Audio-Technica M-Series Overview – ATH-M50X

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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

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

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.

ATH-M50x Editions

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.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Blue Limited Edition


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.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Dark Green Limited Edition


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!

10 thoughts on “Audio-Technica M-Series Overview – ATH-M50X”

  1. These headphones are really cool. I just finished setting up a mini studio in my extra room and purchased an audio interface and an audio technica microphone and was thinking about getting some audio technica headphones, but these sound spectacular and will have to check them out! Thanks for the awesome review!

  2. Wow, you really gave a wide review on this product. I like you giving the other features like M40X against M50X recommending a good choice for DJ Monitoring!
    The design is so cool with different color choices too.
    Which one is the best?, it’s all up to us warmer sound against neutral sounding. I Never really tried that yet, upon reading your article, draws much of my curiosity now.

  3. Hi Jurgen,

    I was impressed with the appearance of the first page that I visited. I look like the photo that you have on the top of your page, as it adds some excitement. I’m a bit of a technophobe when it comes to technology. I love new technology but I am usually too cheap to buy it. It’s amazing that I even have an iPhone.

    I like how you explain that you had little interest in head phones until few years ago, but that changed with a new experience. That’s life for all of us, I think. I liked your minimal use of ads. It didn’t distract from the product. One of the ads actually led to my home city. Perhaps I l will earn how to do that someday. Good job with a fantastic looking site. Have a good day, Shawn.

    1. Hi Shawn, thanks for the nice words. Yeah it’s crazy that some lucky deal on headphones opened my eyes on how music could sound 🙂

  4. I have the M20X and the high are a bit to load, one of my mate bought the m50x and they are an awesome headphone the bass, mids and highs do blend well together, I will upgrade soon i think, have you found where is the cheapest place to buy them from?

  5. Very nice looking cans – some of the best looking I’ve come across really ( love the color! ).
    I’ve never really had much experience with technica lines due to budgets at the studio I use – more the low enders of AKG. What is your overall opinion of them as a audio company?

    1. Hey Chris, I think Audio-Technica makes some impressive headphones. Their professional monitoring line has something for everyone and for a great price. Did you know the ATH-M20X goes for $49!

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