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Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Reviewed Sep 22, 2016 at 01:04 pm
Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Picture
Test Methodology v1.3.1
6.0
Mixed Usage
7.6
Neutral Sound
5.8
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
4.7
Wireless Gaming
6.5
Wired Gaming
2.2
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

The Audio-Technica ATH-M70x deliver a decent sound but lack the bass and versatility of the ATH-M50x. They're stylish, comfortable and come with a good case but have a slightly weaker build quality than some of the previous ATH-M models. They also don't block noise very well.

Our Verdict

6.0 Mixed Usage

The M70x are geared towards a crisp representation of instruments and vocals but lack a substantial amount of bass for the average listener. That combined with their poor isolation makes them less versatile, than the cheaper ATH-M50x or M40x, for everyday casual use.

7.6 Neutral Sound

The M70x are decent headphones for neutral listening. They're bass-lacking compared to the M50x, which deliver a more balanced listening experience. However, they have a decent soundstage despite being closed back headphones. They also have an instrument-heavy audio reproduction that will please some listeners but may be too sharp for most.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.8 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting. The poor passive isolation won't block the ambient noise of a busy commute. They're also a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.5 Sports/Fitness

Not made for sports. They're large slightly bulky and not the most stable on the head. They're decently comfortable and not too heavy but will fall if used while running or jogging.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.3 Office

Average for office use. They won't block the ambient chatter of a lively office, and also leak a bit at higher volumes.

See our Office recommendations
6.5 Wired Gaming
2.2 Phone Call
  • 6.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 5.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.3 Office
  • 4.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.5 Wired Gaming
  • 2.2 Phone Call
Pros
  • Good instruments and vocals reproduction.
  • Comfortable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bass-lacking sound quality.
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The ATH-M70x look slightly different than the rest of the ATH-M series. They keep the overall aesthetic the same, with a bit more silver accents but change the ear cup and headband design. This gives them a more premium appeal but unlike the ATH-M50x they're entirely made out of plastic. So upon closer inspection, they don't look as high-end as they appear to be, which is slightly disappointing considering the previous models are less expensive but seem more durable.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.62 lbs
Clamping Force
0.83 lbs

The M70x are above-average comfortable headphones. They're not too heavy or tight on the head. They also have slightly better padding on the ear cups than the ATH-M40x and M50x. However, although the ear cups are large, the opening created by the padding feels a bit small and sometimes touches the tip of the ear. This can cause slight discomfort during long listening sessions, but it's not significant enough to be an issue of concern.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control N/A
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons N/A
6.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.4 C
5.9
Design
Portability
L 8.38 "
W 8 "
H 1.75 "
Volume 117.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

The ATH-M70X are large over-ear headphones which unlike the ATH-M50x, do not fold into a more compact format. The ear cups lay flat to save space, but they will still be too bulky for smaller bags or handbags. They're too cumbersome, to comfortably carry around on your person, whether they're in their provided carrying case or not.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 9.38 "
W 9.00 "
H 2.50 "
Volume 211.05 Cu. Inches

Comes with a sturdy hard case that will protect the headphones from water damage, scratches, and falls. However, the case adds a fair bit of bulk to the already large headphones.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The M70x have a different build than the rest of the Audio-Technica M line up. The headband frame is no longer metal but a dense plastic that will still be able to withstand decent amounts of physical stress but will not be as sturdy as the ATH-M50x's headband. They're durable headphones just not as durable as some of the less expensive models in the same series. Also, the all-plastic build feels a little cheap for their price.

6.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are not meant for sports. They're not tight enough on the head for use while running or exercising. They will stay in place during casual listening sessions but will quickly fall off your head if used during physical activity. Also, the detachable cable locks into the ear cup. So if the cable gets hooked on something it might pull the headphones of your head before disconnecting.

Design
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In The Box

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones
  • Carrying case
  • Cable carrying pouch
  • Audio cables (x3)
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter (x2)

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-2.72 db
Treble Amount
1.57 db
6.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.84 dB

The frequency response consistency of the M70x is mediocre. These headphones showed about 6dB of deviation in bass delivery across our 5 human subjects, with the most drop in bass measured on our test subject who wears glasses. This is significant and noticeable, however, their treble delivery is quite consistent.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.56 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
18.88 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.59 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.2 dB
High-Bass
0.0 dB
8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.74 dB
Low-Mid
0.5 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.13 dB
High-Mid
0.11 dB
7.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.76 dB
Low-Treble
3.7 dB
Mid-Treble
2.72 dB
High-Treble
-0.78 dB
7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.5 db
Dips
1.15 db
7.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.33
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.85
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.6
Weighted Phase Mismatch
7.58
6.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.65 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.88 dB
PRTF Distance
15.12 dB
Openness
4.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.0
7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.159
WHD @ 100
0.148
Isolation
5.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.35 dB
Bass
1.14 dB
Mid
-11.8 dB
Treble
-24.69 dB

Poor isolation. The passive isolation provided by the ear cups performs well in the treble range. They consistently provide more than 20dB of isolation. However, the overall amount of isolation in is only about 10dB the mid-range and 0dB in the bass range.

6.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
40.5 dB

Average leakage. The significant portion of the leakage is between 2KHz and 8KHz, which is not too broad. The overall level of the leakage is also about average.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
N/A
In-line
N/A
Boom
N/A
Detachable Boom
N/A
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 10.11 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

Compared to other headphones

See our recommendations for the best over-ear headphones, the best wired headphones, and the best audiophile headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
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B&H

While the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x are more comfortable than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, they might not be the better choice for most people. The M50x have better audio reproduction on top of being more affordable, meaning they’ll offer great value for most people. The two headphones are very similar and the extra investment necessary for the M70x might not be worth it.

Audio-Technica ATH-M60x
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Newegg.com

The Audio-Technica ATH-M70x are better headphones than the on-ear Audio-Technica ATH-M60x. They are noticeably more comfortable and are also better built. Their sound profile follows our target curve more accurately, but might be too sharp for some. They’ll also be more versatile, as their over-ear design will block out more high-frequency noise. If you feel like over-ears are too bulky and hard to carry around, the on-ear M60x might be a better option for you.

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