Audio-Technica ATH-M50x monitor headphones review: the leader in the professional field

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50XMO Head-mounted Professional Monitor Headphones

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Many ordinary consumers buy and use monitor headphones without knowing it, and they hear more feedback that this pair of headphones is “not good” or “soundless”. In fact, the fundamental reason lies in the positioning of the monitor headphones. The purpose of monitoring headphones is to restore the true and objective sound without sound staining. This is especially important for many professional audio workers in the recording studio. Take the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x monitor headphones for example, what they pay attention to is a fresh, clean, and excellent resolution.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50XMO

The limited edition colors are colorful, with a variety of wires and multiple scene coverage

The limited edition Audio-Technica ATH-M50xMO head-mounted monitor headphones I have are quite attractive in terms of color matching. Officially called metallic orange. The main color of black and the contrast of orange make people want to see more.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

In terms of accessories, Audio-Technica ATH-M50xMO monitor headphones have prepared three detachable headphone cables with different lengths. A 1.2-meter cable, a 3-meter cable, and a 1.2-3M retractable telephone cable that are common on many monitor headphones are convenient for users to choose the corresponding cable according to different usage scenarios.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

The “hexagonal warrior” in monitor headphones

Before talking about the subjective sense of hearing, let me talk about the hardware specifications of this headset. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x head-mounted monitor headphones retain the 45mm drive unit. The use of neodymium magnets/CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) voice coils can not only lighten the entire body, but also analyze and play a large amount of information with high resolution, providing a frequency response of 15Hz-28,000Hz. It has stronger support for the low-frequency and high-frequency parts of the sound source, and at the same time provides higher clarity, which can be said to be a bit of a “hexagonal warrior” charm.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x monitor headphones have an impedance of 38Ω and a sensitivity of 99 dB/mW. This sensitivity is not too high, and our headphones generally have an impedance of 16Ω-64Ω. Even if the front end is a mobile phone equipped with a HiFi chip, it is not difficult to push.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Comprehensive subjective hearing analysis

The overall style of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones tends to be neutral, and does not particularly emphasize a certain aspect of the characteristics. The style has almost no modification to the sound, so that it will not be beautified by sound dyeing when listening. As a monitor earphone, the emphasis is on the separation between the instrument and the human voice, and the pursuit is true.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

In terms of low frequency, it has a certain extension. However, the overall preference is for restraint, and for some songs that are biased towards “Disco rhythm”, they still maintain the coolness of the listening earphone level.

In mid-range, for more mellow European and American singers, such as Sam Smith, Adelo, etc., the thickness and mellowness of the voice can be better preserved. But the overall tone is narrow, and the sound image is flattened. This is the root cause of what ordinary consumers call “sounds unpleasant”. It is precisely because of this unbiased and unmodified sense of listening that some non-professional users feel uncomfortable.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

In terms of high frequency, Audio-Technica still continues its advantages in human voice. Such as Chinese female singers Hebe and Tia Ray, etc., the high-frequency part of the brightness has a good performance. The overall high-frequency “swallowing” still has room for upward exploration, and the graininess in the sound ray can be highly retained.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Comfortable to wear, earmuffs support 180° rotation

After 2 hours of subjective listening experience, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x monitor headphones also left a deep impression on the wearing comfort. The fully enclosed oval earmuffs not only ensure the sound insulation effect, but the addition of leather materials relieves the pressure on the ears to a certain extent when worn for a long time.

The telescopic arms on the left and right sides can be adjusted according to the head circumference of different people. The leather material of the head beam has good ductility and will not form a concentrated feeling of pressure on the top of the head. And the earmuffs also support 180° rotation, which is suitable for some audio workers to perform unilateral wireless monitoring.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

Summary

For ordinary consumers, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x head-mounted monitor headphones can be said to be “real” and “restrained”. For a professional tuner, this kind of hearing sense that accurately restores the essence of music is convenient for later tuning and modification.

Generally speaking, this is a monitor headphone that tends to emphasize the separation of human voice and musical instruments, and is not suitable for all consumers. If you happen to be an audio worker, then this Audio-Technica ATH-M50x will be your right-hand man at work, and the limited edition Metallic Orange color scheme will also brighten your working mood.


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