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ATH-M50x

Professional Monitor Headphones


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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 blue/black (ATH-M50xBB).

    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 blue/black (ATH-M50xBB)
  • 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)
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  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Audio-TechnicaATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.5

    (based on 89 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (65)

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      (4)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (40)
    • Durable (35)
    • Lightweight (24)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Great sound (16)

    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

    Best Headphones for the price

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    from Chennai,India

    Pros

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

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      Best Uses

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

        Try it to fall in love with these headphones

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        • Studio
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        • Over a year
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        1.0

        Very bad model

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        from Saint Petersburg, Ru

        Pros

        • Great Sound

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

            Wery bad cords. Two of it died in a year. I've bought another one and it's about to die too. After some time I've noticed phase issues during listening. If I touch 3.5 plug everithing goes to normal. After a while sound ruins and nothing helps. It repeated for three times with different cords.

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            • Traveling
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            • Over a year
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            5.0

            Can't go wrong with these. Best cost/quality headphone

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            from Gainesville Fl

            Pros

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

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

                I rarely write reviews, and never give anything 5 stars, but these honestly deserve it. By far and without question, these are the best cost/quality headphones you can possibly buy. However, even were they priced at $250 or more like some less deserving headphones are, they'd still be worth it.
                I'm a bassist and use them when practicing or listening solo, but my main purpose in getting them was to use when playing live, and they have not disappointed at all.
                They are very comfortable and solid, and they actually fit on my big head which is a problem I've had with other headphones. It's also loaded with lots of cool little features.
                In terms of sound, they are very well balanced and have a solid, but not overpowering bass, and the highs come through very nice. I can hear very clearly and comfortably all the other musicians.
                Also if you didn't know, Snarky Puppy uses these same headphones, and anything good enough for them is good enough for me.

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

                Best headphones I have ever owned

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                from Toronto Canada

                Pros

                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Uncomfortable

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

                  Hands down an amazing set of headphones, no doubt about it. Compared them to a huge rack of competitors at my local music store. By far the best sound for me... bass is there and it's tight but not overwhelming, mid is warm and clean, highs break through nicely. They fit tight but the seal makes the bass compression punchy. Kickdrums sound and feel great. Uncomfortable is a bit of an overstatement- they are tight tho.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Home
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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  Excellent mid-range headphones for all uses.

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                  from San Francisco

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Perfectly Balanced Frequency Range

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

                      I bought a pair of these about six years ago. They were the first mid-range Headphones I ever purchased. Despite my love of music and the amount of time I spend in the studio recording, mixing, etc. I've never had the kind of budget to buy those really expensive, studio cans, like Sennheiser's. So I gave a bunch of different brands a demo at the local music shop and the Audio-Technica's were far and away the most impressive I heard. I've used them for every DJ gig, for mixing and for personal listening. Unfortunately I used them so much, I think i wore them out after six years. So I bought a new pair a few months back, and have decided to dedicate them only to studio use.

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                      • Studio
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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      My favorite pair of headphones for every situation.

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                      from Quebec City

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Stylish

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

                          I have 6 pairs of headphones. These headphones I use the most by far. For my mobile phone, to mixing my recordings, for my video editing etc. If I had to keep just one pair, these would be the ones!

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                          • Over a year
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                          5.0

                          Quality + Comfort + Durable + Affordable

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                          from Atlanta

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Durable
                          • Good Value
                          • Great Sound

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

                              If you're looking for quality earphones that are comfortable to wear and can handle a daily commute, you've found them. I use them mostly at work with ambient sound to drown out office chatter for extended lengths of time with zero discomfort. When I do play music it's usually soundboard quality live recordings and the sound is full and crisp, hearing every instrument perfectly. I am certainly no audiophile but I do understand quality sound and these earphones deliver that, no doubt about it.

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

                              Absolutely

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                              from Savannah Georgia

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

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

                                I work in aviation and wear head phones 10 hours a day 4 or 5 days a week...I listen to all types of music from rap to bluegrass and these sound as good to me as my MARTIN LOGAN towers at home...I am very pleased with the performance...

                                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                • Working
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                                • Up to a year
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                                3.0

                                Great sound, not very comfortable

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                                from Scottsdale, AZ

                                Pros

                                • Good Bass
                                • Great Sound

                                Cons

                                • Uncomfortable

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

                                  They sound awesome, but they don't fit over your ear well. The cushion is too small for an adult ear. There's also a hard seam on the inside of the cushion that digs into the top of your ear. Uncomfortable to wear for more than 15-20 minutes.

                                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                  • Studio
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                                  • Less than a month
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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

                                  Cons

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                                      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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                                    • Q & A

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                                      • Q:

                                        Are these over-ear headphones? I cannot use on-ear headphones.
                                        Asked on 5/21/2018 by Andrew from Cary, NC

                                        1 answer

                                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                                          A:

                                          Yes, the ATH-M50X Headphone is an over-ear type headphone, not an on-ear type.

                                          Answered on 5/22/2018 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow, OH
                                      • Q:

                                        Compatible with Iphone 7 ?
                                        Asked on 3/19/2018 by Rony from Quebec

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          You may connect the ATH-M50x headphones to standard 3.5mm headphone output connections.

                                          Answered on 3/22/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                      • Q:

                                        Hello, is the ear cushion inner size *and* material different than the m40x? If so, what exactly are the differences (foam, cover material, etc.) ? Thank you.
                                        Asked on 3/5/2018 by Fabro from Cheyenne, Wyoming

                                        1 answer

                                      • Q:

                                        Hello, I am using an ATH M-50x headset plugged directly into a guitar. The straight jack that plugs into the guitar is bending and now gives a bad signal. Does Audio-Technica sell a cable that has a 90 degree jack at the non-headphone end?. Sincerely, Mike
                                        Asked on 2/20/2018 by Michael from MI

                                        2 answers

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. We do not make this adapter.

                                          Answered on 2/22/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                                          A:

                                          We do not manufacture a cable like this.

                                          Answered on 2/22/2018 by sshaw from S
                                      • Q:

                                        I need headphones that will cover the Frequency range of 20hz - 20Khz

                                        Does the ATH M50 cover this range?
                                        Asked on 2/2/2018 by Renee from undisclosed

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, they will cover 15 - 28,000 Hz.

                                          Answered on 2/20/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                      • Q:

                                        My new ATH-m50x works perfectly in my computer, but in all mobile phones that i test it, the right side only makes sound during first minutes... i test in a S8, S6 edge, and other samsung mobiles phones... why is that?
                                        Asked on 1/26/2018 by Gabriel from Brasil, Sao Paulo

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. This sounds like the connector is not making good contact. Quite often the phone case may keep it from making good contact.

                                          Answered on 2/3/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                      • Q:

                                        What is the recomendation to clean the ath m50x earpads? should I wash it or just clean it with cloth and water?
                                        Asked on 1/25/2018 by IvanBergon from São Paulo / Brazil

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend a cloth dampened with clear water.

                                          Answered on 2/3/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                      • Q:

                                        Where can I find a replacement cable for my audio technica ath-m50x? I dropped my iPad and the connected headphone broke
                                        Asked on 1/20/2018 by AudioBoy from Philadelphia, PA

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Parts Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5002. They would be happy to help you.

                                          Answered on 1/27/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                      • Q:

                                        Hey,
                                        I have these headphones right now, but the cushions have worn out. I was wondering how I could get some new ones.
                                        Thank you.
                                        Asked on 1/13/2018 by Sachin from San Francisco, CA

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. The HP-EP EarPods are available through an Audio-Technica dealer.

                                          Answered on 1/20/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                      • Q:

                                        How can I replace the earpads on my ATH-M50X headphones? They are worn out.
                                        Asked on 1/9/2018 by Frank from FL

                                        1 answer

                                        • Staff Reviewer

                                          A:

                                          Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Parts Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5002. They would be happy to help you.

                                          Answered on 1/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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