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 dark green (ATH-M50xDG).

    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 dark green (ATH-M50xDG)
  • 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
     
    4.5

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (19)
    • Durable (16)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Compact (7)

    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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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Terrible Experience

    By 

    from Curitiba, BRAZIL

    Pros

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        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

        By 

        from Az

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Pricey / Poor Value

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

          Ok not great

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            5.0

            I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

            By 

            from Arizona

            Pros

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

            Cons

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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.

                By 

                from Dubai, UAE

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

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

                    By 

                    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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      BEST HEADPHONES EVER

                      By 

                      from EU

                      Pros

                      • best for under $1000
                      • Best for video / content makers
                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great for streamers
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

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

                        As a gamer and streamer, I have to have great audio both for my viewers, and myself. I use an Audio Technica AT4050 as my primary mic, and these M50X's as my primary headphones.I have never had any problems with them, and I don't think I will any time soon. Best headphones you could buy. 11/10

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                        • Over a year
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                        5.0

                        proud to be an owner of ATH-M50x limited edition!!!!

                        By 

                        from Dhaka, Bangladesh

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

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

                          so far so good... i'm actually loving the product!!! :) :) :)

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                          • Over a year
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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          A headphone from a reliable company perfect for everyday use

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                          from Des Moines, IA

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Limited Functions

                          Best Uses

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

                            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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                            • Less than a month
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                            5.0

                            almost too good

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                            from Reston, VA

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

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

                                They are great headphones for any purpose. They sound clear and amazing with great base, something my previous headphones lacked. I highly recommend these to anyone who can afford them. They are also very high quality. I've had them for a while now and they are still in perfect condition despite constant use and rough treatment. They haven't failed me yet and I doubt they ever will. Overall I have no complaints about this product.

                                • How long have you used this product?:
                                • Over a year

                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Finally found my best friend

                                By 

                                from mumbai,india

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

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

                                    best headphones i ever used sounds great comfortable yeah its expensive but value for money

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                                    • Q:

                                      Does the ATH M50x have a Noise Reduction Rating? If so, is that rating able to be compared to purpose built hearing protection products?
                                      Asked on 7/15/2016 by Шруд from Raleigh, NC

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        All headphones are passive-noise cancelling because there is a physical object blocking sound from getting to your ears. However, "Noise-Isolation" is not a specification offered by Audio-Technica and other headphone manufactures, especially as it relates to headphones that are non-active noise-cancelling headphones. This is partly due to the fact that there is currently no widely accepted and adhered to standard practiced by all top manufacturers by which an accurate noise-isolation measurement and specification can be reached. We do, however, offer this specification for our Active Noise-Cancelling headphones.

                                        It is important that noise isolation changes at different frequencies, which is another reason why it is hard to measure

                                        Answered on 7/19/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                    • Q:

                                      where can i get these in blue or brown or custom made

                                      thank you so much
                                      Asked on 7/12/2016 by cdavus55

                                      1 answer

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                                        A:

                                        You can purchase these from your Authorized Audio-Technica dealer. I looked on Amazon and they had the blue ones in stock!

                                        Answered on 7/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                    • Q:

                                      Is it compatible with other 2.5mm to 3.5mm cables without the lock-on mechanism?
                                      Asked on 7/5/2016 by Petah

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The cable input that is built in the ATH-M50x was designed primarily for use with Audio-Technica cables. However, a third party cable may work for you, but that would be something you need to verify with that manufacturer.

                                        Answered on 7/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                    • Q:

                                      Does it have an inbuilt mic?
                                      Asked on 7/1/2016 by Bibekak47

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. No it does not include a microphone.

                                        Answered on 7/18/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      How to I unlock my headphones from being fully extended?
                                      Asked on 6/30/2016 by Neo

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. There is no lock on the headband. If they will not retract into the headband there may be an issue.

                                        Answered on 7/18/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Is the m50x compatible with macbook pro 15?
                                      Asked on 6/21/2016 by Leonard from Canada

                                      1 answer

                                    • Q:

                                      What is the country of origin for the m50x?
                                      Asked on 6/18/2016 by grog

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The country of origin for the ATH-M50x is Taiwan.

                                        Answered on 6/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                    • Q:

                                      Hi Sir,

                                      I am planning to buy this awesome headphone, I have a question about ATH M50X that does it compatible with High Definition audio files eg. FLAC and WAV?
                                      Asked on 6/10/2016 by Sunil from Melbourne, Australia

                                      1 answer

                                    • Q:

                                      Is ATH M50 X compatible with
                                      i phone, does it perform with its fully capabilities ?
                                      Asked on 6/9/2016 by Ram from Solapur, INDIA

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The ATH-M50x will work great with your iPhone! Typically, you want your headphones to have a higher impedance than your output (in this case, your iPhone), which it does!

                                        Answered on 6/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                    • Q:

                                      Is it real leather on the headphones or fake because im vegan and i dont want real dead animal skin. Thx in advance for answering
                                      Asked on 6/7/2016 by William

                                      1 answer

                                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                                        A:

                                        The fully-synthetic/non-leather material Audio-Technica uses for all M-Series headphones (including the ATH-M50x) is made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material referred to as "leatherette".

                                        If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                        audio-solutions@atus.com

                                        Thanks!

                                        Answered on 6/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
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