Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-back Studio Monitoring Headphones

Closed-back Circumaural Headphones with Collapsible Design, 45mm Neodymium Magnet Drivers, Detachable Cables, 1/4" Adapter, and Carrying Pouch
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Incredible Value in Pro Headphones

Looking for amazing value in professional monitor headphones? Sweetwater has a great suggestion: the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. A-T's flagship M series 'phones feature 45mm neodymium magnet drivers that deliver the accurate frequency response and stunning detail you need to make sound decisions when you're recording, mixing, or DJing. The closed-back design gives you superior isolation with minimal bleed, while the circumaural earpads give you cushy comfort during long sessions. Factor in their space-saving collapsible design, swivel earcups, and detachable cables (the ATH-M50x comes with both straight and coiled ones), and you have a winner.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones Features at a Glance:
  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance and build quality
  • A favorite of top audio engineers and pro-audio reviewers
  • 15Hz-28kHz frequency response
  • 45mm drivers with rare earth neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Tuned for flat response and superior accuracy across the entire frequency range
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent isolation in loud environments
  • 90-degree swiveling earcups for easy 1-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband materials give you comfort and durability
  • Collapsible design gives you space-saving portability
  • Detachable cables (3.9'-9.8' coiled cable, 3.9' straight cable, and 9.8' straight cable)
  • A top choice for tracking, mixing, DJ monitoring, and personal listening
  • Includes carrying pouch and 1/4" screw-on adapter
Audio-Technica's ATH-M50x headphones provide superior accuracy, comfort, and value!

Additional Media

Headphones Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Closed
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 45mm
Frequency Response 15Hz-28kHz
Impedance 38 ohms
Cable Type Straight long, straight short and long coiled
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 9.8', 3.9'
Plug Size 1/8" (1/4" adapter included)
Weight 0.625 lbs. (without cable and connector)
Manufacturer Part Number ATH-M50x

Customer Reviews

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Best Headphone Value Out There

I lost my 1st set of these and recently replaced them with this newer version that have the replaceable/interchangeable cables. I love the ability to change cable types. There is almost no break in period. Very smooth from lows to highs, with no obnoxious peaks. Super comfortable and no noticeable ear fatigue with extended wearing.
Music background: Drums Percussion & Recording

A Modern Classic

A very well balanced headphone that translates well, combined with a solid construction even after falling to the ground a handful of times, and a comfortable wear makes the ATH-M50s my go to cans! Over the last 24 years, I`ve had my share of headphones, the M50s are my favorite for tracking, mixing, and mastering. I even use them for pure listening enjoyment.
Music background: Professional Musician

You think your hearing things and you are !!!!!!!

I have heard the M 50s in some studio's and they always impressed. I have had these for 1 week and the new Ath-M50x headphones have left me speechless. If a break-in period makes them sound better in 40 hours I can't wait. Definition, separation and clarity are just a few words that come to mind. I bought these for my home studio which does double duty as my listening room and when I played some classical through these - wow. I heard things that in 30 years of listening, I haven't heard before in these pieces. Jazz , R&B and blues likewise. The only bad thing is I also heard things in my mixes so I need to remix some lol !!!!!! As always Wayne gave me great advice and Sweetwater's service is the best..
Music background: Studio musician , Teacher and Player


I really like it. It cam with different cable to use it and the sound is incredible.
Music background: hobby


I use these for recording in my home studio. I sing in better tune and I play better using these headphones. Beautiful, clear, detailed sound. My AKG k240's are officially retired.
Music background: Singer/Songwriter

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Cristian Good

Like any experienced live sound engineer, I depend on the accuracy of my headphones, but they also need to be comfortable. I've loved my Audio-Technica ATH-M50x monitoring headphones from the minute I got them, because they're both detailed and comfortable enough that I can wear them all night, without getting fatigued. I don't just use them for gigs - they're also perfect for just listening to music.
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