Audio Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones
The Audio Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones, provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals!
Audio Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones Details
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 Audio Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Dynamic 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.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones 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
- Also available in white (ATH-M50xWH) and limited edition blue (ATH-M50xBL)
Audio Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Dynamic Monitor Headphones 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
What We Think - Audio Technica ATH-M50 Review
"I'm not going to lie... I was quite swayed to purchase a pair of these based on the ads that Audio Technica placed when they released the ATH-M50 headphones. And why not? In the ads were glowing reviews from engineers like Al Schmitt, Ed Cherney, Frank Filipetti, and George Massenburg; three of which I had worked with in the past. Knowing their penchant for excellence in the studio, I figured that AT must have really hit on something with the ATH-M50. And having owned a pair of ATH-M40fs headphones for years, I was confident that I would be quite pleased with the new offerings from Audio Technica. Sure enough, the ATH-M50 is a beastly pair right out of the box. Depending on your application, you may want to consider whether you want the standard pair with the coiled cable or the ATH-M50s with the straight cable. My thoughts are that if you are doing live sound or will be in a rolling chair (recording engineer) you'll probably want the standard coiled cable since you won't have the straight cable bunched up at your feet or getting coiled up in your chair's wheels. However, if you are a studio owner who needs high quality headphones for musicians in the studio or if you are a string player looking to have your own pair of headphones to take to sessions, then the ATH-M50s is the best bet for you since the cans won't be picking the distribution box up off the floor with the tension of the coiled cable.
How do they sound? Pretty danged awesome if I may say so myself. From top to bottom they are a much more exciting and dynamic headphone than the ATH-M40fs, which I find is a nice even sort-of set back sounding that isn't coming at your ears all the time. The ATH-M50 retains some of this but gives just enough "jump" to the sound to really let you feel the lows separate from the the mid-range and high frequency energy. So, when you need to know where that kick drum is, you have no trouble finding it. But I want to stress that they are not nearly as "hypey" as many other headphones are that try to give you big bottoms and sparkling highs, only to provide you with woofy-mud down low and a gaggle of ice-picks constantly jabbing your ears up high. I've done some quick comparisons for folks looking to buy a pair of headphones and when they hear my ATH-M50 headphones vs. what they were thinking about getting for about $100, they don't think twice; they ALWAYS buy the ATH-M50.
When we really look at them, it's pretty safe to say that the ATH-M50 headphones will compete against headphones costing $300 or more. Audio Technica has always provided a LOT of bang for the buck, as evidenced by their 40-series microphones (AT4050, AT4047, AT4051, AT4033, etc). These headphones are going to offer a lot to pretty much anyone involved in the creation of music, be it producers, engineers, musicians, or just serious listeners. I think that, for the studio owner, Al Schmitt's comment of "I tried these phones on a few major artists and they all said, "?WOW these are great."? We use these phones on all our vocalists" makes the most business sense. If the artist is inspired by the equipment that they are using, then they will perform their best and thusly associate the studio with inspiring their best work. So, I encourage you to try out a pair and see what they can do for you and your studio."
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I use the ATH M50 phones to help with mixing tracks and they are perfect for that. I use the ATH-D40fs for the Drum booth. Again they are perfect. The clarity of the track coming through is superb. A must for any Studio environment.
I was grinning from ear-to-ear enjoying the sweet detail, effortless mids, non-strident highs, and most importantly, accurate bottom end. Comfy, too!
It works great !!!
Being an engineer and studio musician, I live in headphones. I was really fed up with hyped, midrainge cans ( have tried a lot of hi end cans . I really needed something close to my monitors. Then I found the M50. I have to say now I spend more time with the M50 then with my monitors ( and I have serious monitors, and my room is tuned).
I love these headphones.
I've used many different headphones over the years, some good, some not so good. The ATH-M50's are most definitely the best. The clarity is well defined and there is no boomy bass. They are very comfortable as well. But more important, you will get an accurate reading of your mixes, hearing the little sounds you miss in other phones. Simply Amazing.
The ATH-M50s are comfortable headphones, both for my head and ears. Can definitely last longer on these than some others, but still experience some fatigue after several hours. Pretty accurate frequency response and dynamics.
The M50 is a solidly constructed headphone probably well-suited for daily use in a studio (don't have or work in a studio so I can't speak for that). Good isolation and fairly comfortable, with not too much pressure on the ears. Good clean, clear sound with a fair amount of bass thump. More discrete-sounding than the competitive Shure SRH840 and with less of a treble tilt. Better fit on larger heads too.
These headphones are awesome. Some days the monitors hardly see any action because these headphones are simply too cushy to put down. I've worn them for 8 hours straight with no strain on the ears, unlike other brands I've tried which gave me a headache. Dynamics are great, very detailed, a joy to use. Love to use them especially when editing. I also prefer them over my sonys when recording bass and electric guitar direct. I seem to hear the mix better on these bad boys