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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
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- 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. Detachable cable
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 11.4 x 4.1 in||10 x 11.4 x 4.1 in||10 x 4.1 x 11.4 in||11.3 x 8.2 x 4.2 in|
|Item Weight||2.1 lbs||1.9 lbs||2.1 lbs||0.97 lb|
|Additional Features||foldable||Output Sound Pressure Level 99Db/Mw||—||foldable|
As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.
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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!
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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).
Here are my thoughts on why you should choose these over budget or more expensive headphones. ( & yes, you should, but read on.)
These are great no matter what you plug them into. I'll give them that. You will be generally impressed if you plug them into your iphone, android, mac, etc.. They're pretty darned good. The volume is perfect, the highs are there but tame enough while keeping truth. You won't blow your eardrum tweeter, but the highs are definitely there and serviceable to truthiness of the treble band. The bass is true bass. It's not overly exaggerated; these WILL NOT give you an ear massage, it will however give you pretty close to exact bass. That's actually a fantastic thing, learning to appreciate bass rather than it treating your ears as a trampoline is definitely an enlightenment.
I mainly use these with Spotify for my music diet. I'm a premium subscriber which gives me the rights to their high quality streams. These WILL expose bad recordings. Certain punk rock will not sound good as high quality electronic or high end produced modern pop. The ATH-M50x's keep the recording quality obvious, but I would go on to say that they're pretty forgiving at the same time. If you picked up a pair of AT's higher priced cans, you'd probably expose even more, and is that worth it? Ehhhh it's up to you, but these are the sweet spot for the price if you're really looking to find flaws in recording, ya geek.
The biggest take away for these cans is this: while plugging them into anything will get you great audio, what they're plugged into matters.
They will expose the the truth of the audio output of the device they're plugged into. An Iphone won't sound as good as plugged into a macbook pro which won't sound as good as a pc with a good sound card. I'd been running these on my dell monitors headphone jack, which runs into an nvidia 980ti GPU, which serves up audio through the mentioned audio jack. It was okay. Today I pulled out the long 3.5mm male to 2.5mm male (the connection on the ATH-M50's is 2.5mm fyi) that came with these and decided to plug these into my gaming pc that has a decent realtek soundcard...
Oh my lord panty dropping audio blissfulness, the gods have spoken, how the hell did I miss this, hot damn.
It awoke the beast. I cannot say more until you try these in a preamp (coworkers recommended) or something that pumps out decent audio.
These are a catalyst, you just need the correct crucible to handle it. You pair these babies with the correct output mechanism, and it will be one of the best 100$ range headphones you'll have ever have bought. Sky's the limit, just feed them correctly.
Since owning these, I've bought other Audio-Technica audio and recording devices. Have a set of their ATH-CKS55XBT blue tooth headphones : Audio-Technica SOLID BASS Bluetooth wireless stereo headset ATH-CKS55XBT
As well as the AT2020 usb microphone:
Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
It helps to live 3 miles from their main headquarters and warehouse, but my first venture with AT were these headphones bought from Amazon, and I haven't looked back. These can's established brand loyalty in me to AT. They are The Truth.
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