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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 14 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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51 of 54 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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1 of 1 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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11 of 13 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yellow2A on 8 Sep 2014
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I've had these just three days; so this is based on early impressions.

I've got a collection of cheaper headphones that have all somehow disappointed. So I decided to spend a bit more, knowing that I wanted over-ear phones and comfort being a priority - particularly so that I could manage prolonged wear without discomfort. I use phones at my desk, in other settings and on the move.

These cost £108, being a previously opened-box item from Amazon (Sept 2014). So far I'm pleased with my purchase and think I got good value.

The first impression was that they look quite 'chunky', almost industrial-looking and are not particularly light. When I put them on I find it a little irritating that I can feel the headband across the top of my head but I soon forget about it after a couple of minutes wear. I'm a fairly big bloke - 6ft 2 and I presume that my ears are in proportion to the rest of me. These cups fit over my ears well; which hasn't always been the case with over-ear phones in the past. My ears don't touch the speaker cones.

I wear glasses. The phones inevitably push the arms of my glasses in towards the sides of my head and I suspect that prevents them from being as comfortable as they would otherwise be. But they are pretty good and so far I've had no difficult wearing them for an hour or so at a time.

As other reviewers have said, the sound quality seems very good. So far I have used them for listening to music and video. I also will be using them for video editing, and occasionally plugged into my amp when playing guitar, and plugged into my electronic drum kit. I also normally use headphones on the move so I will try these - using the shorter of the three cables - though they are quite big if you're self-conscious about appearance.
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