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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: 90ยบ 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 109 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (79)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (5)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (51)
  • Durable (35)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Versatile (15)

Cons

  • Unreliable (6)
  • Not durable (5)
  • Poor sound quality (5)
  • Bulky/heavy (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A headphone from a reliable company perfect for everyday use

By Tikkisean

from Des Moines, IA

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

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

    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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    • Less than a month
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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good value for money!

    By Vinci

    from Netherlands

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

    I'm an engineer by trade, and have built amplifiers since I was a kid, now with well over 30 years of engineering experience and a lot of knowledge richer I would class this product as a surprisingly good reproducer. The imaging of these headphones is quite amazing, making them an easy listener that doesn't fatigue very quickly. For monitoring they might be a little too forgiving, and the precision of the region below 100hz is not too great. It surprised me some critique on these headphones is that it lacks bass, all I can imagine is you probably run gear not capable of delivering sufficient current, or you've spoiled your reference point of your own ears by always listening to a far too bass pronouncing system.

    These are 38 ohm impedance headphones, that naturally demand some drive and therefore will sound more different on different equipment than a HD600 for instance, which is a lot higher impedance. It's rather the popular choice of headphone manufacturers of today, to compensate for the mpobile devices lack of output power, making the best out of such poor outputs.

    It is still an amazing package, they are not only comfortable and light, but the materials also feel very pro and the design is well done. The plug in cable first enters the shell with a fairly thick plastic covered shaft, before turning in to a minijack connector, smart as it won't break too quick and locks in nicely firm.

    I own electrostatic headphones of Stax and these come really near in terms of the spatial performance, there is a tonne of depth in the reproduction, midrange is very clean and very precise and the high range is clear, but not too sharp.

    Would definitely recommend them for just nice listening, not so much for monitoring as they are simply not linear enough and not precise enough in the bottom end.

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    • Up to a year
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    (4 of 7 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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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best earphones

      By Bonifacijs

      from UK

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

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

          No flaws, best earphones I've ever owned, have them for almost 3 years now.

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          • Over a year
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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING, BEST HEADPHONES I HAVE EVER HAD

          By The Aussie Photographer

          from Perth, WA

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I love the M50x's, they are amazing, I​ have compared these to the Bose QC 25's and these have about the same sound quality and the M50x's are just better in sound quality, the QC 25's are lighter and more comfortable but they are 2x the cost. Audio-Technica is underrated

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              • Over a year
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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simply the Best!

              By Acmcars

              from Boston, MA, USA

              Pros

              • best sound ever!
              • great looking!

              Cons

              • add an iphone cord

              Best Uses

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

                I have tried and or owned many headphones and the ATH 50x bl is the best sounding and best looking of any. I have been listening to music since before HI-FI (70+ years old). I enjoy the portability of my music on iPods and smart phones and the M50x brings out the best of these devices. But hooked up to a simple CD player brings your music listening to a new level. During the recording of "Kisses on the Bottom" Paul McCartney along with Diana Krall and her band they wore ATH 50's. Listening to that album with my 50x's It felt as if I was at Capital Studios with them. Thank you Audio-technica for a great product. You made an old man very happy.

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                • Less than a month
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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great audio bad leather bad container

                By Swap

                from Atlanta

                Pros

                • audio quality.
                • balanced detailed sound.
                • great swivel design

                Cons

                • bad case container
                • too soft undurable leather

                Best Uses

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

                  Very good in audio quality. Top marks for it. Best balanced sound. Great swivel design. At this price tag though I would have preferred good leather and also better hard case container to store my precious headphone. This is the only reason it let me down. The next iteration should bring the Bass switch and some more isolation if possible. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE in the next iteration.

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                  • Over a year
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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  i would buy the m70x next time

                  By JonathonG

                  from kuala lumpur , malaysia

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • the bag problem

                  Best Uses

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

                    I bought it like in july , i have been using it for 2 months . The good things about this headphones is that , the audio is perfect compare to any other brand , like bose , the audio not really that good in bose . I have 1 cons : the pouch , the reason i write this is because the pouch , unlike the m70x , they have a portal bag , which is better than the pouch . The pouch size is a bit small , so its just nice to fit the headphones , but no space for the wire . this is the only cons .

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                    • Less than a month
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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Best Just Got Better

                    By Conscious Pilot

                    from Pennsylvania

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

                    The Audio-Technica ATH-M50S are rated #2 over-ear headphones at head-fi.org, and these ATH-M50X are the newer versions. It's a no-brainer if you don't already own the M50S, just buy these already.

                    Pros:
                    "Comfortable, detachable cable, short cable will fit most phones with cases, good lows and crisp mids"
                    "Comfortable, detachable cable, slightly improved soundstage, tighter bass"

                    Cons:
                    "Tinny, no premium feel"
                    "Only cables from Audio-Technica fit, Ears can get a little warm"

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Pair of Headphones for the price!

                    By soundbyjose

                    from Gillette, WY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great value
                    • Very comfortable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

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

                      These headphones aren't just great for tracking because of their closed-back design. They're actually great for mixing as well because of their clear bass response and resistance to distortion. Audio Technica did a great job with with this update of the ATH-M50's. Definitely invest in a headphone amp, interface, or mixer as you may want to turn up the gain on your DAW's output. This is the best pair of headphones for the price on the market today.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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 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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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Hands Down Best Heaphones

                          By Max

                          from Sioux Falls, SD

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

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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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                              (2 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Terrible Experience

                              By Isabela Araujo

                              from Curitiba, BRAZIL

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                                • Breaks Easily
                                • Pricey / Poor Value
                                • Unreliable

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

                                  I write from Brazil and about 2 years ago I bought a professional headphone ATH M50X and I just tested it when received at my place.

                                  I never used this equipment after that, because my home studio project was cancelled.

                                  Yesterday, I would like to sell it and it wasn´t work properly. Its just possible to hear from the right side. I changed the cables and didn´t work as well.

                                  I need some help, because I spend lots of money to have a good equipment and its simply not working, without any reason.

                                  And here in Brazil, no one is able to answer and give sollution to my problem. A big and famous brand, but I don´t have any support here in Brazil. That´s a shame.

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                                  • Less than a month
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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

                                  By Lil' Dray

                                  from Arizona

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Deep Bass
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

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

                                      I love this product, its reliable, some deep bass, doesnt hurt your ears, so comfortable, noise resistant, Just Perferct

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                                      • Up to a year
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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      almost too good

                                      By Koda the bear cub

                                      from Reston, VA

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

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

                                          They are great headphones for any purpose. They sound clear and amazing with great base, something my previous headphones lacked. I highly recommend these to anyone who can afford them. They are also very high quality. I've had them for a while now and they are still in perfect condition despite constant use and rough treatment. They haven't failed me yet and I doubt they ever will. Overall I have no complaints about this product.

                                          • How long have you used this product?:
                                          • Over a year

                                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Finally found my best friend

                                          By sean paroz

                                          from mumbai,india

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Sound
                                          • Compact
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Versatile

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

                                              best headphones i ever used sounds great comfortable yeah its expensive but value for money

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                                              • Less than a month
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                                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              3.0

                                              Great sound, with a slight problem

                                              By Chris

                                              from Ontario Canada

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound
                                              • Compact
                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Unreliable

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

                                                I have already exchanges twice, and both headphones have a measureable I consistency between drivers at low frequency (40-80hz). Not sure what to do at this point, a blind test can confirm it is not my hearing. I guess driver mismatches are quite common? The left channel has always been the louder one at those frequencies, no matter what device I power them with. Otherwise they sound phenominal, but this flaw can be a little distracting if you get it.

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                                                • Less than a month
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                                                1.0

                                                New and out of the box, the right side does not work!

                                                By Trumpeter J

                                                from Burlingame, CA

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                                                  Cons

                                                  • Poor Sound Quality
                                                  • Unreliable

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

                                                    I've owned a number of Audio Technical products including their microphones for instruments as do all of my fellow musicians. It has been a very reliable product with great performance. Because of this, I ordered the ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones, expecting only satisfaction, particularly because of the number of rave reviews. Out of the box and plugged in as directed, only the left side worked. Thinking it was one of the cables provided, I tried all of the rest with the same result. It didn't matter whether I plugged it into my laptop, stereo system, or TV (all tested and all working) and only the left side emitted sound. I noticed that this product is manufactured in Taiwan and not in Japan like the rest of my products. Could this be the source of the problem? Is outsourcing worth the risks to reputation? Going back to my Yamaha headphones that still bring joy after more than 30 years.

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                                                    • Less than a month
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                                                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    l would buy them again

                                                    By Phil

                                                    from Evansvile, Indiana

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Clear Sound
                                                    • Compact
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Lightweight
                                                    • Versatile

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Breaks Easily

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

                                                      My 1.2 meter straight cable ways gets bent a few weeks after I buy a new one even with the utmost care.

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                                                      • Up to a year
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                                                      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Great!

                                                      By Universal28

                                                      from Undisclosed

                                                      Pros

                                                      • excellent sound quality.

                                                      Cons

                                                      • no mic and volume control.

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

                                                        These headphones would be perfect if they had a mic and volume control.

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