Professional monitor headphones for the most critical audio professionals.
The ATH-Mx Series headphones are a reliable source for monitoring in home and professional studio environments. Because... read more
Trusted musician and artist reviews for Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones
Based on 84 Reviews
they work alright
These cans do not sound particularly good, but they do not sound bad. The isolation is more than adequate for most applications. I original bought my 1st pair to DJ after blowing out a set of Stantons with bad isolation. My buddy recommended them for DJ sets so I went for it and they are ideal for that purpose because they are VERY comfortable to wear for hours on end. For studio work there are better options. I also wore out my 1st pair after a few years ut I ahd a backup pair. If those die on me I will not buy these again as I no longer DJ and would prefer isolation cans that sound better and isolate more effectively.
Very comfortable, excellent isolation, sturdy, excellent sound
Although choosing headphones is pretty much a personal choice, I'd be surprised to find a better option for the same price as the ATH-M50x. I tried a few other pairs and found that this one was more faithful for my taste. They are not best for precise mastering (an open-back pair + reference monitors would be better for this anyway), but it's a great all-round pair for producing, mixing, recording and monitoring for long hours without fatigue.
Best Headphone Monitor so Far
Don't buy this if you want a headphone solely for listening to music. This monitor is so neutral, you will think it was bad but it is not. Monitor should be as neutral as possible and AT give one of the best on budget. I love it.
Great If You Don't Mind EQing
These headphones are great - their clarity is through the roof, especially in the bass and high-frequency ranges, aren't too incredibly expensive and they come with three different cords to plug into different sized audio jacks, so you likely won't have to buy other cables unless you need something non-standard. My only issue with them is that upon first use, they have quite a bit of a V shaped frequency response (The low and high-frequency ranges are better pronounced than the mids) and I'm not sure if this goes away with time (I've heard that this is true but haven't had them long enough to experience it) but I've been able to fix it for the most part by applying some equalization to audio before it goes to the headphones. Once you do this, they sound much, much better. In fact, I haven't had many pairs of high-quality headphones in my life, but I would definitely say that these are much better than any I'd had before once you adjust for the V-curve. They aren't the most comfortable headphones I've ever had, but they certainly aren't the most uncomfortable, and I can use them for hours at a time with pretty much no issue, although trying to wear them for the majority of a day with no breaks does become a bit of an issue, but that might just be me.
Best headphones in their price range
Love the 3 detachable cables. I don't have to mess with a 3 meter cable when i'm just listening to music, but can use it when i need it while recording. They have excellent bass response, deep, clear, present, but not boomy nor muddy. The highs are clear and soft. They sound natural and not fatiguing. They are comfortable, but not for very long periods. Their imaging is really clear and instruments sound well separated, though not very wide or spacious, more like left, right and center. Also, they have an incredible isolation.
More than solid headphones
A great-sounding pair of headphones. The response curve across the spectrum is adequate for listening to a wide range of music. The bass response is okay, if not great, which some may prefer for it's more accurate response. Trebles are very present and sit well with the rest of the mix. The build is solid, as one would expect from ATH, and comfortable to wear all day when listening to music at the computer.
Beautiful, Comfortable, and Affordable
I bought these headphones at the recommendation of a Sam Ash employee who referred to them as the absolute best headphones for mixing. He said everyone in the store used them, and as soon as I tried them out, I could hear why. The bass is extremely clean and accurate and the highs are the clearest of any headphones I've ever heard. Not only do they have gorgeous sound quality, they also might be the most comfortable headphones out there. The earpads are large and cushy and the headband rests snugly atop the head to make for unrivaled comfort. With world-class quality and supreme comfort, the fact that these headphones are available for only $150 make them a fantastic bargain and a no-brainer for anyone doing any kind of mixing or even just leisurely listening.
This thing is lit.
I do not have a pair of studio monitors. But I do have this. Thanks to whoever helped me to buy this! I couldn't afford it otherwise. Okay whatever. It has excellent; SUPER EXCELLENT noise reduction, and has natural sound.. I use this for everything - when I'm just listening to music, producing, or djing. Cool thing for its price, there might be better things for just a little more I have no clue as I havent dug up things, but this one is reasonable product, man!
Very good sounding headphones.
The frequency response on these headphones are great, and the removable and replaceable cables and pads make these headphones a must-have, as most headphones you'd get at this price would wear out its cable and pads within a year. I've had mine for 1 year and half now and they have been my longest lasting pair of headphones to date.
There is only one con to these headphones: in order to maintain its inward curvature to fit snuggly around your head, it uses small plastic stoppers under the bending points to keep the individual speaker encasements from bending backwards while you wear them. These plastic stoppers can break fairly easily, and they are irreplaceable.
But overall, build quality and sound quality is top-notch. Highly recommend them.
Not worth the hype
Honestly, they are good. But now that the Sennheiser HD25's have come down in price, just get HD25s. They are better. The ATH-M50x sounds somewhat tinny compared to my HD25s, and are no comparison to my V-Moda M-100s. For under $200, just get a pair of Sennheiser HD25s.
Great Headphones with the possibility of changing it´s cable
In their price-range, it´s all about your preference and what´s most appealing to you. After listening to most of the headphones that were available at the store and directly comparing them, I narrowed my list of favorites down to the ATH-M50x and the Beyerdynamic DT 770. These two are very close in terms of sound, but the Audio Technica have a changable cable, which ultimately made me go with them; Plus: they look great.
Great pair of headphones
These are really great for the money. The bass response is better than most other headphones in this price range, while maintaining a very clear sound in the mids & highs. You can definitely use those to do a quick mix-down on the go or when the house is sleeping.
After experiencing sound through these, you can never go back to average headphones.
To make this as short and simple as possible, listening to music through these headphones is like a whole other world. You can hear every little detail of a song or recording through these, and it makes going back to Apple Earpods a real bummer. Haha. After wearing them for a few hours, it can definitely get a little uncomfortable, but it's tolerable and the sound quality is worth it.
These are my first set of studio headphones and I was amazed at the difference from the other headphones I was using before. These sounded more wide and crisp. The bass is slightly boosted on it, but thats why I use Sonarworks. They are very comfortable, I could easily wear them for hours at a time.
Very good headphones to learn production, but don't use them for too long
The headphones are very good for music production. Once you learn how they sound you can use them to get very good mixes very fast. One thing I noticed is that these are very good for mixing low-end and you can tell when you are putting too much sub. However where these headphone aren't as accurate are the low mids. You always get some surprises with the levels of certain elements like kicks that are a bit too loud or harmonics that are overrepresented. However you can get away with this, most of the time. I recommend them but don;t use them for too long because these cause you to sweat and your ears are prone to infections.