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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black Straight Cable

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  • Exceptional audio quality for professional monitoring and mixing
  • Collapsible design ideal for easy portability and convenient storage
  • Closed-back cushioned earcup design creates an outstanding seal for maximum isolation
  • Adjustable padded headband for comfort during long mixing/recording sessions
  • Proprietary 45mm large apature drivers with neodymium magnet systems
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Technical Details
Item Weight286 g
Product Dimensions30.5 x 21.6 x 13.3 cm
Item model numberATH-M50S
ColourBlack
Colour ScreenNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB004ZG9TMA
Best Sellers Rank 8,978 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight699 g
Date First Available15 Feb. 2011
  
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Product Description

With the ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones, 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 1/4" adapter

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Gold plated 6.3mm adapter

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Vernon on 14 Dec. 2011
These are the same as the ATH-M50, the difference is just that the cable is straight on the ATH-M50S and coiled on the other. Check those out to see many more in-depth reviews (including mine), but the jist is that these are unbeatable at this price, and better than many far more expensive headphones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Athanasios on 7 Feb. 2014
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I cannot compare it to the Sennheise pair I initially wanted to buy, since I decided to go for ATH after having read many reviews. And I agree with the positive ones. The sound quality is excellent. I tried them with my laptop, compact stereo, clavinova and smart-phone. They deliver a much better sound in the complete spectrum, using different kinds of music. It is noteworthy that using a not optimally ripped Sony recording of Glenn Gould (AAC audio file, 128 kbps, 44100kHz), I could start hearing his humming more clearly than with any other set of headphones or in-ear phones I had used before.

The long cable is for my purposes a major plus. The extra protection of the cable at the junction point with a metallic cover as well.

I used them in an office environment and the sound isolation was really good in both directions.

Although I was not very sure about the design (which looked a little old fashioned to me initially), when they arrived they really made me think otherwise, because they give a "higher quality" visual impression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antoine Camilleri HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 May 2014
The ATH-M50s really ooze quality. Their sleek design, top notch build quality and performance reflects great attention to detail.

These studio headphones deliver amazing crisp sound with excellent balance from treble to bass whilst retaining loads of detail. I particularly find the bass sounds so deep and only matched by much more expensive headphones. And be it classical or rock, these drivers will handle anything you throw at them with ease, offering an immersing musical experience in return.

The ATH-M50 are built to last, thanks to the sturdy materials and solid build quality. The single sided, sturdy cable is non removable and reinforced at both ends.

Please be aware that this version is the ATH-M50s, with"s" meaning that the cable is straight. There is a coiled cable version of the M50. The newer ATH-M50X come with 3 detachable cables.

You can find these headphones even cheaper here on Amazon.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Bear 81 on 29 July 2013
There are some very detailed reviews about these headphones so I'm just going to add the sound is so immersive. You get lost in the music hearing new parts that you haven't heard before. Due to the comfortability of the pads you won't want to take these off. I wish the wire wasn't so long or could be changed. For out and about use they are a bit chunky and the cable doesn't fit in pocket due to being curly. On the train or plane they are perfect. I have a large head and they fit with room to spare on the size adjustment. They can also be worn round the neck easily without any discomfort while you talk to the ticket inspector or your wife before you die back into your sounds. An excellent set of headphones and I think they are priced very well.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By O. Smith on 30 Jan. 2013
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I've had many headphones over the years usually sticking with either Sennheiser or Denon, but when the opportunity arose to treat myself to a pair of new headphones, I spent months reading reviews to find the perfect headphones for my budget. Long story short, I made a great purchase.

So after a full month of usage, here's my review:

Comfort:
Wearing glasses made using most over-ear and on-ear headphones uncomfortable after a few hours, this hasn't been an problem with these. I've been using them 7-8 hours a day 5 days a week with no discomfort. The ear pads on these are also extremely soft and comfortable which for quite a heavy product makes all the difference. I did notice a few reviewers saying they're quite tight on the head, I spent the first few days leaving them wrapped around a soft pillow to stretch out the headband, they're now a perfect fit.

Privacy (sound leakage):
Working in a quiet office meant it was important nobody else could hear what I was listening to, especially when I'm turning it up to 11. Being closed backed with a good seal between head and phones meant these did the job perfectly.

Sound quality:
These headphones have the best quality I've ever heard on headphones, I'm no expert at judging highs/lows/soundstage etc, all I can give it my opinion that these make all types music sound great. The bass is there when you need it, and gone when you don't, from classical to dub to rap to rock, I've listened to it all with these and have been impressed with it all.

Build quality:
They are mainly constructed of plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap in any way. I've spent the past month, folding these up and chucking them in my bag at the end of each day and they're still good as new. The thick cable is very durable, but would be even better if it was detachable.

If you have a similar budget to these and are looking for a good all rounder you can't go wrong!
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I use these daily while I work (for the past 2.5 years), and I can't imagine why anyone uses earbuds. Seriously: they sound better, are more comfortable and are likely better for your ears.

// SOUND
When I first tried these I thought the sound was pretty good. Then after about 50 hours of listening I noticed they really started to 'warm up'. I got the chance to compare them to a brand new set and my 50-hour set really did sound different, warmer, and a bit richer.

I can hear the full range in my music now. The bass is present, but NOT muddy or booming like other brands. It balanced with the mid- and high-ranges. BUT! As I have found with many single speaker systems, the mid-range tends to get tamped down a bit to produce the low and highs in balance. I use a digital EQ to help push out the mid-range a bit while not sacrificing the lows and highs.

// FIT
These are really comfortable to wear for a full work day. Granted, I (and likely the world of audiologists) recommend you take some breaks throughout the day, so I cannot attest to wearing them for 8 straight hours.

The ear cups rotate allowing you to align them around your ears. Most people will likely be able to turn them to the point where they don't even touch your ears.

The adjustable strap opens up to fit just about any size head (though maybe not kids).

// CORD
The cord is REALLY long! I found that I had to coil it up a bit since I would roll over it with my chair or close it in the drawers of my desk. It's not detachable like you see on some newer headphone models. This would be a great improvement to allow for swapping out cord lengths, or replacing them.

// DURABILITY
Mine is going on 2.5 years of daily use, and it is still holding up.
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