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).

    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)
  • 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

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 81 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (3)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (40)
    • Durable (30)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Compact (13)

    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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    3.0

    Great sound, not very comfortable

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    from Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    • Good Bass
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable

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

      They sound awesome, but they don't fit over your ear well. The cushion is too small for an adult ear. There's also a hard seam on the inside of the cushion that digs into the top of your ear. Uncomfortable to wear for more than 15-20 minutes.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Studio
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      • Less than a month
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      5.0

      11/7 IGN

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      from San Jose, CA

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

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

          It starts to hurt your ears after long periods of use, but audio quality is much better than other headphones in this price range. Way better than any pear of Beats.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Home
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          • Up to a year
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          5.0

          Phenomenal headphones.

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          from Houston, TX

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish

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

              These headphones are absolutely amazing in every possible way. The sound quality is unprecedented. I received them as a gift, and I've loved them ever since. In fact, they're the only headphones I use. It doesn't matter if I'm recording audio, streaming, listening to music, or even editing videos-- these are my all-time number one headphones.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • On Computer
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              • Up to a year
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              5.0

              Delicious Bass

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              from Lompoc, Ca

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Good Bass
              • Great Sound
              • Stylish
              • Very Shiny Circle Things On Sides

              Cons

              • Falls Off/Out Of Ear

              Best Uses

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

                I've been using them for about 2 days and I love them. The bass is amazing compared to most monitor headphones.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Home
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                • Less than a month
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Best

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                from Calgary

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

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

                    I love headphones. I've used 'phones from every major manufacturer on the market. The ATH-M50x is by far my favourite set. Before I got the M50xes, I had a pair of the original M50s, and after 20 years of heavy use, they finally wore out. 20 years from a pair of 'phones is outstanding, in my experience.

                    The M50xes are comfortable and sound incredibly good. They do everything that I expect from headphones with aplomb. Absolutely highly recommended.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • On Computer
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                    • Up to a year
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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best headphones you can buy at the price point

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                    from grand rapids, michigan

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

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                        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

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                          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

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                            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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                            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

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                              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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                                  • Q:

                                    How can I replace the earpads on my ATH-M50X headphones? They are worn out.
                                    Asked on 1/9/2018 by Frank from FL

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Parts Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5002. They would be happy to help you.

                                      Answered on 1/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    Are these made with real leather?
                                    Asked on 12/25/2017 by Neil from Devon

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The Audio-Technica M Series Headphones are not made with any animal byproducts; the earpads are not leather. The earpads we use are made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that we refer to as leatherette. Please note that we no longer use protein leather in any of our products. This was a companywide directive issued by Headquarters Quality Assurance Department in 2010.

                                      Answered on 12/28/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Are the headphones balanced flat?
                                    Asked on 12/12/2017 by mlpez01 from Burbank, Washington

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      No headphones are balanced flat. The M Series headphones have a transparent sound signature that many people use for professional studio reference playback.

                                      Answered on 12/15/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Hi I have a question about the instructions/warranty of this product. I have recently purchased a M50x in Canada and inside the box I received a instruction with both English and Japanese on each sides, but there is only one warranty and its fully Japanese, on the sheet it says it's protected for a 1 year limited warranty but instead on the (USA/Canada) website it says it has a 2 years limited warranty??? It does not come with a English copy of the warranty. So my question is: does my product have a 2 years warranty and the card only apply to those in Japan or does it have a 1 year warranty?
                                    Asked on 12/1/2017 by Jeffery from undisclosed

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                                  • Q:

                                    Will you ever make an in line microphone cable for this product would be really nice to use these for gaming but do not want to use the mod mic as I would require haveing two cables, also would allow these to be used for talking on the phone. Just an idea to add versatility to an already great product
                                    Asked on 11/27/2017 by Alex from undisclosed

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. AT this time I am not aware of any plans to do so.

                                      Answered on 12/1/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    I'm wondering about using good headphones with new cell phones that have removed the 3.5mm jack. Since Audio Technica headphones have a removable cable, is it possible to fit it with a cable that connects to the USB on a phone?
                                    Asked on 11/25/2017 by Hairy Barry from Kirkland, WA

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Newer phone like the Pixel 2 and iPhone 7 will come with a USB-C Digital-to-3.5mm adapter or Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, so you'll still be able to use your A-T headphones that have a 3.5mm plug. The ATH-M50x will be compatible with this adapter provided with the smartphone. We are looking into solutions and considering our options at this time for future cable configurations. Additionally, we have several wireless headphones with Bluetooth technology that will work with the smartphone companies who remove the analog connection, and we will continue to develop more of these.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Are the ear pads made of leather?
                                    Asked on 11/25/2017 by Raj from Fremont, ca

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones are not made with any animal byproducts; the earpads are not leather. The earpads we use are made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that we refer to as leatherette. Please note that we no longer use protein leather in any of our products. This was a companywide directive issued by Headquarters Quality Assurance Department in 2010.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Just ordered a pair. Is the cable connection to the ear cup straight in or twist and lock? If twist and lock, twist right or left?
                                    Asked on 11/25/2017 by Flint from Apple Valley, Mn.

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The locking connection is counter clockwise.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    I've had the ATH-M50x for a while now, but I just bought a Fiio X3 Mark III to use with them. Will the Fiio drive the headphones without an amp? What should I set the Fiio's gain setting to so that it will drive the headphones correctly?
                                    Asked on 11/23/2017 by Jerm from Littleton, CO

                                    1 answer

                                  • Q:

                                    Is this vegan?
                                    Asked on 11/23/2017 by Maddy from Valdosta, GA

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones are vegan friendly and not made with any animal byproducts; the earpads are not leather. The earpads we use are made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that we refer to as leatherette. Please note that we no longer use protein leather in any of our products. This was a companywide directive issued by Headquarters Quality Assurance Department in 2010.

                                      Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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