The 3 Best Audio-Technica Headphones of 2021 Reviews

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Best Audio-Technica Headphones

We've currently tested 18 Audio-Technica headphones. This versatile brand offers a variety of headphones for different uses at affordable price points. Although they make great studio headphones, they also have decent models for more casual use.

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Best Audio-Technica Headphones


  1. Best Audio-Technica Headphones For Audio Quality

    8.0
    Neutral Sound
    4.7
    Commute/Travel
    5.4
    Sports/Fitness
    5.4
    Office
    4.4
    Wireless Gaming
    6.5
    Wired Gaming
    2.0
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Audio-Technica headphones for audio quality that we've tested are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. These closed-back over-ear headphones have a very well-balanced sound profile, making them suitable for a wide range of music genres. They have a fairly flat, neutral bass response that adds the right amount of punch and thump to mixes, and they have a well-balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and accurate. They're very comfortable, with spacious ear cups that should accommodate even larger ears so you can use them for long listening sessions without much fatigue. They also come with three different 1/8" TRS audio cables that can suit different uses or preferences.

    Unfortunately, they aren't very suitable for use outside quiet environments because they block very little ambient noise and leak a decent amount of audio. Also, none of the included audio cables has an in-line remote. If you want something a little more versatile, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT are Bluetooth headphones with a microphone, although their sound profile isn't as well-balanced. Otherwise, these are a great choice if sound is your top priority, especially considering their relatively affordable price.

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  2. Best Audio-Technica Headphones For Mixed Use

    6.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.5
    Neutral Sound
    6.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.0
    Sports/Fitness
    6.6
    Office
    5.5
    Wireless Gaming
    7.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.8
    Phone Call
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 are the best Audio-Technica earphones for mixed-use that we've tested. These comfortable over-ears have a very well-balanced, neutral sound profile that should suit many genres and deliver sound very consistently. They have an in-line remote with decent recording quality, so you can use them for phone calls if you're in a fairly quiet setting. Their ANC feature effectively blocks out background noise like conversations and reduces some bass-range sounds like rumbling bus and plane engines. They aren't a bad choice for use at the office or during your commute.

    Unfortunately, if you want to use these headphones wirelessly, you need a AAA battery, which may be a little inconvenient for some. Fortunately, they don't need a battery with a wired connection. They also aren't the most stable or breathable and aren't intended for use during workouts. Otherwise, if you want a pair of versatile over-ears with a well-balanced sound profile, they're a solid option.

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  3. Best Audio-Technica Headphones For Gaming

    6.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    7.5
    Sports/Fitness
    6.6
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    7.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.3
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Audio-Technica headphones for gaming that we've tested are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT. These well-built wireless over-ears have a comfortable fit that makes them suitable for long gaming sessions. You can plug them into your PS4 or Xbox One controllers for full microphone and audio compatibility, and their negligible latency over a wired connection is ideal for gaming. While their sound profile isn't as neutral as the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, they're still suitable for lots of different audio content. Also, their overemphasized bass range helps you feel the deep thumps and rumbles in action-packed scenes. They have a 37.6-hour continuous battery life, so you don't have to worry about recharging them daily.

    Unfortunately, they don't have a very consistent audio delivery, so their bass and treble delivery may vary across different listeners. They have disappointing noise isolation and leak a bit of sound, so they aren't ideal for gaming around other people or lively environments. They don't offer any gaming-related customization features, and their latency over a Bluetooth connection may be too high to be suitable for wireless gaming. However, some apps compensate for latency, so your real-world experience may vary.

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Compared to other brands


  • Diverse headphone lineup. Audio-Technica's lineup is suited for a variety of different kinds of listeners. While they offer professional closed and open-back models for audiophiles or DJs, they also have headphones well-suited for mixed usage and everyday life.
  • Well-balanced sound reproduction. Audio-Technica offers some headphones specifically designed for delivering accurate audio reproduction. Audiophiles, studio producers, and musicians alike can enjoy models like the ATH-M50x that have a well-balanced sound.
  • Affordable. Audio-Technica produces headphones that have a good price-to-performance ratio. They're usually more affordable, especially if you're looking for something to wear while DJing or for studio use.
  • Weak noise isolation. Although Audio-Technica has a series of active noise cancelling headphones, those that we've tested don't reduce noise as well as other similarly priced, competing models.
  • Less premium build quality. Audio-Technica offers some higher-end models that feel more premium but most that we've tested have a plasticky and slightly cheap feel, even if they still seem durable.
  • Overlapping models. Audio-Technica's lineup has several similarly designed headphones with slightly better upgrades that don't change the headphones too much, which can be confusing when trying to find differences between models.

Audio-Technica offers a variety of headphones for casual and professional use at affordable price points. This brand focuses on sound reproduction, especially on headphones from their popular ATH-M line, which produce very good audio quality at a comparatively low price. While their headphones range in build quality and their noise cancelling models don't do the greatest job of reducing background noise, they offer many different options with great audio fidelity, making them a reputable and frequently recommended brand.

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Conclusion

Audio-Technica is a well-known brand that offers headphones at more affordable price points. While they produce a sound that can rival higher-end models, they tend to have less than stellar builds. Their noise cancelling series also falls short compared to other brands with similar features. However, these headphones are exceedingly well-balanced and offer good a price-to-performance ratio.

If you're still looking around, check out our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones.

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