With the ATH-MX50, Audio-Technica has updated excellent sub-$200 studio-style M50 with a detachable cable system and better padded ear cups.
No, it's not much of an upgrade, but this X model does come with three different cables, and certainly sounds as good or even better than the original M50.
Hi, I'm David Carnoy and I'm gonna walk you through the small differences in the two models which look nearly identical on the surface.
As I said, the key changes are these slightly softer, more luxurious padding on the ear cups.
It is a grade up and that detachable cord which some users will appreciate.
The headphones ship with two straight cords, a shorter 3.9' one and a 9.8' one.
As well as a coiled cord that stretches from 3.9' to 9.8'.
A lot of competing models like the $300 Beats Studio include a cord with an integrated controller and microphone for making cell phone calls.
Alas though, these cords offer that future and Audio-Technica doesn't plan to sell such a cord for its M-series line.
M, of course, stands for monitor.
I think that's unfortunate given that even though these are studio-style headphones, many people use them on the go.
That gripe aside, they are excellent sturdy headphones.
And, the previous M50, which occasionally gets discounted to less than $125, is one of our favorite headphones for the money.
Sound wise, this model is hard to fault.
The tonal balance is accurate.
Stereo imaging, for a closed back design is spacious, and dynamic impact is excellent.
While Audio-Technica claims there's no difference between the sound of the original M50 and this M50X, we think the new one is clearer, with more detailed bass, mid-range and treble.
Switching back to the M50, the sound is slightly veiled and cloudy.
We like the M50X, but some folks may prefer the M50 for its richer, more laid-back perspective.
Although it's too bad Audio-Technica doesn't include a cable with controller and microphone, that probably won't bother audio purists.
You do have to pay more for this new model but it still offers a lot of bang for the buck with excellent performance and a slightly more comfortable fit to go along with those added cord options.
I'm David Carnoy, thanks for watching.