Audio Technica Ath M50x

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are the consumer follow-up to the ATH-M50, a pair of headphones designed for the pros that proved so popular with normal folk it seemed silly not to make a slightly more friendly edition. This new pair isn’t much more expensive than the original, selling for under $120 online, and gets you interchangeable cables and the same great sound that made the original set so popular. If you’re out for portable headphones and don’t mind them being a little large, you’d be remiss not to consider the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.


The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are large over-ear headphones, which are generally much bigger than the kind of style-driven on-ear headphones you see at this price. While they are more a rival to the Beats Studio than the cheaper Beats Solo 2, they cost a good deal less than either. It’s refreshing to see a pair of high-quality portable headphones designed for normal people that cost less than $150. Some of you might think spending more than $100 on headphones is madness, but you’ll have to trust us: you’re getting a pretty good deal here.

Taking this style into account, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x look is actually pretty good. While big, the earcups don’t stick out miles from the side of your head, and neither does the headband (although it is beefy). Audio-Technica has not made any major changes to the look in making this more wide-reaching version of the original M50s. The one big difference is that the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, like most new full-size headphones, have a removable cable. While the socket is a standard 2.5mm affair, there’s a twist-to-lock mechanism that means you wont simply just be able to use any 2.5mm cable.

Lastly there are a bunch of different headphone colours to choose from and if you buy one in the U.S. It costs only $115 (RS: 7500) right now. Please check out some of the other reviews and subscribe. 

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V-Moda Crossfade M100

Fans of V-Moda’s popular Crossfade M-80 on-ear headphones ($230) may not immediately notice that the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 ($310) is actually larger than its over-the-ear cousin, or that its hinged headband allows it to collapse into a small bundle. The M-100 has an engaging, lively sound that lets you hear lots of detail, but never sounds harsh or too bright.

The bass, always a V-Moda strength, is punchy and deep so it’s the sort of headphone that brings out the best in rock, or any bass-heavy music, but not at the cost of rendering classical or acoustic jazz less appealing to the ear. If you’re a versatile audiophile or a DJ that needs a rugged headphone that doesn’t compromise on fidelity, the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 is a worthwhile purchase.

Overall most of the people who have bought this set have enjoyed and and some have even gone on record saying it is the best one they have ever owned. Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.