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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
 
4.6

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (43)
  • Durable (29)
  • Easy to use (24)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

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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 headphones you can buy at the price point

By Patrick Gantos

from grand rapids, michigan

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      These are the best sounding headphones I've ever heard at this price point

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      • Over a year
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      5.0

      The best headphones you can buy

      By Another Listener

      from Tennessee

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Foam requires replacement after years

      Best Uses

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

        Over 4 years of serious use over a wide range of music types, these headphones are the best I have ever owned and do not fail me when I require quality sound in order to fully appreciate high quality music.

        This is an incredible product and at a somewhat decent price. It is absolutely worth every cent.

        The ONLY con that I have had with these is that I had to purchase replacement ear pads because my ears get warm and humid (note that my climate is very humid though), causing some deterioration of the foam material. But even then, this is to be expected with headphones in general.

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        • Over a year
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        5.0

        5+ year owner

        By Chris

        from Stockholm, Sweden

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

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

          After having the previous model, the ATH-M50's, for over 5 years I can say that I will always choose AT.
          Sure there is some wear and tear, but I haven't really taken care of them.

          I've dropped them a gazillion times, been treating the cable badly, wore them in rain and snow - still kicking to this day!

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

           
          4.0

          Good sound , Cheap quality tho

          By Daksh

          from Delhi india

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Cheap material
          • Cheap quality
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

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

            Been using this for a full year sound is best quality in the market till now ( i love them ) , but the quality of material is very low quality probably lowest quality in the market for same price

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            • Over a year
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            5.0

            Best I'we used!

            By Oskar

            from Estonia, Pärnu

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

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                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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Truly accurate headphones

                    By Chuck

                    from Manhatten,NY

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        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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