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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones 

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Professional monitor headphones for the most critical audio professionals.

The ATH-Mx Series headphones are a reliable source for monitoring in home and professional studio environments. Because of the increased demand due to the popularity of the ATH-M50, Audio-Technica refreshed the entire line of these closed-back studio headphones for a redesigned feel. This is the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. The ATH-M50x features the same coveted sonic signature, now with the added feature of a detachable cable. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.

FEATURES
  • Critically acclaimed 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
  • 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 cable (includes 1.2m-3m coiled cable, 3m straight cable and 1.2m straight cable)

Monitor your mix like a pro with the redesigned M-Series.

SPECIFICATIONS

ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

  • Model#: ATH-M50x
    Collapsible: Yes
    Swivel amount: 90º Both Directions
    Detachable Cable: Yes
    Cable Type: Straight, Short Straight, Coiled
    Accessories: Screw-on 1/4" Adapter, Pouch
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Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
 
4.5

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

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    (6)

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    (5)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (47)
  • Durable (33)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Versatile (14)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

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

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio 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

      Comfortable and great sounding

      By Nater

      from Wisconsin

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

        These headphones are very comfortable, I have a fairly large head and they don't pinch or squeeze my head or hurt my ears. I've been using these to record and mix for the last the year and a half and they're the best headphones I've ever owned.

         
        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

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio 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

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio 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 Professional Studio 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 Professional Studio 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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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 Professional Studio 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

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Professional Studio 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 Professional Studio 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 Professional Studio 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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