Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

They usually produces high-quality headphones, microphones, and turntable accessories and now it  delivers studio-quality audio without the wire. Audio-Technica ATH-m50xbt headphones are designed for losless audio performance, with 45mm drivers and a frequency response range of 15-28,00 Hz, and it shows – we were very impressed with the warm, well-rounded sound. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT headphones also performed well in terms of battery life and Bluetooth connectivity, however the microphone isn’t particularly strong, and you may struggle to make phone calls using them. With rock and roll, and a wired connection to a PC, the Audio Technicas don’t skip a beat. Nub by Jesus Lizard helped define noise rock, but the sound can get splashy and thin when played loudly through bright speakers. Drummer Mac McNeilly plays the crash cymbal like a madman, David Sims’ throaty bass honks and singer David Yow freaks out about something unintelligible. While the cymbals were prominent, the ATs also managed to capture the deepest bass notes during the quieter choruses. There was still light and shade here.

Type:                                                                    Amazon Ratings… 4 out of 5 stars                                                
Over-ear     audio-technica ath-m50xbt

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
Yes

Noise-Cancelling:
No

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

 

audio-technica ath-m50xbt Sturdy, durable build quality
audio-technica ath-m50xbtGreat audio reproduction
audio-technica ath-m50xbt Stable and well padded
Leaky at higher volumes
Bulky design
Tight on the head

 

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-the-ear Foam
Has A Detachable Cable
Sweat ResistantX
Weight310g
Travel Bag is Included

Sound Quality

Highest Frequency28000Hz
Lowest Frequency15Hz
Sound Pressure Level99dB/mW
Has Passive Noise ReductionX
Impedance38 Ohms
Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)X

Power

Has A Rechargeable Battery
Has A Battery Level Indicator
Has A Removable BatteryX

Connectivity

Can Be Used Wirelessly
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFCX
Has WI-FIX

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Control Panel Placed On A Device
Has An In-Line Control Panel
Has A Noise Cancelling MicrophoneX
Has Voice Prompts
Has Voice Commands

 

Design
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT are practically identical to the regular wired ATH-M50x when it comes to design, other than the fact they can be used wirelessly. They have the same studio-like look and the same dense plastic build quality that feels solid and well-made. The padding isn’t much different and is still fairly comfortable. The cups are larger to fit most ears, and the headphones don’t apply too much pressure on the head. On the wireless variant, you now get a nice and easy to use control scheme on the ear cups. You can also use the headphones wired with the provided 1/8” TRRS cable, even if the battery is dead.
StyleComfort
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT isn’t very different from their wired equivalent ATH-M50x. These headphones have the same bland studio look with an all-black design that some may like. These headphones also still have silver accents on the ear cups around the company logo, and overall, they look good, but won’t stand out. Unfortunately, they do not come in any color variant to fit your preferred style like the wired ATH-M50x.The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT are built very similarly to the regular wired M50x and are as comfortable. They are larger than the ATH-M40x, which makes them a bit more comfortable and suitable for larger ears, but are on the shallow side. The headphones are fairly lightweight and don’t apply too much pressure on the head and don’t feel too tight. The padding on the ear cups is comfortable but might feel bit stiff right out of the box.
PortabilityBuild Quality
The Audio-Technica M50xBT aren’t very portable over-ear headphones, but they do fold into a more compact format and can be easily stored in a bag. They also have swiveling cups to lay flat, which makes them more comfortable to wear around your neck when not using them. They also come with a soft pouch to protect them during traveling.The ATH-M50xBT are practically the normal M50x, but without a cable. They are made of dense plastic that gives them a durable and well-built feel. The headband is also reinforced with a metal frame and doesn’t feel flimsy. Like most of the Audio-Technica lineup, the joints seem to be the weak spots of the headphones and could be the first thing susceptible of breaking.
StabilityControls
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT headphones were not designed for sports and aren’t stable on the head. During sports and high-intensity activities, they will slip off your ears. This shouldn’t be a problem for casual listening, and since they have a wireless design, you don’t have to worry about a cable getting stuck on something and snagging the headphones off your head.Unlike the M50x, the Bluetooth variant has controls on the ear cups for on the fly functionalities. You get a volume control, play/call management button and you can also access your device voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant with a long touch over the logo on the left ear cup. However, it is finicky and doesn’t seem to work consistently. Also, there’s no button to go into pairing mode. The headphones will automatically connect to the last known device, and if you want to connect to another device, you’ll have to disconnect manually on the first device, and then the headphones will search for available devices. There is no way to disconnect Bluetooth directly on the headphones, and this might be a deal breaker for some if you have multiple devices. The control scheme is fairly easy to use, and the provided feedback from the physical buttons is good. You also get audio feedback for track skipping, min/max volume and also play/pause music.
Sound
The Audio-Technica M50xBT is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep and punchy bass, a good and well-balanced mid-range and a great treble. This makes them suitable for a variety of music genres, especially bass-heavy ones. However, the bass is a bit overemphasized and might sound boomy, the mid-range is recessed, meaning vocals and leads will sound a bit thin, while the treble is rather uneven, and some S and T sounds are going to lack detail while some sound a bit sharp. Their bass delivery can also be inconsistent, especially for people wearing glasses that can break the air-tight seal around your ears.
BassMid
The bass response is great. Low-frequency extension is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Also, the whole bass response is well-balanced and even but slightly overemphasized by about 2.5dB. This gives these headphones a bit of extra thump and rumble which some may like, especially fans of bass-heavy genres. However, they tend to sound a bit boomy due to the high-bass overemphasis.The mid-range performance is good. The overall response is fairly flat, but with an audible dip in the low-mid and mid-mid ranges. This will make vocals and lead instruments sound thin and pushed to the back of the mix.
Isolation
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT have sub-par noise isolation performance. They only block ambient noise passively since they do not have an active noise canceling (ANC) feature. This also means that they won’t block lower frequencies like plane and bus engines and won’t be a great choice for commuting. You can mask more background noise by raising your listening volume but be careful as they do tend to leak a bit and might be disturbing for people surrounding you.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage

The isolation performance is sub-par. These headphones don't have active noise cancelation and do not provide any isolation in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumbling of engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they isolate by about 9dB, which is average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they achieved 30dB of isolation, which is good.
The leakage performance is average. The significant portion of their leakage is spread across the mid and treble ranges, between 400Hz and 6KHz, which is broad. However, the overall level of the leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 43dB SPL and peaks at around 54dB SPL at 1 foot away, which is about the noise floor of most offices.
Microphone
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT have an average microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, noticeably muffled, and lacking in detail. The microphone is also prone to lower frequency artifacts and pops. In noisy situations, it will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments such as a busy street.
Battery
The battery life of the ATH-M50xBT is excellent with about 38 hours of continuous playback. They should easily last you a few days even if you are an avid listener. However, they take about 5 hours to charge fully, which is above-average and might be too long for some. They also don’t have any power saving features to extend battery life. On the upside, you can still use them with the Bluetooth connection while they are charging with the USB cable. Even if the battery dies, you can also use the included 1/8” TRRS audio cable to use the headphones passively.
Connectivity
The Audio-Technica M50xBT are Bluetooth headphones that can also be used wired with the included 1/8” TRRS audio cable. They support Bluetooth 5.0, so you might experience better range and connection reliability than what we measured. Also, they have excellent wireless range, but unfortunately, they don’t support NFC and can’t connect to 2 devices simultaneously. Latency is also high, but this is common with Bluetooth headphones, and you can use the headphones wired to get rid of latency issues.
BluetoothWired
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT headphones support Bluetooth version 5.0, so you could get better results in wireless range than what we measured on our test bench which currently only supports Bluetooth 4.2. Unfortunately, they do not support NFC and can’t connect to multiple devices simultaneously. Also, there’s no button to go into pairing mode. The headphones will automatically connect to the last known device, and if you want to connect to another device, you’ll have to disconnect manually on the first device, and then the headphones will search for available devices. There is no way to disconnect Bluetooth directly on the headphones, and this might be a deal breaker for some if you have multiple devices.You can use the provided 1/8” TRRS cable to use the ATH-M50xBT passively, which will also get rid of latency issues. You can also use the headphones wired when the battery is dead which is very convenient. The in-line remote works with consoles and PC and the headphones have audio and microphone support.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT have excellent wireless range, especially when obstructed. We measured one of the longest distances we’ve had so far when the source was obstructed, which means you should be able to leave your desk or your phone at one place and move around with the headphones without hearing audio cuts. They also have a great line of sight range with 174 feet. You shouldn’t have any issues, especially if you keep your audio source on you during workouts.The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT do not have a base/dock.

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