ATH-M50xby Audio-Technica

  • ATH-M50x
  • ATH-M50x
  • ATH-M50x
  • ATH-M50x
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
90%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Robust build and ample padding allow you to wear these headphones all day, particularly when you're sedentary.
  • You can expect fantastic sound overall.
  • Three detachable cords are included.

CONS

  • The somewhat bulky design doesn't lend itself to walking around while listening.
  • The cords lack controls for your music or calls.
  • Your ears may get warm after extended periods of wear.
Audio-Technica says these headphones are aimed at the professional studio monitor crowd, and critics agree that the company delivers the goods. The ATH-M50x sits around your ear with a closed back. The oversized earcups are sound-isolating, and the padded cushioning allows for a comfy fit. The headphones collapse for transport and storage (pouch included). Plus, the ATH-M50x swivels, so that they lie flat on your chest if you want to wear the headphones around your neck. The company provides three interchangeable cables, along with a 6.3 mm screw-on adapter. Available colors are black, white, blue/copper, and dark green (limited edition).
NameATH-M50xQ701HE400iMDR-1ADNA Pro 2.0
ManufacturerAudio-TechnicaAKGHiFiManSonyMonster
Techwalla Score
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List Price$239$200$499$300$280
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[B]oy are they comfortable to wear. From the very first time we slipped the M50x over our head those oversized earcups housed our ears perfe…

[B]oy are they comfortable to wear. From the very first time we slipped the M50x over our head those oversized earcups housed our ears perfectly, avoiding a fit that excessively pinched our brain like some competitors out there. They're immediately comfortable yet assert just the right amount of force to stay in place.

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93%

The bass does hit the lows better than most headphones within this price range...The bass rumbles, and you can truly feel the sound. It’s no…

The bass does hit the lows better than most headphones within this price range...The bass rumbles, and you can truly feel the sound. It’s not overpowering nor jarring. Just enough to really feel it, and that brings attention to the great sound.

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90%

Soundwise, the ATH-M50x headphones are hard to fault. The tonal balance is accurate, stereo imaging (for a closed-back design) is spacious, …

Soundwise, the ATH-M50x headphones are hard to fault. The tonal balance is accurate, stereo imaging (for a closed-back design) is spacious, and dynamic impact is excellent.

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90%

They have big 45mm drivers, they provide just the right amount of over-the-ear isolation, they’re nearly indestructible, and the sound they …

They have big 45mm drivers, they provide just the right amount of over-the-ear isolation, they’re nearly indestructible, and the sound they produce is widely considered to be the benchmark of headphone performance.

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Using much larger ear pads than, for example, the Sennheiser Momentum gives your earlobes plenty of room, and the headband successfully spre…

Using much larger ear pads than, for example, the Sennheiser Momentum gives your earlobes plenty of room, and the headband successfully spreads the pressure over your head. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x have a mid-firm grip on your head that we think most people will find no problem with thanks to the expansive earpads.

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The M50x are powerfully responsive to volume and that’s a great thing because it means that the drivers are capable of presenting their high…

The M50x are powerfully responsive to volume and that’s a great thing because it means that the drivers are capable of presenting their highest potential straight out of the box and without any amping.

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Vocals and instruments are afforded a good deal of texture, and are nicely separated on a well-organised soundstage. There’s vivacity thanks…

Vocals and instruments are afforded a good deal of texture, and are nicely separated on a well-organised soundstage. There’s vivacity thanks to good timing and a full-bodied delivery. It’s an immersive listen.

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Overall tonal balance is quite good, bass is tight and well extended, mids are slightly withdrawn, and the treble is lively yet free from ha…

Overall tonal balance is quite good, bass is tight and well extended, mids are slightly withdrawn, and the treble is lively yet free from harshness...This is an absolutely great headphone for the price; I'm very grateful to Audio Technica for lavishing some love on the M50 to refresh it.

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