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Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones - Black
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones - Black
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones - Black
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones - Black
 
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones - Black

Manufacturer: Audio-Technica

Item #: ATH-M50X   •   MFG #: ATH-M50X

 



 
 

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As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.

Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.

 
  • Features

    • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers.
    • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils.
    • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response.
    • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments.
    • 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring.
    • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort.
    • Collapsible for space-saving portability.
    • Detachable cables (includes 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable).
    • Top choice for studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring and personal listening.
     
  • Specifications

    • Type: Closed-back dynamic.
    • Driver: Diameter 45 mm.
    • Magnet: Neodymium.
    • Voice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire).
    • Frequency Response: 15 - 28,000 Hz.
    • Maximum Input Power: 1,600 mW at 1 kHz.
    • Sensitivity: 99 dB.
    • Impedance: 38 ohms.
    • Weight: 285 g (10 oz), without cable and connector.
    • Cable: Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable.
    • Accessories Included: Protective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter.
     
 

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones
 
4.5

(based on 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (39)
  • Durable (28)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Versatile (12)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Unreliable (4)
  • Not durable (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A headphone from a reliable company perfect for everyday use

As a teen myself, I was wanting a versatile multi-purpose headset, primarily for listening to music and gaming at home. I have found that this headphone exceeds my expectations at these tasks. As...Read complete review

As a teen myself, I was wanting a versatile multi-purpose headset, primarily for listening to music and gaming at home. I have found that this headphone exceeds my expectations at these tasks. As far as the physical aspect and aesthetics of this product, it is very durable with silver accents lining the exterior and the Audio Technica logo engraved on the side. They are a bit bulky and large, but the comfort compensates for any size concerns. As far as sound quality, these headphones have shimmery highs accompanied by an excellent bass response that is punchy yet not overpowering over the mids and highs. Even though these headphones are intended for monitor and studio use, they don't have a completely neutral sound with a slight emphasis on the lows and highs. I personally like this choice but I feel it is worth mentioning because they are not for people who want a completely flat sound. This aspect of the m50xs accompanies for the sound signature of modern music that naturally has this emphasis, making me like it even more. I was a bit leery about purchasing these since I wanted a portable headset, but the m50xs work well as portable headphones with a designated mobile cable, along with a carrying case and a very flexible design. Overall the Ath-M50x is a headset for those who do not want to buy Beats, Skullcandy and all of the other name brand headphones that make up the portable audio market today, but want an all purpose headphone for use at home or on the go. I would recommend these in a heartbeat​ over any other headphone I have tested previously.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not For everyone

Immediately after getting them, I found I couldn't wear them for more than an hour before my ears started hurting. The pads were nowhere near thick enough. But... they did sound...Read complete review

Immediately after getting them, I found I couldn't wear them for more than an hour before my ears started hurting. The pads were nowhere near thick enough. But... they did sound incredible. I took a foot long strip of toilet paper and twisted it into a rope, then I crammed it under the pads all the way around... problem solved. Flash forward two years, I'm running them through a focusrite USB interface, and I realize the sound is INFINITELY better with a good headphone amp... don't think Your cell phone can truly power these things.

I dearly love these headphones, but after 2 years the plastic layer on the earpads and headpad are crumbling away from their backer. Audio Technica has been making these phones for years, and they haven't figured out that these parts wear out faster than the rest of the unit? My next set of phones will be from a company that offers replacements. These phones have years of life left on them, maybe even a decade, but if I can't replace the headpad without desperately searching online for ANYTHING that might even remotely fit, then I'm just going to find phones with support from a better company.

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5.0

Best I'we used!

By Oskar

from Estonia, Pärnu

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

      If you think, those are not worth themselves, you are so wrong. They are worth every single penny you spent on them, it 's price could be easily more, cause they are so good!

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      • Up to a year
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      5.0

      Great headphone that I would definitely buy again.

      By Dadah

      from Cowan, TN

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Great as a monitor for live performance.
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

          I use these on occasion as my monitor instead of a wedge or stand mount monitor. They work great and are very comfortable.

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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          Truly accurate headphones

          By Chuck

          from Manhatten,NY

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

              I mix and master recordings for a living and have discovered the M50x headphones give a fairly true representation of what's being recorded . The M50x rival some of my higher priced headphones ($1000 plus) and parallel my studio monitors very closely. They have proven to be excellent, especially for what they cost. They give a true flat response and are, in my opinion better than any products from Sony and Sennheiser in this price range.
              Of course the m50x headphones are a subjective piece of equipment that may work for your critical listening , and would suggest you A/B them before purchasing them.

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              • Over a year
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              3.0

              I might be cautious

              By Randy

              from American Samoa

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                They worked for the first 2 months then the left side just went dead. I checked the cable's continuity, opened up the left cup to check the soldering integrity. All checked out. Maybe the electronics running that speaker burned out. I'm not sure. Maybe I just got a lemon.

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                • Less than a month
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                5.0

                Only better with age

                By James

                from Vicksburg, MS

                Pros

                • Breathtaking sound
                • Clear Sound
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Ear pads can be uncomfortable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                  I got these headphones 4 years ago (technically the are the M50 not M50X). They have only gotten better the longer I have owned them. The earpads can be uncomfortable but the sound is terrific. It blows my mind that I've owned them for so long and they still sound this good. If you can tell, I love these headphones and would recommend them to everyone.

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                  • Over a year
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                  3.0

                  Not For everyone

                  By Nathan In Nashville

                  from Nashville, TN

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                    Immediately after getting them, I found I couldn't wear them for more than an hour before my ears started hurting. The pads were nowhere near thick enough. But... they did sound incredible. I took a foot long strip of toilet paper and twisted it into a rope, then I crammed it under the pads all the way around... problem solved. Flash forward two years, I'm running them through a focusrite USB interface, and I realize the sound is INFINITELY better with a good headphone amp... don't think Your cell phone can truly power these things.

                    I dearly love these headphones, but after 2 years the plastic layer on the earpads and headpad are crumbling away from their backer. Audio Technica has been making these phones for years, and they haven't figured out that these parts wear out faster than the rest of the unit? My next set of phones will be from a company that offers replacements. These phones have years of life left on them, maybe even a decade, but if I can't replace the headpad without desperately searching online for ANYTHING that might even remotely fit, then I'm just going to find phones with support from a better company.

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                    • Over a year
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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Disappointed, let down.

                    By Alan the engineer

                    from Colorado

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily
                    • Pricey / Poor Value
                    • Unreliable

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                      The cords to the headphones have all broke. I was a big Audio-Technica fan, I have the at4040 microphone, which is amazing. Purchased a lot of products from them but the these headphones will be the last. Poorly made, falling apart. Shorting in out with the signal. Not impressed and paid almost $200.

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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      One of the best values

                      By David6010

                      from Temple tx

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Priced reasonable

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                          These are great for the cost. Compare with those in $400-$500 range.

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                          • Over a year
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                          5.0

                          Hands Down Best Heaphones

                          By Max

                          from Sioux Falls, SD

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                              I would recommend this product for everyone, so much better than my prior shenhinsers!

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                              • Less than a month
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                              5.0

                              Outstanding

                              By Hunter

                              from Colorado

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Good Aesthetic
                              • Versatile

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                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones:

                                  These are stellar headphones for the money. Lossless files are a must or you will be getting far less out of this product than you could. I think the looks complement it very well—despite them being near half the price as those silly Beats, people notice them at least twice as much. I gave it a 4/5 for "Ease of Use" because the carrying back it comes with is a tight fit. Over these six-or-so months, however, the bags seems to have broken in pretty well and it goes in much more easily. A small increase in size would be nice.

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                                  • Up to a year
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