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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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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).
After listening for a few weeks I started to love how my ears were never ringing after spending hours at a time using them.
You know how some people in YouTube videos apologize for the microphone quality, or comments saying "RIP headphone users"? I'd wonder what they were taking about (haha). These headphones protect my ears from that.
My siblings are always stealing these headphones from me and watching shows on them because they sound good.
There're two reasons why I give these headphones a 4 star and not a 5.
These headphones don't do a spectacular job of blocking noise, the main reason I decided to buy these. I commute by bus to my campus for 45 mins to and back (yup, pure torture) but I can still here the engine of the bus and outside noise. But it drowns conversations and tries to help me forget the guy snoring next to me.
The second reason why I give this 4 is because I think these headphones can have a stronger bass. I listen to pop, Kpop, r&b, and for some songs I want to jam hard. I love how the instruments never overpower the artist (that's my pet peeve in headphones) but it would be nice if the bass was stronger.
The sound doesn't leak until you go past 50% volume. If the room or library is dead quiet, having 45% volume is loud enough and no one can hear you (my siblings and I tested this for awhile).
Trust me, the removable cord is a lifesaver. My cord ripped so I replaced it with one of the extra cords I got in seconds.
Last thing about comfort. I wear thick framed glasses so I'd give it a 7/10 in comfort. They feel great without glasses on but that can't help me one bit 'cause I'm blind as a bat. I feel a little pressure where my frames are after an hour or two of use so I take them off for a while.
I wish this review was more professional, but I'm a broke college student who got her very first pair of good headphones 😂 hope this review helps!