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Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Studio Monitor Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-M50XThe Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is the successor of the ATH-M50 and does not fail to compensate for quality. With an over-ear design, the M50x are typically considered bigger in relation to other headphones currently on the market around this price.

Audio-Technica’s M- Series has long had trusted headphones with quality components as well as cost efficiency. Especially when competitively compared to Monster’s less than affordable Beats Solo 2 and Beats Studio.

It’s invigorating to see a pair of high-quality mobile headphones designed for ordinary users that cost less than $150. While some might think spending more than $100 on headphones is unreasonable, you’ll discover first hand why Audio-Technica lives up to its reputation and affordability.

Review Overview

Sound Quality


Audio-Technica's ATH-M50X offers excellent comfort for long term use, produces strong bass, smooth treble and for under $200 the quality is truly unbeatable.

User Rating: 5 ( 1 votes)

  • Great for Professional & Personal Use

  • Astonishing Sound Quality with Strong Bass & Smooth Treble

  • The Best All Around Headphones Under $200

  • Sound Isolation Could Be Improved

  • Bass is Overemphasized at Time

  • A Too Bit Bulky For Travel

Audio Technica ATH-M50X

Item Weight2.1 pounds
Product Dimensions11.4 x 10 x 4.1 inches
Shipping Weight2.2 pounds


Audio-Technica-ATH-M50xDG-LIMITED-EDITION-Professional-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-0-0The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x’s professional sound roots are still quite clear. Though many headphone designs try to look glossy and put expensive material like aluminum and leather near your fingertips, these are more than likely just plastic.

Within the earcups, there lies a small ring of metal and the headband is fortified with a band of steel. But the look is more distasteful than appealing for comfort-ability. Though bulky, the earcups do not stick out from the sides of your head, and neither does the headband (although bulky as well).

Audio-Technica has not made any major changes to the appearance of the M50x compared to the authentic M50s. Though, the biggest difference is that Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x has a removable cable, like most of the newest full-sized headphones.

The output being a standard 2.5mm socket, but incorporating a twist-to-lock mechanism. Meaning you will not be able to use any 2.5mm cable for connectivity. Nonetheless, Audio-Technica generously includes three cables in the box to ensure convenient and portable use.

Testing the cables for both home and mobile use has proven greatly versatile and comfortable in both scenarios. Using much bigger ear pads than those of the Sennheiser Momentum. Giving your ears plenty of room and distributing the pressure evenly among your head for comfortable long term use.

Audio Technica ATH-M50X also features a mid-firm grip on your head that we found to be relaxing, due to the expansion of the ear pads. Like most headphones available on the market now, foldable ear cups for DJing has become very popular among younger crowds.

The M50x supports your local DJ as well as folds up for additional portability. Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x is designed for those who are looking for a sleek yet basic look, with outstanding comfort, convenience, and portability.

Sound Quality

Audio-Technica-ATH-M50xWH-Professional-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-0-1The most arguable and controversial importance of headphones is the quality of sound. With so much good to talk about, a small but practical issue lies within the M50x. Sound isolation is nothing special and is neither good nor bad. This was quite astonishing due to Audio Technica’s reputation and would make this the only feature worth adjusting in this headphone.

Though disappointing to discover, there are plenty of phenomenal features that make up for the lack of sound isolation. Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x offers an excellent sound that has surely attracted a very wide variety of listeners.

Mainly offering powerful bass that matches control. Preventing sound distortion with expansive separation, which all headphone manufacturers notably seem to aspire to nowadays. Detailing smooth treble to give an exciting and lively sound, while maintaining enough quality to fulfill listener’s expectations.

Making the M50x a great option for professional studio headphones or simply personal enjoyment. Considering the price, the width of sound and quality offered in the M50x is very uncommon for a closed-back headphone.

A winning combo that should be attributed to its true recognition. Though there may be too much bass at times when not listening to music (ex. audio books). Though this is insignificant compared to its ability to produce quality sound when in the studio or at home.

While bass depth really shows when brought together with gaming and movies. This is where deep bass adds an enjoyable impact when listening to action scenes.



Audio-Technica’s M-Series has long been consider as top tier headphones in the eyes of professionals. With the price point of under $150, there are too many great features to not recommend this headphone. After reviewing many styles of headphones hitting the market in this last year, Audio-Technica’s solid reputation has maintained holding the position of the best headphones under $200. Considering the price of the ATH-M50x, it wipes the floor clean as far as competing brands with similar price points. Though for just $100 more, you can purchase the successor of the M50x, the ATH-M70x.

Besides the removable wire, a few more improvements have been implemented into the Audio Technica ATH-M50X. The leather support offers a little more comfort than its predecessor. The Audio Technica ATH-M50X is also available in a variety of colors.

However, not much has changed when discussing audio. Bass has been improved and treble seems smoother, though not obviously noticeable when listening to music. All of the functions that originally created the excellent M-Series continue with the ATH-M50x. The M50X will not disappoint to carry on Audio-Technica’s exceptional quality and unbeatable value.


Evaluating all aspects of Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x, we have come to a solid conclusion about these headphones. Not much has changed from the original M50. But in the end, it has done much justice for the ATH-M50x successor. Though the appeal of the headphones gives a simple and generic look, the earcups are quite large and expandable, making longer listening comfortable around the head. While it’s foldable earcups make DJing and multitasking very convenient. The practical design of the M50x makes portability easy, although the weight is a bit bulky.

The sound quality of these headphones was surprisingly stunning considering the price point of under $150. The bass is outstanding but can be overemphasized at times when not listening to music.

While the sound isolation was quite disappointing given the reputation of Audio-Technica’s M-Series. From a bigger perspective, this is very insignificant compared to the overall sound quality of the M50x. Where the bass truly shines is when users are gaming or watching movies with exhilarating action scenes, adding a rich and realistic listening experience. Making Audio Technica ATH-M50X ‘s sound quality an exceptional option for professional and personal use.

If you looking for a fairly inexpensive headphone, whether for professional or personal use, Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x is right for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for top notch studio headphones and are willing to shell out some extra cash, then Audio Technica ATH-M50X is not for you. Particularly for those who have been within the music industry for awhile.

The M50x makes a perfect entry level headphone for those who are fairly new to studio production. You also might acquire some additional use out the removable cord, as it will make traveling around much easier. Overall, I would highly recommend these headphones and boldly state Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x is the best headphone currently available on the market for under $200.