Audio-Technica ATH-M50 XBT

Headphones

  • Closed
  • Circumaural
  • 45 mm Driver with neodymium magnet system and CCAW voice coils
  • 90° Swiveling earcups
  • Control buttons on the headphones
  • Bluetooth Version 5.0
  • Up to 40 hours of operation
  • Frequency range: 15 - 28,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 38 Ohms
  • Maximum level: 99 dB
  • Weight without cable: 310 g
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes 1.2 m detachable cable with control buttons, USB charging cable and bag

Further Information

Design Over-Ear
System Closed Back
Impedance 38 Ohms
Frequency range 15 Hz – 28000 Hz
Adapter No
Type Of Transmission Bluetooth
Maximum operating time 40 h
Color Black
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Fantastic BT headphones
A R C , 17.08.2020
I've had these for about a year as of writing and I must say these headphones are up there with the best purchases I have ever made. They are comfortable, durable and have a ridiculously long battery life (with casual use I charge them probably every 2-3 weeks) with great sound.
The fold up well into the decent quality leather(ette?) carry bag, and I've had no issues with ear so far at all - they're pretty much good as new and I don't exactly treat them perfectly. I did purchase a headband cover from eBay for a few pounds in order to protect it from the rain as I use these whenever I'm out and about alone for music and podcasts.

I use the bluetooth for most casual/general purposes and wired for mixing on the go when I don't have access to monitors. Bluetooth latency is very low and unnoticeable for calls and even (for the most part) videos, but unfortunately the tech isn't there yet for realtime playing/mixing. As headphones go, they're pretty damn good for this purpose - rough mixes don't need as much touching up and fixing than with most headphones. When travelling I've made songs using these (for the most part) alone, and returned to the studio just to polish and finish up mixing.
The response is a lot flatter than, say the V shaped EQ of the Sony XM3's, but of course they're not completely neutral - they sound crisp with punchy low end but I won't go into too much detail as there are many reviews of the sound of these and the non BT ATM-M50x's which I beleive use the same drivers.

Attaching the cable interrupts bluetooth and automatically powers the headphones off (they work passively when wired so work even when the headphones are out of battery). This happens regardless of the on/off switch so if you forgot to turn them off, after disconecting the cable turning the power off and on again turns the headphones on.

The main problem I have is that Audio-Technica uses a deeply recessed 3.5mm connector on the headphones meaning many cables will not fit. I purchased some metal cased cables, one of which has a slight recess which works, and another of which did not, so I had to get the pliers out. I suspect this is AT's attempt to screw over consumers and force them to buy their original 3.5mm cables, which apart from the inline mic and pause button, works identically to any other.

The in-built mic is pretty good for phone calls although because of how bluetooth mangles call quality I normally plug in the cable if I take an internet call (Signal, Discord etc) where the mic in the cable that comes with it is pretty good all things considered.

The controls are easy to use although I mostly just use them for pause/play and volume adjustments. I do not use the Siri/Google assitant button and apparently my friend coudn't figure out how to get that touch panel working when connecting to his iPhone, but I haven't tried it myself since I have no use for it.
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Amazing sound and battery life, the fit took some time to become comfortable
Susan1985, 09.02.2021
After reviewing a lot of different headphones around the 200-250 euro price mark, I chose the M50XBT because of the reported amazing sound quality out of the box and the long battery life. Other brands offered ANC, but I only use the headphones at home so some passive NC is good enough for me.

The default sound is amazing and fits my preferences, so no equalizing is required at all: bass is punchy without being overpowered, mids are pretty nice and the highs are clear without becoming too sharp. I can easily listen to music all day long without my ears getting tired.

The fit of the headphone took some getting used to: the clamping force was greater than my old headphones which were extremely loose (Teufel Aureol Real). Also, the earcups are not that deep, so the tips of my ears touch the driver platform. However, after stretching the headband for a few nights the fit became comfortable enough so I can now wear it for hours on end. Please note: replacing the earcups by deeper ones messes up your sound signature, so I wouldn't recommend it!

I highly recommend these headphones!
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High Bluetooth latency and not exceptional sound
Delfer, 25.01.2021
I bought these cans to use with music production and live playing my piano. For that purpose they were completely useless as the Bluetooth Latency made them completely useless for that. They DO have an option to use wired, but the supplied cable (with a microphone built in) was too short to use for anything but connecting to my phone in my pocket. I guess for this purpose they would be perfect. I simply did not know they couldn't be used for the purpose for which I bought them.

Sound clarity and quality is probably good for listening to mastered music. Ample bass, midtones a bit closed and treble a bit rough.

If you are going to use a set of headphones for music production and live recording, I would definitely recommend the Audio Technica ATH-M70x instead. While they don't have bluetooth, they DO offer MUCH better sound. Bass is well balanced, midtones are open and clear and treble is incredibly clear, and the whole range offers a clear and "acoustic" feeling to the sound. They give you a sense to listening to real studio monitors (my reference is my Mackie HR824's.

In conclusion: Get a different set of headphones if you plan to use them for editing, or if you hope to use them for live playback.
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Oscar goes to Thomann
EAfrmTR, 02.02.2021
incredible reply and shipping speed. Many thanks to Thomann. My only choice from now on. the product is already a proven product. fantastic!
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