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LIMITED EDITION Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with straight cable)

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

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

  • Overview

    The ATH-M50s/LE headphones have been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones.

    To celebrate Audio-Technica’s 50th Anniversary, A-T has introduced a special limited edition ATH-M50s/LE Anniversary Headphone in a silver-colored metallic finish.

    With the ATH-M50s/LE professional studio monitor headphones (silver color with straight 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 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.

    To read about A-T’s history & see more 50th Anniversary Limited Edition products, click here.
  • Features

    • Special 50th anniversary edition in silver-colored metallic finish

    • 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 black color with straight cable (ATH-M50s)

  • 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

    I really like these.


    I really like these phones and use them often. One problem: The cushion material in the headband quickly started to disintegrate. I has black colored residue all over me after wearing them. I finally had to put black electrical tape around the headband. (I know. An unthinkable thing to do to a limited edition product).

    Florida, USA


    very good headphones


    I got these headphones a few days ago and have been listening to them a lot. The sound quality is much better then any headphone I have ever heard. when I first took them out the bass was a little lacking yet after a while it got better. these headphones sound good no matter what type of music you listen to, I listen to all music from country to rap back to classic rock. they also cancel outside sound fairly well but keep in mind they don't have an actual noise cancelling system built in. I would strongly suggest buying these while you still can cause not only do they sound good but they look better then the regular M50s.


    Very good but..


    I'm no audio expert. In fact i'm only 16, but i'm not the type to buy headphones for the brand or just popularity. I do know what great headphones sound like, and these are it. These have amazing audio quality, build quality, and they look great to. The only problem I have with these headphones is that I listen to mainly dubstep. I know this genre of music is somewhat harsh on headphones because of the nature of the music, but when i'm listening through these headphones, they crackle such an unbearable amount, its painful. They say with these headphones you will hear tiny pieces in songs that you cant with others, and this is entirely true. I've heard sounds in songs that i knew by heart that I haven't heard in other headphones. I have listened to these in a wide variety of genres however, such as hip hop, rap, rock, alternative, and some others all for just testing and comparing to other headphones, and these blew the others away. I rated 3/5 for "ease of use" because of the fact that the cord is, I believe, 3.5 meters long. This makes them very hard for walking with these on, because it feels like you have a pocket full of rocks constantly rubbing against your leg. Of course, I do realize these are advertised as "studio monitoring headphones" and not casual use at school, but 3.5 meters is still way more than necessary. If these had a removable cord as many other headphones do, and had an overall shorter cord, I would definitely rate 5/5 for "ease of use". I hate to have to do it, but I will be returning these. Overall amazing headphones with great quality, but these are just not for me.


    Couldn't want anything more.


    I've owned Sennheiser HD 280's as well as AKG K 271 MK II and I have to say that these really deliver. I'm not too technical so I won't have the specific details that you might want from a review, but these headphones are very, very balanced. It does lack a bit in the mid-range, but I've never heard clearer response in the hi and lo ranges. In short, these headphones will show you how music was meant to sound. It simply makes it come to life... I love them.

    Chicago, IL

    ATH-M50s/LE LIMITED EDITION Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with straight cable)

    4.5 4


  • Q & A

    Can I get parts for these?


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


    Would I be able to get my set fixed despite being discontinued?


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


    Left headphone broke off the headband. Where can I get replacement parts to fix it?


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


    If the cable becomes pinched, can it be replaced?


    For U.S. customers, the cable may be replaced by the Audio-Technica United States Service Department. Thanks!


    Availability Hi, I was wondering if these headphones are sill produced (they don't have a discontinued sign on them yet!). A couple weeks ago, I checked an authorized retailer and it said they had it in stock but now it's gone. I would love to buy a pair but they retailer isn't sure if they will restock as the headphones are limited in availability. Are you guys still sending the Ath-M50s LE out to retailers?


    Thank you for your inquiry. We have none in our inventory. There may be some available at stores, but you will have to look around for them.


    What is better The ATH-AC9 or The ATH-M50 I wanna know what is the difference behind them and which sound quality is better


    Thank you for your inquiry. That is not easy to do. They are designed for completely different uses and one has active noise cancelation and a microphone (ATH-ANC9) and the other does not. The ATH-M50 is designed for studio work, while the ATH- ANC9 is for casual listening.


    will these work with the original ipad? will they work with most current ipad when i upgrade?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, They work with iPads, iPhones and iPods.


    How thick is the metal part around the headphone jack? Will it fit a lot of different cases?


    The carrying case for the ATH-M50 can be found at the following site: is an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.


    Where can I buy ATH-M50s/LE or any other Audio-technica headphones in Croatia or anywhere in Europe? Thanks


    For more information, please contact the following: Audio-Technica Central Europe: H-1107 Budapest, Fogadó u. 3. Hungary Tel: +36 (1) 433 34 08 Fax: +36 (1) 431 90 06 Email: OR TD Elektronika +385 12431 5555


    Online purchase Is a reliable place to buy these headphones as of Nov. 8, 2012?


    The best way to purchase any Audio-Technica product, is to get it through an Authorized Audio-Technica Dealer. Audio-Technica has a Dealer Locator on their homepage, . is not an authorized dealer. However, some Authorized A-T Dealers sell through Amazon. If you are not sure if whether the dealer is authorized to sell A-T product or not, please check the following list for confirmation: PLEASE NOTE: Audio-Cubes and Accessory-Jack are NOT Authorized Audio-Technica U.S. Dealers. Product purchased from either company might not be genuine, and does not come with an ATUS Warranty.