Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Review

  • By: Alex Scott
  • Date: Thursday, 2 July 2020
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Review


The ATH-M50X is one of the more covered sets of headphones out there, based on their build and sound quality and the package you get with the purchase. The M50X headphones come at around a £100 ($149) and come in a very nice package, including the M50 headphones, 2 different cables, one being a 1.2-meter straight cable and the other a 1.2 to 3-meter coiled cable, also, a 1/4″ screw-on adapter and a nice carrying bag.

In this video, we’ll go over the mid-range option from Audio-Tehnica, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X professional monitoring headphones.

So having the Audio Technica ATH-M50X price in mind, sounds like a steal. The available ath m50x colors alow for customisation, anywhere from a simple, clean fully blacked-out headset to a more stylish brown leather, which gives the mth 50x some real character.

The ATH-M50 have a decent set of specifications: the Audio Technica ATH-M50x frequency range is a 15 to 28,000 Hz, with a driver diameter of 45mm, sensitivity of 99dB and the maximum input power of 1,600 mW at 1 kHz.

The sound quality has been praised year after year and the Audio Technica ATH-m50x specs proved its value, becoming one of the more prominent choices when it comes to professional monitoring headphones, gathering somewhat of a cult following.

The ATH M50 X also prove to be very comfortable to use. At the weight of around 285g., it doesn’t weight on the ears until a prolonged amount of use, having nice sound isolation and a nice feel, due to high quality and circumaural design of the cups of the headphones.

The two detachable cables that come with the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X professional studio monitor headphones easily attach and detach from the headset itself making it easy to travel with these headphones.

The AT M50x straight cable comes in handy in a regular static setup and the coiled cable comes helpful if you ever need that extra space to move around and the 1/4″ adapter lets you work with almost any modern setup you would encounter, so you don’t have to worry with the Audio-Technica ATH-M50.

As the Audio Technica ATH M50X headphones are the mid-range offering from Audio Technica, it’s important to understand what other options are out there from the same line before committing to a set of headphones.

At the lower end, for half of the price of the ATH M50X, Audio Technica offers the ATH-30X, which although comes in a similar package, the cable is not detachable and the sound quality suffers due to it having a 40mm driver, which is smaller than the Audio Technica M50.

On the other side of the spectrum, there’s the M60X, which is almost a 100g lighter and 3dB more sensitive, but for further differences from the ATH 50 would be recommended to try out, if possible, to see what choice is more optimal, the mx50 headphones, or the more expensive option on the list.

In this Audio Technica M50X review, we go over how these headphones change over the couple of years you might end up using them and the most noticeable change is the difference in sound isolation.

At the start of using these headphones, it’s wonderful, any noise bleed from the outside is barely audible unless you use the headphones on a really low volume in which case the outside noise is still barely noticeable.

But the “issue” arises when it comes to the noise bleeding out of the headphones, which is not that noticeable but over a few years, because of the wear of the headphones themselves, the noise becomes more prominent and might start to be picked up in audio recordings.

But even said that it shouldn’t be that big of a case as it only becomes an issue if the audio levels are rather high or if the users decide to lift one of the cups from their ear in which case the microphone will be more than likely to pick up the audio like in any other set of headphones, including the ath50x, but this only becomes a thing to worry about a few years in, so don’t worry.

Overall, in this ATH-M50X review, we go over why this Audio Technica M50X set of headphones has proven to be an amazing choice, especially keeping the m50x price range and m50x specs in mind.

It’s a wonderful entry point in the otherwise expensive and niche high-fidelity audio scene which offers the best of the best, and Audio Technica keeps to be a big part of the industry, providing with amazing equipment that pushes the scene forward.

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