Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones - Closed-Back
The ATH-M50x is an improved version of the ATH-M50 from Audio-Technica, with a detachable cable as an extra feature. These headphones are well suited to studio environments and home recording. They have circumaural earcups for sound isolation purposes and a foldable design for portability. These headphones are also ideal for DJ monitoring and casual listening.
- Type: Closed-back
- Driver Size: 45 mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Frequency Response: 15 Hz to 28 kHz
- Impedance: 38 ohms
- Sensitivity: 99 dB
- Max Input Power: 1,600 mW
- Weight: 10 oz (285 g) without cable and connector
- Connectivity: 3 cables in total - Detachable 9.8' (3 m) straight and coiled cables + a single 3.9' (1.2 m) straight cable all with 1/8" plugs + a 1/4" screw-on adapter.
Expert reviewers, audio engineers, and regular home recording enthusiasts all praise the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x for sound quality and durability. Customer reviews also talk about them having a tight bass sound while having a realistic response for the mids and highs.
A few people complained about the ear cups having fake leather, however this was also a feature that appealed to vegans. Some complained about the proprietary cord locking connector - this means you can't use a generic replacement cord. Some users with big heads find the clamping force a bit tight. Since they have a metallic build for the sake of durability, some also found them heavier than similar-sized headphones. Isolation may be an issue if the volume is increased to more than 50%.
These are used for tracking and reference monitoring in professional studios and for complete monitoring and mastering and tracking in home studios. As you can see from the large number of rating sources we found, these are a very popular choice.
For further details see the following analysis by recording engineer Raphael Pulgar in our guide to The Best Headphones for Recording.