Audio Technica ATH-M50x question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MattTheMedic, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. MattTheMedic macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2014
    Hello everyone,

    I'm looking to buy an ATH-M50x. I know these were released in 2014 and that new colors (and the M70x) were released in 2015. I just want to get the black one. Since this headphone has been out for longer than a year I wouldn't like it when I bought one and a month later or so a new version is released. I have no idea how the release/product cycle of Audio Technica is concerning these headphones. Does anyone have more info on that?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MacNerd1239 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    I have these headphones, they're great if you're looking for a studio headphone. Don't expect a punchy bass out of them, unless you have a good DAC.

    As for your question, the M50's came out in 2012. So, I wouldn't be expecting a refresh to replace the M50x's at this price bracket this year.
  3. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    I bought one last October on-line in which it sounds great but somewhat uncomfortable for my big head. Strongly recommend you try-one-out on your head before purchasing.
  4. zettabyte macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2015
    I agree with tibas92013. They are a bit uncomfortable and fall short in the comfort scale amongst the headphone arena. I do a lot of video editing for work and occasionally some audio mastering so I've had no choice over the past decade to dive deep into the headphone world.

    I own the M50x's as one of the many in my collection and although they are good, they are not great if you're looking for something that produces a balanced sound presentation. Would you mind sharing with us what you're looking for in a headphone? This is by no means to talk you out of anything, I'm just making sure we can provide you with options in case you are open.

    Most people like the bass, treble and then mid's in headphones, which is typical. The M50x's will give you mid's, bass and treble in this keep it simple.

    If you don't care about having, "the pounding bass in your head" feeling, and want something that's well balanced and comfortable, I'd also look into the Sennheiser line, starting from the HD558 and up. They are excellent in their sound presentation and very well balanced.

    I'd also highly recommend getting an amp/dac to pair it with your headphones. You can get something simple as the FiiO E6 for about ~$30 to the E17K which is ~$130 range. You'll experience a whole new world of sound and won't be able to go back.

    However....if you're just wanting something that's plug in and play (considering that you're looking into the M50x's and that price range) I'd also recommend the new Bose QC 25's. They are from my experience the best noise cancelling cans that produce a well balance sound presentation, that are also extremely comfortable, light and classy.

    There is an excellent online community forum that you can also check out. Just google "head fi," and it'll be the first link that pops up.

    Hope this helps...let us know if we can help further...

  5. MattTheMedic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2014
    Thanks, I will look into those you suggested.

    I don't really need any pounding bass, I'm looking for a general good headphone for music listening etc. (Now I'm using 20 Euro heaphones which is a shame considering how often I use them. Therefore I'd like to get some good sounding ones.)
  6. zettabyte macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2015
    Sounds good. The best thing that I could suggest is to bring your phone to your local store(s) that have them on display for you to demo and have that 1 favorite song ready to use for the demo. You ears will know what it likes....that's absolutely the best way.

    Good luck!

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