In modern monitoring, the Audio-Technica M50 series has become as synonymous in the professional world as the famous Yamaha NS10 speaker. Similar to the iconic white speaker cone and black box, the sleek, black looks of the M50 have become a staple of professional audio for mixing, monitoring playback and enjoying balanced high-definition sound. Their value for money has brought the range into a special league of headphone that is enjoyed by professionals and audiophiles alike. This is where the ATH-M50xBT, the Bluetooth version of the famed M50, really shines: the same great sound, same stylish looks, but without the inconvenience of a cable.
To be brutally honest, my first question about the Bluetooth addition to an already brilliant headphone was “Why?” Most monitor controllers or audio interfaces don’t include a Bluetooth option without an adaptor and additional dongle or receiver. After using them for a little while, I changed my question – “Why not have a Bluetooth option for headphones?” In a market with an increasing amount of educational material for making, playing, recording, mixing and mastering music, these make sense.
Hits and Misses
Same great sound and design of the M50s
Easy to use controls