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

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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-M50xWH
Scale Lengthinches
Country Produced InTaiwan
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Best Sellers Rank 4,276 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 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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Best sound on the market. AFTER doing weeks of reviews and going into shops to listen to the quality must buy these....awesome
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By Lyndyloo on 1 Sep 2014
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great headphones, a bit pricey but worth every penny. would recommend to all.
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By Louise C on 5 Oct 2014
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Amazing headphones! Love the detachable cord!
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By The A-Team on 6 Aug 2014
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Very good clean sound!
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1,473 of 1,500 people found the following review helpful
A worthy successor! 15 Feb 2014
By MKBHD - Published on
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This is my video review from the MKBHD YouTube Channel.

The price/performance ratio is excellent, as with the previous M50s. The removable audio cable is the biggest difference, and the color choices are awesome. Worth checking out, for sure!

Enjoy the video!
238 of 252 people found the following review helpful
Updated look same great headphones 7 Feb 2014
By Mobed - Published on
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A lot of people are wondering what difference these headphones have compared to the ATH-M50 and the simple answer is they went with a don't fix what's not broken approach. The sound quality on these headphones remain unchanged from the old ATH-M50 which has superb quality for headphones in it's price range. What did change however is the removable cable which for some who learned the hard way can break and would require trying to fix them or picking up a whole new set of headphones altogether.

The headphone cushions are also noticeably more comfortable for extended periods of use. As comfortable as the previous model was after extended use I would get this feeling that my head was being suffocated and gripped which would lead to a headache and while I don't think that feeling can ever be removed these headphones do a great job of prolonging that feeling.

For those asking about the cable connection going into the LEFT headphone, it is a snug connection so you won't have to worry about the plug coming out.

All in all if you own a pair of ATH-M50's I wouldn't go rushing out the door to replace them with these unless removable cables are that big of an issue to you but if you don't own the M50s this is definitely the way to go since you won't have to choose between coiled or straight cables when you can have them both.
149 of 162 people found the following review helpful
A real world and practical comparison; things to consider ATH-M50x vs. ATH-M50 17 Feb 2014
By Inwester - Published on
A real world and practical comparison of Audio Technica ATH-M50 and the new ATH-M50x. This review is for people who haven't owned the old or the new ones and is contemplating a purchase between the two. I am not a DJ or audiophile, so this review is geared towards common folks who just use headphones for listening to music, videos, audio books, movies in a real world setting using phones, tablets, laptops etc (i.e. not professional equipment).

Price -
M50 - look for deals online and you can find a brand new one for under $100 easily (I bought mine brand new for $80) with a deal alert on Slickdeals.
M50x - $169-189. Since they are relatively new there has not been any price reduction or deals yet and won't be for quite sometime.

Sound quality -
Same as M50, i.e. excellent and the best you can get for this money. Tons of reviews covering this so I'm not going into details.

Sound isolation i.e. noise cancellation -
Same as M50, i.e. very good. These aren't active noise cancelling, but its good enough for using in airplane, train, library, public transit or any other quiet environment. A very big plus compared to a lot of headphones that leak sound and renders it useless in such environments or in bed at night.

Build quality -
Speaker components - same
Band - same
Padding - uses a slightly better material, but Audio-Technica won't give out the exact specifications.
Both these are made in Taiwan.

Convenience - (I found this to be a big deal)
Connectors and wires - M50 comes with only 1 attached coiled/straight cable with a 3.5 mm plug and a 1/4" adapter; M50x comes with 3 cables plus its removable. When I first bought my M50 I didn't realize that out of the box it won't really work cell phones or tablets if they're in a case. They work fine with laptops. The 3.5 mm plug on M50 is not a step-down version, its rather flat and wide, suitable for professional equipment, amplifiers etc. Most cases won't have such a wide opening and this will prevent it from fitting properly to the 3.5 mm audio out. The headphones will work fine with any cellphone or tablet when its out of the case, but with a case the wide plug just won't fit in completely. The only way around it is to
a) remove your case,
b) buy another audio 3.5 mm cable/adapter with a step-down design with a female/male connector and use it (which is not ideal since the straight cable is already 3.5 m or 11.5 ft long, even the coiled one is long) or
c) do a mod to make the M50 removable cable. Search on head-fi and you can do it yourself or get it done by a company for $40.
This is very important. The 3 cables that come with M50x, especially the 1.2 m with step-down plug makes it useful right out of the box for phones and tablets.
In some sense making the removable mod is better since it will provide you with an option of using your choice of 3.5 mm cables, whatever length you want, including the ones with mic attached to it. Read more about it and buy keeping this in mind. The M50x comes with proprietary cables so you can't use any other off-market cable, at least as of now.

Convenience - fold-able and comes with a case.
Both fold and makes it easy to carry. Comes with a pleather case (looks same barring a logo print on the new one).

Comfort - decent and not as great as an open can with velour pads.
Comfort wise these aren't the most comfortable headphones, but obviously this depends on your head size, preference wrt velour vs. pleather pads etc. They are pretty tight fitting when they're new and will flex as you use them and will become more comfortable later. However, the pleather will make your ears warm and after continuous usage of over 2-3 hours you will have to occasionally remove them or readjust them. The new one uses a different material for the ear pads, slightly better and hence M50x is slightly softer and more comfortable.

Final conclusion - these are one of the best headphones you can buy at this range of money (less than $200), considering all the above aspects. If you are technically inclined and comfortable doing the mod definitely get the old M50 on a good deal for under $100 (this is what I actually recommend).
61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
A Winner! 9 Mar 2014
By Pavel Tsvetkov - Published on
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-ear) 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.

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.
3. I have watched video reviews, making the argument that the ATH-M50X are not exactly audiophile quality (that is, their response is not as 'flat' and 'neutral', as it should be). This could indeed be the case, as Audio-Technica has other models (like the ATH-A900X), positioned in the higher and more expensive segment, but the latter are not meant to be carried around or enjoyed in the street. In my opinion ATH-M50X have been built to produce enjoyable (rather than analytical) sound. Consider this carefully.

When all of the above have been taken into consideration, Audio-Technica ATH-M50X might be the best value for money headphone on the market today.
1. They may not sound as neutral as AKG 702 (but the latter are not portable, there is serious sound leakage, and you cannot drive them adequately with your smartphone).
2. They are not cable-free or as light as the Bluetooth Sony MDR-1BT, but the ATH-M50X sound much better.
3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50X is the overall winner if you are looking for enjoyable full-bodied sound, sturdy build, detachable cables, and a no-nonsense look. You simply cannot go wrong with them!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent sound quality and value for the dollar. 10 Mar 2014
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To give some background: I purchased these after my (rather old) pair of Monster Beats suffered a crack through the plastic headband and the pair that I received as a warranty replacement (non-monster made) seemed lower quality in build and sound than my previous.
I had heard excellent things about the M50 line of Audio-Technica and had owned and used a pair of cheaper Audio-Technica brand headphones in the past.
As far as fit and style, they are roomy and comfortable, they almost remind me of my (very old) Sony DR-5A headphones, but offer a little bit more of a snug fit. Over prolonged wear they might start to make you feel as if they might be squeezing your head a little bit, but that could just be me as I have a rather large head.
They feel sturdy, the inclusion of multiple lengths of headphone cable and the quarter-inch adapter helps to insure that they'll adapt to almost any situation you need to use them in.
They are a tad bulky for mobile headphones, but I have used them with my phone several times while vacuuming and while shoveling snow, and I can say that their snug fit helps to make you feel that they're going to stay safely on your head no matter how much moving around you do, and they do a decent job of sealing out/overpowering outside sounds.
Sound quality-wise these headphones really shine. I purchased them with the intention of using them as daily use, multimedia headphones. Primarily I use them for listening to music at home, but I've also used them with my mobile device and they offer a quality sound experience seemingly no-matter the output device being used.
I've also used them for watching movies and playing video games (both on PC and through the headphone jack on the PS4 controller) and I can say they adapt well, not a line of dialogue nor a note of music is lost. Although as with most higher quality headphones not primarily designed for use with PC, it does take some adjustment of the audio profiles to make sure a loud notification sound or something doesn't pound your eardrums.
I've been using them for well over a month and I can honestly say I haven't experienced anything to complain about yet, they're comfortable, well made, sound excellent and have a good blend of power and versatility.
They're one of the best bargains for the dollar that I've ever found in headphones.
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