Audio-Technica ATHM50XBT Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, Black
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- Wireless, on the go design delivers the same critically acclaimed sonic performance as the original ATH M50x professional studio headphones
- Touch control provides convenient access to voice assist. Sensitivity - 99 dB/mW. Impedance - Impedance
- Mic and button controls built into the ear cup allow for easy handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment
- Proprietary 45 millimeter large aperture drivers deliver exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
- Includes 30 centimeter (1.0 feet) USB charging cable and carrying pouch; Magnet: Neodymium
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Wireless, on-the-go design
Up to 40 hours of continuous use on a full charge & collapsible design for space-saving portability.
Same critically acclaimed sonic signature as the legendary ATH-M50x
Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response.
Convenient access to voice assist
Provided by touch control.
Easy handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment
Mic and button controls built into the earcup.
Excellent sound isolation
Over-ear design for excellent sound isolation in loud environments.
Comfortable fit for hours of use
Professional-grade earpad and headband material for long-lasting durability and comfort
|Driver Diameter||45 mm|
|Frequency Response||15 – 28,000 Hz|
|Battery Life||Approx. 40 hours continuous use|
|Charging Time||Approx. 7 hours (for 0-100% charge)|
|Communication System||Bluetooth Version 5.0|
|Support Codec||aptX, AAC, SBC|
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Closed||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||8.66 x 4.33 x 9.84 inches||1.00 x 1.00 x 1.00 inches||4.30 x 7.48 x 7.87 inches||11.00 x 5.00 x 88.00 inches||9.64 x 7.36 x 3.30 inches||11.40 x 10.00 x 4.10 inches|
|Item Weight||0.68 lbs||0.50 lbs||1.23 lbs||1.00 lbs||0.63 lbs||7.80 ounces|
|Special Features||Microphone, wireless, Volume-Control||foldable||HIFI||lightweight||stereo||Model Sealed Dynamic Type|
Closed back circumaural headphones with Bluetooth connectivity, collapsible design, 45mm neodymium magnet, built in microphone, volume controls, and 40 hour battery.
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Alright, so chances are, you're looking at buying the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x most likely because of one of three reasons: A friend that has never listened to genuinely good headphones before is telling you that these are way better than Beats by Dre, A YouTuber told you that these are way better than Beats by Dre and most other consumer grade headphones, or because you need a pair of headphones for audio monitoring. I'd say almost 90% of people aren't buying the M50x for that last reason, which is the main problem here. Not so much the headphones themselves, but the reason people are buying them.
Countless amounts of people spend the majority of their lives listening to music with headphones and earbuds that are either cheap, tinny sounding trash or overpriced, consumer-grade "fashion cans" with overpowering bass. So it's only natural that when you go from something like that to something like the M50x which has waaaay more detail and clarity, you're going to think they're the bee's knees and that they knock everything else on the shelf at your local electronics store out of the ballpark. And for the most part, that's very true. The M50x have been regarded by many as the "Beats killers." And this is also true, they have better sound quality than even the most expensive Beats headphones, for around half the price. These headphones get compared to Beats quite a lot, if you haven't already figured it out.
BUT. There is unnecessary hype surrounding these headphones that has been built up by various people on YouTube who recommend these headphones for everyday use and gaming.
So here's the deal, I don't dislike the M50x. I respect the M50x for their original, intended purpose: audio monitoring. If you don't know what monitoring is, in simple terms, it is listening to audio recordings and analyzing them. In order to effectively do this, you need a pair of monitor headphones or monitor speakers that playback music with as much detail as possible.
So while these are indeed very good headphones for monitoring, they have several very important flaws that make them impractical for casual listening. I'm going to break things down into 3 main categories: Build, Comfort and Sound.
Build quality on the M50x is, for the most part, no issue here. The plastic feels sturdy and fairly thick, and the headband is metal, leading to an overall robust-feeling headphone that won't break unless you really try to. They fold up and the ear cups flip all the way backwards, so portability is very good. They also have a detachable cable which is great for portability. The fake leather on the headband and ear pads feel soft, but a bit cheap. Nothing deal-breaking for the price, in my opinion. But later on, the corners cut on the quality of the fake leather will bite you in the back when the pads and/or headband start flaking. The pads can be easily replaced, however. Overall, solid build quality but nothing amazing.
If you're anything like me and most audiophiles, you'll refuse to wear a pair of headphones that bother or hurt your ears, no matter how good the sound quality is. The M50x aren't super uncomfortable, but they're nothing close to being the absolute most comfortable. Anyone who says the M50x are "super-comfy" have probably been wearing concrete on their ears until they bought these. For a lot of people, the main reason these are uncomfortable are the cheap, poorly made ear pads. As mentioned in the build quality, they're made of a fake leather, which isn't a big deal. But the padding inside of them is, in my opinion, unacceptable. It's a cheap foam that has very little density to it. The second reason, which can fortunately be fixed for the most part, is the clamping force these have on your ears. When I first used these, the clamp wasn't terrible, but after 30 minutes of listening my ears starting hurting, also due to the bad ear pads. You should be able to fix this by stretching them across the box they came in and letting them sit there overnight, maybe a bit longer. This helped enough to relieve the clamp a fair amount for me.
Comfort can be improved a ton by buying different ear pads. However, doing this will affect sound quality, usually for the worst. More on that in the sound section. Overall they aren't exactly comfortable, but these headphones shouldn't be used for long listening sessions anyways. Which leads us to....
How to describe the sound in simple terms? Clear, detailed, accurate. But also harsh, fatiguing, and narrow. Do these sound better than all Beats by Dre headphones, yes. Not by an unbelievable amount, though. You won't have a life-changing experience just from switching to the M50x if a pair of Beats Studio or Solo were your previous "best" listening experience. Bass is cleaner and less emphasized, which to extreme bass-heads (People who absolutely crave bass in headphones) may be disappointing. But this doesn't mean the bass is bad. Bass does get deep, but it can be a bit "muddy" at times, meaning that it isn't very tight-feeling (I know, these terms might not make much sense! Google them up, you might find a much better explanation than what I can give).
Mid-range frequencies (Think vocals and string instruments as well as most wind instruments) are there and can be heard fine, but aren't exactly up at the front of the stage like the bass and highs are. You might have even heard someone already say that the M50x have a recessed mid-range, and this is true.
Now the high-end frequencies (Think high-pitched, sibilant vocals and instruments like flutes and cymbals, as well as higher-pitched chords from acoustic guitars). This is where the M50x stop being a casual-listening or "fun" headphone. The highs are upfront and detailed, which can be good for the purpose of monitoring, but they're so heavily emphasized that it makes listening at high volumes uncomfortable and fatiguing. Some people like for headphones to have this even when casually listening, but the majority of people will eventually find it uncomfortable and not very relaxing.
Finally the soundstage and imaging (Soundstage: how big the area of the audio sounds. If every sound seems like it's very close to your head and not further away, that's narrow soundstage. If it sounds like you're in a big room or a theater, that's wide soundstage. Imaging: how accurate the placement of sounds are within the soundstage. If you feel like you can hear almost exactly where that sound is coming from, that's great imaging.) Soundstage is almost non-existant. It exists, but it's pretty narrow. Everything sounds right up against your head. However, the imaging is decent. I could usually tell pretty accurately what direction sounds are coming from.
So the sound of the M50x is where the fun, casual listening experience gets cut short. Yes, they are very detailed. Yes, the clarity is exceptional. But the highs and sometimes muddy bass, especially the highs, can make relaxed listening very difficult.
It boils down to this: The build quality of the M50x is good and they're very portable, but the comfort falls short of other similarly-priced (and even lower priced) headphones and the sound quality is not suitable for listening to music for pure enjoyment. Audio-Technica themselves, for some reason, claim "casual listening" as a selling point for this headphone compared to the other headphones in the M-series, which is silly and goes to show that they're trying to profit from all the unnecessary hype about these headphones. Shun me if you want, but if you do some more research about these, it's blatantly obvious. But once again, like I said, I respect these headphones and they ARE good, just not for the reason people are led to believe.
If you truly want a pair of good, portable pair (most are portable) headphones meant for causal, fun, enjoyable listening, then check out these headphones I've either personally used or have owned myself. There are more out there than these, but here is a short list to get you started. Happy researching!
SONY MDR-1A: Great headphones for portable, everyday use. Build quality is excellent, comfort is on-point and they sound warm and relaxing, but definitely not dull or boring. They do however, cost a little bit more than the M50x, nowadays around $200 brand new. The price jump is worth it though.
Bose Soundtrue AE2: Good portable headphones, comfort is outstanding, they're lightweight and are easy to forget about when you wear them. Build quality is good and sound is relaxed but can still be fun when the volume is cranked up! As of this review, they are on sale for $100 on Amazon. You can find a used pair for even less. Not on sale they're $180 which is a bit pricey but still in my opinion, worth it.
Beyerdynamic DT770 32ohm: An overall great pair of headphones for both casual listening and even professional use. Build quality and comfort are on-point, and sound quality is like the M50x, but honestly, better. However, the cable isn't detachable and they don't fold up, so they aren't exactly portable. These can be found for around $200, sometimes less. Definitely less if you buy them used.
Status Audio CB-1: These are basically half the price of the M50x, but have more enjoyable sound (plenty of bass!), and are more comfortable. Build quality is questionable, though, so don't be rough with them. And if you have a very large head, they may not fit snug on your head because of light clamping force.
B&O PLAY H6: These are more expensive than the M50x, especially the 2nd generation which start at around $240, but the build is great, they're very comfortable, look fantastic, and have a clear, warm, inviting sound that's fun to listen to.
Philips SHP9500: Right now, these only cost around $60 or less, and they're fantastic. Build is good, comfort is fantastic and the sound is spacious and wonderfully pleasant. However, these are OPEN-BACK headphones, which means that sound will leak. If you're listening at normal or loud volumes especially, other people around you will hear your music. But if this isn't a concern or you're going to be using your headphones mostly at home, definitely go ahead and get these.
Audio-Technica M40x: This is the little-brother of the M50x that nobody cares about for some reason, even though they're way better suited for casual or fun listening. Build is good like the M50x, comfort is pretty much the same, but changing the pads to something like the Brainwavz HM5 angled leather pads would make them excellent, and doesn't negatively affect the sound (pads other than these may affect the sound). Sound is more neutral than the M50x, the bass and highs aren't emphasized, but they're still great. Also they cost only $100!
HIFIMAN Edition S: A comfortable, well-built portable headphone that sounds great, and actually has the ability to switch between being open-back and closed-back (open-backed headphones usually sound better!). Also on sale for $130 right now, a great deal!
If you managed to read through all that, thank you for actually taking the time to do so!
I did a TON of research on headphones and audio, and finally settled on these due to the overwhelmingly good reviews across the web. A lot of review sites put these on par with high-impedance headphones that are several times the price. The thing you need to understand about monitor headphones is that they are designed to play audio as unbiased (true to performance) as possible. Most consumer headphones, especially gaming headsets, have very distinct V-shaped sound, which means they put a lot of emphasis on the highs and lows and reduce the mids. The most noticeable example to describe what monitor phones do is that the vocals in music will be much clearer and easier to hear, and the whole audio track will sound more "balanced". You'll notice this in video games too, as you'll hear a lot of things much more clearly and distinctly, and you'll actually hear sounds that you didn't hear before (this is due to the smoother signature).
If you are looking at these headphones for gaming, stop thinking and hit the buy button. I won't sugar coat it, the sound these headphones put out will come as a shock, and you may not like it at first. I personally loved it, but I have some experience in recording studios and knew what to expect. If you have mostly been using gaming headsets or common consumer headphones these will sound really weird for a while. But listen to some of your favorite songs on them for a while (or play for a couple of hours on your favorite game), and then switch back to your old headphones. You'll realize just how terrible sounding your old ones are, and will wonder what else in life you are missing out on.
I only have one major complaint about these headphones, and that is the ear pads. I don't know why headphone manufacturers refuse to invest in good ear pads, but they just don't. Luckily, there exist after-market ear pads that I would recommend and use EVEN IF these ones were awesome. No matter what headphones you use, pick up some Brainwavz Hybrid Memory Foam ear pads, they are life changing. (If you are a hardcore audiophile, these will slightly alter the sound stage, but not necessarily in a negative way).
Another consideration worth noting is the intended use of these headphones: Studios and DJs with dedicated audio equipment. These headphones will work fine just by plugging them into the back of your computer or iPhone, but they will absolutely SHINE if you put a good DAC or audio interface between these headphones and the audio source (I use a Roland Rubix 22, highly recommend).
Obviously these are headphones, and not a headset, so they lack a microphone. If you are considering these, you may need to consider an external microphone in your budget. As you can imagine, between a good audio interface, a mic, peripherals, and these headphones, you can sail right past the $160 price tag on these headphones just to get to where you were, functionally, with a similarly priced gaming headset (I spent almost $800 to replace my $150 SteelSeries Arctis 7's). So my final thought would be to thoroughly research the ENTIRE audio set-up you want before hitting the buy button on these. You'll need to get good equipment and properly budget to maximize your sound experience, but it is a life-altering experience, so if you can swing it, do it.
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As I am sure you have all noticed, it can be a bit of a mine field on here, well anywhere in fact when buying things and I include headphones. I am not into "blutooth" stuff, for me they affect the original source too much. I can't bare the whole "Beats" range or Bose. They really do sound like toilet ( putting it bluntly and politely). Once you have taken these types out of the equasion, you either have cheap unknown brands or you have to step up into the real "Audiophile" area which can come at a huge premium and sometimes even then, you don't get the full benefit as they require an external amp to power the high impedance.
I had a shortlist of brands from Grado, Senheiser and Klipische to Sony, B&W, Beyer Dynamic and of course, Audio Technica.
I used a mixture of youtube reviews, customer reviews here and my own brand experience and audio knowledge. I was very close to getting a set of Grados, but I really want closed back designs as I may want to use them in either a broadcast situation or also in publice. There is nothing worse than being "THAT Person" with heaven knows what bleeding out of their earphones, intruding on other people's space when not only can you not make out what it is, but even if you could, you don't wanna hear it "second hand". So with that all in mind, I went for these ATH-M50x headphones.
I listen to a vast array of genres and styles, plus of course whatever a multimedia feed on a mobile device or laptop web browser my throw my way and I am intending to challenge them.
There are differing views on whether to "burn in" headphones or not. Now for me it depends. If they are a cheap brand or a "fashion brand" like beats or bose, I really would worry, but knowing Audio-Technica products as I do, their products really do benefit from a "run in" time. I am using a "self made" pink noise track. an hour long on loop (repeat) at 96khz, 24 bit. If you are wondering, which "colour" noise to use, for test and run in purposes always use pink noise. White noise has a slightly boosted top and mid, while the Brownian noise (not to be confused with the brown note haha) has a boosted lower end. The idea is to have an equal balanced frequancy range (which is what pink noise is) and let that play for...well however long you feel. THe usual time is about 8hrs upwards. Of course you can play music through them for that period constantly, but again, I want to burn in all parts equally so I use pink noise.
So, anyway, back on topic, I have been burning these in for 8hrs and I am now listening to them while writing this "review".
You really have to go a long way to beat the quality in both build and sonic performance of these headphones in their price range. These really do resemble a flat response headphone. What you hear is your playback device and audio file quality. Comparing the same track (bit rate and depth) with these headphones on my Lenovo Laptop verses my Sony NWZ-A10 High Res Audio player has never been so different. Via my laptop's internal soundcard the sound was "ok" nothing to write home about and they sound like I would expect from a £60 set of headphones. Putting them on a decent source such as the Sony....wow! Whole new dimension! Theres plenty of punch, warmth and depth, together with detail galore. Every frequency has "space". At no point do these headphones sound restricted or limited. Mid range is clear and smooth and the highs are very pleasent indeed. They are not "biting" and "shrill" at all. This kind of sound means that long periods of listening won't be fatiguing at all. I then took it them to try a 96khz at 24bit audio file. There is so much "space" in the audio. vocals are very clean and central, acoustic bass drums are heavenly. Lots of punch and depth, yet leave room so you can hear the resonant skin too. There is great channel speration. I find it very easy to "place" things in a mix with these on. Using a reference such as Doug Macleod's Exactly Like This album. It is a very natural sounding, open, listening experience.
The build of these hedphones has been carefully thought through. The head band is very flexible and will fit pretty mch any head shape with comfort and ease. The actual Earphones themselves will rotate a full 180 degrees each. Again, making them fit ears and heads of all shapes and sizes. The "height" of the earphones adjusts very smoothly and they have a premium feel in general.
In the box they provide 3 different styles of cable. A short one for mobile devices, a longer version for studio or hifi situations and then a "curly" version of the studio/hi-fi cable. As if that wasn't enought they give you a soft carry case (although I will buy a hard case for mine as I have a habit of throwing stuff in a bag when in a hurry).
All in all I am over the moon with these headphones. The Senheisers are like muddy plastic boxes in comparisson. These ATH-M50x don't "exagerate" anything to the point of being distracting and "untrue" to the original source, however they will only be as good as the source you use.
If you listen to "chart" stuff, you will hear the compression and saturation that happens as they try to push stuff to the limit all the time. If you then try something recorded with some actual "air" and dynamics in it, you will hear just what I am talking about.
If you like well balanced, honest sound, suitable for long periods then this is for you. If you have these in a short list. Wait no longer, just put them in your basket and thank me later.
La cuffia e molto ben costruita ( affidabilità e durata di vita assicurata si)
Le prestazioni sono importanti per:
Sensibilità ( associabilità con tutte le uscite degli amplificatori in commercio )
Indossabilita ( anche dopo sedute di alcune ore si desidera continuare l'ascolto senza fenomeni di affaticamento )
Gamma di frequenza al limite delle possibilità uditive umane.senza riscontri reali da me osservati di ezaltazioni o mancanza su tutto lo spettro.
Piacevolezza di ascolto con ogni genere musicale ( le mie preferenze personali spaziano dal rock al jazz
Dalla lirica alla Sinfonica
Dal Rap al country ecc.
Sono sincero quando affermò che la preferisco alle altre mie cuffie molto costose molto blasonate e diverse per tipologia : dinamiche /planari/aperte /chiuse
Sia americane sia tedesche sia giapponesi ed anche italiane.
Non invidiatemi per favore.....Sono riuscito a realizzare i miei sogni di uno dei mie hobby preferiti dopo 50 anni di lavoro.
Se questa mia appassionata recensione sia stata gradita per favorire questo acquisto sicuro e valido per gustravi tanta piacevole musica...
Mi piacerebbe possiate indicare utile nella casellina
Per mia soddisfazione personale disinteressata.
Buona musica a voi tutti e tanta felicIta.
Mi experiencia con estos audífonos fue reveladora; aun no se si me estoy tornando audiófilo, pero creo que en esas ando y justo por la culpa de estos audífonos.
En algún punto de mi vida tuve la oportunidad de escuchar unos Sennheiser HD800 y la experiencia, como diría Enrique Iglesias, fue religiosa. Me costaba trabajo entender lo diferente y bien que se puede escuchar la música con un muy buen par de audífonos; sin exagerar, creo que estuve a punto de llorar de lo bien que se escuchan.
¿A que viene a colación los Sennheiser? Pues que desde ese día busco de nuevo esa calidad de audio y esa experiencia, pero su gran contra, el precio, me limita a buscar opciones mucho más económicas. Aún veo lejano que me haga con esos audífonos.
Entonces viene la búsqueda. Me he devorado reviews enteros de buscar unos audífonos buenos, bonitos y baratos.
Pasé por las lineas económicas (y ni tanto) de Sure, Sennheiser hasta compañías experimentales como "1More" y jamás quedaba del todo satisfecho.
Y por lógica, me topé con estos Audio-technica. Vine por el Hype de internet y me quedé por las ofertas de Amazon.
Los terminé comprando a muy buen precio y mis expectativas eran muy altas, dado los miles de reviews de estos audífonos. Pero OJO, yo no entendía exactamente las frases que rondan por internet en los reviews tipo: "magníficos audífonos de referencia pero sin llegar a aburrir" o "Audífonos ideales para estudio dada su respuesta plana" etc, etc. De hecho, antes de estos audífonos realmente no entendía muchas cosas ya de grado profesional o audiófilo como: Graves ausentes, medios potentes, agudos chillantes; agudos cristalinos, sonido cálido, etc. Yo simplemente tomaba los audífonos y mi respuesta era simple: Me gustan o no, punto.
Abro la caja de los MX50x y son más grandes de lo que creí, se sienten de muy buena calidad pero de un poco de uso rudo; me gustan.
Y era tanta mi emoción que no pude esperar un segundo más y los conecté a mi laptop, me los puse y le di play...
Me quede un poco sacado de onda. No sonaban como creía o como el Hype de internet me hizo creer que sonaban. Simplemente me estaban decepcionando. Mi cabeza no explotó de lo bien que sonaban... solamente sonaban bien, a secas. >No supe como reaccionar, acababa de gastar mas de $2500 pesos y el resultado no me había agradado.
Primero pensé que era error del audífono y se los preste a un amigo que sabe mas de estos menesteres, me dijo que no tenían ningún problema, que incluso le gustaron mucho y que quizá compraría un par.
Algo andaba mal, lei por todo internet sobre el "Burn" que tienen que tener los audífonos, ese periodo de "aclimatación" asi que los usé a diario e inclusive le puse sonido rosa para ver el resultado. Pasaron las semanas y sí note diferencia y me comenzaron a agradar, pero no a fascinar.
Hice un poco las paces con ellos y di como resultado que quizá no tengo oídos sensibles o buenos.
Los seguí usando y un día se me olvidaron en casa de mis papás. Regresé a mi antiguo par de audífonos de Diadema (Sennheiser Urbanite ) y WOOOOW, sonaban diferentes a como los recordaba. Siempre han dicho que esa marca tiene fama por tener sonido "cálido" y por fin entendí a que se referían. Los bajos se me hicieron algo altos, los medios buenos y los agudos cristalinos. Fue muy raro. pero entendí mucho del sonido.
Probé otros audífonos y misma historia, pude notar variaciones en medios, grave y agudos; estos últimos muy "coloreados" y me llegaban a cansar.
Me pasé a unos audífonos económicos (los clásicos que vienen en reconocida marca de celulares japonesa de gama media) y sonaban terribles. Siempre creí que esos audífonos sonaban bien... pero no más.
Volví a los MX50 y por fin entendí que significaba el sonido de respuesta plana, pero sin aburrir. por fin entendí a que se debe su fama. Hoy en día estoy enamoradísimo de ellos, y me he tornado un poco más crítico. Confieso que tuve unos Beats y me gustaban como sonaban, como retumba mi cabeza con ellos pero ahora los odio.
Quizá no estén cerca de los Sennheiser HD800. Esos son unos MONSTRUOS (y hay más grandes) y quizá algún dia me haga de unos, pero mientras tanto me siento con oídos mucho más educados y preparados.
Resulta increíble lo mal acostumbrados al mal sonido de muchísimos audífonos que usamos. Inclusive recuerdo que hay audífonos que les subía todo el volumen por que "se escuchan mejor" .
En estos no es necesario subirle para que se escuchen "mejor". Me pone a pensar como dañamos nuestros oídos.
Hoy, por culpa de ellos, me empieza a gustar el tema que compete a un audiófilo. Y nunca estuve más feliz con unos audífonos que cumplan el famoso Bueno Bonito y Barato (para lo que son)
Nada malo. Cuando se estrenan unos auris, hay dos cosas a tener en cuenta: la adaptación al sonido del nuevo auricular al que no estás acostumbrado, y el rodaje de los propios auriculares, que suele ser necesario en bastantes casos.
Dicho todo lo anterior, que seguro que carece de interés, dejo aquí las primeras impresiones.
Comparados con ATH-M50x :
Son menos planos. Tienen algo más de amplitud de escena y de profundidad. No son tan analíticos y esto es lógico, ya que si queréis auriculares de monitorear, la opción lógica es con cable.
No tienen tanta claridad, ni por arriba ni por abajo. Cierto que el rango de frecuencias es mucho más medio, con lo cual en la franja de Hz en los que se mueve está más que bien. Los bajos no son tan claros ni los agudos tienen la misma sibilancia que su hermano con cable.
Mira que los M50x son puñeteros en el sentido de que no perdonan fallos, pero creo que estos (aun moviéndose en rangos medios) son más exigentes en ese sentido.
Comparados con ATH-MSR7:
Es a los que más se parece en sonido. esto seguro que es porque son destinados al mismo fin, que no es monitorear, sino más bien el uso doméstico y también en dispositivos móviles. No tienen ni la escena ni la profundidad que tienen los MSR, pero tampoco es que esté tan lejos, ya que como explicaba arriba, tienen mucha más que los M50x.
La conclusión es que es un híbrido bastante resultón entre estos dos modelos que menciono. NUNCA debemos olvidar de que se trata de unos auriculares bluetooth, por lo que no sería justa la comparación sin tenerlo en cuenta.
¿Que si valen lo que cuestan?
Depende de cada uno, en mi opinión sí que lo valen y lo amplío: la comparación anterior era contra los productos más parecidos a ellos con los que lo pude hacer, pero ambos son con cable, por lo que parten con una cierta desventaja.
Comparados con otros auriculares bluetooth que tengo, os cuento.
Con el Bose Soundlink II:
Voy a decir primero lo que le veo mejor al Bose, que es la comodidad. Ya. Aunque también es cierto que si mueves la cabeza un poco rápido tienden a moverse del sitio.
Y en todo lo demás que sea importante, están mucho mejor los AT. Mejor sonido y menos enlatado, aislamiento acústico bastante mejor (cierto es que también aprietan más).
Contra los Marshall Major III BT:
Los otros son unos on-ear, así que ya no aislan tanto. Mejoraron mucho con respecto a los Major II, pero no estamos hablando del mismo rango de producto ni de precio. Los AT son mucho más contundentes.
Y hasta aquí lo que puedo opinar de momento. En caso de tener algo significativo que añadir en un futuro, con respecto a interrupciones de señal, duración de batería, etc. lo haré, pero en cuanto a todo lo anterior no creo que cambie mucho. No voy a decir que sea un profeta, pero tengo cierta experiencia y aun así, recordad:
El oído es como el paladar, lo que a unos les encanta, otros ni lo tragan y viceversa.
Depende del oído y gusto de cada uno.
P. D.: El color es un negro mate muy bonito. Más bonito que los M50x normales, que tienen un negro distinto.
Edito segundas impresiones:
Con Smartphone (Huawei P10) suena bien, pero como el teléfono ya tiene un sonido ecualizado, en según que canciones o pistas hay cierta tendencia a la exageración de graves. Pero esto es por lo dicho del teléfono.
Emparejado a un DAP Hi-Res (Fiio X5 III) es donde este par de auriculares da toda la gloria que os podáis imaginar. Sin necesidad de amplificador auxiliar. Todo en su rango exacto, sin distorsiones ni efectos raros. Aquí SÍ que lo puedo comparar con su hermano de cable y aguanta la comparativa sin ningún problema (supongo que el codec APTX del reproductor tiene mucho que ver en esto).
Con respecto a la señal: Va bien y es inmediata, pero lleva mal la cercanía con emisores eléctricos (centarlitas de alarma o acceso, etc.) siempre que no llevéis el reproductor o teléfono encima. Distancia correcta.
La duración de la batería parece buena y lo que ofrece el fabricante.
Desde hace cuatro días que los recibí no los apagué en ningún momento y con un uso de 5 - 6 horas al día, ahí están sin flaquear ni dar síntoma alguno de que se le vaya a agotar la autonomía a corto plazo.
Lo dicho: en su precio y prestaciones, de 10.
A) Haven't really listened to any headphones of relatively decent audio quality beyond 'Beats' by Dre (which are also total garbage) or a pair of similarly overpriced brand name IEM's.
B) Have simply been paid to promote certain products they were, more often than not, given for free.
And sadly this is exactly what seems to be the case with these ATH-MX50's. Seriously to think that these have had so many positive reviews after actually having used them for a good few months now completely astonishes me, because in short these headphones just sound ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE!!!!
I'm sure defenders of these headphones will say things like "these headphones are meant to be for monitoring purposes so they're meant to sound flat and centred at all times and are not meant to have a wide sound stage" etc. etc... And that would be great if they actually had the the capacity for delivering detailed and accurate sound but they don't do that either. In fact while the bass and lower end is quite rich and punchy at times anything above that is just a total swampy mess of either muffled noise or ear-drum ripping treble, sometimes both!!! Which is actually quite an achievement if you think about it, but something that is completely unjustifiable at this price.
So yes, in my opinion you should only buy these if you are some kind of masochist who likes to torture your ears and is looking to turn your entire music library into the aural equivalent of a CIA waterboarding. For the the price there are soooooo many better options out there, including:
- Audio Technica's very own ATH-MX40's (almost £50 cheaper than these pieces of garbage).
- Sivga 006's (beautiful well built closed-back headphones).
- Superlux HD668B (amazing super budget open-back headphones, especially if you swap the pads).
- Koss KSC75's (£15 earclips that still sound a 100 times better than the ATH-M50X's).
- Taotronics Sound Surge 46 (great budget bluetooth headphones).
- Philips SHP9500 (simply one of the best, if not THE BEST, open-back headphones for under £100).
Though to be fair outside of these suggestions even a £20 pair of Sony's from the local market will sound better and be more comfortable than the ATH-M50X's.
If it's too late and, like me, you've already bought these headphones then I've found the best way to make them almost serviceable as listening devices is to swap the stock pads for a pair of Misodiko ear cushions (search Amazon) then cut and place a layer of craft felt and a couple of layers of good quality kitchen towel between the new cushions and the driver of each earcup. They will still sound flat as hell but at least the nightmare treble wont dissolve your brain.