Reviewed: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Red

Audio-Technica Australia | | Expect to Pay: $279

I became absolutely and utterly obsessed with comic books and music at a young age. Countless hours were spent reading through my comic collection while Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young played in the background. Naturally, the idea of a pair of high quality headphones in a colour scheme resembling Iron Man’s armour was something that got me quite excited. Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x headphones have been around since 2012, but every year since the model’s inception they have released a limited colour run. This year’s colourway is a gorgeous dark red with gold trimmings.

It’s simple, really; these headphones sound great. They’re extremely clear and flat, making them perfect for mixing and monitoring as well as recreational listening. The highs shine through without being too shrill, and the low end is warm without being overpowering. The sound isolation is solid, ensuring that you’re well and truly disconnected from the outside world. Everything you want and need from a top quality pair of headphones.


In my eyes, the true test of over the ear headphones comes down to comfort, so it was very timely that I was heading on a ten hour flight the week these landed in my hands. The plush leather earcups were soft and comfortable the entire flight, which is what you’d expect from headphones designed for long usage like monitoring and mixing. The headband and the cups are highly adjustable, making it easy to find the right fit for you in a matter of seconds.


It’s funny how the simplest of features can also be the absolute shining light of a product. In this instance, the M50x has a detachable cable which is an incredible feature that I never knew I needed so much up ‘til now. If you’re anything like me, the first thing to always go in a pair of headphones is the cable, so being able to replace that without the expenditure of an entirely new pair is an absolute godsend. Three cables are included with the headphones (two straight and one coiled), providing you with great options depending on the application. The soft leather carry bag included is a nice little cherry on top, providing a safe haven for the headphones to collapse down into with ease.


The red and gold colour scheme is particularly fitting for the M50x; a bold and regal look for a classy pair of headphones. You’d be hard pressed to find another pair under $300 that even comes close to the quality and comfort these provide. It’s no wonder that the model has been selling like hotcakes for the last half decade.

Hits and Misses


Extremely comfortable and durable

Makes me feel like Iron Man


Does not make me Iron Man