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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
 
4.6

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (25)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Durable (19)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Compact (9)

Cons

No Cons

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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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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        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.

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              • 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

              Cons

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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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                  5.0

                  Amazing value for your money!

                  By Graeme

                  from Fredericton, N-B. Canada

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Great value

                  Cons

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

                      First off here are the pros of these headphones. These are definitely some of the best "value for your money" headphones on the market but are in no way cheap! These headphones have great sound quality, comfort, look and durability. I would definitely suggest them for anyone looking for a headphone with all these qualities.

                      Now here are the few cons. These headphones aren't really meant for public use. But then again these are studio monitor headphones so keep that in mind if your looking for a more mobile headphone. These headphones aren't meant for "bassheads", that being said the low end is still very punchy but not as prominent as some other headphones. I guess this could be expected because they're a flat response headphones meant for accurate sound.

                      So all in all I would definitely recommend these headphones to people who need an accurate sound. I wouldn't suggest them to people looking for mobile headphones that have lots of bass because that's just not what they're made for. I want to thank Audio Technica for making an amazing product that I now use in my day to day life!

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                      • Less than a month
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                      5.0

                      Happy with my purchase

                      By Wes in SC

                      from Lancaster, SC

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                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

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

                        I purchased the ATH-M50x headphones after doing extensive research on the internet. I use these headphones in my home studio just consists of me recording my guitar or keyboard. I tend to use the headphones a lot because I'm recording at night and my wife is asleep so I don't want to use my monitors. Even after several hours of having these on, they still feel comfortable. I feel like I could use them for several hours without any problems. I bought these to help control any bleeding of the click or other sounds when I'm recording vocals into the mic. I can tell these have a more flatter response sound wise but that's what I'm looking for in studio monitoring headphones. The sound I get through them is very clear. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking to purchase them.

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                        3.0

                        Great sound, with a slight problem

                        By Chris

                        from Ontario Canada

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          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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                          5.0

                          Got these headphones for christmas, they rock. Beats out dre

                          By Jake

                          from Sc

                          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:

                              Got it for christmas. Sounds better than any set of beats I've ever used. The sound is clear, and you can hear all of the layers in a song like the artist intended. The extra chords are awesome, and when I plug it into my 50 dollar guitar amp it sounds like a 2000 dollar amp. Some headphones have that built in bass boost, but these headphones pretty much do spot on bass that kicks a♡$ without being overkill. The 180 degree twisting makes them really comfortable to wear on one ear or around the neck. The build quality is exceptional, and blocks out most surrounding sound even in loud places (thanks to the heavy duty materials I assume).

                              TL;DR: awesome headphones. Better than beats costing twice as much. Buy it

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