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

(based on 332 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (261)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (299)
  • Easy to use (215)
  • Versatile (138)
  • Lightweight (115)
  • Durable (98)

Cons

  • Bulky/heavy (55)
  • Limited functions (6)
  • Uncomfortable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (207)
  • Amateur recording (125)
  • Professional recording (122)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (86)
  • Performances (72)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (181), Novice (100), Professional musician (27)

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

 

Not as good heralded

Coming from an audio tech, theses headphones has a couple downfalls. While the frequencies were generally well balanced there was an annoying and obvious sibilance. I was hoping for crystal clear higher frequencies...Read complete review

Coming from an audio tech, theses headphones has a couple downfalls. While the frequencies were generally well balanced there was an annoying and obvious sibilance. I was hoping for crystal clear higher frequencies which I didn't receive. I was disappointed when the claims of others were not true. Maybe these are the V.2 ATH-M50s that people were claiming weren't as good. Either that or these are a defective pair of phones.I compared these to my son's Beats Pro and I have to say that the Pros were better for showing off the finished product as the sound had more presence. The ATH-M50s seemed like they were further back in the sound field. The Beats also had a stronger bass response (as expected) and had a higher amplitude.Except for the sibilance, the ATH-M50s are suitable for reference monitoring, such as mixing, location recording and studio monitoring. NOT the best for music listening if you like electronic music such as dance, hip-hop, dub step, etc. Good for acoustic music such as classical and jazz.I'm going to do some more objectives test in the future but for now, this these are my impressions.

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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 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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    4.0

    Nice Headphones!!

    By Sugatouch

    from Marin county, Ca

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

    Very comfortable and well balanced headphones. I want another.

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    4.0

    AMAZING PRODUCT

    By Baroni

    from Brasília, Brazil

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Curly Cord

    Best Uses

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

      The only downside is the cord. Some will like this to keep the cable organized but in my opinion the spiral is a little annoying pulling back when you try to stretch the cable at longer distances.

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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 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 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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            5.0

            Great buy

            By Mark

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Sound Leakage

            Best Uses

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

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

            I want to say it's the best bang for your buck, but that sounds like they're not necessarily among the best headphones out there. These are definitely up there as far as quality in comfort & sound. Couldn't be happier with this purchase.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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                      3.0

                      Not as good heralded

                      By Audio Pro

                      from Vancouver B.C.

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Balanced Sound
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Style

                      Cons

                      • Sibilant

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Professional Recording

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

                      Coming from an audio tech, theses headphones has a couple downfalls. While the frequencies were generally well balanced there was an annoying and obvious sibilance. I was hoping for crystal clear higher frequencies which I didn't receive. I was disappointed when the claims of others were not true. Maybe these are the V.2 ATH-M50s that people were claiming weren't as good. Either that or these are a defective pair of phones.I compared these to my son's Beats Pro and I have to say that the Pros were better for showing off the finished product as the sound had more presence. The ATH-M50s seemed like they were further back in the sound field. The Beats also had a stronger bass response (as expected) and had a higher amplitude.Except for the sibilance, the ATH-M50s are suitable for reference monitoring, such as mixing, location recording and studio monitoring. NOT the best for music listening if you like electronic music such as dance, hip-hop, dub step, etc. Good for acoustic music such as classical and jazz.I'm going to do some more objectives test in the future but for now, this these are my impressions.

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                      5.0

                      Affordable Quality

                      By Colin

                      from New York

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

                      These headphones deliver quality sound at a great price point. Yes you can spend a lot more, but these easily rival products double the cost. The coiled cable is a great feature, and the build quality is superb. Excellent choice for someone who wants great quality on a budget.

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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 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

                          Sincerely Impressed

                          By PromisedLand

                          from Rapid City

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

                          I consider myself to be an amateur audiophile so when I initially bought these headphones, I was skeptical. MAN, was I impressed with the quality and build at first and then the sound was just amazing. The high, the mids, the lows, just amazing, clean, defined sound. I am hearing instruments in songs that I have never heard before. You hear the music as it was recorded. Excellent, controlled bass. The best headphones I've purchased for the money spent. I would not hesitate to recommend these to any level of audiophile. Get a pair if you're thinking about it.

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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 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 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 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 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

                                Great headphones!

                                By The Doc

                                from Columbus, OH

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fashionable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Casual Listening
                                  • Events
                                  • Mobile DJ

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

                                  I bought these for casual listening, and they excel at it! Great bass response while not being too hyped in the high-mids. Very comfortable, and the white looks pretty slick. Probably wouldn't use them for any type of really precision listening, but they are perfect for use while doing other tasks throughout the day.

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