Audio Technica ATH M50 Review | Longevity!!

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Today I will be bringing you my Audio Technica ATH M50 review! Be excited, because you’ve come to the right place!! Get ready for an in-depth review about a headphone that I’ve personally owned since January of 2013!

Now without further ado,

What I will bring you in this review

  • Specifications and Summary
  • Value
  • Sound
  • Comfort
  • Build Quality/Longevity
  • Pros/Cons
  • Amp Requirements
  • Who this headphone benefits?
  • How it compares to the 50x?
  • Consensus/Conclusion

Audio Technica ATH M50

audio technica ath m50

audio technica ath m50


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type: closed back, dynamic
fit: circumaural (on ear)
impedance: 38 Ohm. What is Headphone Impedance?
frequency response: 15 – 28,000 Hz
material: plastic, faux leather, metal
color: black


It’s a bit tricky to review these cans because the good folks at Audio Technica came out with a slightly updated model of the M50’s. Enter Sandman, the M50x’s! There are a few marked differences between the two:

  • Removable cable
  • A choice of 5 different colors (White, Blue, Black, Matte Gray, and Green)
  • contoured ear cups that seal tighter for improved isolation
  • A tad more bass

If this is your first foray into the world of audiophiles, and you’ve never experienced anything other than low grade dog food, these will sound pretty remarkable. Lol. Had to laugh at myself there.

When we talk about colored headphones, it simply means they have an added warmth to them, and aren’t quite neutral. They are a bit more forward in sound, and provide an enjoyable experience more so than a critical one. The great thing about them though is that they can also double as mixing and reference headphones.

The only thing that prevents them from being true mixing cans is the bass response. It isn’t neutral in the slightest. It is tight and accurate, but also hits really hard. This also happens to be one of the M50’s best qualities.


These may be the best all around value as far as price to performance ratio (in this price range). They simply don’t quit. My initial investment now seems like an afterthought. The value comes in the fact that they function as an all purpose headphone, but also deliver a sound reproduction that is near flawless.


When you first put these on, you may finally realize what you were missing all those years. The sound is tight, controlled, and accurate, but also has a touch of warmth to it. As mentioned before, the bass is their bread and butter. Hip hop heads will love this cans deep, tight, and accurate response. The low end never becomes too boomy, bloated, or artificial. It also somehow manages not to drown out the other frequencies.

The mid range and highs sparkle, but at times it may be a bit too much. I’ve noticed that with certain songs that have less bass, the treble becomes a bit fatiguing and somewhat harsh.

That said, you will start to hear things in your music that were previously absent. Very subtle details will start to emerge, and the best way I can describe it is that the sound envelops and completely takes you away. They aren’t noise cancelling, but pretty darn near close to it. I was honestly floored when I first put them on, and can remember vividly how I felt throughout that specific day.


For a closed back model, these deliver quite the experience. For those that don’t know, sound-stage simply means how live the music feels, and if you perceive the music to be right there with you rather than in your head. With an open back headphone, it’s more prominent because the sound has room to breathe (Some of it literally escapes through the backs of the headphone).

Have you ever thought you heard a noise while you were listening to music and subsequently taken off your headphones and looked around?

That’s what I mean. Good headphones can sort of fool you into thinking that you are right there with the band. What is Soundstage?

As good as the sound is here, the downside is that they can become exhausting after awhile. Being that these are closed back, the music can get trapped in your head and you may have to take frequent breaks if you blast them non-stop. This happens more so when you are mixing a track in studio, because of the fact that you are sitting and analyzing the song for a good number of hours.


Comfort wise, these are phenomenal. They fit snugly on my dome piece, and I rarely notice them. I will say that after 3 years the ear cups have worn down considerably. Fortunately they can be replaced, though I have not yet.

The headband is slightly padded, and I’ve never had a problem with it. There’s just enough padding where I don’t notice it’s on my head.

Over the years I’ve been able to wear these for hours in the studio mixing tracks, but just be aware that the ear cups will deflate over time. They are definitely not as comfortable as when I first purchased them.

That said, they are circumaural and fit around your ears rather nicely.

Build Quality/Longevity

audio technica ath m50

audio technica ath m50

I’m still impressed with how tough these things are. They’ve certainly been through a lot. Anything you can think of I’ve probably experienced with them. They’ve been dropped, tossed, stuffed in book bags, the chords been pulled and run over more times than I’m comfortable admitting, but they still somehow come out on top.

They are heavy enough to where I don’t get worried about breaking them, but light enough to remain portable. It’s a nice balance, and the materials (while plastic), do have some tinges of metal in the headband adjustment, which adds a nice touch. The headband also stretches out quite far, so if you have a gigantic melon, you’re in luck! Lol.

The protective coil

The Audio Technica ATH M50's protective coil

The Audio Technica ATH M50’s protective coil

One of the most unique and impressive things about these is the stainless steel coil that protects the cable from damage. It appears on the end near the 3.5 mm jack, and has probably prevented these from having to be replaced numerous times. Lol.

All that tugging and pulling really takes it’s toll, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a measure taken to ensure that much longevity. Audio Technica most certainly went the extra mile with this set.


Another impressive feature is the fact that they fold and contort in basically any shape and size. This adds to the durability factor as well as longevity. While other headphones may break because they weren’t meant to twist that way, the M50’s stay strong and solid.

Ear cups

My only gripe as far as build quality goes is a minor issue with the ear cups. They will start to peel after awhile, though you may not have to worry about it for a few years. One piece of advice: Try not to wear them right out of the shower. I have, and I feel like it’s contributed to this issue.

The wire

Audio Technica ATH M50 Case and adapter

Audio Technica ATH M50 Case and adapter

I opted for the straight cable, other folks may prefer the coiled. The cable is still of a high quality regardless, and like I said before, it’s been tugged so many times you wonder how it’s still even intact.

The headphones also come with a case and 1/4″ adapter, which is a nice pairing with the Scarlett 2i2.

Check out my Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 Review!


  • Deep, tight bass response.
  • Extreme and vivid clarity between each instrument.
  • Great channel separation.
  • Crisp highs, booming lows.
  • Great sound-stage for a closed back model
  • Great for hip-hop/rap (a bass-heads dream).
  • Very comfortable over a long period.
  • Sturdy build quality, not to heavy, not too light..
  • They contort in a myriad of different ways for added flexibility.
  • Great carrying case.
  • Wire is protected by a chromed metal coil at the end. The adapter and plug are both very rugged.

    The Audio Technica ATH M50's protective coil

    The Audio Technica ATH M50’s protective coil

  • They can really take quite a bit of abuse.
  • Great for mixing in studio.
  • They are pretty neutral, and although there is an emphasis on the low end, it doesn’t feel artificial or bloated.


  • the ear pads are prone to cracking after sometime
  • while great for mixing in studio, the closed back design (sound trapped inside) can be fatiguing after awhile. You will need to take a break every so often.
  • straight cable is a bit long, making them a little less portable. You will need a rubber band or twist tie if you’re looking to wear them out and about. There is also a coiled cable version of these as well.

Check out the video review!!

Amp/DAC requirements

At 38 Ohms, none!!

Who this headphone benefits?

  • Hip-hop heads
  • People who need an all around great headphone for mixing as well as casual listening
  • People who listen to a wide variety of music. These can do it all
  • Fans of bass. Lol.
  • people looking for exceptional value out of their purchase.

How they compare with the M50x’s

As I mentioned in the open, there really isn’t a great deal of difference between these and the 50x’s. The good folks at Audio Technica figured “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” What they did do was enhance and improve upon an already exceptional product. Some new features include:

  • Removable cable
  • A choice of 5 different colors (White, Blue, Black, Matte Gray, and Green)
  • contoured ear cups that seal tighter for improved isolation
  • A tad more bass


An all around great pair of studio headphones that also function as casual listening cans. The bass is tight and hits hard, but isn’t over indulgent and bloated. The build quality, longevity, and value in this set is almost unmatched, especially at this price range.

The ear cups are prone to peeling after some time, and the padding does lose it’s fluff, resulting in some discomfort. The treble range can also become “tinny” at times, and somewhat harsh.


All in all, an excellent set of headphones that will last you a very long time..

Well that’s about it for today my friend! Hope you enjoyed this Audio Technica ATH M50 Review.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or Contact me!!

Do you think the M50’s are a good value? What are some of your favorite headphones? Let me know!! I would love to hear from you…

All the best and God Bless,

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audio technica ath m50

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            • Extremely Comfortable
            • Amazing Sound
            • Solid and Durable
            • Longevity
            • Tight bass


            • Ear pad crackage after 2 1/2 years


            1. what’s up Stu,
              Fun review as usual. I might pick them up, do me a favor and try them with that song Fat Joe – Ballin feat Wiz Khalifa, Teyana Taylor. Wanna see ya face after hearing it with audio technica ath m50. Can you handle it?

              • Lol I still haven’t gotten around to it.. bout to go to bed now.. i will tmw brother. Hope you’re well. Thanks for the love

            2. could you please tell me the combination between ath m50x and scarlett 2i2 ? im making electronic music (dubstep/big room house),and i need studio headphones and some sound card (in the future maybe i would buy krk 6 g3) for now,i have money only for m50x. I really need your thoughts. Is good all that combinations? thanks

              • Hey Man! Yeah actually right now I have my M50’s on (not listening to music because they are so comfy) hehe, and the headphone jack is plugged into my 2i2! It’s really just the perfect little interface.. I can’t recommend it enough!! The M50’s as well as the 50x’s come with a 1/4″ adapter that enables you to plug your headphones right into the front of the interface. In all honesty, these headphones are the best I’ve ever had (Sony MDR 7506 being a close second).. GET EM you won’t regret it

                • Thank you for your answer, i really do appreciate it 🙂 So the M50x and 2i2 is great combination? Can I can just plug them into my computer without 2i2?

                  • Yes you can! If you bought the 50x’s, you wouldn’t screw on the adapter.. instead you just plug your headphones into your laptop or CPU as normal. But yeah.. the M50x’s work great with my 2i2!! They are the best headphones you can buy for under $200. I’ve had mine for over 2 years now! If you give me your email I’ll send a couple of pics i just took.

                    • What i really need is sound quality for sure. I know how they look, its not necessary 🙂 That’s why I’m here! To seek your advice 🙂 I think I’m going to buy them; are you sure I don’t need 2i2? will they sound good on my old computer without 2i2?

                    • Yeah they sound great in my laptop, in my 2i2, in my ipod.. pretty much anywhere… the sound will vary slightly from each device.. but it has nothing to do with the headphones.. You will be blown away when you’re breaking them in. You will start to hear stuff in your favorite songs that you’ve never heard before! 🙂 -Stu

            3. I can imagine that 🙂 This will be my first experience listening on studio equipment. I do need these because like I said, I’m making music and would love to have them..

              Greetings! 🙂

            4. The T70p is much better for natural classic music, while the more boosted bass and better head seal of the ATH-M50 make it better for popular music.

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