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Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)

U.S. Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

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

  • Overview

    The ATH-M50RD has been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones.


    With the ATH-M50RD professional studio monitor headphones (red 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.

    Read what top industry professionals are saying about the ATH-M50.
  • Features

    • New limited edition red color

    • 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

    • Available in black color with coiled cable (ATH-M50), white color with coiled cable (ATH-M50WH), 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

    Sound good but questionable quality


    Happy with sound quality, but not happy that even though I've taken very good care of these, something snapped when I put them on and now one side no longer clings against my ear, making them unusable. I paid a considerable amount for these and expected higher quality. I contacted service department and they said I'd have to pay to have them repaired. Would rather find better quality.

    Medford, OR

    Product is one of the best sets of headphones for the price


    The product is the best pair of headphones I have ever bought. The only improvements that could be made are the following: 1. There is some very mild crackle and fizzle in certain mid range sounds at times, although it is minimal and hard to hear most of the time. 2. The durability of the headphone covers is a bit shorter than I would have expected. Otherwise the product kicks butt.

    Seattle, WA

    Best bang for the buck studio headphones


    Having a very low frequency response, these headphones provide one of the clearest quality sounds with proportionate levels within each band. I have had these headphones for over two years now and they have yet to disappoint me. The stereo imaging gives the impression that you are sitting in a room with several different spheres of sound in three dimensions. In other words, they are completely immersive. Only con is a rather flimsy AUX jack, and after two years, this "defect" hasn't bothered me a single bit. Recommended for producers and listeners alike.

    South Florida

    Well balanced, great sound quality


    My first experience with the ATH-M50 headphones was when my friend had the original black ones years ago. I tried them on and really loved them, and when AT announced they would release a limited edition Red color, I immediately ordered them. Upon arrival, I marveled at how vivid the red color is. They really look nice, and stand out from the normal black headphone scene. Wearing these headphones is rather nice, they are very comfy and I can listen to them for long periods of time without having my ears hurt...the only downside to that is that they can get a tad hot, so I recommend taking some breaks throughout listening to them. After breaking them in, I decided to test them out with some music. Plugging them into my iPod, I noticed that they had a very nice, balanced sound, with only a small bump in the lows and highs. This eq curve is actually preferable for listening to most music, since a perfectly flat curve can actually make music sound tinny and too bright. These produce nice lows without being overbearing, and vocals are crystal clear, and the highs are crisp, but not painful or tinny. I also purchased a portable amplifier, and although the M50s don't require an amp, it really made these headphones shine. They get more power now, and sound fuller and even crisper than before. I really like the coiled cable that comes installed on the Red M50s. Some may find the cable to be heavy and burdensome, but AT offers straight cabled versions of the ATH-M50 headphones, just not in red. Overall, I believe that these are the best headphones you can buy in this price range, and easily outshine many more popular headphones that cost $100 more. If you are considering getting a nice pair of headphones, I highly recommend you consider the M50s. You'll be hard-pressed to find better headphones in this price range.

    Cortland, NY 13045, USA

    This product is great for price.


    First of it has AMAZING sound. I recommend this for everybody.


    Hands down the best pair of headphones I've ever bought


    These headphones are definitely worth the investment.


    the best sound ever


    The bass is so cool when play music with it its like a whole diffnt experience like no other you got to get a pair you will be glad you did I promis


    ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with coiled cable)

    4.7 7


  • Q & A

    I lost my screw-on 1/4" adapter for this headset and generic replacements don't fit. Can you give me a part number? And/or tell me where to order this little piece?


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


    Do these headphones have Surround Sound capability?


    Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-M50RD headphones have two speaker drivers for a stereo signal. Additional spacial characteristics may be done via source software.


    straight cable I really like the way these headphones look. I'm wondering if there is any way to get a straight cable?


    Unfortunately, the cable is not switchable; the only cable for the ATH-M50RD is the coiled cable. Thanks!


    These only come with the coiled cable. There are places that will install different cables, but this voids the warranty from Audio-Technica


    The ATH-M50RD headphones have a permanently attached coiled cable.


    can i use these headphones for dj purpose?are they so loud at top volumes?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, these can be used for DJ purposes. These are very versatile and can be used in studios, casual listening as well by DJ's


    Do these have a Detachable cable?


    No they don't. You can have them installed, but it voids the warranty, and is not endorsed by Audio-Technica


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes they do.


    By the use of the words "limited edition", how many ATH-M50RD will be produced? So far, we've only hear 3000 for Europe. What about the Americas? Asia? Globally?


    Thank you for your inquiry and your comments. The AT4053b is a very versatile microphone, especially for instrument recording. Thank you for your inquiry. You are correct, they are limited. Every region of the world is responsible for their own sales and marketing, so it is not possible to know the quantities available worldwide,


    Are these headphones currently available? If not, do you know when these will be available?


    Thank you for your inquiry. They are beginning to ship to dealers currently, so you should start to see them in stores soon.


    Strait and/or Coiled Cable Hello, I was wondering if the ATH-M50RD comes with a strait cable, a coiled cable or if there is both versions available.


    hey it just comes with a coiled cable.


    Thank you for your inquiry. These will have a coiled cable. No straight cable version is planned at this time.


    Where can I purchase these?


    Thank you for your inquiry. These will be available beginning in March and will be available at our professional products dealers.


    How long will the ATH-M50RD be available? Planning on buying this for my birthday, which is coming up March 30th.


    Thank you for your inquiry. These will be available starting in March and they will be limited in number. I expect them to sell out quickly.