Last Updated on April 17, 2022 by Mark P.
- Wireless, on-the-go design delivers the same critically acclaimed sonic performance as the original ATH-M50x professional studio headphones
- Touch control provides convenient access to voice assist
- Mic and button controls built into the earcup allow for easy handling of calls, music playback and volume adjustment
On first glance, these headphones are basic, though seem to be nothing particularly groundbreaking. Then, we tried them on.
Let’s begin by discussing the aesthetics of the pair, solid black with soft ear cups. They are not remarkably bad or ugly, they are simply not stunning or remarkable, mirroring many headphones of similar styles. Still, design is in no way a hinderance to our opinion of this fantastic pair of headphones, which are actually designed quite well.
They’re super light weight, coming in at just under 11oz, lighter than a paperback book. The headphones fold in above the ear cups, and their collapsable size is perfect for travel. Also perfect for travel is their exemplary battery capacity, lasting well over a few days with no charge, which was refreshing. We tested these with both plug in and bluetooth connections, and found no variation in the sound, and the battery was robust enough to last through some extensive travel situations and a few airplane movies, which were only heightened by the pair.
We found the build to be solid, and while they’re made of plastic, the M50x did not feel flimsy or cheap, merely light and easy to use.
The M50xBT do not sacrifice on sound quality, either. We found them fitting a wide variety of music, from pop to rock and country, to podcasts, radio shows and some poorly edited voice recordings, and we enjoyed the experience. There are built in microphones on the side of the ear cups, not included in the optional AUX cord, but built into the headset, which allowed for easy switching between music and phone calls. We could hear clearly, and the other party could hear us, which is all we ask for. The bluetooth is version 5.0, which has a range of 32 feet, perfect for when we wanted to leave our devices behind as we collected something across the room, or completed a variety of tasks.
The bass on these ran deep and full, with clean sound and a solid noise cancellation, and while it was not as strong as on other pairs, you buy the Audio-Technica M50xBT for sound quality and comfort, not noise cancellation. These do really make a solid impact in the audio space, bring a studio level quality at a price mere mortals can afford.
The Audio-Technica Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones are an excellent investment for people who work with audio for a living. This mainly includes producers, musicians, voice actors, and other such professionals. Let’s get into what these headphones are good for, why, and beneficial features.
To start, these headphones have unparalleled audio quality. They produce a sound that is clear, precise, and easy to differentiate. This can cause problems for everyday listeners, as you don’t always want the clearness and precision these headphones can give. For normal music, this can cause problems like the music being overpowering, or take away some of the cohesiveness. This is why they are so well suited for audio professions, as they give clear distinction and allow you to easily identify the parts of your piece you need to work on.
Having talked about the audio quality, let’s talk about the quality of the product and features themselves. This pair of headphones comes with seamlessly integrated volume control and play/pause buttons, giving you easy control of your headphones and audio. Just reach up to one side and select what you need. The touch control allows you to easily access the voice assist feature it comes equipped with, meaning that rather than manually handling certain things, you can now use your voice.
It conveniently folds up to allow you to store it in a multitude of places without worrying about crushing or snapping anything. It is both Bluetooth and auxiliary cord adaptable, giving you double the options for connection as compared to just Bluetooth or aux cord capable headphones.
Finally, one of the most notable features of this device is its exceptionally long battery life. Off of one charge, these headphones can last for up to 40 hours. The ramifications of this feature are nearly endless, giving you hours of use without needing to recharge. This also allows you to travel for extended amounts of time without worrying about them dying.
Overall, these headphones are excellent for professionals in any kind of audio environment. They deliver studio-quality audio, allowing for easy differentiation and clarity, they have easy to use buttons and controls that are intuitive and help aid in your goals, and have a battery life that can run laps around most other headphones out there. They are a bit of an investment, no doubt, but that investment is certainly well worth it.