Today we finally arrive at the updated model of the legendary Audio-Technica M50: the ATH-M50X! Let’s take a look at why this is such a popular model in the M-series.
Don’t forget to read up on the other models if you haven’t done that before.
Audio-Technica M-Series Overview – ATH-M20X
Audio-Technica M-Series Overview – ATH-M30X
Audio-Technica M-Series Overview – ATH-M40X
Update (January 2017)
Check out my personal review of the ATH-M50x right here.
Compared to the other models in the M-series, the ATH-M50X is clearly a bit different in looks. Not only are the earcups noticeably bigger thanks to the 45mm drivers, but also the mechanism where the earcups fold in is different.
Also, as a first, the M50X is available in different colors. You got the standard black color, but besides that they also come in green, blue and white.
Check out the official presentation video on the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X:
Critically Acclaimed Sonic Performance
Instead of using 40mm drivers like the M20X, M30X, and M40X models, the ATH-M50X is using a bigger 45mm driver with an impedance of 35 Ohms. This headphone is therefore well suited for use without an external amplifier. Because of the bigger drivers, the M50X is able to provide a more powerful sound.
From what I’ve read, the M50X has a warmer sound. Lows are a bit elevated and highs are not as bright. The bright highs was a point of critique people had on the original M50. So Audio-Technica made some adjustments to that. Now if you want a neutral sounding headphone for your monitoring purpose, you might wanna try out the M40x. But this warmer sound makes the M50X definitely a good choice for DJ monitoring!
As with all models, the general sound quality of the M50X should not disappoint. I’ve yet to see a review that says that the sound quality is poor. They should provide you with great clarity and a nice detailed – but not boomy – bass. Making these headphones fun to use.
Great passive noise isolation thanks to the closed-back and over-the-ear design. No sound leakage as well, so you won’t be disturbing anyone soon, listening to these headphones.
Like the ATH-M40X, the M50X has a detachable cable. But instead of getting 2 cables, you’re getting 3 different cables. A 1.2m straight cable, a 3m straight cable and a 1.2-3m coiled cable. All of high quality!
The earpads are very soft (again an improvement over the original M50) and fit around your ears for a comfortable fit.
The earcups can be turned 180 degrees, so you can either fold them out or fold them flat on your chest. Excellent when wearing these around your neck. As with the ATH-M40X, the earcups of the M50X can be pushed under the headband, which is ideal for travel and transportation.
As extras in the box you get 3 cables, a travel bag and a screw-on quarter inch connector.
You can’t blame Audio-Technica for not giving people extras when they buy the ATH-M50X. Okay, a travel bag and a quarter inch connector doesn’t seem much, I know. But how many times did you see a manufacturer giving its customers not 1, not 2, but 3 different cables in the box! That’s something I personally want to see more often.
As with the other models, the ATH-M50X is a sturdy headphone with pro-grade materials, made to last you a long time.
So that’s my small overview on the M50X guys. I would personally really want to try these out someday, so I’m very curious if any of you have these and what you think of them. Let me know in the comments below!