Audio Technica ATH M50x vs. M50 | THE UPGRADE!

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Audio Technica ATH M50x vs. M50

Audio Technica ATH M50x vs. M50

What I will bring you in this article

  1. Introduction
  2. Main differences
  3. Final Word & Link to official review


I’ve had the Audio Technica ATH M50’s since Jan. of 2013. To me that’s a long time to own a pair of headphones. Most of the ones I had growing up didn’t last more than a few months at a time. The Sony MDR V150’s were the first pair that held their own. Their downfall was always the plastic headband that ended up cracking near the ear cup.

I eventually got a pair of Sony MDR 7506’s, and they proved to be quite an upgrade. Still a pair I regard highly to this day, they broke due to my own negligence (We won’t get into it :P).

After breaking my 7506’s during a tough Call of Duty match (woops I spoiled it, i was immature), I vowed to never again let myself succumb to that type of frustration. So I went about doing some more in depth research for quite awhile before stumbling onto the closed back M50’s. Closed back vs. Open back headphones. The results were almost unanimous and I happily bought a pair.

They’ve never failed me, in part because I take care of them, but also because they are made from some pretty rugged materials. The 3.5mm jack is encased in metal, with a protective coil that prevents damage to the cable. Genius!

During these last few years, I also bought a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro mixing headphones. Good cans, but a bit boring for my tastes.

That said, there are some main differences between the M50x and M50:

Main differences

  • The M50x’s have a removable cable.
  • A choice of 5 different colors (White, Blue, Black, Matte Gray, and Green).
  • contoured ear cups that seal tighter for improved isolation.
  • A tad more bass.

Other than that, these two models are identical. My friend recently bought a pair, and I was curious to see a side by side comparison. So I brought my M50’s over to his crib and tested both. There are no real discernible differences to my ears, other than the 50x’s sound a tad crisper overall, with a touch of extra bass. The ear-cups did seem more snug as well.

Final Word

Interested in learning more about the M50/50x’s?


Well that’s about it for today my friend! I know this article was pretty short, but really there’s only a few main differences between the Audio Technica ATH M50x vs. M50.

Just be sure to check out the official review for more in depth information, and Contact me if you have any questions!

What have you heard about the M50’s? They may be somewhat overrated, but rest assured they’re a great set of headphones..

Until next time..

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