In 2015, in honor of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of headphone comparison Audio -Technica several models were produced in limited quantities (in English – limited edition). Such models are valuable for the real fans of the brand, and they are good to buy as a gift. Just say, in terms of sound quality and a complete set of differences there.
We got to test version of headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50xDG (dark green). However, in this case, is a green so dark that he is indistinguishable from black. See photo. However, the main feature of the model – a dark brown color of the headband and ear cushions. The internet suggests that the color of the metal inserts on cups called honey gold. There is another version of the limited edition, M50xBL, flashy blue with light brown skin. Common serial options – all-black and all-white M50x M50xWH. Headphones from a limited batch are slightly more expensive than usual. The difference, however, is insignificant.
Recall that the headphone comparison Audio -Technica M50x differs from the older model with removable cables. Three cables are included. According to store Amazon, headphones M50x became the most purchased over the Internet in 2014 model.
The appearance in 2015 model M70x provoked a mixed reaction community of music lovers. In fact, there remains the same 45mm radiator was removed hinge part headband structure became more rigid and classic. At the sound of special changes have occurred, however, the price jumped twice. Perhaps the manufacturer has decided to segment the market by selling the same thing at different prices? Thus, the model M50x does not lose relevance, and, in fact, continues to be a favorite of the M series for bulk buyers with the sensitive budget.
The package is interesting leather bag-cover. Also, note the three high-quality wires. One of them, partially twisted more will appeal to professionals, including headphones into the console or computer audio interface. A short cable is perfect for connecting mobile devices. Well, the long cable is traditionally invited to audiophiles who are placed at home in a chair in the 2-3 meters from the front with a component Hi-Fi-equipment.
The manufacturer does not write, what stands out model M50x. And really, why in the model with the prefix «x» to improve that, and so everyone liked and well sold? The only thing that can be found on the website is mention of the remastered M-Series line, that is, “update line M”. Again, what are the main features of the model headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50x:
- proprietary 45-mm emitters with rare-earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum coil
- full-size, soft ear pads, with full coverage of the ear and sound insulation
- cups rotate 90 degrees
- high-quality materials of the headband and ear cushions for comfort and long work
- folding for storage and transportation
- use for professionals and home users
- detachable cable 1.2-3 m twisted section, 3 m forward and 1.2 m straight
- Closed dynamic headphones
- 45 mm radiator
- Neodymium magnet
- Coil CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire)
- the frequency range of 15 – Hz 28000
- Maximum capacity of 1,600 MW
- Sensitivity 99 dB
- impedance 38 ohms
- weight 285 g without cable and connector
- threaded adapter minijack Big Jack 6.3 mm (1/4 “)
Please note that the connection is possible only in the left cup, like most professional models. Cable securely turns to align the light mark.
We connected the headphones to the professional interface Tascam UH-7000 TI PCM1795 DAC and USB-DAC domestic Yulong U100 with CS4398 and Diamond-transistor amplifier.
The sound quality of headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50x can be called very well. This is one of the most successful models for the price, if not the best. Definitely, it is a benchmark for other manufacturers. One of the main achievements of the headphones is a good detailed sound in the mid-range, relatively little distortion. For this, you can forgive some roughness on the HF and excess bass. The focus on low frequencies predicted for closed headphones.
Ease of use headphone comparison Audio -Technica – at a fairly high level, but it requires some getting used Aquatic folding structure. The impression that the M50x slightly stronger than the M50, but maybe that was just our new headphones, not blabbed, and while it’s not annoying. After a few minutes of listening affects the lack of ventilation, the ears start to sweat, but this is inevitable with such a design.
Measurements of the frequency response: headphone comparison Audio -Technica
The measurements used software and hardware RightMark Audio Analyzer Pro in our development and test stand Brüel & Kjær 4153 – Artificial Ear / Ear Simulator (IEC 60318-1), Made in Denmark, the price of about 5,000 euros. Measurements of the frequency response are as a reference – it is not necessary for them to guess the sound of the headphone models! In response seen a range of frequencies and main trends! The rise on the low-frequency response of the closed headphones is highly dependent on the pressing force of the cup. We measure a standard force generated by the dynamometer bench.
AFC headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50x has a flat middle, emphasis on bass and a slight rise in the RF. Mid-range and the lower part of the HF do not have failures and timbre are reproduced faithfully. While listening, you can use EQ to remove the emphasis on the bass in the area of 80-100 Hz and reduce RF to 6 kHz. From this sound becomes more natural, mid-range will return to its central location.
Conclusions: headphone comparison Audio -Technica
Famous closed headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50x were issued in 2015. limited edition in the new color scheme. Although the sound equipment and no surprises expected, we have reaffirmed this during testing.
Thus, it does not matter whether you buy headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50x in the usual form or in non-standard colors – the headphones will not disappoint you. Of course, when compared with the much more expensive models, you can find more interesting options. But for the masses, these headphones completely deserve the right to be in the home or work of the collection.
Headphones best suited to those who seek it are a closed model with good sound insulation and a comfortable fit on the head. The strength of the headphone comparison Audio -Technica ATH-M50x – balanced: a good sound, foldable design, interesting accessories, and lightweight, compatible with mobile devices.