Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Review
Audio Technica has sold 1.8 million of its ATH-M50 and ATH-M50x headphones in the past seven years. The over-ear for consumers and DJs with a professional touch is recommended in numerous online forums and is one of the most viewed products on the heads of current Youtubers. The manufacturer wants to make the headphones more palatable to the mobile generation and rationalize the connection cable. The Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT are Bluetooth headphones designed to bring good sound to the streets.
- Crisp and punchy sound
- Connection stability is awesome
- Passive isolation is good
- Awesome battery life
- Very good price
- Not so comfortable
- Lack of noise canceling
- Not good design
Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT review
Similar to its predecessors, the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT is unlikely to win a beauty award. It shouldn’t either: The Bluetooth headphones are made for everyday use, and in this discipline, they score with their robustness, which stands for longevity.
The ear cups and the headband are made of sturdy plastic. Inside there is an adjustable metal bracket that can be pulled out wide, even for large heads. Furthermore, the over-ear headphones can be folded up compactly and stowed in the enclosed bag for transport.
The headband and earpads are made of synthetic leather, which adapts comfortably to their respective shape. Despite a medium contact pressure, the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT never disturbs the ears. Advantage: The listener remains in position even with violent head movements.
Although the ATH-M50xBT does not surround the ears but still sits halfway on them, it offers good external noise attenuation. On the other hand, the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT does not offer active noise cancellation.
Buttons on the BlueTooth headphones
After getting used to the somewhat special operation of the wireless in-ear Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless (test) every time, it is refreshing that the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT still comes with real buttons to control the functions.
There is a switch on the left auricle to turn Bluetooth on and off. The manufacturer relies on the Bluetooth 5 standard with aptX transmission in CD quality.
Three buttons control the volume, track jumps, and playback. It also offers two cable connections: a micro USB port to supply the Bluetooth headphones with power and a 3.5 mm port for an optional cable connection to the playback device. Both cable variants are included in the scope of delivery.
The outer shell of the left auricle still offers a smart function: I activate the voice assistant on the smartphone (Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana) by placing a finger – with a slight delay – and can thus start songs via voice announcement, for example. This is achieved with the microphone integrated with the headphones, which are also used for telephone calls. Speech intelligibility is extremely good, and speech is understandable even in loud street noise.
The battery life of the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT, which the manufacturer specifies as up to 40 hours, is really impressive. With a slightly higher listening volume on the go and at a normal level in the office, I managed to play around 30 hours. Still a very good value and, depending on the load, sufficient for a few weeks of charging pause, which takes an average of seven hours.
If there is one discipline in which the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT scores, it is its sound tuning. Mobile headphones are often oversubscribed in certain frequency ranges to assert themselves in the noisy urban jungle better. Not so with the ATH-M50xBT, which sounds almost balanced.
It collects plus points with its clear highs, emphasizing language and voices without tending to hiss. The bass range is in no way inferior. This is where the over-ear headphones come in with clear structures that precisely depict the low frequencies. A mild emphasis creates a tonal warmth that is particularly suitable for rock, pop, and electronic music tracks.
The mids are also convincing with their good abstraction of individual instruments, ensuring a transparent sound image—a wide acoustic stage round off the positive overall picture. So in terms of sound, there is a lot here for high-quality music enjoyment on the go.
The ATH-M50xBT from Audio Technica is ideal for long listening sessions while traveling. The reasons for this are its relaxed, slightly warm sound and the 30-hour battery power. In addition, the large cushions ensure good passive noise suppression, while the functional design promises longevity.