ATH-M50x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$149.00
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).

    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)
  • 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



    Conditions
  • 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 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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      (3)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (40)
    • Durable (30)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Compact (13)

    Cons

    • Unreliable (6)
    • Not durable (5)
    • 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

     

    Not For everyone

    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...Read complete review

    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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    5.0

    11/7 IGN

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    from San Jose, CA

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

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      Best Uses

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

        It starts to hurt your ears after long periods of use, but audio quality is much better than other headphones in this price range. Way better than any pear of Beats.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Home
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        • Up to a year
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        5.0

        Phenomenal headphones.

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        from Houston, TX

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

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

            These headphones are absolutely amazing in every possible way. The sound quality is unprecedented. I received them as a gift, and I've loved them ever since. In fact, they're the only headphones I use. It doesn't matter if I'm recording audio, streaming, listening to music, or even editing videos-- these are my all-time number one headphones.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • On Computer
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            • Up to a year
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            5.0

            Delicious Bass

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            from Lompoc, Ca

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Compact
            • Good Bass
            • Great Sound
            • Stylish
            • Very Shiny Circle Things On Sides

            Cons

            • Falls Off/Out Of Ear

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

              I've been using them for about 2 days and I love them. The bass is amazing compared to most monitor headphones.

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              • Home
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              • Less than a month
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              5.0

              The Best

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              from Calgary

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

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

                  I love headphones. I've used 'phones from every major manufacturer on the market. The ATH-M50x is by far my favourite set. Before I got the M50xes, I had a pair of the original M50s, and after 20 years of heavy use, they finally wore out. 20 years from a pair of 'phones is outstanding, in my experience.

                  The M50xes are comfortable and sound incredibly good. They do everything that I expect from headphones with aplomb. Absolutely highly recommended.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • On Computer
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                  • Up to a year
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                  5.0

                  Best headphones you can buy at the price point

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                  from grand rapids, michigan

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

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

                      These are the best sounding headphones I've ever heard at this price point

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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      The best headphones you can buy

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                      from Tennessee

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Foam requires replacement after years

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

                        Over 4 years of serious use over a wide range of music types, these headphones are the best I have ever owned and do not fail me when I require quality sound in order to fully appreciate high quality music.

                        This is an incredible product and at a somewhat decent price. It is absolutely worth every cent.

                        The ONLY con that I have had with these is that I had to purchase replacement ear pads because my ears get warm and humid (note that my climate is very humid though), causing some deterioration of the foam material. But even then, this is to be expected with headphones in general.

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                        • Over a year
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                        5.0

                        5+ year owner

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                        from Stockholm, Sweden

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Bulky/Heavy

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

                          After having the previous model, the ATH-M50's, for over 5 years I can say that I will always choose AT.
                          Sure there is some wear and tear, but I haven't really taken care of them.

                          I've dropped them a gazillion times, been treating the cable badly, wore them in rain and snow - still kicking to this day!

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                          • Over a year
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                          4.0

                          Good sound , Cheap quality tho

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                          from Delhi india

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily
                          • Cheap material
                          • Cheap quality
                          • Unreliable

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

                            Been using this for a full year sound is best quality in the market till now ( i love them ) , but the quality of material is very low quality probably lowest quality in the market for same price

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                            • Over a year
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                            5.0

                            Best I'we used!

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                            from Estonia, Pärnu

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

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

                                If you think, those are not worth themselves, you are so wrong. They are worth every single penny you spent on them, it 's price could be easily more, cause they are so good!

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                                • Up to a year
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                                5.0

                                Great headphone that I would definitely buy again.

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                                from Cowan, TN

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great as a monitor for live performance.
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

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

                                    I use these on occasion as my monitor instead of a wedge or stand mount monitor. They work great and are very comfortable.

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                                    • Over a year
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                                  • Q & A

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                                    • Q:

                                      How long does it take to burn the headphones in?
                                      Asked on 11/7/2017 by AJ from Hacienda Hts, CA

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones. Unfortunately, there is currently no scientific standard, nor peer-reviewed and quantifiable data to support headphone burn-in, nor the value of it therein. This is especially true for the ATH-M50x headphones. I suspect one would probably stand a better chance of reducing the life of the headphones rather than reaching some ideal operating condition, which I suspect one would never be able to hear in the first place. There are plenty of varying reports about burn-in, but no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. The only accounts seem to be perceptual, but again no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. Either way, to quote www.head-fi.org "You are free to be a believer, and you are free to be a skeptic." In my opinion, it will take time to get used to how any audio sounds on any headphones. But again, Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones.

                                        Answered on 11/9/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      What's the industry standard for impedance in studio headphones? I'm under the impression that it is substantially higher than the quoted 38 ohm impedance of the ATH M50X? Is this true?
                                      Asked on 10/31/2017 by rick from phenix city,Ala.

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        There is no industry standard. Impedance is configured for the best performance and depending on what the headphones are designed to be connected to. Consumer grade headphones often have a lower impedance to best match with consumer grade sources such as smartphones whereas professional headphones may vary in impedance.

                                        Answered on 11/1/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Can the headphones plug into an ipod, cell phone, microsoft surface, and an ipad?
                                      Asked on 9/7/2017 by chris from NY

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Yes, you may plug the ATH-M50x into any standard 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone connection.

                                        Answered on 9/8/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      I have a question i have a pair of ath-m50x i was wondering if the ear cushions can be order or if 3rd party cushions will affect the sound quality of the headphones
                                      Asked on 8/23/2017 by Rafa from Brownsville, Tx

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Yes. Changes in materials and even temperature and barometric pressure can affect sound. How much is more of the question and while the sound will change, it may not change so much as to make them unusable. Since sound is subjective, I always recommend trying them out for yourself and see if they will best suit your needs.

                                        Answered on 8/24/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Are they noise canceling?
                                      Asked on 8/20/2017 by Stumpyboy from New Milford Ct

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        No, the ATH-M50x model headphones do not have active noise cancelling features.

                                        Answered on 8/21/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Can the headband cushion be replaced on the ATH M50X?
                                      Asked on 8/18/2017 by JK from Honolulu, HI

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at service@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                        Answered on 8/21/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      I just got mine do i need to burn it?
                                      Asked on 8/10/2017 by M50x_ from undisclosed

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones. Unfortunately, there is currently no scientific standard, nor peer-reviewed and quantifiable data to support headphone burn-in, nor the value of it therein. This is especially true for the ATH-M50 headphones. I suspect one would probably stand a better chance of reducing the life of the headphones rather than reaching some ideal operating condition, which I suspect one would never be able to hear in the first place. There are plenty of varying reports about burn-in, but no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. The only accounts seem to be perceptual, but again no peer-reviewed scientific data to support it. Either way, to quote www.head-fi.org "You are free to be a believer, and you are free to be a skeptic." In my opinion, it will take time to get used to how any audio sounds on any headphones. But again, Audio-Technica does not recommend burning in any Audio-Technica manufactured headphones.

                                        Answered on 8/14/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      I've never bought these before my friend recommended them but he is on PC and I'm on ps4 will they work fine on ps4 and will I be able to control my game volume
                                      Asked on 8/9/2017 by Kyle from IN

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        The ATH-M50x do not have any inline volume attenuation and the volume may be controlled by your source.

                                        Answered on 8/11/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      I have had this pair of headphones for nearly 7 months now and they suddenly stopped working. Sound can be heard in the left driver but not the right one. Everything seems ok from the external point of view so it must be something internal. I have the yellow warranty card and was wondering if I could get some help or guidance with repairs.
                                      Asked on 7/16/2017 by Fabian G from Wisconsin, USA

                                      1 answer

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                                        A:

                                        See our Repair Return Instructions and downloadable ATUS Service Form at the following link,.audio-technica.com/service and send your headphones in for servicing.

                                        Answered on 7/21/2017 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Is this noise cancelling ?
                                      Asked on 7/16/2017 by Kevin from undisclosed

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        No, the ATH-M50x are not active noise cancelling.

                                        Answered on 7/18/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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