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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

Over-ear wireless Bluetooth® headphones

Item # 901M50XBT

This has been a long time coming — here's the Bluetooth version of Audio-Technica's most popular...

This has been a long time coming — here's the Bluetooth version of Audio-Technica's most popular...

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A studio classic goes wireless

This has been a long time coming — here's the Bluetooth version of Audio-Technica's most popular headphones. For years, I've recommended the wired Audio-Technica ATH-M50x studio over-ears to friends and customers who are just starting to really get into headphones, and who value sound quality most. The ATH-M50xBT adds the convenience of playing music wirelessly from your phone. I can report firsthand that they share many of the sonic traits that made the originals a favorite choice for both music pros and hobbyists. 
Man wearing Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT plays music wirelessly and delivers studio-caliber sound.

A studio classic goes wireless

This has been a long time coming — here's the Bluetooth version of Audio-Technica's most popular headphones. For years, I've recommended the wired Audio-Technica ATH-M50x studio over-ears to friends and customers who are just starting to really get into headphones, and who value sound quality most. The ATH-M50xBT adds the convenience of playing music wirelessly from your phone. I can report firsthand that they share many of the sonic traits that made the originals a favorite choice for both music pros and hobbyists. 

In fact, I actually prefer the sound of their slightly retooled 45mm dynamic drivers. With some headphones — even really good ones — it takes some listening time for me to warm up to them. From the moment I hit play on my Spotify "Discovery Weekly" playlist, the ATH-M50xBT struck me as an excellent sounding pair of 'phones. They deliver a clear, intimate sound with great detail across all frequencies. 

My listening impressions: exceptionally clear sound with hard-hitting bass

Two things that really jumped out at me as I listened to these headphones: the percussion and vocals. These are areas that I always feel are in danger of getting drowned out or lost in the mix. Not here. My playlist opened with Radiohead's B-side "Ill Wind," and the presence of the drums brought an exciting immediacy to the otherwise laid-back track. When Thom Yorke's moody falsetto kicked in, it brought a cool vibe that I didn't totally pick up on the first time I heard this song.

Next, a Paolo Fresu trumpet solo showed off how well the ATH-M50xBT can resolve upper mids and highs. At times, the song really tested the limits of the drivers. But everything sounded crisp and tactile, without ever bordering on harsh.

I never felt the bass was overemphasized, but if the song called for some oomph, these headphones obliged. The deep low-end punch of J Dilla's instrumental hip-hop track "So Far" was so emphatic and clean, that it ran the risk of overpowering the sampled, sped-up female vocals. Instead, every piece held its own  to create this well-rounded, head-nodding groove. 

Built to travel, and sound good doing it

Audio-Technica built the original ATH-M50x to handle the rigors of the studio, and they've kept the same basic design for this Bluetooth version. This rugged, industrial design works well for taking them on the road, too. Both the earcups and headband yoke are made of extra-thick plastic, while all the hinges and sliders are heavy-duty metal.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50XBT folded up

The ATH-M50xBT's fold-up design makes them easy to take on the go.

The design feels a little more ungainly than some of the sleeker headphones out there. But it fit nice and snugly, so I could move my head around without the headphones slipping off. Soft memory foam lines the flexible headband and earpads. And the earcups rotate a full 90-degrees and flip out — a feauture originally designed for DJs, but I found came in handy when someone needs your attention.

Wired and Wireless playback

The M50xBT offers up to 40 hours of wireless music playback on a full charge. But in situations where you don't need wireless, a cable is included. I've listened this way at my desk.

I connected these 'phones to an AudioQuest DragonFly v1.5 headphone amp/DAC, and the sound was even more dialed in. The soundstage spread out a tad more, and imaging improved. This was a very formidable personal listening rig — with the added advantage that you can unplug the headphones and take them on the go.

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Product highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design
  • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
    • aptX® decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
  • 45mm dynamic drivers offer studio-caliber clarity across a wide frequency range
    • tuned for detailed, revealing sound and strong bass
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 40 hours of wireless use
  • earcup controls let you answer calls, play/pause music, skip tracks, and control volume
  • snug studio fit
    • soft memory foam earpads and headband
  • folding design for easy storage
  • earcups swivel and rotate
  • 47" detachable miniplug cable for wired listening
    • in-line remote and mic for controlling music and phone calls
  • USB charging cable
  • carrying pouch included
  • frequency response: 15-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 99 dB
  • impedance: 38 ohms (wired)
  • weight: 10.9 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # ATH-M50xBT
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What's in the box:

  • Over-ear Bluetooth headphones (black)
  • 48" Straight cord with in-line microphone/remote (right-angled 3.5mm plug)
  • 12" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Storage pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Caution Guide
  • Statement of Compliance
  • Battery disposal guidelines
  • Disposal guidelines

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Crutchfield customer from Goshen, IN on 5/24/2019

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Love these. I can listen to music or book. While husband watches TV.

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David Gene from Winston Salem, NC on 3/8/2019

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Haven't had much of a chance to use them , so far sAudioo good. Thank you Stone and Jason for your help. Some what out of the loop of new products as the old headphones were over 20 years old.

Pros: Original cord is short.

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More details on the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.35" x 3.932"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 15-28k Hz
Sensitivity 99 dB
Impedance 38 Ohms
Weight 10.9 ounces
Cord Length 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Wireless Headphones capture the sound of the critically acclaimed ATH-M50x professional studio headphone, which is praised by audio engineers and professional audio reviewers. The ATH-M50xBT adds the convenience of Bluetooth wireless performance. The closed-back, over-the-ear design provides excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The ATH-M50xBT has a built-in rechargeable battery that provides up to 40 hours of continuous use on a full charge. 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.

Bluetooth: The wireless M50xBT features Bluetooth version 5.0, and supports Qualcomm aptX, AAC, and SBC codecs. Compatible Bluetooth profiles include A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, and HSP. The headphones have a 33' maximum range (line of sight). On-board controls (3 buttons) lets you play, pause, skip forward, or skip backward when listening to music, and raise and lower volume. A touch panel on the left earcup lets you activate the speech recognition feature, such as Siri for iOS devices, or Google Assistant for Android devices.

Connect App: The Audio-Technica Connect smartphone app provides additional features for controlling and enhancing the performance of your A-T headphones. With the app, you can control the pairing and unpairing of Bluetooth devices (up to 8). Connect displays the battery level as a percentage, and the Bluetooth codec in use. You can change the Bluetooth codec used by the headphones, and customize the button operation to your preferences. The Connect app is available for iOS devices (10.0 or later) and Android devices (6.0 and up).

Battery: The built-in 3.7-volt DC lithium-polymer battery charges in approximately 7 hours (from 0% to 100% charge) when connected via the supplied USB cable. A fully-charged battery provides up to 40 hours of continuous music playback time. The headphones have an Auto Power Off function that shuts off the power approximately 5 minutes after disconnecting from a device.

Playthrough Function: If you can't listen wirelessly, or choose not to, the ATH-M50xBT comes with 48" straight cord that plugs into the left ear cup. The Playthrough Function lets you plug directly into your portable device and listen to your content, even if the battery is not charged. The cable has an in-line remote and microphone. The remote controls play/pause when listening to music, and answer/end call.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 28kHz
  • Sensitivity: 99dB/mW
  • Impedance: 38 ohms
  • Dimensions: Width 3.35", Height 3.932", Depth 1.958"
  • Cable Length: 48" (straight) with right-angled 3.5mm plug
  • Weight: 10.9 ounces (w/o cable)

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How does the sound quality compare to the B&W PX?
[ Jonro  Apr 21, 2019 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Apr 29, 2019 ]  Staff

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