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Audio-Technica ATH-M50

Discontinued
MSRP $199.00
This product is no longer available for purchase.

Top Ten Under $500 With the ATH-M50, Audio Technica can boast of designing one of the best closed-back headphones anywhere near this price. The M50 stokes any listener seeking richly textured bass response with well-rendered vocal midranges and smoothly extended, clear upper treble detail. Solid build plus good wearing comfort satisfies those expecting a headphone to work and play as hard as they do.

 


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Product Features:

  • Extremely competent headphone at its price with well-detailed 'punchy' presentation
  • Comfortable durability satisfies pros, DJs & portable listeners needing top performance
  • Good earcup seal provides isolation, prevents any significant sound leakage
  • Coiled cable option prevents cord tangling while moving around workstation
  • A HUGE HeadRoom favorite!

What's In The Box:

  • Screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo plug adapter
  • Protective Audio-Technica soft headphone pouch
  • Audio-Technica owner's manual

Applications:

There's but a few bright stars in the sealed headphone universe and fewer yet within reach of budget-conscious headphone lovers seeking a well-priced can that does all things really well. Enter the brazenly competent Audio Technica ATH-M50, a high-performance sealed [aka closed-back] headphone that studio craftsmen, portable music buffs, pro DJs and budding audiophiles will all find attractive. The M50 has outstanding clarity and its rich musical detail with cleanly reproduced extension both high & low will surprise many when comparing it to other sealed-back models anywhere near this price. Expect acoustic accuracy fully responsive to the audio signal along with a true presentation of the source quality for precise imaging of your music and recordings.  And for those needing listening privacy or thorough noise-blocking on your commutes, the M50 has a solid "monitoring grade" ambient noise seal when -- combined with top-shelf sound quality performance -- makes these rather unassuming cans amongst the very best 'mid-priced' sealed headphone values in the entire industry in our humble HeadRoom opinion.

The Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphone comes in either a 9ft 'coiled-cord' edition OR a 'straight-cord' model with an approximate 11ft cable length, your choice. Both designs are otherwise identical with collapsible headband designs for easy portability and convenient storage or transit. The M50's cool black-matte look with stainless steel ring accents is very professional-looking without being overstated. Plush black pleather circumaural earpads go fully around the ear for most wearers and swivel 180 degrees for easy one-ear monitoring during DJ work or live mixing needs. The single-sided headphone cord exits from the left earcup (nicely eliminating pesky 'Y-cord' tangles) and terminates to a 3.5mm [1/8"] 'mini-plug' straight jack. A full-size 1/4" screw-on stereo plug adapter is handily included with the M50 along with a storage pouch. A free 2-year Audio-Technica manufacturer's warranty is standard when proof-purchased at verified authorized AT dealers -- like us here at HeadRoom since 1992!

Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 99 dB
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Isolation: -12dB ~ 18dB
  • Weight: 284 g (10 oz.) w/o cord
  • Cord Length: 8ft (2.5 m)
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 38 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Type: Coiled and Straight Left-Side
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Acoustic Seal: Closed

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Great headphones, poor materials
Posted by Gal on 2013-06-27

Recommend Product: No

Top and pads wear off fast!


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Best headphones for under 100 bucks
Posted by flopyu from Santa Rosa, CA on 2013-06-16

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable, stays true to the audio
Cons: they don't have the open soundstage others have for the same price

These headphones will let you hear everything a song has to offer you. The only bad thing is that these headphones will give you everything the song is. If you have a low bit rate mp3, these headphones will let you hear it. On the other hand, if you have a cd from an artist or flac file that was well recorded, these headphones will give you the purest form of that song. While they have clear, strong bass, it may not be the most powerful for major bass heads. However, the bass is definitely cleaner than other headphones (beats???).


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Great Sound!
Posted by lomarica from Mountain House, Ca on 2013-03-02

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Accurate sound. Crisp highs, decent base, excellent mid range.
Cons: None

Let it be said that these cans are an excellent choice for great quality sound, comfort for long listening, and excellent build quality. I've had mine for almost 2 years now and they still look like new. Construction is top quality, and sound reproduction is what you would expect from much more expensive headphones. Sound leakage is minor, but please remember that these are "passive" noise canceling. They just might be the best overall over ear headphones you can buy for under 250.00, and sound much better than many more popular headphones such as Dr. Dre Studio Beats which cost twice as much, or more.


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