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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.<br/>Also available in white (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1000c1b0c122836e/index.html">ATH-M50xWH</a>) and limited edition dark green (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1ba7dcafeaf76420/index.html">ATH-M50xDG</a>).<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE STUDIO HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 
Overall4 out of 54 out of 5
Loved them but it's a bumpy beginning.
By RuzhX from New York, NY, USA
Before hand just know that this review is coming from someone who's just using the headphones to listen to music during my daily college commute and at home for relaxation so don't take the criticism as a studio editor.
Anyways:
I received my headphones 48 hours ago and the first impression was that they look a bit too flexible and fragile which is not true, they are pretty durable just the filling on the headband looks like it might fall off eventually lol. Also they do squish my head just a little bit which makes it so I can't use them for over 3-4 hours like I would.
The quality of the sound is pretty awesome, you can feel the bass in a moderate way that it has a bit of a vibration to your ears that feels good and doesn't hurt you, the only downfall I found to the sound was that the vocals are a bit of a background to the music rather than being the focus point. It still sounds amazing but if you want to really listen to lyrics and not focus on the bass/treble etc then you have to focus in.
The flexibility of the headphones is sometimes annoying when I try to put them on because it just turns around by itself and I have to keep fixing them and they look a bit big on my head but that might be because it's my first over the ear headphones.
I also noticed a small thing that everyone who's had these seems to lie about.
- The sound does leak through the headphones a little, it's manageable but if you play the sound at full volume on a mobile device it will leak to a point where it's almost a low volume speaker.
I love the removable cable and the idea behind it (Wish they release a removable cable with a mic).
Other than the down-sides mentioned I'm pretty satisfied with the M50x I received which I purchased through Amazon, however, I really wish the BL edition had came out with the original black so I wouldn't have to think about whether or not i'll return mines to get the BL.
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Glad you like you them!
Posted February 17, 2014
The headphones initially do come in with a decent amount clamping force on your head but as with all headphones, they will eventually loosen up over time. Don't be afraid to flex them a tad. That will help loosen them up until they're a comfortable fit since everyone's head size is different.
Although take care not to blast your ears. I can never listen to most of my sources past 50% volume since they're generally at reference level (meaning super loud).
Don't forget to try other sound sources with these headphones when you get the chance muahaha!
Stay safe!
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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.<br/>Also available in white (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1000c1b0c122836e/index.html">ATH-M50xWH</a>) and limited edition dark green (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1ba7dcafeaf76420/index.html">ATH-M50xDG</a>).<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE STUDIO HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 

How do I clean the ear pads?

After using for two months, the material on the front of the pads that touches my face has gotten cracked and I've managed to get makeup in the cracks. How do I safely clean the non-removable pads?
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Not quite sure if you're referring to the M series or the Pro500s considering where your question landed.

The ear pads on either headphones are actually replaceable and thus can be removed with a little bit of effort.

Pleather pads generally deteriorate when they are in contact with our skin. The oil on our skin and the sweat we develop contributes to their deterioration so it helps to wipe them down after each usage to help them last longer. Heck, some of us just sweat more than others...it just can't be helped!

That said...

There's no real definitive method out there for cleaning pleather pads. I personally use baby wipes on my earpads and then wipe them dry using a micro-fiber cloth. Worked quite well for a long time before replacing the pads two years later.

If at anytime you find the earpads unbearable, contact Audio-Technica's Parts Department for replacement ear pads for your specific headphone:

parts@atus.com
4 years, 8 months ago
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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>The M-Series ATH-M40x professional monitor headphones are tuned flat for incredibly accurate audio monitoring across an extended frequency range. Your studio experience is enhanced with superior sound isolation and swiveling earcups for convenient one-ear monitoring. Engineered with pro-grade materials and robust construction, the M40x excels in professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring.<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE M-SERIES HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 

how are the bass on these?

and why is there such a big price difference from the 40x to 50x?
I own the earlier version of the M40. It is most definitely tuned to be quite flat in response compared to the M50's slight V-shape sound signature. And by flat, I mean a real flat EQ. Very nice tool if you need this kind of response for your applications. The M40 is a favorite of my father since he uses it primarily with his guitar.

The M40 will need EQ if you want to achieve extra bass with the headphone.

I can't really put a figure on what pieces dictates price...but in the process of stepping up from the M40 and M50, a few things are highlighted:

-You go from a 40mm driver to 45mm driver. The larger driver can easily hit the lower frequencies with a bit more more pressure as the driver can displace a bit more air. As such, the M50 can actually output low frequency effects with significant presence as you can feel the sound pressure going into your ear...similar in effect of a 10" Subwoofer sweeping through 38Hz-50hz test tones while shattering windows LOL But it's because of this effect that a lot of drummers out there prefer the M50 model.

- Wider Frequency range but more importantly you go from 98dB to 99dB sensitivity. The M50 are more sensitive and will require less power to achieve the same listening volume.

All in all, try auditioning them if you're able to.
4 years, 8 months ago
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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.<br/>Also available in white (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1000c1b0c122836e/index.html">ATH-M50xWH</a>) and limited edition dark green (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1ba7dcafeaf76420/index.html">ATH-M50xDG</a>).<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE STUDIO HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 

Are the ATH M50x comfortable for mobile devices?

I previously asked a question comparing three different types of headphones - Including the M50x and got a well developed answer. However, I wanted to know if I made a right choice picking the M50x over other headphones for just listening to musing on my mobiled device (Windows 8 Phone)

Well did I pick the right headphones for my commute to college, or did I pick something too subjective towards Studio Recording?
Hello again RuzhX! You've made a great choice! The M50x is very versatile. They're phenomenal for personal use, not just Studio use.

I personally have a Windows 8 Phone as well and I can assure you that it has no trouble driving the M50x.

My comment to your earlier question was mainly aimed at providing you comparisons between headphones and shed some light on their performance. So it is VERY subjective on my part.

But at the heart of the matter, the incredible performance and price point of these headphones is the big reason why even casual listeners like yourself are picking them up.

It's a real good investment for years to come!

It will endure your travels to school and give you a rich experience as you go on through the semester. It may even make some of your classmates jealous haha!

Take care and good luck with your studies my friend!
4 years, 8 months ago
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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.<br/>Also available in white (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1000c1b0c122836e/index.html">ATH-M50xWH</a>) and limited edition dark green (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1ba7dcafeaf76420/index.html">ATH-M50xDG</a>).<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE STUDIO HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 

Can you please clalify that both cables will be in the box

The last response seems to suggest that one or the other cable has to be purchased from your service department.
thanks
Exactly three cables will be provided with your purchase of the ATH-M50x models.

As per the M50x's product feature:

"Detachable cables (includes 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable)"

The coiled cable and the long straight cable will allow you to use their screw-on ¼" stereo phone adapter.

The shorter 1.2m straight cable terminates with a 3.5mm male jack so this cable is mainly for portable use.

All 3 cables uses a secured proprietary connector. Meaning no other cable will fit into the socket of the ATH-M50x models. So in the event that any of your cables get damaged, you can order replacement cables directly from Audio-Technica. This is what the previous answer was alluding to.
4 years, 8 months ago
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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.<br/>Also available in white (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1000c1b0c122836e/index.html">ATH-M50xWH</a>) and limited edition dark green (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1ba7dcafeaf76420/index.html">ATH-M50xDG</a>).<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE STUDIO HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 

Difference between blue and black M50x

What is the difference between blue M50x and black or white M50x? Is the only difference color or are there also differences in sound?
You are correct in that the only difference between the M50x, M50xWH, and M50xBL is the color and style of the headphones. There is no difference in sound.

The M50xBL (Blue/Tan) is a Limited Edition release. Audio-Techhnica will ALWAYS go the extra step in adding an artistic touch and style to their limited edition models. Hence, the reason they stand out from the rest of the regular models.

The M50xBL is a "Limited Edition" item so Audio-Technica will only make a fixed amount of these blue/tan headphones. After they're completely sold out, they pretty much become rare as Audio-Technica won't make anymore of them.

So if you don't want to miss out on the cool blue design, be sure to buy them before they run out.

Take good care!
4 years, 8 months ago
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Audio-Technica has introduced a straight-cable version, ATH-M50s, of its flagship ATH-M50 headphones. Designed to provide an exceptionally natural response for professional monitoring/mixing, the headphones feature a closed-back, collapsible design with 45 mm neodymium drivers, circumaural ear pieces (180° swivel) and luxuriously padded ear cushions. A straight cable at the left earpiece terminates to a gold-plated mini-plug with included screw-on ¼" adapter. <br/>Audio-Technica’s sophisticated driver technology and superior components deliver exceptional power handling and very high SPL capabilities while maintaining clarity of sound throughout their extended range, with deep, accurate bass and outstanding high-frequency extension. The headphones feature proprietary large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnet systems for ultra-efficient signal transfer. <br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/happenings/8348746d4fb8725b/index.html" target="_blank"><b>Read what top industry professionals are saying about the ATH-M50.</b></a>
 

Will a smartphone drive these headphones?

I have read many great reviews, but have not seen a definitive answer if a smartphone will drive these headphones properly. I see they are rated at 38ohm and that is supposed to make them pretty sensitive, but I just kind of want a straight answer.

Thanks,

Tom
Not all smartphones are created equal. Hence the reason for non-definitive answer. I have a 3D EVO that powers the M50 to a good extent while my Galaxy Note has a bit of trouble powering them properly (i.e. slight drops in audio levels on certain recordings). While the EVO powers them OK, there's definitely an audible difference in dynamics going from the Evo to my receiver without any post-processing when achieving the same listening volume.

So...yeah your mileage may vary. At the very least it will be audible, just don't expect a full sound spectrum when you connect to such devices.

You can always audition them at the least. See if there's a local store nearby that can allow you to sample the headphones and have a go with your smartphones.
4 years, 8 months ago
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<i>Pure. Professional. Performance.</i><br/>As the most critically acclaimed model in the M-Series line, the ATH-M50 is praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers year after year. Now, the ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating earcups and robust construction, the M50x provides an unmatched experience for the most critical audio professionals.<br/>Also available in white (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1000c1b0c122836e/index.html">ATH-M50xWH</a>) and limited edition dark green (<a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/1ba7dcafeaf76420/index.html">ATH-M50xDG</a>).<br/><b>More About the M-Series Headphones</b><br/>Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.<br/><a href="http://www.audio-technica.com/monitorheadphones/" target="_blank"><b>VISIT THE STUDIO HEADPHONES MICROSITE</b></a>
 

What's the difference between the M50S and M50X?

Hey this is my first "expensive" headphone purchase and I'm just sick of the in ear headphones breaking when they fall on the ground or even when I don't use them. With that said, what's the current durability of these M50X and do they have a mic included or some form of audio control switch?

Also, what are some features that makes the M50X better than the skullcandy skullcrushers, or the Beats by Dre Exclusive?
If you already made a purchase on the M50, you have my congratulations!

Bear in mind the M50 has been out in the market since Winter of 2009.

The M50x model is Audio-Technica's new iteration of their flagship monitor headphones that offers detaching cables. These are brand new and will hit the market by February 28th, 2014.

The M50s uses a long straight cable that is NOT detachable. Great for use in studio if you need to move around a lot. The original M50 uses coiled cables that are not detachable either. These were available if you don't need the extra length to work while doing your mixes.

A good improvement that the M50x will offer is better padding material. It is very noticeable and bolsters much better comfort compared to the original's padding material. Sound profile is identical across all the M50 line so whatever you purchase here is a matter of convenience as there's a market for consumers wanting detachable cables.

The M50 are EXTREMELY durable. I accidentally dropped one of mine down a flight of wooden stairs about a year ago and they hardly developed a scratch LOL

I have pair of them actually. One coil and one straight. One for sound mixing, the other for listening on the receiver in the living room. No issues with them after 2 years of owning them. The only thing I had to replace recently were the warn ear pads. Audio-Technica will happily send replacement pads for a small fee if you contact them. The headphones will last you for a long time so they're a really good investment in my opinion.

That said, I have to remind you that these are 'monitor' headphones. A real awesome one at that, geared for use in studios. These will offer no such things as microphones or volume control as they are designed to be powered an amplifier of some sort. They can be driven properly by most PC/Laptop audio inputs and a few portable devices out there...but don't expect great performance using most portable devices out there as they are generally under powering the headphones like the Iphone.
-Also, adding useless components that can add unwanted noise and artifacts in your playback makes for a big headache in a recording/mixing session. That is more suited for the portable media market.

With regards to your question concerning comparisons between the Beats by Dre and Skullcandy...

Let's put these headphones in perspective because I want you to see what the M50 were designed to do.

Let's start with the Beats, Skullcandy, and end with the M50.

Skullcandy and the entire Beats lineup is really made for the portable market and the companies can deliberately manufacture the headphones to provide a sound signature that conforms to what most casual listeners want to hear.

Thus we have the Beats. These headphones are engineered to have a very asymmetric V-Shape sound signature favoring the bass frequency which offers boomy impact to most music. Most of the time however, the bass is ridiculously muddy with music that already has a large amount of bass in the original recording. Monster has yet to publish beyond the frequency range of their models which leaves me skeptical as to what their real specs are. They're geared for bass heads but they suffer severely in frequency response in the higher ranges. This is prevalent using the Beats with classical music. Sound reproduction is just terrible. The price on them is ridiculous for how they sound, leading me to believe it's marked up significantly solely by it's name.

Beats isn't something you want to use in studio. Since they put an EQ (Equalizer) that is emphasizing heavy bass on the Beats , you'll get misleading results if you mix with them.

Skullcandy is somewhat well-rounded. It has audio level controls, microphone, and EQ slider to adjust bass on the go. It doesn't offer remarkable sound reproduction especially in the high frequencies...geared for casual listening or phone conservations...maybe gaming perhaps...

But see, again, this is something you DON'T want in a studio setting. Sound output on the headphones should never be tampered in anyway, shape, or form and should only be manipulated on the amp/mixer end.

Now we look at the monitor headphones: ATH M50.

The sound reproduction on these headphones is phenomenal at all frequency ranges detectable by the human ear. The drivers are HUGE so you'll hear everything the sound file has to offer in proper hearing levels.

Because of the clarity the M50 will offer, you'll seriously pickup and hear all the imperfections/artifacts of any poorly recorded material or low quality sound files (aka youtube quality) compared to your ear buds.

Heed my advice, make sure you're listening to audio files in its best possible quality when you use these headphones. You may find yourself criticizing your audio library if they're poor in quality.

If you have original CD albums you can listen to, that's a great place to start listening. The M50 will NOT disappoint!

Your music will really come to life.

Since the M50 are well balanced, nothing in the sound file is getting a significant EQ. That's how they're supposed to be. So if your amplifier, or whatever equipment you use, has an EQ setting to adjust treble/mid/bass, feel free to mess with it. If you want these headphones to have super punchy bass or high timber, they can easily deliver that punch into your ear with EQ if you wish it to. The M50 can really output some serious sound pressure, especially in the low frequency range if you have a sound file with a cinematic blast for example lol

M50 are awesome headphones and can be used for casual listening, gaming, movie watching, e.t.c if you want them to. Just make sure they're properly driven with good power and they can do whatever you want it to do.

They got more portable now that detachable cable models are being released soon.

If you ever get into sound editing, you've made the perfect purchase!

Take care!
4 years, 8 months ago
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