Welcome to my review of the Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones.
The Key Specifications
– Type – Closed-back dynamic
– Driver Diameter 45 mm
– Magnet Neodymium
– Voice Coil CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
– Frequency Response 15 – 28,000 Hz
– Maximum Input Power 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
– Sensitivity 99 dB
– Impedance 38 ohms
– Weight 285 g (10 oz), without cable and connector
– Cable Interchangeable cables: 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
– Accessories Included – Protective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter
The Audio Technica ATH-M50x have over 900 5 star reviews on Amazon UK. That should leave you in no doubt these are fantastic headphones for £120. They are also critically acclaimed for their sonic performance by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers. They feature a proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, professional-grade earpad and headband material for more durability and comfort. Circumaural design contours around the ears for good sound isolation in loud environments. They come with 3 detachable cables too and fold as shown in the photos. The three cables include a 3m long straight cable , a short 1.2m straight cable (ideal for connecting to a smartphone, and a medium-length coiled cable. The cables insert-and-turn locking system secures the cable to the left cup. The ear cups rotate flat as well. Surely there must be a catch if they only cost £120. And there is. The overall construction feel a little plasticly. But that is the only negative.
The Sound Quality and Audio Experience
Audio Technica claim these headphones have an exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response. When I first listened to these headphones I did not agree with that statement. But after 50 hours burn in, make no mistake these headphones are superb and really come alive. They can be powered directly from your smartphone, but I would recommend using them with a portable amp/dac to being out the best from these headphones. Highs are crisp, but not overly bright, mids are pleasant and precise and the bass is punchy, fast and tight. Also as these are a closed back design, music listening is private. In terms of genres, these headphones work well across everything I have thrown at them.
For the money these are exceptionally sounding headphones. They do need over 50 hours burn in before they sound near their true potential. My M50x’s have had circa 400 hours of music played through them and really sound fantastic now. Highly recommended.