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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black
- 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 Degree swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring, professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort. Detachable cable
- Professional grade studio monitor headphones
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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.
Detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9') straight cable.
|Application||Tracking, Mixing||Tracking, Mixing||Mixing, Tracking, DJ||Mixing, Tracking, DJ, Personal Listening||Studio, Broadcast, Personal Listening||Mixing, Tracking, FOH, DJ, Mastering, Personal Listening|
|Driver Size||40 mm||40 mm||40 mm||45 mm||45 mm||45 mm|
|Sensitivity||96 dB||95.5 dB||98 dB||98 dB||102 dB||97 dB|
|Maximum Input Power||700 mW||1300 mW||1600 mW||1600 mW||1,600 mW||2000 mW|
|Impedance||47 ohms||47 ohms||35 ohms||38 ohms||38 ohms||35 ohms|
|Frequency Response||15-20,000 Hz||15-20,000 Hz||15-24,000 Hz||15-28,000 Hz||15-28,000 Hz||5-40,000 Hz|
|Earcup Swivel||15° Both Directions||15° Both Directions||15° In / 90° Out||90° Both Directions||No swivel||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 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||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|
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|Item Dimensions||11.4 x 10 x 4.1 in||11 x 2 x 10 in||0.33 x 8.07 x 7.28 in||4.1 x 11.4 x 10 in||16 x 14 x 8 in||9 x 4 x 5 in|
|Additional Features||foldable||—||—||—||BONUS Slappa Full Sized HardBody PRO Headphone Case (SL-HP-07) : Stylish black rubberized PVC exterior finish Molded Duro-Shock xEVA Hard Body Shell Velveteen lining Fits most all full sized headphones, Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils||—|
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 studio 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.
A few times I've had to pause my music because I thought I heard a crash outside. After pausing my music, I figured out it was just the headphones and the way it distributed sound that made it sound like a cymbal crash or drum sound was actually outside my headphones. Sound quality is amazing. There are probably much nicer headphones out there. But, for the $150 pricetag on this set, I wonder if there is anything better.
My wife got tired of hearing me complain about how uncomforable my Sennheiser HD-202 headphones were. I wear glasses while I'm working on my computer, and the HD-202s clamp my head pretty well, and put inordinate amounts of pressure on the temples and earpieces of my eyeglasses. So, she went onto Amazon and found this pair of headphones that had amazing reviews, especially from people wearing glasses while using them. I was a little nervous about the cost, they would be, by a LONG shot, the most expensive headphones I'd have every purchased. Then I thought about how many hours a day I use headphones and it became a no-brainer if they were as good as the hundreds of positive reviews claimed.
I can vouch for how awesomely comfortable they are. A perfect amount of pressure to keep them on my head, but loose enough that even though the earpiece of my glasses are underneath, it doesn't cause discomfort. See the attached picture, you can see that the frames of my glasses are pretty wide.
I also REALLY like how the cord works. It is a thicker cord, but MUCH lighter than other headphone cords. There is a long coiled cord, a long straight cord (both with screw threads for the 3.5mm->1/4" component stereo jack adapter) and a third shorter cord. The short cord is the perfect length for me to have plugged into my iPod sitting on the desk next to my computer, I measured it out to about 4' long. There is no 1/4" adapter threading on the short cord. I always hated how I had to coil my Sennheiser cord or rubber band it since it was 10 feet long! But, if I ever needed a longer cord, I could also use the straight or coiled cord.
Amazing value, highly recommended!
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