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

    ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones 4 5 4 4
    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 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! March 14, 2014
    Been using M50's for years! As an engineer by trade I've used just about every kind of headphones that I could get my hands on. My "go to" headphones for tracking have been ATHM50's for quite some time. So naturally when I needed some more headphones for my room I purchased some more m50's. To my surprise the new headphones I received had the much cheaper fake leather material on the earpieces instead of the nice firm leather material I've come to love. This is obviously a problem since the pleather earpieces by their own fault simply do NOT stand the test of time as my leather ones have. So as of this review 2-24-14 my new headphones shipped with a much lesser quality earpiece. Your mileage may vary but as per my use this will not work. February 24, 2014
    Loved them but it's a bumpy beginning. Before hand just know that this review is coming from someone who's just using the headphones to listen to music during my daily college commute and at home for relaxation so don't take the criticism as a studio editor. Anyways: I received my headphones 48 hours ago and the first impression was that they look a bit too flexible and fragile which is not true, they are pretty durable just the filling on the headband looks like it might fall off eventually lol. Also they do squish my head just a little bit which makes it so I can't use them for over 3-4 hours like I would. The quality of the sound is pretty awesome, you can feel the bass in a moderate way that it has a bit of a vibration to your ears that feels good and doesn't hurt you, the only downfall I found to the sound was that the vocals are a bit of a background to the music rather than being the focus point. It still sounds amazing but if you want to really listen to lyrics and not focus on the bass/treble etc then you have to focus in. The flexibility of the headphones is sometimes annoying when I try to put them on because it just turns around by itself and I have to keep fixing them and they look a bit big on my head but that might be because it's my first over the ear headphones. I also noticed a small thing that everyone who's had these seems to lie about. - The sound does leak through the headphones a little, it's manageable but if you play the sound at full volume on a mobile device it will leak to a point where it's almost a low volume speaker. I love the removable cable and the idea behind it (Wish they release a removable cable with a mic). Other than the down-sides mentioned I'm pretty satisfied with the M50x I received which I purchased through Amazon, however, I really wish the BL edition had came out with the original black so I wouldn't have to think about whether or not i'll return mines to get the BL. February 12, 2014
    Such Upgrade Much sound these headphones are very high tech, with excellent comfort, durability, and crystal clear sound quality. I felt as if i was in the studio. great purchase! January 23, 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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    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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    Thank you for your inquiry. At this time there is no plans for a trade in program at the factory level. You may check with your dealer to see if they may offer a program.
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    Yes, the ATH-M50xBL Limited Edition will be available through any Authorized Audio-Technica Dealer.
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    amazon lists a release date of 2/28, musician's friend and guitar center have varying dates of 2/5 and 2/17. other sites don't even have it available yet. when is the official release date?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. End of February is the target date for these.
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