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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
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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.

  • 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
    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

  • Downloads

    M-Series Headphones Brochure (pdf 3.11 M)
    Studio Headphones Microsite
  • Reviews

    very poor build quality, the padding material disintegrate


    The material used to build this headphone is very bad, the padding material disintegrated in less than a year

    Seattle, WA


    Fake leather covering on ear pads flaking off


    Great sound and no tangle cord but pieces of the earmuff covering are falling off all over my shirt and inside my ears after using them. I used to use Sony but had problems with the cords breaking inside and only 1 earmuff would work, so I switched to Audio Technica and I'm not sure I would buy again. I got them as a Xmas gift a few years ago as I do a lot of at home mixing.



    For this price point there is NO competition.


    I use these cans for 2-5 hours at a time in an FM radio studio. They never hurt my ears because of excellent ear pads. If I accidentally have the volume up all the way, the drivers never have a problem afterwards. I accidentally drop these cans all the time, and never any problems or breakage. The sound quality is exactly what your ears WANT to hear, rather than laboratory specs being the first consideration. That is why they sound so good to most ears, for ANY genre of music. They're perfect in the studio, perfect at home, or outside. Excellent noise isolation. There just aren't ANY negatives with these cans, and I've enjoyed them for over a decade (older ATH-M50, and I also have a pair of the new ATH-M50x). Audio Techica serviced them (older cans) about 4 years ago with new swivel driver enclosures, new ear pads, new hinges, and a new cable. This work was performed quickly and expertly for a shockingly low fee. Techs in the repair dept. are very friendly and helpful, and WANT you to continue enjoying your cans. You just can't go wrong choosing these cans. They are my favorites, even over much more expensive competitors. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Denver, CO


    Excellent headphones, not quite durable


    Great headphones, but the ear pads won't last long. The faux leather stuff starts cracking and it comes off.

    Honolulu, Hi


    Great investment


    I believe its the by far the best quality headphone you can get for its value. I use mine everyday and absolutely love them.



    Exceptional Buy


    I've had my pair for over a year now and I havent had one complaint. I use them every single day and they have exceptional audio quality I recommend them to everyone who mentions looking for a new pair of headphones.

    Traverse City, MI


    Best Headphones for the price


    Try it to fall in love with these headphones



    Very bad model


    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.

    Saint Petersburg, Ru


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


    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.

    Gainesville Fl


    Best headphones I have ever owned


    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.

    Toronto Canada


    ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones

    4.5 99


  • Q & A

    My headphones are for everyday use so they are usually attached to my phone. Is there a compatible cable that comes with a mic? Like for when a call comes in and I want to keep my hands in my pocket.


    No there is not. One option you may use is the ATGM2 detachable boom microphone.


    Hi. I bought these headphones in 2014 and now the cushion around the ears are degrading. It's crumbling and leaves black dust/specs all over my clothes and ears whenever I touch the headphones or move it around. Is there any warranties on this or how could I get this fixed and how much would it cost. Thanks!


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


    Where can I get a replacement cord for my headphones?


    You may purchase replacement HP-CC, HP-LC, HP-SC through through an authorized Audio-Technica Dealer.


    Hello, I bought the ATH-M50x Blue and Gold edition about 2 years ago and is wearing out. Is it possible to send them in to get refurbished?


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


    I'm planning to buy audio technica ATH- M50x for day to day use. My question is does it give me great sound if I use them with my iPhone X ?


    You may contact Audio-Technica India for further assistance.


    Hello, I enjoy using this product (Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones ). It is worn out, so I would like to replace an earmuffs part. Could I buy the part? Thank you in advance.


    You may purchase the HP-EP through an Authorized Audio-Technica Dealer.


    Hello I recently got the M50 x headphones and i got a problem with my 3m cable.. It doesn't work properly how many times i tried to lock it in place.. The sound is like very thin and reverberated and no bass With the other cables the sound is just fine.. I only got them for 2 months and it is frustrating


    You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance.


    What kind of issue am I having when I connect my Bluetooth ATH 50Mx headphones wirelessly to my Samsung HDTV and I hear only the background music plays, but the voices are silent?


    The Bluetooth module for the ATH-M50x headphone is not manufactured by Audio-Technica and I would recommend contacting that company to inquire of an issue with their product.


    Is there a model you'd recommend comparable to this but best for Bluetooth as well? I'd licked the option for both if possible.


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    I wanted to use these headphones for gaming so do they have a mic? And also are they wireless?


    You may contact Audio-Technica India for further assistance.