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Audio-TechnicaATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 307 reviews)

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    (62)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (282)
  • Easy to use (202)
  • Versatile (129)
  • Lightweight (104)
  • Durable (87)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (53)
  • Limited functions (6)
  • Uncomfortable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (191)
  • Amateur recording (113)
  • Professional recording (113)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (75)
  • Performances (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (169), Novice (96), Professional musician (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great professional studio headphones

I use this product in a home recording studio. My other pair of headphones are Sony MDR-7506. The Sony's are a studio staple, but they are quite bright. The ATH-M50 is quite...Read complete review

I use this product in a home recording studio. My other pair of headphones are Sony MDR-7506. The Sony's are a studio staple, but they are quite bright. The ATH-M50 is quite a bit darker, which allows me to hear when my mixes do not have enough high end. The two headphones compliment each other very well.

The ATH-M50 has a very clear bottom end and great spacial clarity (the way things are panned). There is a lot that I can hear on those headphones, which I can not hear on my Sony headphones or on my monitors. The isolation is also great if you want to record loud instruments, such as drums without having bleed.

If you are a vocalist who likes to hear themselves when recording, you might want to look towards headphones that allow a little more bleed than these, unless you are alright hearing yourself back through the computer.

The headphones come with a quarter inch to eighth inch adapter and there is a spring system at the end of the headphone cord, which keeps you from pulling the cord out of the adapter (one of the ways that most headphones will break). Overall it's a great buy, if it's going to be your only pair of studio headphones or an addition to a collection.

They are also quite fun for leisure listening and I imagine would be quite comfortable and quiet on airplanes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Sound, Average Fit

The sound clarity is great, but the over-ear fit is decent for a short time. Longer use, such as 2+ hours makes these units uncomfortable. I find my older Beyerdynamic DT831 much,...Read complete review

The sound clarity is great, but the over-ear fit is decent for a short time. Longer use, such as 2+ hours makes these units uncomfortable. I find my older Beyerdynamic DT831 much, MUCH more comfortable. For the price expected by Audio-Technica, I expected a better fit.

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4.0

Good value

By Kent

from Walnut Creek, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

    These were bought to replace some lighter weight headphones ( that I actually liked ) that broke. One of the ears died. C-NET had a good review of these headphones and the price seemed good so I bought them. The sound is excellent and I am very happy with these headphones. They are actually more comfortable then I thought they might be and very well built. No cables are going to break on these headphones. On the downside I am using them with the current version of the iPod Touch which is really thin so it can be a little hard with the heavy duty cables. I knew this might be the case when I bought these since they are called "studio" headphones. You won't go jogging with these on but otherwise good headphones.

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    5.0

    great headphones

    By saltfeend the DJ

    from PDX baby

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Good fit
    • Good For Dj
    • Seem Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

      these things sound awesome. Im a DJ and a video editor, and these are great to work with. Listening to vinyl with these babies are a real treat. Good sound isolation too.

      They fold just the way i need them too also. They dont 'slip' off my head when i have one ear off to monitor the house sound.

      Big thumbs up

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      4.0

      Great headphones

      By Riba the violinist

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

          My first high quality headphones. Extremely satisfied! I'm a real person (ie not someone who is super picky about timbre in specific ranges). I can say these are durable, and provide very high quality sound, decent noise blockage. LOVE the coiled cable (never gets tangled).

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          4.0

          Great Investment

          By BuckeyeGuy

          from Peoria, IL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Noise Reducing

          Cons

          • Heavy Short Cable

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Video Shoots

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

          The sound is terrific. Very balanced and detailed across the spectrum. And while they're not noise cancelling, they do greatly reduce outside ambient noise without making you feel like you're in a sound-proof booth. That's a good combination for monitoring sound while shooting video. I only wish the coiled cable (which is kind of heavy) was a bit longer so it wouldn't pull down on the cans so much. Outside of that, I've very pleased with these headphones.

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          4.0

          My first pair of professional headphones

          By EsoUno

          from MD

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

              Nice and clear, balanced sound.

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              4.0

              Good phones for the money.

              By ramon68

              from Southwest Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                I bought these phones to listen to music at volume levels that would bother my wife if played through my speakers. The overall balance of these phones is pleasing to me especially for classical music. They are better than my MTM speakers in reproducing 32hz organ fundamentals.Given that one can spend four figures for headphones, I am happy with the$ I spent for these.

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                5.0

                Blew my mind!

                By Benjamin C.

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Novice

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                  For the price, the quality of these headphones simply cannot be beat. This was my first real investment into good sound, and I'm glad it was. Now, compared to higher end headphones in the $+ it falters in the mids and highs, but for under $, it's a solid piece of kit. Definitely a must-have for anyone wanting to take their music listening experience to another level.

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                  4.0

                  Great for Mixing.

                  By Shamans Dream

                  from Pahoa, HI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                    I'm a traveling DJ and music producer and these headphones give me a clear accurate musical experience. Nice bass too.

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                    5.0

                    Worth the Money

                    By Markins

                    from Easley, SC

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                        I bought these headphone as a gift for my son. Before I took them to him at college, I tried them out and compared them to a pair of Sennheiser's I have. I'll have to say that they definitely had a better sound and you could hear more detail than the Sennheiser headphones.
                        I gave him about a week to check them out before asking him what he thought. He said they sound great and he's glad he did his homework on researching these. He had been leaning toward the Beats by Dr. Dre. but was glad he got these.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing headphones, 5 Star justified.

                        By Joe Gadget GURU

                        from Jensen Beach, Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Best in class
                        • Best Under 200
                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Music Voice Instrumenta
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                        These are over-ear headphones, and also very comfortable for long listening sessions. The dynamic range is off the charts. Clarity is amazing. Listen to the base players fingers hit the strings. You will hear things like never before. Clear and distinct base. excellent clarity and dynamic range. Construction is great. The headband is padded and the phones feel like quality headphones in hand hand, and on your head. I got the best price at B&H, and @ would not touch it. They were out of stock soon after I bought mine, and that is easy to understand when these are rated 5 stars everywhere. For good reasons, too.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Headphones

                        By David the Gamer

                        from Dallas, TX

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                        I bought these for listening to music and playing computer games. I did a lot of comparison shopping before making the purchase and I think I made the right choice. The headphones are very comfortable - I have no issues wearing them for three or four hours at a time and the sound is impeccable. You will hear every instrument and lots of details you may have missed. If you're looking for a great set of headphones for a reasonable price, try these.

                        The vinyl bag that comes with them doesn't seem like it would offer much protection so you may consider purchasing a hard case if you will be transporting them a lot.

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                        5.0

                        Audio Technica M50's

                        By jt

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                            I listen to music at work. Work in a busy open layout office.

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                            5.0

                            Great Performance

                            By Steve W.

                            from Spring City, PA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good dynamic range
                            • Good value
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Music Through Ipod

                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                              I purchased these headphones after reading a review suggesting they were great for use with an iPOD, which is what they're primarily used for.

                              They're comfortable to wear and the sound quality is great! Because of their over-the-ear design, I can now hear subtle (quiet) portions of music & lyrics that I missed with my older (cheap) headphones. I'm really happy with this purchase and highly recommend these headphones for use with iPODs or just listening to music from your computer. The only down side is that I'm now unable to hear my wife when she tries to get my attention from another room :-)

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                              5.0

                              Best Headphones for the Price

                              By Headphone User and Gamer

                              from Lima, Ohio

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Comfortable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • High quality
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Leisure

                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                Was very pleased with my new headphones. They provide excellent sound quality and are also very comfortable. I regularly wear them for several hours and I have yet to have them feel uncomfortable. They are also very adjustable and fit my small head quite well which other headphones have not. Well worth the price and my only regret is that I waited this long to replace my old set of headphones.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome pair of headphones

                                By VJ

                                from KS

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Bulky/Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                  Highlight of the headphones
                                  (a)Build quality is very good
                                  (b) Sound is best in the price range
                                  (c) Very comfortable
                                  (d) Must buy for a person looking for good quality headphones to last life time

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic Headphones

                                  By AirThunder

                                  from Maryland

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Mobile DJ
                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                    These are by far the best headphones I have ever had. The build quality is sturdy, they are very comfortable for long wearing.The sound is jaw dropping. I really can't say it enough. These would be a steal at $ ! It'll make you want to relisten to all your old music now!

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                                    5.0

                                    ATH-M50 lives up to the hype

                                    By ResedaRuss

                                    from Queen Creek, AZ

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Bargain Priced
                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Comfortable
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Exceptional Fidelity

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Long listening sessions
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                      For closed-back phones, the sound-field is reasonably open and spacious. Frequency response is smoother than I've personally experienced from other well thought of headphones I've owned like the Sony MD-7506 and the Sennheiser HD-580. Bass is exceptional without being dark, overbearing or muddy and it doesn't overpower the mid or high frequencies. The highs are extended and clean without glare or strain. Very well built physically and feel solid in my hands and on my head. Better yet, they come at a Honda price but they have BMW's build and quality.

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                                      5.0

                                      They are worth every penny.

                                      By Joe Gadget GURU

                                      from Florida

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Can Fold For Storage
                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Come With 14" Adapter
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • none

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Anywhere Else
                                      • Beach
                                      • Events
                                      • Gym
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Mobile DJ
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                      I use these with my Ipod Nano 7th gen and Fiio F11 headphone amplifier. The headphones don't usually need and amplifier, but Ipods need a boost to drive bigger headphones and make them sound as they should. I love them, very comfortable, and beautiful sound.

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                                      5.0

                                      Solid headphones

                                      By EBO

                                      from California

                                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                      These headphones are an excellent buy for their price. The bass is full and deep, while the highs are clear and crisp. The design is simple, yet very sturdy. My only complaint is that they can be uncomfortable after wearing them for extended periods (if you have a big head like me, they squeeze). Also be warned that the straight cable version is 11 ft. long. So unless you are OK with a long cable, I suggest spending the extra $[$]and getting the coiled cable. I did and it was well worth it.

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                                      5.0

                                      All That I need!

                                      By Coopster

                                      from Charleston, SC

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Personal listening

                                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Closed-Back Studio Headphones with a Coiled Cable (Black):

                                        I've had two different Bose headphones including a Quietflex noise cancelling set. Both were good but pricey. Read reviews about ATH-M50 by Audio Technica and bought a pair from B&H. The price was right, their website easy to use, and they had them in stock, unlike other retailers. They came fast. These headphones have great sound quality, equal or better than my previous headphones. I don't care that they are a little big. I'll take them on flights anyhow. I do wish the cable was detachable. That's my only complaint. I highly recommend the ATH-M50 Professional.

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