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
  • Features
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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®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.6

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (15)
    • Durable (12)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Compact (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value for money!

    I'm an engineer by trade, and have built amplifiers since I was a kid, now with well over 30 years of engineering experience and a lot of knowledge richer I would class this product...Read complete review

    I'm an engineer by trade, and have built amplifiers since I was a kid, now with well over 30 years of engineering experience and a lot of knowledge richer I would class this product as a surprisingly good reproducer. The imaging of these headphones is quite amazing, making them an easy listener that doesn't fatigue very quickly. For monitoring they might be a little too forgiving, and the precision of the region below 100hz is not too great. It surprised me some critique on these headphones is that it lacks bass, all I can imagine is you probably run gear not capable of delivering sufficient current, or you've spoiled your reference point of your own ears by always listening to a far too bass pronouncing system.

    These are 38 ohm impedance headphones, that naturally demand some drive and therefore will sound more different on different equipment than a HD600 for instance, which is a lot higher impedance. It's rather the popular choice of headphone manufacturers of today, to compensate for the mpobile devices lack of output power, making the best out of such poor outputs.

    It is still an amazing package, they are not only comfortable and light, but the materials also feel very pro and the design is well done. The plug in cable first enters the shell with a fairly thick plastic covered shaft, before turning in to a minijack connector, smart as it won't break too quick and locks in nicely firm.

    I own electrostatic headphones of Stax and these come really near in terms of the spatial performance, there is a tonne of depth in the reproduction, midrange is very clean and very precise and the high range is clear, but not too sharp.

    Would definitely recommend them for just nice listening, not so much for monitoring as they are simply not linear enough and not precise enough in the bottom end.

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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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    5.0

    BEST HEADPHONES EVER

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    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!!!!

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      from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

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        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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        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

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          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          almost too good

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          from Reston, VA

          Pros

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

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              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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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  Amazing value for your money!

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                  from Fredericton, N-B. Canada

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Great value

                  Cons

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

                      First off here are the pros of these headphones. These are definitely some of the best "value for your money" headphones on the market but are in no way cheap! These headphones have great sound quality, comfort, look and durability. I would definitely suggest them for anyone looking for a headphone with all these qualities.

                      Now here are the few cons. These headphones aren't really meant for public use. But then again these are studio monitor headphones so keep that in mind if your looking for a more mobile headphone. These headphones aren't meant for "bassheads", that being said the low end is still very punchy but not as prominent as some other headphones. I guess this could be expected because they're a flat response headphones meant for accurate sound.

                      So all in all I would definitely recommend these headphones to people who need an accurate sound. I wouldn't suggest them to people looking for mobile headphones that have lots of bass because that's just not what they're made for. I want to thank Audio Technica for making an amazing product that I now use in my day to day life!

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                      • Less than a month
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                      3.0

                      Great sound, with a slight problem

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                      from Ontario Canada

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Unreliable

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

                        I have already exchanges twice, and both headphones have a measureable I consistency between drivers at low frequency (40-80hz). Not sure what to do at this point, a blind test can confirm it is not my hearing. I guess driver mismatches are quite common? The left channel has always been the louder one at those frequencies, no matter what device I power them with. Otherwise they sound phenominal, but this flaw can be a little distracting if you get it.

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                        5.0

                        Got these headphones for christmas, they rock. Beats out dre

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                        from Sc

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

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

                            Got it for christmas. Sounds better than any set of beats I've ever used. The sound is clear, and you can hear all of the layers in a song like the artist intended. The extra chords are awesome, and when I plug it into my 50 dollar guitar amp it sounds like a 2000 dollar amp. Some headphones have that built in bass boost, but these headphones pretty much do spot on bass that kicks a♡$ without being overkill. The 180 degree twisting makes them really comfortable to wear on one ear or around the neck. The build quality is exceptional, and blocks out most surrounding sound even in loud places (thanks to the heavy duty materials I assume).

                            TL;DR: awesome headphones. Better than beats costing twice as much. Buy it

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                            • Less than a month
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                            1.0

                            New and out of the box, the right side does not work!

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                            from Burlingame, CA

                            Pros

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                              • Poor Sound Quality
                              • Unreliable

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

                                I've owned a number of Audio Technical products including their microphones for instruments as do all of my fellow musicians. It has been a very reliable product with great performance. Because of this, I ordered the ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones, expecting only satisfaction, particularly because of the number of rave reviews. Out of the box and plugged in as directed, only the left side worked. Thinking it was one of the cables provided, I tried all of the rest with the same result. It didn't matter whether I plugged it into my laptop, stereo system, or TV (all tested and all working) and only the left side emitted sound. I noticed that this product is manufactured in Taiwan and not in Japan like the rest of my products. Could this be the source of the problem? Is outsourcing worth the risks to reputation? Going back to my Yamaha headphones that still bring joy after more than 30 years.

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                                • Less than a month
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                                5.0

                                l would buy them again

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                                from Evansvile, Indiana

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Breaks Easily

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

                                  My 1.2 meter straight cable ways gets bent a few weeks after I buy a new one even with the utmost care.

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                                  • Up to a year
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                                  • Q:

                                    I have a pair of M50x's bought them on Amazon, they sound great, and are solid quality and build, came with a yellow warranty slip, etc, but could they still be fakes? How can I tell for sure?

                                    Thanks in advance!
                                    Asked on 5/22/2016 by Luke R from Canada

                                    1 answer

                                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                                      A:

                                      To receive the best possible answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                      audio-solutions@atus.com

                                      Thanks!

                                      Answered on 5/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                                  • Q:

                                    How much sound isolation do these proved db wise?
                                    Asked on 5/17/2016 by Michael from United States

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      This is not a specification that would be standard for these headphones. This is because it would be different in every scenario (i.e fit of headphones on your head, background noise, ear pads, etc). If you are looking for active noise-cancelling headphones, you can find a full list of them on our website!

                                      Answered on 5/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                  • Q:

                                    Does the ATH-M50x have a volume control?
                                    Asked on 5/14/2016 by Bob from United States

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. IT does not have a volume control.

                                      Answered on 5/16/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    Do they have noise cancelation?
                                    Asked on 5/10/2016 by Siddarth from United States

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                                      A:

                                      No, they do not have active noise-cancellation.

                                      Answered on 5/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                                  • Q:

                                    What's the chance of these ATH-M50x headphones breaking? I have some, and they work perfectly fine right now, and I'd like to have them last forever. Please tell me.
                                    Asked on 5/6/2016 by Nyan

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The ATH-M50x are a very durable pair of headphones. Always treat your gear with care and it will last a long time! If you ever needed service on the though, you could send them in to our Service department where they would fix you up and get you going!

                                      Answered on 5/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                                  • Q:

                                    Does this product have microphone?
                                    I want to use them for video calls.
                                    Asked on 4/30/2016 by Nahum

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                                  • Q:

                                    Hi, could you tell me the ear cups dimensions? Thanks
                                    Asked on 4/24/2016 by Dany

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      • Inside Dimensions ≈ 2.25" (57mm) high x 1.5" (38mm) wide.
                                      • Outside Dimension ≈ 4" (102mm) high x 3.25" (83mm) wide.

                                      Answered on 4/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Hello,

                                    Will I need a DAC and/or amp for these? Or at the very least, will they be worth the extra money? I use a Samsung Galaxy S5 and a HP ENVY (Model No. 15-u011dx) laptop for music and audio, and most of my music is either 320 kbps MP3 or FLAC.

                                    Thanks,
                                    Peter
                                    Asked on 4/23/2016 by Peter

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Smartphone headphone output impedance is roughly 4.5 ohms which is fine for matching the ATH-M50x headphones with.

                                      Answered on 4/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Will the M50x work with mobile devices well? I mean because of its impedance and all?
                                    Asked on 4/14/2016 by Boombaby

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. Yes it does. I use it on an iPhone.

                                      Answered on 4/19/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    does the m50x contain real leather?
                                    Asked on 4/10/2016 by sonic

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. There are no real leather products in the ATH-M50x.

                                      Answered on 4/11/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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