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Incredible Value from the ATH-M50x Headphones

Looking for amazing value in professional monitor headphones? Sweetwater has a great suggestion: ATH-M50x closed-back headphones. A-T’s flagship M series ’phones are best sellers, featuring 45mm neodymium magnet drivers that deliver the accurate frequency response and stunning detail you need to make sound decisions when you’re recording, mixing, or DJing. The closed-back design gives you superior isolation with minimal bleed, while the circumaural earpads give you cushy comfort during long sessions. Factor in their space-saving collapsible design, swivel earcups, and detachable (both straight and coiled) cables, and you have a winner. Consider the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones today for your studio or casual listening.

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Closed-back vs. open-back headphones

Sometimes referred to as simply “closed” and “open,” this distinction addresses the design of the part of the headphone that covers the area behind the driver in a straight line away from the side of your head. Closed-back headphones like the ATH-M50x prevent sound from escaping and leaking into your microphone. The downside of this design is that it traps pressure inside the headphone, which creates false low frequencies. Open-back headphones, on the other hand, don’t suffer from this issue. They deliver outstanding accuracy and clarity that are suitable for critical listening.

Circumaural vs. supra-aural headphones

In layman’s terms, these words simply mean “over ear” (circumaural) and “on ear” (supra-aural). In the case of headphones, this refers to the design of the earcup, which is the cushion that sits between the headphone’s speakers (drivers) and your ear. Supra-aural headphones are rarely used for professional applications; although, they’re great for casual listening — especially if you need to be aware of what’s going on around you. On the other hand, over-ear headphones such as the ATH-M50x offer excellent attenuation of external noise.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Features:

  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance and build quality
  • A favorite of top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers
  • 15Hz–28kHz frequency response
  • 45mm drivers with rare-earth neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Tuned for flat response and superior accuracy across the entire frequency range
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent isolation in loud environments
  • 90° swiveling earcups for easy 1-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband materials give you comfort and durability
  • Collapsible design gives you space-saving portability
  • Detachable cables (3.9–9.8-foot coiled cable, 3.9-foot straight cable, and 9.8-foot straight cable)
  • A top choice for tracking, mixing, DJ monitoring, and personal listening
  • Includes carrying pouch and 1/4-inch screw-on adapter

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Tech Specs

  • Wired
  • Closed
  • Circumaural (Around the Ear)
  • 45mm
  • Passive Noise Isolating
  • 15Hz-28kHz
  • 38 ohms
  • 1/8", 1/4" adapter
  • 2 x Straight, Coiled
  • 9.8', 3.9'
  • Yes
  • Swivel Earcups
  • Yes
  • Black
  • Drawstring Bag
  • 0.62 lbs. (without cable and connector)
  • ATH-M50x

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Love everything that comes out of this. I use it for work, for field mixing, mainly vocals. It has the right amount of isolation and the everything is proportional. From the lows, mids, to the highs. Great sound.
I will admit - I'm biased towards Audio-Technica products. WHY you ask? (Even if you didn't ;-). Their products are well-made from good materials with exceptional workmanship. And they do what they are supposed to do. I already owned a pair of ATH-M20 headphones and liked them. Enough so that I used them for about five years in our community radio station's broadcast and production studios. The only thing I did was replace the soft earcups because my makeup made them kinda gross after five years! Alcohol and various solutions didn't help and I felt a hand sledge hammer with a cold steel chisel might be a tad excessive. So, I replaced the earcups instead and voila! The headphones are like new again. But that set isn't what I mean to write about, here… My new ATH-M50X headphones are *sweet* - especially with three different cords and a nice bag to keep everything in. As for the sound, it's sublime - full, well balanced through comfortable over-the-ear earcups and soft headband. The different length cords are great - secure click as I insert the connector. The four foot cord is great for my recording console at home. In the studio, I use the eight to ten foot coiled cord to move about and the straight ten foot cord is available for gigs or whatever. I find it very convenient having the different length cords. The price isn't bad at all, given the quality of these headphones. Audio Technical, you have a winner in these headphones! Call me a satisfied customer :-)
Perfect set of head phones .they have excellent sound one neat feature is the cord for these head phones is how the cord hooks up . You can change the style of cord you want to use .or do like I did get the 25 foot extension cord you will be able to move around more at a further distance.
These are great monitoring headphones--accurate and reliable sound! Definitely recommend for any recording/studio work!

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What Do Our In-house Gear Experts Think?

Sami Ross-LaMotte

One thing I’ve learned from working in audio production for 6 years is that a great pair of headphones
makes all the difference in the world. I got a pair of these headphones at the beginning of my career and have been using them ever since! From production sound mixing for movies to editing podcasts and TV shows in my office, the M50x headphones give me the clarity, noise cancellation, and comfort over long periods of time that I’m looking for. No ear fatigue here!

Bo Freeman

For 5 plus years the Audio Technica ATH-M50x’s have been my go to reference headphones for monitoring during recording and live performances. When recording as a multi-instrumentalist or playing/singing live, the comfort and particular hype these give are often the reason I don’t want to stop. Plus I can’t tell you how often I’ve dropped, stepped on, or rolled over the cord on these yet these things still look and act brand new. These help me reference my mixes in a biased environment and keep my music translating to the real world with ease.

Cristian Good

Like any experienced live sound engineer, I depend on the accuracy of my headphones, but they also need to be comfortable. I've loved my Audio-Technica ATH-M50x monitoring headphones from the minute I got them, because they're both detailed and comfortable enough that I can wear them all night, without getting fatigued. I don't just use them for gigs - they're also perfect for just listening to music.

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Is Audio-Technica ATH-M50x worth it? ›

Yes, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are absolutely worth it. These headphones are extremely versatile and so regardless of what you use them for (streaming, gaming, listening to music, etc.) you can be assured that you are getting an excellent pair of headphones for a great price.

Are Audio Technica M50x closed-back? ›

Over-Ear, Sound-Isolating Design

The ATH-M50x utilizes a circumaural design that contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. This over-ear, closed-back style is optimal for reducing bleed and separating you from outside sounds.

Is ATH-M50x good for studio? ›

The ATH-M50x is the best studio monitor headphones for the money, but they're not perfect studio headphones. These headphones have exceptional comfort, accuracy, and detail. Still, their sound cannot be described as perfectly linear, and their bass is slightly emphasized for good tracking of low-frequency instruments.

Is Audio-Technica ATH-M50x a audiophile? ›

Audio Technica ATH- M50x Review - Entry Level Audiophile Headphones.

Why do people hate the Audio-Technica M50x? ›

Perhaps some of the hate against the M50X seems like it's just because they are mega-popular. Or maybe, it comes from unrealistic expectations for the sound of a “studio monitor,” especially in this price range. Comfort is another point of contention I've seen. Some feel they're too clampy.

Why are M50x so good? ›

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are above-average closed-back critical listening headphones. They have an excellent, and well-balanced audio reproduction. They feel sturdy, and the large ear cups fit comfortably over most ears. They're simple and straightforward headphones for enjoying your music.

Is m50x high impedance? ›

The M50 has a relatively low impedance (38 ohms) and a lowish sensitivity (99 dB). That combination means the amp has to supply more current. Some amps just can't supply the necessary current for low impedance headphones and when they can't they distort. The same amp may do fine with higher impedance headphones.

Are ATH-M50X good for casual listening? ›

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50X is a long-awaited update to one of the most respected professional audio headphones. If you're looking for a reasonably-price pair that can work in a home recording setup and also do double duty for casual listening, then go order a pair right away.

Whats better than the M50X? ›

The MSR7 is a better-looking, better-sounding, more comfy M50X. It doesn't collapse as well, and it doesn't have the locking cable system. Everything else about it is better. It's one of the few headphones I can easily say is better than the M50X.

How do I make myth M50X sound better? ›

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Is Audio Technica M50x open or closed? ›

Closed-back headphones like the ATH-M50x prevent sound from escaping and leaking into your microphone. The downside of this design is that it traps pressure inside the headphone, which creates false low frequencies.

Does the M50x have a mic? ›

"Unfortunately, the ATH-M50x headphones do not feature an in-line microphone or controller. This is true of all the Audio-Technica M-Series Headphones.

Is Audio Technica a good brand? ›

Audio-Technica is a well-known brand that offers headphones at more affordable price points. While they produce a sound that can rival higher-end models, they tend to have less than stellar builds. Their noise cancelling series also falls short compared to other brands with similar features.

Can studio headphones be used for listening to music? ›

So in answer to the question – of course, you can listen to your music on whatever headphones you want, and that includes studio reference headphones if that's what you happen to have to hand (or to head).

Should you listen to music with studio headphones? ›

As a general rule, studio headphones are a great option for listening to music. They give a very accurate representation of the sound, being designed to have a flat frequency response. It can take time to adjust to them, as they do not contain any enhancement features such as bass boost.

Should I get M50x or M40x? ›

M40x offers everything that M50x, so there is not really much of a difference. The sound quality is definitely better in M50x, but that does not justify the $60 difference in price tag. Also, M40x is not a bad pair of headphones either. They offer good value for your money and have a good set of features.

Which is better M40x or M50x? ›

The Audio Technica ATH-M50x are very similar to the Audio Technica M40x, but they have a slight edge over them. They feel a bit sturdier and better-built than the M40x, and their audio reproduction is slightly more accurate and neutral.

Is M40x durable? ›

The ATH-M40X feel robust and durable. They have a mostly plastic design that's dense and able to handle a fair amount of physical stress. They have a metal frame that reinforces the headband, and the ear cups feel sufficiently sturdy to withstand a few drops without damage.

Why do artists use m50x? ›

They were originally designed as professional monitoring headphones, with a focus on delivering clear, natural sound via the proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers. However, they've grown to become one of the go-to pair of headphones recommended for anyone looking to heighten their listening experience.


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