Audio Technica ATH M50s Removable Cable Mod




Hey folks, i decided to mod my m50 and i wanted to share. I also made a video on youtube ill post that as well.

Step 1: Tools Needed

This the connector that im using

Im using these tools in the photo but this is the list :

time and patience
soldering iron
wire striper
electrical tape
wire cuter or needle nose
an helping hand tool...not completely necessary but recommended. 

To open the headphones just pull out the ear pad and remove the four screws.

Step 2: Wire Prep

I cut the headphone wire as close to the outside of the housing as possible and from the side i used a screw driver to slowly wiggle it out and pull the wire through.

Use the electrical tape to secure the wire from the monitor, without the tape they might break.

Use your wire striper to prep the wire and the lighter to burn off the breading material thats on the wire. Dont leave the flames on the wire for to long.

Step 3: Tin and Solder

Tin the wire....not completely necessary cause the connector have holes but it a good idea. The helping hand is really handy lol...just use it to hold the wire in pace. Solder the wires to the connector. look at the image for wire placement. I attached an extra set of wires for future mod so disregard the gray wire you  dont need them.

Step 4: Securing the Connector

There is an plastic plug where the headphone wire was, that need to be removed just use the needle nose or cutters to pull it out. Once the plug is removed the hole is a lot bigger than the connector tip, use a small piece of electrical tape and fold that into a small tube with sticky side out and wrap that around the connector tip. Push the connector through the hole and the tape should file the extra space and use the small nut that came with the connector and screw it into place.

Step 5: Cutting Part of the Monitor Housing

Part of the housing need to be remove to make room for the connector,  without it it will not close. I used a wire cutter. Just be careful not to damage the monitor. 

Step 6: Closing the Heaphone

After everything has been cut and secured tuck the wires and close it. Be patient and aligned the monitor and put the screws bact in there place

Now time to do a final sound test. If all went well put the pads back on pat your self in the back and enjoy your more portable headphone.

Any question just post them and ill try to answer them.



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11 Discussions


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

You definitely can. Finding the cable might be tricky. I think the beats cable might work. Seems like you might need a TRRS connector instead of the TRS connector shown here.


4 years ago

hey I did this to my m20s I also painted them they sound great!

2 replies

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Nice...I want to paint mine with hints of blue. What did you use, spray paint?


Reply 4 years ago

I actually have access to auto body supplies so what I used was mostly DuPont brand materials that can be found by searching TCP global. I believe that rustoleum makes fairly durable rattle can paint materials though!


4 years ago on Step 6

It's possible to skip the whole "cutting out the driver housing" bit by just using a smaller chassis socket.

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Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

I suppose you could use another chassis, RadioShack actually sell one but from my research other people are saying that the solder pins break easily. I've seen other chassis online but I don't know their qualities. Another way instead of cutting I've seen others use heat to melt just enough of the plastic for the chassis.


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

It's not really a huge problem because the wires won't be moving inside the cup. I used the cheap $1.50 chassis socket that has the plastic case and it works absolutely fine. The size of it is approx. 8X10X10mm, which is significantly smaller than the one you've chose. Have a look at my mod: it has the picture of the type of chassis socket I used. Of course it works either way.

One question though. The extra wire you've spliced into the contact, is that for a daisy chain plug you want to do?

At the moment Im in the process of making a inline mic mod, but it's proving to be more difficult than I thought.


Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Yea somewhat. I plan on making a bluetooth mod but im still working on it.