ATH-M50x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$169.00
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®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 67 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (31)
    • Durable (23)
    • Lightweight (17)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Compact (9)

    Cons

    • Not durable (4)
    • Unreliable (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

     

    Love these headphones! With a couple reservations.

    These headphones are built extremely well. They are comfortable and I love the design. If that weren't enough they sound phenomenal! I love the locking cable design and the extra cables and bag...Read complete review

    These headphones are built extremely well. They are comfortable and I love the design. If that weren't enough they sound phenomenal! I love the locking cable design and the extra cables and bag that come with the headphones. If you are thinking about purchasing these just do it. You won't be sorry.

    I am confident that I made the best choice and in my opinion these are the best closed cans out there. With that said I have just a couple pieces of feedback.

    They do leak a bit of sound which can be a problem when tracking vocals.

    The other problem is that I love these things so much that I want to take them with me everywhere! I understand that these are studio headphones but buying two pairs of headphones one for studio and one for personal use isn't very practical for students like me. It seems that a better solution would be a cable with a mic and volume control. The most frustrating part is that the adapter is proprietary which means I can't purchase a 3rd party cable. PLEASE AUDIO-TECHNICA make a cable with volume control and a microphone!!! I would gladly purchase one if you made it!

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    3.0

    Not For everyone

    By 

    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

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        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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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

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

                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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                    4.0

                    Great sound, but odd affect from cable connection

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                    from Pottsville, PA

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Cable connection design error

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

                      I am very interested in sound and have operated as a sound tech for many years. Currently my purchase is primarily for very accurate music enjoyment.
                      I purchased the AT M50x as a replacement for my old Sony 7605. The 7506 had good sound quality, but was getting old and had basically no blocking of outside noise.
                      The AT M50X is an upgrade on all accounts. The Sound quality is excellent with very good volume across the Human range of frequencies. I have no problems with bass or the highs. Volume is very good. Outside noise is reduced greatly as compared to the 7506. You will hear talking, but it will be quieted. So, they will are like my Klepsch in-hear buds.

                      ** I have two very important comments and requested design upgrades (not that it will do me any good, but I can dream). First, the cable connection, which uses three different cables and a apparently strong connector is good, and appreciated, but has a flaw that affects sound quality. The connector/cable is rigid and extends down too far. This creates an odd situation is which you can hear the cable drag across your collar when you turn your head. If the music is loud, you likely will not hear it. But it is there. If you are reading and playing music, it will be noticeable. I recommend a slight angle change or position change to eliminate that affect. Second, one more coat of texturized paint/coating, such as a thin rubberized coating, on the outside surface of the ear-cups would remove more of the outside noise to enhance sound monitor system and reduce more of the outside interference. They do reduce outside sound - but even more is easily possible.

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                      • Up to a year
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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best earphones

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                      from UK

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

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

                          No flaws, best earphones I've ever owned, have them for almost 3 years now.

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                          • Over a year
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                          4.0

                          Nice!! Lighting??

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                          from Netherlands

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable

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

                              Good product and you get what you pay for! Hope you guys are making a replacement cable for the new iphone 7! With lighting connector

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                              • Over a year
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                              5.0

                              AMAZING, BEST HEADPHONES I HAVE EVER HAD

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                              from Perth, WA

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                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

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

                                  I love the M50x's, they are amazing, I​ have compared these to the Bose QC 25's and these have about the same sound quality and the M50x's are just better in sound quality, the QC 25's are lighter and more comfortable but they are 2x the cost. Audio-Technica is underrated

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Sound quality

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                                  from India

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Durable

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky/Heavy

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

                                    Takes sound experience to whole new level,great sound great build.
                                    the only thing im dissapointed about is that there is some part in higher frequencies that gets boosted a lot for eg: while listening to vocals the vocals sound metallic rather than natural.

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                                  • Q & A

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                                    • Q:

                                      Hi,
                                      Do you guys sell a cable that connects the headphones to an iPhone and has a mic?
                                      Asked on 1/8/2017 by Maxlemore

                                      1 answer

                                    • Q:

                                      is there a specific microphone that can pair up with this?
                                      Asked on 1/7/2017 by Judy from Hayward,CA

                                      1 answer

                                    • Q:

                                      What are the adapters for on the coiled cable? What are the uses for it?
                                      Asked on 12/29/2016 by Jerry from CT

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The adapters are to change the 3.5mm connection to a professional 1/4" connection.

                                        Answered on 12/30/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      If I get a pair of these on this website and decide that I don't like the sound from them, may I get a refund on them?
                                      Asked on 12/29/2016 by Danny

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        You may contact your dealer to inquire of their policy. If ordered online through the Audio-Technica Website, call 1-877-885-8764

                                        Answered on 12/30/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      When I plug them in I receive no sound are there batteries required?? how do I install if they are??
                                      Asked on 12/25/2016 by first time user from california

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        There are no batteries needed to operate the ATH-M50x.

                                        Answered on 12/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Hi,

                                      Hope you'll be good.

                                      I want to ask one question, I want to record voice, does ATH-M50x record voices?

                                      Looking forward for your reply,

                                      Kind Regards,
                                      Riz
                                      Asked on 12/25/2016 by Riz

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The ATH-M50x are headphones and not a microphone.

                                        Answered on 12/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Are they available in white?
                                      Asked on 12/19/2016 by Jesús from New York

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                                    • Q:

                                      Do they come with a mic?
                                      Asked on 12/18/2016 by Michael from United States

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The M Series headphones including the ATH-M50x headphones, being designed for professional studio monitoring, will not have consumer headphone features such as an inline microphone and controls available. You may use a third party inline microphone such as the this cable. You may also try the ATH-MSR7 headphones.

                                        Answered on 12/20/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Is there any way to make it more bassier
                                      Asked on 12/17/2016 by SynthVII

                                      1 answer

                                    • Q:

                                      Hey I was looking at a product on amazon that has these with a mic would that work or no?
                                      Asked on 12/16/2016 by Abel from United States

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The M Series headphones including the ATH-M50x headphones, being designed for professional studio monitoring, will not have consumer headphone features such as an inline microphone and controls available. You may use a third party inline microphone such as the this cable. You may also try the ATH-MSR7 headphones.

                                        Answered on 12/20/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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