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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 99 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (42)
  • Durable (30)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

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

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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      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

        Cons

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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

            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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                5.0

                Outstanding

                By Hunter

                from Colorado

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Aesthetic
                • Versatile

                Cons

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

                    These are stellar headphones for the money. Lossless files are a must or you will be getting far less out of this product than you could. I think the looks complement it very well—despite them being near half the price as those silly Beats, people notice them at least twice as much. I gave it a 4/5 for "Ease of Use" because the carrying back it comes with is a tight fit. Over these six-or-so months, however, the bags seems to have broken in pretty well and it goes in much more easily. A small increase in size would be nice.

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

                     
                    5.0

                    Great value, stylish and versatile

                    By Mathieu Rohaly

                    from Oakville, ON, Canada

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Modular
                    • Versatile
                    • Visually Appealing

                    Cons

                    • Calmping Force
                    • Ear Pads

                    Best Uses

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

                      I use my M50x monitors almost everyday and love them. I've had them for over a year now and they've proven to be tough an reliable. I wear them out and about, I'm not the most delicate person and they've nary an issue yet. I find they carry a wonderful industrial asethetic that fits with almost any situation.

                      They sounds fantastic, especially for the price. They aren't super "Beats" style bass heavy focused but they also aren't neutral, it's a very nice balance that makes them enjoyable to listen to for a variety of music types.

                      The only concern I've heard from friends who have tried them is that some found the clamping force slightly too high and a couple disliked the stock pads. I personally don't have these issues but it's something to keep in mind.

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                      • Over a year
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                      4.0

                      Great sound, but odd affect from cable connection

                      By Ted

                      from Pottsville, PA

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Cable connection design error

                      Best Uses

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

                        I am very interested in sound and have operated as a sound tech for many years. Currently my purchase is primarily for very accurate music enjoyment.
                        I purchased the AT M50x as a replacement for my old Sony 7605. The 7506 had good sound quality, but was getting old and had basically no blocking of outside noise.
                        The AT M50X is an upgrade on all accounts. The Sound quality is excellent with very good volume across the Human range of frequencies. I have no problems with bass or the highs. Volume is very good. Outside noise is reduced greatly as compared to the 7506. You will hear talking, but it will be quieted. So, they will are like my Klepsch in-hear buds.

                        ** I have two very important comments and requested design upgrades (not that it will do me any good, but I can dream). First, the cable connection, which uses three different cables and a apparently strong connector is good, and appreciated, but has a flaw that affects sound quality. The connector/cable is rigid and extends down too far. This creates an odd situation is which you can hear the cable drag across your collar when you turn your head. If the music is loud, you likely will not hear it. But it is there. If you are reading and playing music, it will be noticeable. I recommend a slight angle change or position change to eliminate that affect. Second, one more coat of texturized paint/coating, such as a thin rubberized coating, on the outside surface of the ear-cups would remove more of the outside noise to enhance sound monitor system and reduce more of the outside interference. They do reduce outside sound - but even more is easily possible.

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                        • Up to a year
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                        5.0

                        Best earphones

                        By Bonifacijs

                        from UK

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

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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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                            4.0

                            Nice!! Lighting??

                            By Chiel boogaard

                            from Netherlands

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable

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

                                Good product and you get what you pay for! Hope you guys are making a replacement cable for the new iphone 7! With lighting connector

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