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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black
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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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Critically Acclaimed Sonic Performance
Praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers.
Clear Sound for Studio, Live, DJ & Personal Use
Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response.
Offers Excellent Sound Isolation
Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments.
For in the Studio and on the Road
90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring, and collapsible for space-saving portability.
Comfortable Fit for Hours of Use
Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort.
Three detachable cables (1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable); protective carrying pouch; and 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter.
|Application||Tracking, mixing||Tracking, mixing||Mixing, tracking, DJ||Mixing, tracking, DJ, personal listening||Mixing, tracking, FOH, DJ, mastering, personal listening|
|Driver Size||40 mm||40 mm||40 mm||45 mm||45 mm|
|Sensitivity||96 dB||95.5 dB||98 dB||98 dB||97 dB|
|Maximum Input Power||700 mW||1300 mW||1600 mW||1600 mW||2000 mW|
|Weight (HP w/o Cable)||6.7 oz.||7.8 oz.||8.5 oz.||10 oz.||9.9 oz.|
|Frequency Response||15-20,000 Hz||15-20,000 Hz||15-24,000 Hz||15-28,000 Hz||5 - 40,000 Hz|
|Earcup Swivel||15° Both Directions||15° Both Directions||15° In / 90° Out||90° Both Directions||90° Both Directions|
|Cable||3.0 m (9.8'), straight, left-side exit||3.0 m (9.8'), straight, left-side exit||Detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable and detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable||Detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable||Detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable|
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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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.
Sound quality is very good. I love how it sounds mostly due to the great sound signature of the m50x. But connection isn't very good. Even sitting indoors in my apartment with my phone in my hand I got a fair bit of skipping due to a mediocre Bluetooth connection. The other big knock against this adapter is the loudness. While it's sufficient at max volume it's not quite as loud as I would have liked or as loud as some BT adapters I have used.
The buttons work well; FFWD and REW just takes holding down the +/- for a second. This is a very good first attempt but I would surely say that it lacks a bit of polish. My biggest gripe is the battery life. For a modern BT device, I expected more than the advertised 5 hours I got. Standard Bluetooth dongles go for at least 8 hours these days and I expect more especially after using the new Sony and Beats headphones that give me 30 or more hours on a full charge.
If you are only dying to turn your m50x into wireless Bluetooth cans then these are the ones to get. The btunes dongle can't even compete. But on Amazon; Mpow makes a louder dongle with better battery life than this one for under $15 certainly a better buy to turn your headphones wireless despite still being stuck with a cable you would need to connect it to.
I would give this more of a 3.5 stars but Amazon doesn't allow 1/2 stars.
UPDATE: Was sent a new unit from the manufacturer and the bluetooth problems on this one are gone. I must have received a defective unit. Good customer service from the company as I didn't even contact them, they reached out to me and sent me a new unit. I'll give it a 5 based on how quick and responsive the company is to back their product but if I could I would give the product a 4.5 based on battery life. I wish they would have put a heftier battery in there just for the sake of having a more usable battery life. Maybe on the next version. But for what it is it's great!
I read plenty of reviews before purchasing these and I read that they were lacking presence in the low end, but I have to disagree. If you truly enjoy music in it's entirety (highs, mids, and lows) these will give you that and won't drown everything else with head thumping bass. The lows are there and it does offer some good thumping, but just not over exaggerated like Beats. Honestly, these headphones are like having studio monitors on your ears so if that doesn't say anything than I don't know what will. Just trust me and the thousands of other reviews on here. Check out already. Happy Amazon shopping!
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