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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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Item Weight953 g
Product Dimensions29 x 25.4 x 10.4 cm
Item model numberATH-M50xWH
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Best Sellers Rank 729 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.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - White
The ATH-M50x 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 in special edition white features the same coveted sonic signature, now with refined earpads and detachable cables. From large-aperture drivers to sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.

ATH-M50x Main 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

Technical SpecificationsType: Closed-back dynamicDriver Diameter: 45 mmMagnet: NeodymiumVoice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)Frequency Response: 15 - 28,000 HzMaximum Input Power: 1,600 mW at 1 kHzSensitivity: 99 dBImpedance : 38 ohmsWeight: 285 g (10 oz), without cable and connectorWhats In The Box

Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m

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By The A-Team on 6 Aug 2014
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Very good clean sound!
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1,123 of 1,146 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!
218 of 231 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.
123 of 134 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).
46 of 51 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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Same great headphone, but added features= increased price 31 May 2014
By Shane Roeseberg - Published on
*This review is basically copied and pasted from my headphone review blog entitled "Headphone Hub." Be sure to check it out (just google the name)*

The Audio- Technica ATH-M50X's retain all that made the original ATH-M50's a favorite among the professional audio community and add a few features, among other slight improvements, making an already stellar headphone even better.

It's important to note that the ATH-M50X's are sonically identical to the original ATH-M50's. They utilize identical 45mm neodymium drivers with a 99dB sensitivity rating, 38 Ohm impedance and the same 15-28,000Hz frequency response. As per my original ATH-M50 review, the M50X's have a relatively U shaped frequency response. This means emphasis on the lower range as well as the treble, and less emphasis on the mid range. In terms of sound quality, the mid-range recession would have to be a weakest point of the M50's. Despite the "Studio Monitor" moniker, the M50X's do not reproduce a very analytical sound signature, they are not dead pan flat. They possess the aforementioned U shaped sound signature, an aspect that I actually prefer to a very flat, analytical sound.

The build quality of the ATH-M50X's is up to par with the original M50's, and that is to say, rather good. Yes, they are entirely plastic in construction. However, as mentioned in the original M50 review, Audio- Technica obviously designed the M50's to be used in a demanding studio and professional audio setting, and to be able to take abuse. Some improvements have been made to comfort of the M50X's in comparison to the original M50's. For one, the headband no longer clamps as tightly on the head. This allows for less ear pressure, improving overall comfort. Furthermore, the ear pads are far and away better than the original ATH-M50 pads. The original ATH-M50's were plagued by an unfortunate problem that manifested itself over time. The ear pads on the original M50's would begin to harden after months of use, resulting in increasing discomfort. The new ear pads have yet to harden as of this writing. They are also a bit thicker and contain more foam. The pleather (fake leather material) has been significantly improved. It is much softer and more supple. I have also noticed that the new ATH-M50X pads are more breathable and this results in less ear sweat over extended listening periods. Overall, I am very satisfied in the small improvements Audio- Technica has made to increase the overall comfort of the headphones. Another difference I noticed was that the ATH-M50X's joints move much more freely and with less resistance. I am not sure if it is just my particular set or the entire line, but my M50X's ear cups swivel with much more ease of motion than my original M50's. It's also important to mention that the new M50X's come in a variety of colors, the standard black, white and a new limited edition blue (which will cost you extra.)

The biggest differentiating factor between the ATH-M50X's and ATH-M50's is the addition of a removable cable. This is a welcomed upgrade for several reasons. The cable is typically the first failure point of any headphone. Having the ability to remove and replace the cable ensures that, even if a cable fails (which any cable will eventually) it can be easily replaced for much less money than buying an entire new set of headphones. Of course, re-cabling is an option, but such an action requires time, know-how and more often than not a soldering iron. Having the cable simply be replaceable is a much more user friendly and elegant option. Secondly, removable cables allow the user the select the length/ type of cable they want to use for a given situation. The new ATH-M50X's comes with three cables, a 1.2 m straight cable for increasing ease of use and functionality with a portable media player, a 3.0 m straight cable and a 1.2 m to 3.0 m coiled cable for when the user wants some extra length in the studio or just to reach a far away source. The older M50's had a singular, non-detachable cable with a rather bulky connector, its bulk caused by its ability to accommodate a 1.4 inch screw-on adapter. With the original M50's, the cable would often nor fit in portable devices such as iPods and iPhones due to the bulk of the connector. This issue has been remedied by the new ATH-M50X's, with the connectors on all three cables having been slimmed down in order to accommodate portable devices (no more taking my iPhone case off to listen to music!). The M50X's ship with a new logo stamped headphone bag, the aforementioned three removable cables, a 1/4 inch adapter and the headphones themselves.

The verdict. Every single change Audio- Technica has made to the new ATH-M50X's has been a positive improvement. Audio- Technica has managed to improve the ATH-M50's while still retaining everything that made the originals great. One thing that has changed that I am not particularly pleased to see is the price. I understand that the M50X's should be a bit more than the original M50's, considering the inclusion of three cables and the removable option. However, the $30 dollar price hike over the original M50's is still a bit steep for the new features brought to the table. A $15 to $20 dollar price increase would have been a bit more reasonable, and seeing that Audio- Technica is not retaining the older M50's, I guess future buyers have no choice but to spend more for features that they may or may not want or may not deem worth the price. I feel as if this price hike has degraded the M50X's price to performance ratio to a degree. However, with the commendable pedigree established by the M50's, Audio- Technica is likely to continue to sell M50X's in large quantities, and despite the price increase, the M50X's are still solid performers.
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