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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
 
4.6

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (28)
  • Durable (22)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Compact (10)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), 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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Great audio bad leather bad container

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...Read complete review

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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1.0

Terrible Experience

By Isabela Araujo

from Curitiba, BRAZIL

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      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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      4.0

      Buy them for the durability

      By LIMEe

      from Az

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value

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

        Ok not great

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          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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              5.0

              Not better than the rest, but simply the best.

              By kaleem

              from Dubai, UAE

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I was looking to buy a pair of simple headphones that really made listening to music a pleasure. The ATH M50x was recommended to me by a sales guy who did not even have the product in the electronic shop he worked for. Why am i saying this? It is because the product is so good, that a person with great taste will always recommend this to some one else.
                  I've had the headphones only a few weeks, and they are fantastic. Please buy these ONLY if you want to enjoy every note and every beat and every single sound that goes into making a great music track and are a true music lover.

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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  Sounds great - like a full-sized pair of Ultimate Ears

                  By Rick

                  from Grimsby - North East Lincolnshire - UK

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Fairly Efficient
                  • Not harsh - even at high volumes
                  • Replacable earpads
                  • Soaks up power

                  Cons

                  • Slightly tight on the head

                  Best Uses

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

                    I use the headphones with the following hardware:

                    Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (modified)
                    Samsung Galaxy Tab s 10.5 (stock)
                    APGtek IMP MP3 Player
                    Topping NX2 DAC/AMP

                    They are fairly easy to drive and I suspect that most people would be happy driving these from an iPhone or Android device. I personally like my music loud and these can be driven hard with additional amplification and the sound quality scales up nicely.

                    Nice amount of impact and the bass is not flabby but does go pretty deep.

                    Offers a nice amount of clarity and the top end doesn't irritate - nice and open sounding for a closed headphone.

                    Build quality is first rate. I appreciate the fact that they come supplied with 3 different cables - offers peace of mind as the cable is often the first thing to break with headphones. I must admit I tend to use the shortest but that's because I always am listening to portable players.

                    I'm currently using a set of slightly thicker replacement pads and these fully encapsulate the ears whereas the stock pads tend to press your ears in a little. Having said that, the sound quality is perhaps not quite as good with the replacements as the stock ones and the original ones weren't uncomfortable anyway. Currently an experiment but it's nice to know that perhaps the second most likely thing to fail on headphones is also covered.

                    It's nice that the headphones can fold up fairly small for travelling but sometimes the 180 degree movement of the earcups can drive me very slightly potty. Have taken one star off for this - nit picking to be honest.

                    All in all, they offer a similar sound signature to my beloved Ultimate Ears Triple Fi 10's and that is very high praise indeed to be honest. Make a nice change to use these over in ear monitors. An easy overall 5-star rating. Rugged, reliable, good sounding and practical.

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                    • Up to a year
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                    5.0

                    BEST HEADPHONES EVER

                    By Jingles

                    from EU

                    Pros

                    • best for under $1000
                    • Best for video / content makers
                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great for streamers
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

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

                      As a gamer and streamer, I have to have great audio both for my viewers, and myself. I use an Audio Technica AT4050 as my primary mic, and these M50X's as my primary headphones.I have never had any problems with them, and I don't think I will any time soon. Best headphones you could buy. 11/10

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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      proud to be an owner of ATH-M50x limited edition!!!!

                      By Osman

                      from Dhaka, Bangladesh

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

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

                        so far so good... i'm actually loving the product!!! :) :) :)

                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Over a year
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                        (6 of 6 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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                          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

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                              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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