have been unable to find any replacement earpads for sale online. Does Audio-Technica sell any? And if so, where will I be able to purchase replacement pads?


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


    Best method for cleaning band and pads There is discolouring going on in the headband and earpads of my headphones. What is the best method to use for cleaning this? I've heard that the pads are made of leather so I do not want to ruin them.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Use a cloth slightly dampened with water and a mild soap. Be sure to completely dry before using,


    High volume levels ok? Just a quick (and seemingly novice) question - can turning the volume up very high damage these headphones? I've already had a few incidents where I accidentally had the volume of whatever was being routed through the headphones very loud, and when I played it it came through the headphones at a very high level. Should I be worried about any internal damage because of this or are they built to handle such high levels?


    if the sound be comes destorted then yes it may blow the driver just like any othe speaker most speakers blow due to desatortion or over heating wich warps the voice coil


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it is possible to damage the headphones with too much signal, although it is doubtful that anything designed as a headphone output could provide enough signal to do so. Maybe connecting to the output of a power amplifier or something simialr could cause damage. I would think that you would damage your ears long before causing damage to the headphones. Please note that we provide a spec, Maximum Input Power for our headphones and for the ATH-M50's that is 1,600 mW at 1 kHz