- 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.