The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are great sounding studio headphones. They have an exceptional reproduction of bass, mid, and treble and they feel sturdy and durable. However, their studio design only offers passive isolation from ambient noise and no audio controls, which is not ideal for commuting and loud environments.
- Excellent, balanced audio reproduction.
- Sturdy and comfortable build.
- Slightly leaky.
- Poor noise isolation.
- No buttons or audio control options.
The ATH-M50x do not change much style-wise from the ATH-M40x. They have a bland design, but are well-built and feel sturdy. The large ear cups are comfortable and fit well around most ears. Unfortunately, they're not the most stable headphones and will slip off your ears, if used while running or jogging. They also provide no audio controls, which is disappointing.
The ATH-M50x have the same studio design as the ATH-M40x. They look a little bland, but the all-black utilitarian aesthetic could work for some. The flat oval ear cups add a bit more flare to the overall look of the headphone with silver accents around the Audio Technica logo. They look good, but you won't stand out in a crowd wearing these headphones. However, there are other available color schemes, which are more eye-catching than the all-black version reviewed.
The ear cups of the M50x are slightly larger than the similarly modeled ATH-M40x, which makes them a little more comfortable. The additional space easily accommodates larger ears, and they do not feel too tight on the head. Unfortunately, the padding can feel a little stiff and squeaky, especially when moving or adjusting the headphone on the head.
These headphones are not designed for sport, and it shows in how stable they feel once on the head. They will easily slip off your ears if you're doing high-intensity activities like running or jumping. Fortunately, they are sufficiently stable during casual use even if you're often tilting your head. The detachable cable is also a plus if you do not lock them into the ear cups while on the move.
The ATH-M50X are on the larger side of over-ear headphones. They fold into a more compact format and can easily be carried in a backpack but will be too large for most jacket pockets. The swiveling ear cups also lay flat which takes up less space but not as much as when they are folded.
The ATH-M50x are well-built headphones. They feel sturdy and durable because of the dense plastic used for the ear cups and headband. They will be able to withstand a few drops without much damage. However, like the ATH-M40x, the joints are weak points where the headphones may be susceptible to breaking. The metal frame used to reinforce the headband is thicker than the one utilized for the ATH-M30x.
The Audio Technica M50x is a great sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have an excellent and extended Bass, an outstanding Mid Range, good Treble, and low distortion. Unfortunately, their Bass delivery could vary slightly from person to person, and like most closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious Soundstage. The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, in this case, are a better alternative since they're open, their sound feels a bit more immersive.
The ATH-M50x like the ATH-M40x are not active noise canceling headphones. The ear cups can passively isolate high-frequency noise because of the tight seal they create around most ears. However, the lack of active noise canceling will let the low rumbles of trains and planes seep into your audio and potentially affect your listening experience. If you need a more passively isolating headphone, that sound as good as the M50x, then consider the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs. Unfortunately, their leakage level is more audible than the M50x, which will be more of an issue at higher volumes.
Poor isolation, but expected since these are not noise cancelling headphones. However, the passive isolation provided by the ear cups is quite good. It provides a maximum of 20dB of isolation in the mid range and 40dB of isolation in the treble range.
Average leakage. These headphones leak a little bit of sound. The majority of the leakage happens between 500Hz and 3KHz, which is rather broadband. However, the overall leakage is not too loud.
- 100% SpNR
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones
- Carrying pouch
- Audio cables (x3)
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter