ATH-M50x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$149.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

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  • Overview

    Pure. Professional. Performance.

    As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.



    Also available in white (ATH-M50xWH) and limited edition matte gray (ATH-M50xMG).

    More About the M-Series Headphones
    Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.

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  • Features

    • Critically acclaimed sonic 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 in loud environments

    • 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 cables (includes 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable)

    • Top choice for studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring and personal listening

    • Also available in white (ATH-M50xWH) and limited edition matte gray (ATH-M50xMG)
  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter45 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
    Frequency Response15 - 28,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity99 dB
    Impedance38 ohms
    Weight285 g (10 oz), without cable and connector
    CableInterchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable
    Accessories IncludedProtective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter



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  • Downloads

    M-Series Headphones Brochure (pdf 3.11 M)
    Studio Headphones Microsite
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 76 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (54)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (40)
    • Durable (27)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Lightweight (21)
    • Compact (11)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (6)
    • Not durable (5)
    • Poor sound quality (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

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    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Best headphones you can buy at the price point

    By 

    from grand rapids, michigan

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

        These are the best sounding headphones I've ever heard at this price point

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        • Over a year
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        5.0

        The best headphones you can buy

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        from Tennessee

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Foam requires replacement after years

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

          Over 4 years of serious use over a wide range of music types, these headphones are the best I have ever owned and do not fail me when I require quality sound in order to fully appreciate high quality music.

          This is an incredible product and at a somewhat decent price. It is absolutely worth every cent.

          The ONLY con that I have had with these is that I had to purchase replacement ear pads because my ears get warm and humid (note that my climate is very humid though), causing some deterioration of the foam material. But even then, this is to be expected with headphones in general.

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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          5+ year owner

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          from Stockholm, Sweden

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky/Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

            After having the previous model, the ATH-M50's, for over 5 years I can say that I will always choose AT.
            Sure there is some wear and tear, but I haven't really taken care of them.

            I've dropped them a gazillion times, been treating the cable badly, wore them in rain and snow - still kicking to this day!

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            • Over a year
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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good sound , Cheap quality tho

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            from Delhi india

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Cheap material
            • Cheap quality
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

              Been using this for a full year sound is best quality in the market till now ( i love them ) , but the quality of material is very low quality probably lowest quality in the market for same price

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              • Over a year
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              5.0

              Best I'we used!

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              from Estonia, Pärnu

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                  If you think, those are not worth themselves, you are so wrong. They are worth every single penny you spent on them, it 's price could be easily more, cause they are so good!

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                  • Up to a year
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                  5.0

                  Great headphone that I would definitely buy again.

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                  from Cowan, TN

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Great as a monitor for live performance.
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                      I use these on occasion as my monitor instead of a wedge or stand mount monitor. They work great and are very comfortable.

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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      Truly accurate headphones

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                      from Manhatten,NY

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable

                      Cons

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                          I mix and master recordings for a living and have discovered the M50x headphones give a fairly true representation of what's being recorded . The M50x rival some of my higher priced headphones ($1000 plus) and parallel my studio monitors very closely. They have proven to be excellent, especially for what they cost. They give a true flat response and are, in my opinion better than any products from Sony and Sennheiser in this price range.
                          Of course the m50x headphones are a subjective piece of equipment that may work for your critical listening , and would suggest you A/B them before purchasing them.

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                          • Over a year
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                          3.0

                          I might be cautious

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                          from American Samoa

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Unreliable

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                            They worked for the first 2 months then the left side just went dead. I checked the cable's continuity, opened up the left cup to check the soldering integrity. All checked out. Maybe the electronics running that speaker burned out. I'm not sure. Maybe I just got a lemon.

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                            • Less than a month
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                            5.0

                            Only better with age

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                            from Vicksburg, MS

                            Pros

                            • Breathtaking sound
                            • Clear Sound
                            • Reliable
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Ear pads can be uncomfortable

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional 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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                              3.0

                              Not For everyone

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                              from Nashville, TN

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Breaks Easily

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional 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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                                • Q:

                                  Does it have an audio jack of 3.5 mm for using it in a PC or Smartphone?
                                  Asked on 6/15/2017 by Pauly from Los Angeles, CA

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thanks for your inquiry. The M50x has a 3.5mm headphone jack only, it does not have a microphone function. So you cannot use it to answer phones.

                                    Answered on 6/16/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  I listen to my music using itunes. Sometimes when i raise preamp setting on the equalizer I hear distortion on my ATH-m50x. Is this normal?
                                  Asked on 6/11/2017 by Stelios from New York

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thanks for your inquiry. When you are hear distortion by turning up the pre-amp, that means you are putting too much signals into the headphones, which will make that distorted noise.

                                    Answered on 6/13/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  We have a pair of the ATH-M50x headphones. My son needs a microphone to use these for when he plays on the PS4. Do you have an adapter that has a microphone? The headphone jack on the headset is quite unique and we can't just use any inline microphone. PLEASE help!
                                  Asked on 6/4/2017 by maggie from FL

                                  1 answer

                                • Q:

                                  Can I hook the headphones directly to my Definitive Technologhy W Studio Micro Soundbar. If so how do I hook up
                                  Asked on 6/3/2017 by Tony from Naples Florida

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    You may connect the ATH-M50x headphones to a standard headphone output connection. You may contact your source manufacturer to inquire of their product specifications.

                                    Answered on 6/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  I only have sound out of one ear. is it the cable? is it possible to get another cable?
                                  Asked on 5/31/2017 by jake from LA, CA

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    Trying the other cables will help determine if the issue is within the cable or headphones. If the headphones work with the other cables, please contact our parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                    Answered on 6/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  How many ohms
                                  Asked on 5/18/2017 by Tom from St. Louis mo

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                                • Q:

                                  What are the measurements of the folded up headset in the case?
                                  Also, I have a fairly narrow head-will these fit tightly? I guess I need to buy from someone who will take them back if they don't?
                                  Asked on 5/10/2017 by julie from durango co

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thanks for your inquiry. The M50x does not come with a case, but comes with a pouch. When it is folded up, the dimension is 3.5"x4.5"x7". I would recommend you to go to local music store or electronic store to try them out before you buy it.

                                    Answered on 5/12/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  just got a new per of ATH-M50X.
                                  Dose the headphones need "burn-in" ?
                                  and if so, whats the best way to do it ?
                                  Asked on 5/3/2017 by Daniel

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones. Unfortunately, there is currently no scientific standard, nor peer-reviewed and quantifiable data to support headphone burn-in, nor the value of it therein. This is especially true for the ATH-M50x headphones. I suspect one would probably stand a better chance of reducing the life of the headphones rather than reaching some ideal operating condition, which I suspect one would never be able to hear in the first place. There are plenty of varying reports about burn-in, but no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. The only accounts seem to be perceptual, but again no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. Either way, to quote www.head-fi.org "You are free to be a believer, and you are free to be a skeptic." In my opinion, it will take time to get used to how any audio sounds on any headphones. But again, Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones.

                                    Answered on 5/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  Hi, I have been noticing electronic clicks/corruptions in the audio when listening to streams online and on mp3s. Is this a cord or headphone malfunction? Also, the cups will physically click when flipping them into the storage mode - not sure if this is supposed to happen, but it might be related to the electronic clicking.
                                  Asked on 5/1/2017 by Franck from Richmond, VA

                                  1 answer

                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. If you use a different cable does it still have clicking sounds? Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance if you still have issues.

                                    Answered on 5/2/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  I was wondering what 3rd party mic cable will work with these. Thanks.
                                  Asked on 4/24/2017 by Moe from Saint Augustine florida

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    There is "nothing fancy" in the ATH-M50x headphones that would not allow an external microphone. You may check with your 3rd party manufacturer to inquire their compatibility.

                                    Answered on 5/2/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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