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



    Conditions
  • Downloads

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

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (51)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (36)
    • Durable (26)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Compact (10)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (5)
    • Not durable (4)
    • 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 I'we used!

    By 

    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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            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

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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

                Best Uses

                  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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                    • Over a year
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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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                      • Over a year
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                      1.0

                      Disappointed, let down.

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                      from Colorado

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easily
                      • Pricey / Poor Value
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

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

                        The cords to the headphones have all broke. I was a big Audio-Technica fan, I have the at4040 microphone, which is amazing. Purchased a lot of products from them but the these headphones will be the last. Poorly made, falling apart. Shorting in out with the signal. Not impressed and paid almost $200.

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                        • Over a year
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                        5.0

                        One of the best values

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                        from Temple tx

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Priced reasonable

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

                            These are great for the cost. Compare with those in $400-$500 range.

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                            • Over a year
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                            5.0

                            Hands Down Best Heaphones

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                            from Sioux Falls, SD

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

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                                I would recommend this product for everyone, so much better than my prior shenhinsers!

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                                • Less than a month
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                                5.0

                                Outstanding

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                                from Colorado

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Good Aesthetic
                                • Versatile

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

                                    These are stellar headphones for the money. Lossless files are a must or you will be getting far less out of this product than you could. I think the looks complement it very well—despite them being near half the price as those silly Beats, people notice them at least twice as much. I gave it a 4/5 for "Ease of Use" because the carrying back it comes with is a tight fit. Over these six-or-so months, however, the bags seems to have broken in pretty well and it goes in much more easily. A small increase in size would be nice.

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                                    • Up to a year
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                                  • Q & A

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                                    • Q:

                                      Does the ATH M-50x have a volume control anywhere? Can I buy a cable that works with these that has an in line volume control?
                                      Asked on 2/18/2017 by S

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. No, it does not have a volume control and we do not sell a cable for it that does.

                                        Answered on 2/23/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Hello, I purchased the ATH-M50x headphones a while back and I lost the 1/4" screw on adapter, is there anywhere online I can purchase a replacement?
                                      Asked on 2/14/2017 by Evur from BC, Canada

                                      1 answer

                                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about a replacement if you are located in the US. If you are located in Canada, you may contact the parts department at Jam Industries:
                                        Jam Industries Ltd.
                                        21000 Trans-Canada Highway
                                        Baie d'Urfé, Québec
                                        H9X-4B7
                                        Canada
                                        Tel: (514) 457-4875 Direct
                                        Tel: (877) 526-5463 Toll Free
                                        E-mail for service: servicerma@jamindustries.com
                                        E-mail for parts: parts@jamindustries.com
                                        Web site: www.jamindustries.com

                                        Answered on 2/16/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      So, a friend of mine that lives in Atlanta,US, ordered a pair of these headphones through Amazon for me as a favor. I took advantage that my dad was on a work trip in Atlanta so she gave them to him. The problem is when he was returning back to our country, Costa Rica. In security check at the Atlanta airport, an officer confiscated the headphones with the statement that they were made from dangerous materials and couldn't go in a flight... So my dad came with no headphones and a refund is not possible because it isn't Amazon fault! So, my question is, why did the officer took the headphones saying that? Is that true? They're made from dangerous materials? The refund or anything is not the problem, but I'm just wondering. Thanks in advance!
                                      Asked on 2/11/2017 by David Paz from San José, Costa Rica

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-M50x are not made of any hazardous materials and they are sold worldwide. You will need to check with security to find out why they kept them.

                                        Answered on 2/16/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Hello I purchased the ATH-M50x but they were too big for my head. Even on the smallest setting the earphones clamp down on the top of my ear and I can't wear them longer than a few minutes. Is there a different headphone made by audio-technica that is a little bit smaller? Or is there a modification that can be made to the headphone to make it a little smaller?

                                      I bought a headphone sweater on amazon and put a piece of foam between the band and my head but it looks ridiculous and don't think it will work out.

                                      Thank you,

                                      Sam
                                      Asked on 2/9/2017 by Sam from Brooklyn, NY

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. There are 3rd party companies that make other ear pads that are thicker and may allow for a better fit. Please note that by doing so, could change the sound just a bit from the spec since the driver would be further for the ear.

                                        Answered on 2/16/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Does this thing have leather in it? (Asking b/c of vegan concerns) Thanks!
                                      Asked on 2/3/2017 by Grant from Elsah, IL

                                      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.

                                        Answered on 2/14/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      I'm wanting to purchase these headphones, but I do have one question before I do so. I do not have a desktop PC currently, only a phone and a laptop. Will these work for both a phone and a laptop? Or are they only for desktops?
                                      Asked on 1/17/2017 by Spaceman

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Yes, you may connect to a headphone output.

                                        Answered on 1/19/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      The headset does not work using an RCA to female 3.5mm cable. It is fine with 3.5mm input jacks. I am trying to use it with the outputs from an Audioengine A2+ and N22. Ca you suggest a solution?
                                      Asked on 1/16/2017 by Bob from Limestone Tn

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. The headphone is not designed to work with RCA inputs.

                                        Answered on 2/2/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      So my brother order these headphones for me on Christmas and it worked just fine til yesterday the left speaker stopped working, so it hasn't been a full month. Is there a way to fix the left speaker? I've tried changing the wires and it worked for a minute with the long wire then turned off again and hasn't worked since.
                                      Asked on 1/15/2017 by Maurice

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at service@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                        Answered on 1/16/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      is it compatible with 7.1 surround sound ?
                                      Asked on 1/14/2017 by brevan from jakarta

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                                    • Q:

                                      Does ATH-M50x include an inline mic in the specs ?
                                      Asked on 1/13/2017 by Ndan

                                      1 answer

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