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Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black

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  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers, with detachable cable (3 cables included)
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
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Technical Details
Item Weight953 g
Product Dimensions29 x 25.4 x 10.4 cm
Item model numberATH-M50x
ColourBlack
Scale Lengthinches
Country Produced InTaiwan
  
Additional Information
ASINB00HVLUR86
Best Sellers Rank 13 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 Kg
Date First Available23 Jan 2014
  
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This is the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. The ATH-M50x features the same coveted sonic signature, now with sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.

Box Contains

Carry bag
1.2m-3m coiled cable
3m straight cable
1.2m short straight cable
gold plated 6.3mm adapter

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Pavel Tsvetkov on 9 Mar 2014
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PROS
1. Sound quality. Highs are crisp, but not too bright; mids are good; bass is punchy and tight. It is difficult to find *better* sounding headphones in this price segment.
2. Build. They are very solidly built and ergonomics are great. There is no complex suspending system, so there is nothing to break.
3. Very comfortable. These are over the ears (as opposed to on-ears) headphones, so there is no unpleasant pressure. The new ear pads are very soft, and the headband is enveloped in the same soft material.
4. Portability. Both cups rotate horizontally 180°, and they fold vertically, to make the headphone's dimensions quite small and portable-friendly. The supplied pouch comes in handy.
5. Unlike their predecessors, the ATH-M50X arrive with three detachable cables: a long straight one (you can use it to connect to a source that is further away), a short straight one (very handy when connecting to a smartphone, or if your computer is located very near to where you sit), and a medium-length coiled one (for mixed purposes). The insert-and-turn locking system secures the cable to the left cup.
6. No sound leakage. These are closed-back headphones, so you can use them in a room, filled with people, or while commuting, without the need to worry that you might disturb someone.
7. With an impedance of 38 ohms you do not need a headphone amp to drive them.

CONS
1. Cable connectors are proprietary. But then again you get three cables in the box, so it is unlikely that you will be looking to buy new cables any time soon.
2. At 285 g (10 oz) plus the cable, the ATH-M50X are a little heavier than similar-sized headphones I have owned. But making them lighter would most probably affect build quality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bull on 1 Nov 2014
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Superb headphones. They are very comfortable. Great quality sound. They are widely considered the best (closed back) headphones for this price range by many professional and hobbyist reviewers (hence why I bought them...did my research first).

Personal subjective part of the review:
I'll also add that the clamping force that some mention does not bother me at all. They are incredibly comfortable! I could wear these all day. The rounder ear cups in these (as opposed to oval shaped in other headphones) also accommodate my glasses better; other headphones that sit around the ear push the arms of my glasses into my skull and also force them to reposition on my face (inducing headaches after prolonged use) -- these headphones however do not. It feels as if my glasses sit freely underneath these headphones, and can be repositioned as I see fit, if necessary.

I cannot over emphasise how much I like these headphones. I used to not give a damn (as long as they weren't Apple in-ear buds, then they did the job). But now I have previous headphones to compare against, it has shown me what I have had to endure for years.

Do yourself a favour and invest in decent headphones.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Antoine Camilleri HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 May 2014
The ATH-M50X really ooze quality. Their sleek design, top notch build quality and performance reflects great attention to detail.

These studio headphones deliver amazing crisp sound with excellent balance from treble to bass whilst retaining loads of detail. I particularly find the bass sounds so deep and only matched by much more expensive headphones. And be it classical or rock, these drivers will handle anything you throw at them with ease, rewarding you with an immersing musical experience.

The ATH-M50X are built to last, thanks to the sturdy materials and solid build quality. The 3 supplied cables are reinforced at the extremities and fit snugly and securely to the headphones.

The other two variants have a non removable cable and are the ATH-M50 which comes with a coiled cable and the ATH-M50s, where "s" means that the cable is straight. All 3 versions produce identical high quality sound.

I simply love these headphones! And at this price, they definitely don't come any better.

Highly recommended.
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I don't yet consider myself as an audiophile despite the fact I've been always interested in the sound quality delivered by a pair of headphones. This is the first over-ear headphones I own since in the past I preferred the in - ear headphone's ease of portability, upon receiving the M50x I was instantly disappointed and troubled ''How is it possible for so highly recommended headphones with the best reviews out there sound like this?'' There was no much bass, the loudness and sound-stage were nowhere near my expectations for 110 pounds! The following days I searched in forums and re -read positive and negative reviews looking for an explanation before I return them for a refund. (At a point I even concluded they might be a faulty pair) After two or three days of use and intensive search in forums I realized that I was looking at it from the wrong perspective! These are studio headphones destined to reproduce the sound as originally recorded, I started picking up details in songs I haven't previously acknowledged, bass and tremble and other effects do not need to be greatly enhanced. and to be honest for monitor headphones these are kind of really bassy. I decided to keep them and start paying attention to the quality of sound in my music instead of being bombarded by bass and other effects and think that's what makes music good. It does take some time to get used to them depending on what background of headphones you are descending from. Overall, I'm glad because the M50 x offered me the opportunity to distinguish poor and good quality music productions and advance me towards becoming an audiophile. Next step ....buying a portable AMP! :)
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