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Best Audio-Technica Headphones

We've currently reviewed 14 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

    5.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Neutral Sound
    4.8
    Commute/Travel
    5.3
    Sports/Fitness
    5.5
    Office
    4.4
    Wireless Gaming
    6.4
    Wired Gaming
    2.1
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are the best Audio-Technica headphones for audio quality. If you like closed-back headphones for critical listening or DJing, these well-built headphones deliver an impressively well-balanced and neutral sound suitable for most audio genres. Their audio cable is also detachable so it's easily replaced if you damage it. However, they aren't the most stable headphones so if you like to get into the groove of your music, they may slip off. They're also poorly suited for use outside of quiet environments as they don't really block out background noise and they also leak sound. If you're looking for something similar but wireless and slightly more versatile, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is the Bluetooth version but it lacks as accurate a sound profile as the ATH-M50x.

    These headphones are among the best if sound is your number one priority, especially given their excellent price-to-performance ratio.

    See our review

  2. Best Audio-Technica Headphones For Mixed Use

    6.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    6.4
    Commute/Travel
    6.1
    Sports/Fitness
    6.6
    Office
    5.5
    Wireless Gaming
    7.2
    Wired Gaming
    6.3
    Phone Call
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for something a little more versatile for everyday life, the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC are the best Audio-Technica headphones for mixed use that we've tested so far. These affordable headphones are more well-rounded than the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x. Although they don't have a neutral sound profile, they still sound well-balanced enough for most audio genres. Those who commute or work in an office setting may appreciate their active noise cancelling, which can make loud environments more tolerable, and their comfortable design can be worn for multiple hours. On the downside, they don't isolate ambient sound as well as other noise cancelling headphones we've tested so far.

    See our review

  3. Best On-Ear Audio-Technica Headphones

    5.8
    Mixed Usage
    7.5
    Neutral Sound
    5.3
    Commute/Travel
    5.7
    Sports/Fitness
    5.7
    Office
    4.5
    Wireless Gaming
    6.3
    Wired Gaming
    2.0
    Phone Call
    Type On-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for an on-ear alternative to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, the Audio-Technica ATH-M60x are the best on-ear Audio-Technica headphones we've tested so far. Their studio look is decently comfortable, lightweight, and compact. They're more portable too as they can easily be tossed into a bag when you're on the go. Although they have a balanced sound profile, they don't have as smooth of a mid range as the ATH-M50x and their build quality doesn't feel as durable or premium. However, their simple studio design makes these wired headphones some of the best on-ear headphones we've tested so far.

    See our review

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 critical listening or DJing, 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 so far 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 so far 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 headphones that come 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 kinds of headphones with great audio fidelity, making them a reputable and frequently recommended brand.

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 great 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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