What you need to take headphones for 11 tens of dollars.
Fans of high-quality sound have long been familiar with the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 model. Produced since 2007, headphones have long been a classic solution not only for professionals and music lovers tempted by high-quality sound, but also for «ordinary users» who appreciate quality. The main reason for the popularity of the original M50 can be summarized in just one phrase — balanced sound at an extremely low price.
Our guest today is Audio Technica ATH-M50x inherited all the nobility of the original model. What can I say, according to the technical characteristics, the «relatives» are identical. But most importantly, Audio-Technica Corp. listened to the opinions of users and eliminated the main drawback of the M50.
What is the first thing you pay attention to when a new device falls into your hands? That’s right, in appearance. It is gratifying that the ATH-M50x is in perfect order with this. High-quality, and most importantly, pleasant to the touch materials immediately make it clear that the hands are not just another «cheap craft».
Traditionally, the company name is printed on the headband made of eco-leather. No bright inscriptions, everything is strict and concise. Moderately strong grip, allows the headphones to sit comfortably on the head without squeezing it.
For me, this is a very important indicator — from «pressing models», after 15 minutes my head starts to hurt. These monitors are can wear for hours — very comfortable.
The ear cups rotate 180 degrees. Together with the adjustment for the flight, this makes it possible to more accurately adjust the headphones for themselves.
The ear pads are made of genuine leather and have excellent sound insulation. The last moment I tested in the subway — external sounds are minimal.
Not many monitors can boast of this, but not the M50x. For ease of transportation foldable headphone cups. Of course, if you use them exclusively at home or in the studio, this is not important, but for those who constantly move from place to place, this is a weighty argument. For even more convenience, the kit includes a stylish case, made to match the color of the headphones.
Many users of the previous model complained about the long 3-meter cord. On top of that, the design of the M50 did not provide for the possibility of replacing a damaged cable (without disassembling the case).
Audio-Technica engineers took these points into account, as a result of which the ATH-M50x comes with a whole three detachable cables: twisted and straight for 3 m, as well as straight for 1.2 m. A 2.5 mm jack is provided for connection to headphones, equipped with a locking mechanism.
The ATH-M50x has two 45mm full-range drivers, based on powerful neodymium magnets, as well as CCAW voice coils wound with copper-plated aluminum wire.
Such solutions provide the headphones not only with a wide frequency range, but also with decent sound quality. And the impedance of 38 ohms allows you to use the M50x with portable equipment — this is definitely a plus.
Attention is also paid to the elimination of resonances. For these purposes, the acoustic chambers are lined with a special damping material.
- type: professional closed monitor dynamic headphones;
- connection: wired;
- drivers: 2 x 45 mm, wideband drivers, neodymium magnets, CCAW voice coils;
- frequency range: 15 — 28000 Hz;
- impedance: 38 ohm;
- sensitivity: 99 dB / mW;
- maximum power: 1600 mW;
- cables: 2 straight detachable unilateral (length: 1.2 m and 3 m) and 1 twisted unilateral (1.2 m, can be stretched up to 3 m);
- plug: 2.5 mm gold-plated connector (to headphones), 3.5 mm gold-plated connector; screw-on adapter 6.3 mm;
- weight: 284 g.
Listen, listen and listen again — this is the only way to appreciate the character of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x sound. What was the main strong point of the original model? That’s right — quality and balanced sound. It’s nice that all of this is present here.
Pronounced high, as well as juicy and detailed bass, makes listening to electronic music an absolute pleasure. Oh how they sound Kenneth Thomas with Hiding (orbion progressive remix) — full immersion.
Don’t forget about mids either. The overall sound of the ATH-M50x live and natural. turn on Parov Stelar and Dark Jazz track and close my eyes. After a few seconds, it seems that you are in the same room with them — all the instruments are so realistic.
Where to use
So who are these headphones for? In my opinion, this model will fit perfectly both in the studio — for professional use, and in the backpack of a lover of high-quality sound.
Although many will consider that this model is more suitable for the home, however, believe me, the ATH-M50x are comfortable enough for portable use and outdoors. Excellent sound insulation will protect you from third-party unwanted sounds, and a good filling and sufficient volume will allow you to enjoy your favorite tracks even in the subway.
Despite all the advantages, the price of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is very reasonable. On Yandex.Market, the cost of the device starts at 120$.
- great sound;
- affordable price;
- comfortable headband;
- shallow depth of ear pads.