The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are great sounding studio headphones. They have an exceptional reproduction of bass, mid, and treble and they feel sturdy and durable. However, their studio design only offers passive isolation from ambient noise and no audio controls, which is not ideal for commuting and loud environments.
- Excellent, balanced audio reproduction.
- Sturdy and comfortable build.
- Slightly leaky.
- Poor noise isolation.
- No buttons or audio control options.
The ATH-M50x do not change much style-wise from the ATH-M40x. They have a bland design, but are well-built and feel sturdy. The large ear cups are comfortable and fit well around most ears. Unfortunately, they're not the most stable headphones and will slip off your ears, if used while running or jogging. They also provide no audio controls, which is disappointing.
The ATH-M50x have the same studio design as the ATH-M40x. They look a little bland, but the all-black utilitarian aesthetic could work for some. The flat oval ear cups add a bit more flare to the overall look of the headphone with silver accents around the Audio Technica logo. They look good, but you won't stand out in a crowd wearing these headphones. However, there are other available color schemes, which are more eye-catching than the all-black version reviewed.
The ear cups of the M50x are slightly larger than the similarly modeled ATH-M40x, which makes them a little more comfortable. The additional space easily accommodates larger ears, and they do not feel too tight on the head. Unfortunately, the padding can feel a little stiff and squeaky, especially when moving or adjusting the headphone on the head.
These headphones are not designed for sport, and it shows in how stable they feel once on the head. They will easily slip off your ears if you're doing high-intensity activities like running or jumping. Fortunately, they are sufficiently stable during casual use even if you're often tilting your head. The detachable cable is also a plus if you do not lock them into the ear cups while on the move.
The ATH-M50X are on the larger side of over-ear headphones. They fold into a more compact format and can easily be carried in a backpack but will be too large for most jacket pockets. The swiveling ear cups also lay flat which takes up less space but not as much as when they are folded.
The ATH-M50x are well-built headphones. They feel sturdy and durable because of the dense plastic used for the ear cups and headband. They will be able to withstand a few drops without much damage. However, like the ATH-M40x, the joints are weak points where the headphones may be susceptible to breaking.
The M50x have excellent audio reproduction with no noticeable distortion. Bass has the right amount of punch and rumble to it. Instruments and vocals have presence, sound clear and are evenly balanced with the rest of the mix. They may be a little bright for some, but their high-quality sound will please fans of any genre.
Very good performance. The response is full-range, extended and flat, except for some minor inconsistencies in bass.
Excellent performance. The response is virtually flat, except for very a small dip in low-mid which is responsible for the fullness of vocals/leads.
Good performance. The general response is slightly on the bright side, but other than that, very balanced and consistent treble.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Very good performance. There is little harmonic distortion at 90dB SPL. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in harmonic distortion except for low-bass, which is good. The harmonic distortion for the rest of the spectrum at 100dB SPL remains consistently under 1% of the input.
The ATH-M50x like the ATH-M40x are not active noise cancelling headphones. The ear cups can passively isolate high-frequency noise because of the tight seal they create around most ears. However, the lack of active noise cancelling will let the low rumbles of trains and planes seep into your audio and potentially affect your listening experience. Leakage is not too much of an issue but is noticeable at high volumes.
Poor isolation, but expected since these are not noise cancelling headphones. However, the passive isolation provided by the ear cups is quite good. It provides a maximum of 20dB of isolation in the mid range and 40dB of isolation in the treble range.
Average leakage. These headphones leak a little bit of sound. The majority of the leakage happens between 500Hz and 3KHz, which is rather broadband. However, the overall leakage is not too loud.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cables (x3)
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter