These Big-Ass Headphones Are Your Better-Than-Beats Deal of the Day

It's hard to pinpoint when big over-ear headphones went mainstream. It was probably when Dr. Dre/Ludacris/Michael Phelps started endorsing mediocre cans for big bucks. Regardless, big-ass headphones aren't just for big city cool kids anymore, they're for everyone: elementary schoolers, teenagers, even your mom or dad. The problem is that when those people ask for headphones for the holidays, they're asking for (and receiving!) Beats headphones, which, to be frank, are way overpriced. Do them one better this season by giving them the Audio Technica ATH-M50, which is only $105 from Amazon today.

These headphones are excellent and boast an impressive pedigree. The guys on Head-Fi forums and r/headphones love these cans and the Wirecutter said they the best headphone value for the money. Lifehacker's Whitson Gordon recommended them too (at $160!) If you look through those forums and comments, you'll see people freaking out when they find them at $120. They're an even better value at today's price—I wanted a pair back in the summer and I couldn't find any under $150.

Give someone a pair of these cans for Christmas, and you'll spend an entire year being the coolest uncle/cousin/BFF ever. [Amazon]

Update 4:41—They're sold out but you can still order them at $105.75 and Amazon will ship them when they get more stock. Choose Amazon on the right side under More Buying Choices. The straight cable version is still available for $132.
Update 8:31 — Back in stock.

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Top Deals

ATH-M50 with coiled cable ($105.75) | Amazon | Normally $150+

Accessories

10 Touch Screen Styli ($3) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $10
64GB Patriot SD Card ($25.49) | Newegg via Tech Deal Digger | Originally $50 | Use coupon code BTEJJHB56 and MIR
Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 Prepaid Mobile Hotspot ($30) | Amazon via Dealnews | Originally $50
64GB PNY Flash Drive ($33) | Amazon via Storageaholic | Originally $45
Line 6 USB Recording Interface ($65) | Best Buy via Dealigg | Originally $100
2TB Phantom Greendrive with USB 3.0 ($100) | Buy.com via Dealcatcher | Originally $150
Western Digital NASware 2TB HD ($110) | NCIX via Dealnews | Originally $130
3TB Western Digital MyBook USB 3.0 Desktop HD ($135) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $160

Miscellaneous

4 Rolls Packing Tape ($10) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $20
Philips Norelco Powertouch Electric Razor ($24) | Amazon via Dealcatcher | Originally $50
Wenger Swiss Army S16 Knife ($42.49) | Office Depot via Logicbuy | Originally $60 | Use coupon code
Lego Star Wars R2D2 ($140) | Walmart via Dealnews | Originally $180
Humanscale Freedom Backless Chair ($262.51) | Office Designs via Logicbuy | Originally $310
Nostalgia Electrics Kegerator ($367) | Walmart via Dealcatcher | Originally $400


Apple


16GB iPad 3 ($425) | B&H | Originally $500

Gaming

Tiny Troopers ($2.49) | Green Man Gaming via Green Man Gaming | Originally $10
THQ Humble Bundle | pay what you want | Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Company of Heroes | Thanks, TacoGringo!

Physical Media

20% Off Scholastic Books ($) | Scholastic via | Originally $ | Use coupon code GIFT20

Clothing

Alden Indy Boots ($336) | J. Crew via Reddit | Originally $480 | Use coupon code WINTER

Dumb TV → Smart TV

WD Live TV ($70) | Best Buy via Dealcatcher | Originally $100

Laptops

14" Dell Inspiron with 32GB Hybrid SSD and Core i7 ($800) | Dell via Logicbuy | Originally $1100

Desktops

Nope.

Tablets

16GB iPad 3 ($425) | B&H | Originally $500
64GB iPad 3 ($599) | B&H | Originally $700

Screens

20" Acer 1600x900 Monitor ($100) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $150
23" Dell 1080p Monitor ($110) | Best Buy via Dealnews | Originally $130
32" Sharp Edge-Lit 720p HDTV ($250) | Best Buy via HDTVaholic | Originally $350
55" Panasonic Viera IPS HDTV ($888) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $1000

Portables

HTC Windows Phone 8X with 2-Year Contract ($0) | Best Buy via Logicbuy | Originally $100
JBL Tempo Earbuds ($10) | Buy.com via Dealnews | Originally $20
Sennheiser HD201 Headphones ($15) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30

Camera

Canon Powershot A1000 ($100) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $150
Canon WD-H72 72mm 0.8x Wide Angle Converter Lens ($150) | B&H Photo via Dealcatcher | Originally $350
Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash ($169) | Adorama via Techbargains | Originally $330
Pentax K-01 Mirrorless Camera Body ($317) | Adorama via Dealnews | Originally $400
Canon Rebel T4i With Kit Lens ($879) | Adorama via Dealnews | Originally $1050
• Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens ($300) | B&H Photo | Nikon - Canon - Others
• Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens ($379) | B&H Photo | Nikon - Canon - Others

SSDs

256GB Samsung 840 SSD ($190) | Tiger Direct via Logicbuy | Originally $230

Apps

iOS

FreeSkate Extreme ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $1 | Also available for iPad
Flick Golf! ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $1 | Also available for iPad
Django Bounty Hunter ($0) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $1
God of Blades ($1) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $3
Bad Hotel ($1) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $2
Galactic Phantasy ($1) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $3

iPad Only

Rebirth for iPad ($10) | iTunes via Appshopper | Originally $15

Android

Polara ($0) | Amazon Appstore via Apps-aholic | Originally $3
Pocket Farm ($1) | Google Play via Apps-aholic | Originally $3
Accuweather Platinum ($1) | Amazon Appstore via Apps-aholic | Originally $3
n7Player ($2) | Google Play via Apps-aholic | Originally $3

Mac

MobileRSS ($0) | Mac App Store via Appshopper | Originally $5

Hobomodo

Logitech 600 Desktop Microphone ($0) | Newegg via Dealnews | Originally $10 | MIR on page
Free Neti Pot ($0) | Nasa Flo via Reddit | Originally $5 | Like 'em on Facebook
Mac Narrator ($0) | Stack Social

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