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The Best Audio-Technica Headphones of 2019
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Audio-Technica Headphones Lineup

We have currently reviewed 15 Audio Technica headphones. They're a versatile brand with many varied and affordable models. They make some great studio headphones and decent models for more casual use too.

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Compared to other brands


  • Diverse headphone lineup. Audio-Technica has a vast lineup of headphones geared towards different types of listeners. They make professional closed and open back models, as well as well-rounded, all-purpose headphones for everyday use, too.
  • Good sound quality. Audio-Technica have a few series specifically designed to deliver accurate audio reproduction. Models like the ATH-M50x sound great and are a great choice for musicians, producers, and audiophiles alike.
  • Affordable. The Audio-Technica headphones we’ve reviewed are significantly more affordable than the competition for the performance they offer, especially for studio use or DJs.
  • Weak noise isolation. Although Audio-Technica has noise cancelling headphones, the ones we’ve tested don’t isolate as well as similarly priced, competing models.
  • Less premium build quality. Audio-Technica has some higher-end models that look more premium, but most of their headphones we’ve tested feel slightly cheap. Their build quality still feels durable but they’re a bit plasticky.
  • Overlapping models. Audio-Technica's lineup can be a bit confusing. They have a lot of very similarly designed headphones with slight incremental upgrades that don't really add much to the headphones.

Overall, Audio-Technica offers a broad variety of headphones and models. They're an affordable brand that delivers in the sound department, with the ATH-M series being especially popular for its very good audio quality and comparatively low price. Their headphones might not all have the best build quality, and the noise cancelling models don’t have the best noise isolation, but the variety they offer and the great audio fidelity of most of their models we’ve tested make them a reputable and frequently recommended brand.

Best Audio-Technica Headphones


  1. Best Audio-Technica Headphones For Audio Quality

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
    6.4
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Critical Listening
    5.6
    Commute/Travel
    5.8
    Sports/Fitness
    6.1
    Office
    6.1
    TV
    5.8
    Gaming
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : No
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best Audio Technica headphones for audio quality are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They’re popular over-ear headphones that are a great closed-back choice for critical listening and DJing and thanks to their almost unmatched price to sound quality ratio. If you're looking for a sturdy and durable pair of headphones that you're primarily going to use to listen to music, then they're a great option. They're comfortable and have an excellent sound quality but they do not block a lot of noise.

    See our review

  2. Best Audio-Technica Headphones For Mixed Use

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
    6.7
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Critical Listening
    6.3
    Commute/Travel
    6.2
    Sports/Fitness
    6.5
    Office
    6.1
    TV
    6.6
    Gaming
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC are a more versatile and premium alternative to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They don't sound as good but still deliver a balanced sound profile that would satisfy most listeners. They're also noise cancelling which makes them a bit more suitable for commuting and traveling than the M50x, although their isolation performance isn't as strong as some of the other noise cancelling headphones we've tested. On the upside, they're well-built, they don't leak, and they're very comfortable. They're also cheaper and more well-rounded than the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x.

    See our review

  3. Best On-Ear Audio-Technica Headphones

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
    6.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.4
    Critical Listening
    5.2
    Commute/Travel
    5.8
    Sports/Fitness
    5.6
    Office
    5.9
    TV
    5.6
    Gaming
    Type : On-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : No
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The Audio-Technica ATH-M60x are a more portable, on-ear alternative to the popular Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. They don’t sound quite as great, but they still sound very good, with an exceptionally well-balanced frequency response that’s great for all kinds of music. They’re the best on-ear wired headphones we’ve tested thanks to their simple, studio design and good overall sound quality. Don’t get these if you’re looking to block out distracting noise, since their on-ear design doesn’t create much of a seal, but if you like their modern, compact style, they’re a good choice overall.

    See our review

Conclusion

Audio-Technica is a well-known brand. They make affordable headphones that compete with higher-end models in the sound department but may not be as well-built. Their noise cancelling series struggles to deliver good isolation in loud environments but when it comes to audio reproduction, some of their headphones are exceedingly well balanced, even consider their affordable price points.

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