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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Professional monitor headphones

Item # 901M50X

Whether you're a music professional or simply a music fan, you'll be hard-pressed to find better headphones at this...

Whether you're a music professional or simply a music fan, you'll be hard-pressed to find better headphones at this...

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About the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

A go-to choice for musicians and music lovers

Whether you're a music professional or simply a music fan, you'll be hard-pressed to find better headphones at this price than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. The 'M50x offers exceptionally clear sound that's detailed and well-balanced throughout its wide frequency range. The large 45mm drivers offer plenty of bass punch, while high frequencies have just the right amount of shimmer.

A go-to choice for musicians and music lovers

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The Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones are great for making or enjoying music.

Whether you're a music professional or simply a music fan, you'll be hard-pressed to find better headphones at this price than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. The 'M50x offers exceptionally clear sound that's detailed and well-balanced throughout its wide frequency range. The large 45mm drivers offer plenty of bass punch, while high frequencies have just the right amount of shimmer.

The closed-back design is great for tracking in the studio or enjoying your music while limiting external noise. With the same great sound as the original ATH-M50, it's no wonder these headphones have earned even more praise for their improved comfort and detachable cable options.

Ruggedly comfortable

Working musicians and DJs need headphones that survive the rigors of constant use. The 'M50x headphones were designed with durability in mind, with premium materials that keep these headphones from self-destructing after just a few recording sessions. They also offer improved comfort over the original 'M50s, with thick padding on the headband, soft foam on the earcups, and a swiveling design that helps them conform to your head. The earcups can rotate a full 90 degrees, so you can use them for single-ear monitoring in the studio or the club.

Choose from three cables

The 'M50x headphones come with not one, not two, but three detachable cables. There's an extra-long straight cable for studio or home use, a coiled cable that's made for DJs or studio pros, and a shorter straight cable for listening on the go. The headphones also come with a 1/4" plug adapter, so you can connect them to pro gear or your home theater receiver or stereo.


Product highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design offers noise isolation for studio recording
  • 45mm dynamic drivers offer exceptional clarity and deep bass response
  • includes three detachable cables (with twist-lock 2.5mm sub-mini terminals at the headphone):
    • 118" straight cable with miniplug connector
    • 47" to 118" coiled cable with miniplug connector
    • 47" straight cable for portable use
  • 1/4" adapter included for connecting to pro gear
  • earcups swivel and rotate for single-ear use
  • folding design for compact storage
  • carry pouch included
  • frequency response: 15-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 99 dB
  • impedance: 38 ohms
  • weight: 10 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # ATH-M50X

What's in the box:

  • Over-ear headphones (black)
  • 47"-118" Coiled cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 125" Straight cord (3.5mm plug)
  • 52" Straight cord (3.5mm plug)
  • Screw-on 1/4" Plug adapter (installed)
  • Storage pouch
  • Instructions
  • Locking Cable instructions
  • Purchase Registration Card
  • Disposal guidelines

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More details on the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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Features & specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.341" x 3.952"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 15-28k Hz
Sensitivity 99 dB
Impedance 38 Ohms
Weight 10.0 ounces
Cord Length 2x125" 52"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The design of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones is based on the critically acclaimed ATH-M50, which has been praised by audio engineers and professional audio reviewers for years. The ATH-M50x has the same sonic signature as the M50, but adds the convenience of detachable cables, and comes with short and long straight cables and a coiled cord. The closed-back, over-the-ear design gives you excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The sturdy ATH-M50x is designed for use for studio recording or mixing, as well as DJ-ing. The ear cups swivel 90° for one-ear monitoring, and fold inward for storage in the included vinyl storage pouch.

Drivers: The large 45mm drivers are made with rare earth (neodymium) magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, and are tuned flat for accurate sound monitoring over a wide frequency range. The professional-grade ear pads and headband pads offer comfort for many hours of continuous use.

Cable: The ATH-M50x has a single cable exit on the left ear cup with three detachable cables. A 52" straight cable, designed for use with portable devices, is terminated with a tapered 3.5mm plug. The longer straight cable is over 10 feet in length (125"), while the coiled cord extends from 3.9' to 9.8'. All of the cables have twist-lock 2.5mm sub-mini terminals at the headphone, and a 3.5mm mini plug. The included screw-on 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter works with the long straight cable and the coiled cable. This adapter is for use while you're listening to home or professional components with a full-size headphone jack.


  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 28kHz
  • Sensitivity: 99dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 1600mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 38 ohms
  • Dimensions: Width=3.341" Height=3.952" Depth=1.796"
  • Cable Length: 125" (straight), 52" (straight), 47"-118" (coiled)
  • Weight: 10 ounces (w/o cable); 12.4 ounces (w/coiled cable)

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
I did a lot of research and was looking for wired good quality headphones without breaking the bank. These were rated the best everywhere I went for reviews and in the price range I was looking for. Besides Crutchfield ROCKS!!! [ Lynette  Sep 16, 2019 ]
My wife has had these headphones for 2 years now and the overall sound quality along with price point cannot be matched by other brands I've tried. I figured it was time for my ears to be spoiled by these headphones. [ Dedrick  Aug 09, 2019 ]
Good reviews. A-T is known for quality products and the price was right. [ Jim  Jun 17, 2019 ]
I needed a change to over the ear headphones from on ear headphones. [ James  Jan 26, 2019 ]
very good reveiws [ Scott  Jan 18, 2019 ]
Product has excellent reviews. [ U  Jan 09, 2019 ]
Excellent reviews and good price + free shipping. [ Melissa  Dec 25, 2018 ]
very good reviews, bang for the buck, on sale is a bonus! [ Russell  Dec 18, 2018 ]
I've used Audio Technica headphones for years. Buying my sons first pair now because I've noticed his ear for great sound is there... Best way to start! [ O  Dec 18, 2018 ]
Reviews [ Jonathan  Dec 18, 2018 ]
We have been using Audio-Technica headphones for years. They are high quality and last a decent amount of time. [ Laura  Dec 09, 2018 ]
excellent review and recommendation from crutchfield advisor [ kevin  Nov 08, 2018 ]
My college age son requested these headphones for his birthday. [ Michelle  Oct 16, 2018 ]
My brother-in-law is a sound engineer and he has used this brand for years. He recommended it for my daughter who is beginning a DJ business. [ Susan  Sep 03, 2018 ]
Great product at a great value...highly rated headphone in it's price range [ Jeffrey  Aug 30, 2018 ]
I bought these based on the good reviews and the price . Now we have to see how my ears feel about them . [ JUDITH A  Aug 26, 2018 ]
This was a gift for someone who loves many types of modern music, has a great ear for audio quality, but has never had good headphones. I mostly listen to classical, love highly isolated details from all frequencies, and am weary of the overexpression of bass in most modern headphones. So I prefer my more balanced Sennheiser HD 280s. The 280s are not for everyone though. The high expression of detail constantly keeps your mind occupied. M50Xs project more comfortable listening for most people. [ Jonathan  Aug 05, 2018 ]
youtube reviewers rave about these headphones so I'll give them a try [ Phillip R.  Jul 11, 2018 ]
Good reviews and a long time ago i had an Audio-Technica amp that was awesome...wish i still had it! They have to be good!! [ SCOTT  May 19, 2018 ]
Price. [ B  Dec 25, 2017 ]
credible review called it a good value at this price point [ max  Dec 14, 2017 ]
Needed high quality cans so as not to hear wife yammering all the time... [ Robert  May 23, 2017 ]
Customer reviews, trade mag, reviews, price [ John  Apr 26, 2017 ]
Everything I've read about these headphones has been positive. Now they are "on sale" so I thought I would go ahead and get them. I have tried a few other brands and want to see how these compare. I will also be purchasing another pair in the new future that is probably a little bit of a "step up" from these. But you can never have too many headphones, right? [ Melissa  Apr 24, 2017 ]
GREAT reviews [ Michael  Apr 10, 2017 ]
Very positive reviews. High performance/dollar ratio. [ Samuel  Mar 21, 2017 ]
My grandson told me it was a good product. [ Barry  Mar 04, 2017 ]
Good quality for reasonable price [ John  Jan 31, 2017 ]
I chose this because my previous purchase did not suit my needs at all. [ Raymond  Jan 27, 2017 ]
Price/reviews/features. [ Stacy  Jan 12, 2017 ]
Positive reviews, price, and included extra length cords. [ Ken  Jan 03, 2017 ]
Price, quality of Auio-Technica [ Richard  Dec 26, 2016 ]
I love these headphones! Bought this set for my son. [ JOEY  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Right features at the right price point. [ Christopher  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Because of the great reviews by customers, very happy with my purchase. [ Albert  Nov 26, 2016 ]
Very positive on-line reviews for headphones in this price range. [ Justin  Nov 14, 2016 ]
Excellent headphones [ Robert  Oct 24, 2016 ]
because I read good reviews about them [ thefferon  Oct 13, 2016 ]
Based on reviews, these seemed to be a great set of headphones for the price. I wanted to stay around $150. The "scratch and dent" option helped with that. [ SCOTT  Aug 29, 2016 ]
extra cords [ brad  Aug 01, 2016 ]
I read the specs and the reviews ,both sound as good as I hope these do. [ Adele  Jul 12, 2016 ]
good price good review s good specs [ G  Jun 22, 2016 ]
why not? [ J  May 24, 2016 ]
Great sound for the price. [ Frank  May 23, 2016 ]
I was looking for headphones with good quality sound without the whistles and bells. This pair was recommended by Crutchfield rep.(Otis). The price was great and the reviews were very positive. Otis' Bio: [ Jane  Mar 31, 2016 ]
Good quality, great value and excellent sound reproduction. Another superb product from A/T! [ Dominic  Feb 21, 2016 ]
because i bought a AT-LP-120 turntable, have had it for a month and it ROCKS! so I expect the same form them on the headphones... AND the reviews and specs on this set of head phones...and the price [ David James  Feb 17, 2016 ]
after i read many reviews on different headphones i went with these. very good sounding for the price. highly recommend [ Lisa  Jan 31, 2016 ]
I normally prefer Grados headphones, but these will be used in an office environment and I wanted to minimize leakage. I bought from Crutchfield rather than Amazon because I want to demonstrate my support of a local business that also supports WTJU. Thanks! [ Patricia  Jan 25, 2016 ]
My son wants it for recording. [ Cristina  Dec 26, 2015 ]
Very familiar with the brand, been using that brand since the 70's , am giving this to my grandnephew who's into his music and games.... [ Rey P.  Dec 08, 2015 ]
I trust the Audio-Technica name and quality. [ Susan  Dec 05, 2015 ]
High quality product at reasonable price, beats Beats. [ TODD  Dec 04, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

Will these work well with a smart phone? And will there be a big difference from the TurtleBeach headphones I use?
[ Ben  Jan 14, 2019 ]
5 answers
I'm not familiar with Turtle Beach headphones and I'm not an audiophile by any means, but the ATH sound good with my phone when I want to hear something on that. They will help to eliminate other sound around you and keep the sound more to yourself (in case you like to jam). I have several headphones and would say, for me (again, not an audiophile), these stand up to the Bowers Wilkes and Vmoda headphones for sound. Better than the Sennheisers, imo, and definitely better than the "throwaway" brands I have (for using at work, where I have to hear what's going on around me). My only problem with them is that I have a small head, and these are pretty large. My Vmodas fit me better and I can wear them for hours, comfortably.
[ Melissa  Jan 16, 2019 ]
Ath m50x are a great match for a smart phone and the clarity is superb I have those and also the ath msr7's they are really good I also purchased the red dragonfly which really makes everything sound crisp and clean and the music just pops
[ ANTHONY  Jan 15, 2019 ]
I use them with my phone all the time...they sound great...i dont know anything about the phones you mentioned so i cannt adress that part
[ william  Jan 15, 2019 ]
They sound great with a smart phone. I listen to them all the time with my IPhone.
[ Christopher  Jan 15, 2019 ]
Yes they will. I use mine with my Samsung Galaxy 7 edge with no problem. As far as how they compare to the TurtleBeach, well everybody hears things differently. So what I consider a good sound doesn't mean the next person will agree. I love mine, great quality and I love the way they way they sound.
[ JAMES S  Jan 15, 2019 ]
How well will these work with a smart phone, using highest quality download on Spotify? Will there be a big difference from the TurtleBeach headphone I currently use?
[ Ben  Jan 14, 2019 ]
3 answers
I also have premium Spotify ath m50x are great with that you will enjoy them
[ ANTHONY  Jan 15, 2019 ]
These are monitoring headphones for mixing and recording. When you use these to listening to music directly plugged into your phone or computer, it will sound flat. You will need to use a headphone amp if you plan on listening through your phone. I do use these to listen to music on the computer, but not with out an equalizer app to boost/enhance the sound.
[ ROBIN  Jan 15, 2019 ]
I can't tell you if these are better than your TurtleBeach headphones. But I can say that these require no headphone amplifier to sound good. I listen to these on my samsung note 4 and iphone 7. The highs and lows are a bit exaggerated. I tend to like my headphones sounding more flat. Still, I can definitely say these headphones are very fun and enjoyable to listen to. Most music (rock and pop) sounds good. Some music sounds a little too bright.
[ N  Jan 15, 2019 ]
Where is this product made from? How many colors do you carry and are they authentic?
[ Sam  Feb 15, 2017 ]
1 answer
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are only offered in black at this time and (like every product we carry) these are 100% authentic, and come directly from the manufacturer with a full warranty included. The country of origin for the product is listed as Taiwan. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps!
[ Larry  Feb 27, 2017 ]  Staff

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