ATH-M50x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$239.00
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 blue (ATH-M50xBL).

    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

    • 90į 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 blue (ATH-M50xBL)
  • 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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    M-Series Headphones Microsite
  • Reviews

    ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones 4.6 5 14 14
    Fantastic I have had these headphones since the week they came out with the "X" version. They have been absolutely fantastic from day one. Many headphones are limited to just one style of music, but these are perfect for everything from jazz to rock to rap to classical. I hope that everyone else who has these headphones enjoys them as much as I do. October 12, 2014
    Well made, and grea This headphones feel great, and have three different cables included, what's also a good thing. Everything is well made, and looks durable. The sound quality and isolation is good, but it's maybe a bit too present in the low mids. Great for tracking ! I'm happy with my purchase. August 3, 2014
    Amazing all round Headphones for the price in terms of value these are the best pair of headphones I have ever owned. They really have to be listened too to be believed. They are as good as everybody says. My main issue with these phones are purely cosmetic, they are darn ugly. Yes looks are a matter of taste, but I don't feel I can wear them outside without looking a little silly. But I guess people will say get Beats if you want looks. I really think AT should like at the design of these. I would wear these all the time if they had the right look. Look at B&O H6 for example, very nice looking phones (admittedly more expensive). July 28, 2014
    The Best! I am not an audiophile by any means, but I know good sounding music when I hear it, and these headphones provide just that. These are crisp and clear, but they have really nice, deep bass. These bad boys blow all the other headphones I have owned right out of the water, Well done Audio Technica! June 18, 2014
    These headphones sound and feel fantastic. I have had these headphones for a little under a month now, and am amazed by their sound quality every time I use them. They sound great, they are very comfortable, and I never am worried about them breaking. I am more than happy with my decision to purchase the M50X. June 4, 2014
    Best pair of headphones I've ever owned! The Audio Technica M50x is one of the best products I've ever owned. For a price under 200, you'll be getting a pair that would smoke the leading headphone brand. Unlike the top brands of headphones made for young consumers which are "bass oriented," these headphones have an even sound, were strictly made for monitoring, and work well when you use an equalizer to mix your projects. The M50x sounds great with any genre of music. These headphones come with detachable cords unlike the old m50 model. They are also great for personal use and comes with a short cable, as well as a spring (coiled) cable for everyday listening. A 3m cable is included as well so if you're uncomfortable stretching the coiled cord, use the long straight cable instead. Overall, these are a great alternative to those who don't want to cave into trends. Perfect for the enthusiastic audiophile or the average listener. May 21, 2014
    BUY THEM! Got these to use as my in ear monitors at my church. I slap the bass so I need them decently loud and able to crank dat bass. Had them cranked as loud as I could handle for a bit and not even a hint of distortion! They sound very clear and don't seem to colour at all. Very comfortable and easy to adjust. The detachable cords are a huge plus. A must have for the musician and the music lover May 20, 2014
    Fantastic Headphones These are by far the best headphones I have ever had. The build quality is sturdy, they are very comfortable for long wearing.The sound is jaw dropping. I really can't say it enough. These would be a steal at $ ! It'll make you want to relisten to all your old music now! May 14, 2014
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    I previously asked a question comparing three different types of headphones - Including the M50x and got a well developed answer. However, I wanted to know if I made a right choice picking the M50x over other headphones for just listening to musing on my mobiled device (Windows 8 Phone)

    Well did I pick the right headphones for my commute to college, or did I pick something too subjective towards Studio Recording?
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    Hello again RuzhX! You've made a great choice! The M50x is very versatile. They're phenomenal for personal use, not just Studio use.

    I personally have a Windows 8 Phone as well and I can assure you that it has no trouble driving the M50x.

    My comment to your earlier question was mainly aimed at providing you comparisons between headphones and shed some light on their performance. So it is VERY subjective on my part.

    But at the heart of the matter, the incredible performance and price point of these headphones is the big reason why even casual listeners like yourself are picking them up.

    It's a real good investment for years to come!

    It will endure your travels to school and give you a rich experience as you go on through the semester. It may even make some of your classmates jealous haha!

    Take care and good luck with your studies my friend!
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Your question is very subjective, although I can say that most people that buy the ATH-M50's buy them for just your use. More so than studio use.
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    The last response seems to suggest that one or the other cable has to be purchased from your service department.
    thanks
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    All M50X models have 3 cables. A coiled and 2 straight (Iong and short)
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    Answer: 
    Exactly three cables will be provided with your purchase of the ATH-M50x models.

    As per the M50x's product feature:

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

    The coiled cable and the long straight cable will allow you to use their screw-on ¬ľ" stereo phone adapter.

    The shorter 1.2m straight cable terminates with a 3.5mm male jack so this cable is mainly for portable use.

    All 3 cables uses a secured proprietary connector. Meaning no other cable will fit into the socket of the ATH-M50x models. So in the event that any of your cables get damaged, you can order replacement cables directly from Audio-Technica. This is what the previous answer was alluding to.
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    I was wondering how much db will these headphones isolate noise? Using these in a studio with noise from surrounding offices, sometimes loud so I want to isolate these sounds, as I know this might not completely cut out all of the sound.

    Thanks
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    The more gain you put on your headphones the less likely you're able to hear noise. These are not noise cancelling headphones but when put over the ears, the suction of the ear cups blocks out some sound from all around.
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    Answer: 
    Unfortunately your question suffers from a fundamental problem where noise reduction can't be given by a single value. Why? Simply because ambient noise bolsters a very wide frequency range.

    In other words, if you ask "How much noise reduction will this piece of equipment provide?"

    We kindly respond: "At what frequency?"

    This is the primary reason why most published values out there are considered bogus. Not to mention it's quite difficult to test.

    The ATH-M50x offers good isolation. I've done a few analysis with these headphones and it offers anywhere between 0 and -36dB reduction depending on which frequency you ask for. For example the headphones attenuated ambient noise with variance from 0 dB to -15dB approaching the 1kHz frequency. The M50x then steadily attenuated ambient noise down to -33dB approaching 4kHz. Beyond the 4kHz frequency range the headphones attenuate anywhere between -25dB to -35dB. Not the best isolation out there, but good enough for most environments.

    And that's not taking into account of our own crude form of isolation by way of playing sounds in our headphones over the ambient noise LOL

    From my own personal account, I can hear some noise while the M50x are silent. However, once I start playing sounds, even I couldn't hear my relatives banging viciously at my locked door 12ft away from my station while my smoke alarm was going off...until I stopped playing my transport stream! (True story! I've learned to keep my door partially open while I'm mixing since then lol)

    About the closest experience I can relate to your environment would be in busy food court at a local mall with my laptop. Sure enough there some faint noise during playback but I've had no problems editing audio tracks on-the-go until I ran into some of the quieter passages of the track.

    See if you can audition them somewhere at a local authorized store to get your own opinion of them. If isolation is critical in your work, I would definitely take a look at Audio-Technica's line of IEMs like the ATH-IM50 since IEMs offer the best possible noise isolation.

    Take care!
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    The m50x does not require batteries. Plug and play!
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    The ATH-M50x and the rest of the Remastered M Series are corded and uses passive isolation so they do not require any batteries to operate.

    You simply plug-in and play.
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    Also, will the separate cords be available for individual purchase in the event that a customer damages one?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The cables will be available through our parts department as our other cables are today.
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