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Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones   

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Collapsible closed-back headphones with extended frequency range designed for professional use.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones offer remarkably true response and long-term listening comfort for even the most discerning professional. Specially designed for the monitoring and mixing professional, ATH-M50S studiophones offer a well thought-out design for compact storage and portability. The ATH-M50S circumaural ear pieces rotate 180 for simple one-ear monitoring and the lushly padded ear cushions form a superior seal for ultimate isolation. The adjustable headband is padded as well, for essential comfort during long mixing sessions. The left earpiece features a coiled cable with gold-plated mini-plug. Audio-Technica' innovative driver technology along with outstanding components, both featured in the ATH-M50S, deliver extraordinary power handling and superior SPL capabilities while preserving true clarity of sound across their extended range. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50S features proprietary, large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for extremely 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
SPECIFICATIONS

ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones

  • Type: Closed-back dynamic
    Driver diameter: 1.77" (45 mm)
    Magnet: Neodymium
    Voice coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
    Frequency response: 15-28,000Hz
    Maximum input power: 1,600mw at 1khz
    Sensitivity: 99db
    Impedance: 38 ohms
    Weight: 10 oz. (284 g) without cable and connector
    Cable: 1.2 - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') Straight, OFC litz wire
    Connector: Gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
    Accessory included: Protective pouch
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Audio-TechnicaATH-M50S Monitor Headphones
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (3)
  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good bass (3)
  • Good value (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (3)
  • Music (3)
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5.0

Great Cans!

By DT

from IN

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • Portable Devices
    • Relaxing
    • Traveling

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

    Compared these to the BeyerDynamic DT-770 80's. In my novice opinion:

    -distinct bass presence, but w/clarity
    -compact/lightweight
    -versatile; swiveling cans
    -I opted for the straight cord vs. curled
    -great for pure listening enjoyment
    -use to practice my bass & the only issue; sounds a bit buzzed when playing.

    I did like the ear & head padding better on the DT-770's, but again great quality, value, and customer service.

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    5.0

    Phenomenal

    By b9009b

    from Philly

    About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • Portable Devices
    • Relaxing
    • Traveling
    • With My Computer
    • Working

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

    I tried this product in 3 different areas.

    1. Music - It performs flawlessly. From Death Metal to Folk, Blues and Jazz and everything in between.

    2. Guitar Amp - These are the best I have found for playing through a guitar amp. I play 8 string baritone and 6 string guitars and it performed flawlessly.

    3. Guitar Effects Pedalboard. Again Flawless.

    These headphones are great for any use. They are light and comfortable. I play for hours at a time and do not notice them on my head except for the fact of the sound. And the fact that they come with a 1/4'' and 1.8'' headphone plug that screws on.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great phones - I own 5 pair!!!

    By LowEndProposition

    from Peoria, IL

    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

      I can't say enough good things about these phones. I'd highly recommend getting the 'straight' cable if you have a large rehearsal space. The coiled cord seems to limit movement. However, for the price, the clarity and low end response from these phones are awesome. I originally bought two pair of these and the rest of the band "urged" me to get more. I have many musicians coming and going from my home studio and they all have nothing but great things to say about the audio coming from these. The only negative thing of owning over-the-ear phones is the amount of sweat they create. These will make you sweat...but I always heard you have to put the sweat into the music if you're writing good material:-) Happy listening...

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      5.0

      Sweet Surrender

      By Audire

      from Philippines

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

      I am satisfied for investing on these cans. I appreciate the most the natural response and sound reproduction unlike with other cans, of this type, who seems to be to hypey with their base. These are able to capture other flaws of a mp3 file like (sibilants, plosives, crackles and hisses) which might have slipped through the recording process. One of the things i appreciate on these cans, you could hear all the sounds even the smallest ones like egg-shakers and other small instruments. Also, i seem to get the feeling that i am just inside a studio watching and listening to singing artist. further, it has good clamping force which it wouldn't fell or slip off from your head when you bend over or do a little bit of head banging. good job Audio Technica.

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      4.0

      Overrated

      By Innerlyte

      from Boston, MA

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

      Perhaps I got a bad pair, but these cans don't seem very accurate at all. They reproduce the low end surprisingly well, if not too aggressively, but the mids and highs drop off, sucking the life out of my mixes. Most things sound dull and lack punch through these things. Luckily, I mix on a decent pair of monitors (as should everyone!) and only use these to check sub-bass frequencies. One thing I like about these headphones is they form a good seal and don't bleed reference material when tracking. As some users have mentioned though, they can feel a little tight after wearing for extended periods of time. Also, I don't particularly care for the swiveling can design, as they're always spinning around when I'm trying to put the headphones on. At any rate, I'll probably go back to AKG for my next set of headphones..

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      5.0

      Nice Response

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

      The headphones themselves look nice, feel nice and are very flexy. Quality overall in manufactureing seems nice. Now to whats most important sound. The sound is quality for produceing music so its not bose, but you can hear ALOT more than you can with normal headphones. pretty much any frequency you can throw at it is audible. The treble and mid doesnt drop when the tough gets on it like with alot of stuff. So far haveing them allows me to hear where i need to edit levels to make the song sound right, its worth the money i think.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Had these for a year now

      By Soundsmith

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

      I have made my living recording and mixing since 1982. I live in the studio. I recommend these headphones because they are comfortable, accurate, and provide great isolation. One of the things I like is that they reveal low frequencies that are hard to hear sometimes in near field speakers. They are also good for fine tuning balances in a mix at low levels and have excellent spacial reproduction. They do not fall apart either which is always a big factor when spending this kind of money.

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      4.0

      Alright but aren't the best

      By Carl Schissler

      from Chapel Hill, NC

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50S Monitor Headphones:

      I got these headphones after my old ATH-M30's started to get really gross after 5+ years of use. The build quality on these is great and a step above the M30s. They're also more comfortable to wear for long periods and provide better isolation. However, I was very disappointed with what was most important: the sound. When doing A/B comparisons of these phones with the M30's and then testing using my high end JBL monitors, there are definitely problems with the frequency response of these headphones. The low mids and bass frequencies are at least 6dB too loud and it sounds like there is a huge scoop from about 1kHz to 4kHz which totally kills the presence and punch of most sources. I was hoping to get some phones with slightly better high end than the M30s (which taper off dramatically above 10kHz), but was sorely disappointed in the overall sound of these headphones. I'm probably getting another pair of M30s to use for everyday listening to replace these.

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