Over-ear wireless Bluetooth® headphones
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Our take on the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
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
The ATH-M50xBT's fold-up design makes them easy to take on the go.
Wired and Wireless playback
- 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
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height|
|Mic For Taking Calls||Yes|
|Frequency Response||15-28K Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 year|
|Labor Warranty||1 year|
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