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®

    by PowerReviews
    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.6

    (based on 60 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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      (2)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (24)
    • Durable (20)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Compact (8)

    Cons

    • Poor sound quality (3)
    • Unreliable (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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    4.0

    Nice!! Lighting??

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    from Netherlands

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable

    Cons

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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

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

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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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            • Over a year
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            5.0

            Sound quality

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            from India

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Bulky/Heavy

            Best Uses

              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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              • Less than a month
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              5.0

              Simply Superb.

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              from San Jose

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

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

                  I have hard my music in so many headphones over the years. But I think these are the best. What a balance between bass and treble. Amazing.

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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  it is worth the money

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                  from falkenberg, se

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

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

                      i use it for gaming and listening for music i take them with me when im going on trips i take them where i go nothing cant go wrong with these

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                      • Up to a year
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                      1.0

                      Terrible Experience

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                      from Curitiba, BRAZIL

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                        • Breaks Easily
                        • Pricey / Poor Value
                        • Unreliable

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

                          I write from Brazil and about 2 years ago I bought a professional headphone ATH M50X and I just tested it when received at my place.

                          I never used this equipment after that, because my home studio project was cancelled.

                          Yesterday, I would like to sell it and it wasn´t work properly. Its just possible to hear from the right side. I changed the cables and didn´t work as well.

                          I need some help, because I spend lots of money to have a good equipment and its simply not working, without any reason.

                          And here in Brazil, no one is able to answer and give sollution to my problem. A big and famous brand, but I don´t have any support here in Brazil. That´s a shame.

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                          • Less than a month
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                          4.0

                          Buy them for the durability

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                          from Az

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound Quality
                          • Pricey / Poor Value

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                            Ok not great

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                              5.0

                              I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

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                              from Arizona

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Deep Bass
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

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

                                  I love this product, its reliable, some deep bass, doesnt hurt your ears, so comfortable, noise resistant, Just Perferct

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                                  • Up to a year
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                                  5.0

                                  Not better than the rest, but simply the best.

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                                  from Dubai, UAE

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Durable
                                  • Versatile

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

                                      I was looking to buy a pair of simple headphones that really made listening to music a pleasure. The ATH M50x was recommended to me by a sales guy who did not even have the product in the electronic shop he worked for. Why am i saying this? It is because the product is so good, that a person with great taste will always recommend this to some one else.
                                      I've had the headphones only a few weeks, and they are fantastic. Please buy these ONLY if you want to enjoy every note and every beat and every single sound that goes into making a great music track and are a true music lover.

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                                      • Less than a month
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                                      5.0

                                      Sounds great - like a full-sized pair of Ultimate Ears

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                                      from Grimsby - North East Lincolnshire - UK

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Durable
                                      • Fairly Efficient
                                      • Not harsh - even at high volumes
                                      • Replacable earpads
                                      • Soaks up power

                                      Cons

                                      • Slightly tight on the head

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        I use the headphones with the following hardware:

                                        Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (modified)
                                        Samsung Galaxy Tab s 10.5 (stock)
                                        APGtek IMP MP3 Player
                                        Topping NX2 DAC/AMP

                                        They are fairly easy to drive and I suspect that most people would be happy driving these from an iPhone or Android device. I personally like my music loud and these can be driven hard with additional amplification and the sound quality scales up nicely.

                                        Nice amount of impact and the bass is not flabby but does go pretty deep.

                                        Offers a nice amount of clarity and the top end doesn't irritate - nice and open sounding for a closed headphone.

                                        Build quality is first rate. I appreciate the fact that they come supplied with 3 different cables - offers peace of mind as the cable is often the first thing to break with headphones. I must admit I tend to use the shortest but that's because I always am listening to portable players.

                                        I'm currently using a set of slightly thicker replacement pads and these fully encapsulate the ears whereas the stock pads tend to press your ears in a little. Having said that, the sound quality is perhaps not quite as good with the replacements as the stock ones and the original ones weren't uncomfortable anyway. Currently an experiment but it's nice to know that perhaps the second most likely thing to fail on headphones is also covered.

                                        It's nice that the headphones can fold up fairly small for travelling but sometimes the 180 degree movement of the earcups can drive me very slightly potty. Have taken one star off for this - nit picking to be honest.

                                        All in all, they offer a similar sound signature to my beloved Ultimate Ears Triple Fi 10's and that is very high praise indeed to be honest. Make a nice change to use these over in ear monitors. An easy overall 5-star rating. Rugged, reliable, good sounding and practical.

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                                        • Up to a year
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                                      • Q & A

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                                        • Q:

                                          Is there any wires that I can get to add a microphone like with the beats?
                                          Asked on 9/12/2016 by DJB98

                                          1 answer

                                        • Q:

                                          Any plans to offer a ATH-M50x cable with a lightning interface?
                                          Asked on 9/8/2016 by E from Seattle

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            At this time we do not have any plans on developing an ATH-M50x cable for the iPhone 7. Apple has confirmed that they will be providing their customers with an adapter that will be compatible with "wired" headphones. It seems that Apple's main reason for doing without the headphone jack is to encourage their customers to go wireless…. With that said, we do manufacture an outstanding line of Bluetooth Technology Headphones that should be compatible with the phone, as they are currently compatible with any smartphone device.

                                            Answered on 9/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                        • Q:

                                          My left ear cup on the headphones fell off, the wire inside the left ear cup is now sticking out and a bit of copper from the wire is exposed. The left cup is still intact but the wire (not the 3.5mm audio jack wire) for the ear cup is sticking out. Is this covered in the warranty?
                                          Asked on 9/7/2016 by Jake Josephi from Texas

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. You may send the product in for an evaluation through an Audio-Technica Service Center.
                                            • If you purchased and are located in the US, you may send into our Service Department. You will find our ATUS Service Policy, complete repair return instructions and a downloadable form to be enclosed with the repair return at www.audio-technica.com/service. *Please read all of the information listed with the instructions. For additional questions, you may contact our Service Department at Service@atus.com. Please provide detailed information on the problem. We do not require a return authorization number for repair returns. We require dated proof of purchase with the repair return for all warranty claims. Please also provide a United States, United Parcel Service (UPS) deliverable address to return the product to once repaired.
                                            • If you purchased in Canada, see Service Center information here.
                                            If you purchased outside of the US, you may refer to Audio-Technica Global Support

                                            Answered on 9/14/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                        • Q:

                                          Apple may be introducing a phone without headphone jacks. What is your company planning to do for lighting ports?
                                          Asked on 9/7/2016 by Trav from Chicago, IL

                                          1 answer

                                        • Q:

                                          Is there a way to adjust the pressure on my ears. I find they press too hard to wear for a long time.
                                          Asked on 8/31/2016 by Pedro

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately there is no way to adjust the pressure on your ears.

                                            Answered on 9/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                        • Q:

                                          Are there any animal bi-products used in this model, such as leather?
                                          Asked on 8/29/2016 by Jake

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                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. No there are no animal bi-products used in these headphones.

                                            Answered on 9/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                        • Q:

                                          Are there any replacement pads for the brown leather limited edition set?
                                          Asked on 8/26/2016 by Scar from Denmark

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact the Parts Department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They will be happy to help with this.

                                            Answered on 9/1/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                        • Q:

                                          I have the ATH-M50x Blue
                                          Which cable do I use for airplane?
                                          Does this unit require battery?
                                          Asked on 8/24/2016 by Judge

                                          1 answer

                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            This would depend on what connection the airplane has. The cables included with the ATH-M50xBL terminate with standard 3.5mm connection with a 1/4" adapter. There in no battery needed to operate the headphones.

                                            Answered on 8/25/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                        • Q:

                                          Will there be any wireless version in the future?
                                          Asked on 8/17/2016 by Eric

                                          1 answer

                                          • CUSTOMER CARE

                                            A:

                                            Not likely, no. It is difficult to get the same level audio quality over a wireless connection.

                                            Answered on 8/18/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                                        • Q:

                                          what is the original price of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x?
                                          Asked on 8/15/2016 by byakuran

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                                          • Staff Reviewer

                                            A:

                                            Thank you for your inquiry. The MSRP is $169.00.

                                            Answered on 8/19/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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