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Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2, analysis and opinion

Audio Technica is one of the most traditional companies in the field of headphones and audio equipment in general. It’s a company that He’s been doing things very well for years and knows how to adapt to the new times.

This is not always easy, especially if you don’t have a name that “starts” with the general public and competitors like Bose or, above all, Sony. However, we saw very interesting proposals like the ANC300TW -analysis- which is one of my favorites for true wireless with noise cancellation, and a few months ago they launched this M50x BT2.

It is the second generation with Bluetooth connectivity one of the most famous models for users who want to edit videos with maximum audio fidelity or that they produce music both at home and in more amateur studios.

The key? A very pure sound that either abuses any frequency and then We’ll tell you our opinion on the Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2 in this analysis.

Audio Technica ATH-M50x BTsTypeOver-Ear without noise cancellationDriver45mmFrequency15 – 28,000 HzCodecLDAC | AAC | SBC headphones weight 307 grams microphone MEMS | 85 – 15,000 Hz connections Bluetooth 5.0 | 3.5 mm jack cable Charging USB-C Autonomy Approx. 50 hours Price 170 euros on Amazon

Analysis areas of the Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2:

Classic cut and elegant design for at home or outdoors

We’re going to start talking about design because in this type of device (almost every device in fact) and here it is always important We find some headphones that rely on very classic lines.

There are several colors to choose from but the one we have is the ‘Vintage’ as it is the color of the classic M50x. Everything you see in black is made of good quality plastic, but there are important parts like the ones that rotate or the inner part of the headband which is made of metal.

We’ve been with them for a couple of months and we haven’t heard a crack, and believe me, we gave it a try because we even took her on a road trip to Hawaii (where we heard about Qualcomm news for 2022).

And on this trip I noticed that the comfort is total. They weigh 307 grams, which is neither too much nor too little for a headset of this type, but there are two keys to why they are so comfortable for me.

The first is because the headband is quite flexibleWherever you see it, and yes it would be nice if it was more padded, but on a 6 hour flight I only had to readjust it once because I put them way back and they slipped, but not because it bothered me.

And the other key is that the headphone cushion is very comfortable with a material that can give off some heat, but that fits the head well, catches the ear well and, at least for me with my wide glasses, TU didn’t hurt me.

On the outside of the speakers we see a circular metal ornament, the Audio Technica logo and all buttons and connections are on the right earbud.

We have the headphone jack for wired connection, which is essential in certain situations, USB-C charging, the microphone array and various control buttons.

I don’t like that very much because we have four buttons and three of them are the same. The volume and play / pause / power can be mixed up, it has happened to me more than once and I think it could have been solved in other ways, with some touch controls or by moving the power button to a different position.

On the other hand, there is the fourth button, which has a different note and which allows you to activate the transparency mode to hear what is outside without taking off the headphones or, if we configure it, it is used for making calls the mobile assistant.

Bluetooth 5.0 with a bit high latency, so better wired for certain things

On the outside, it’s headphones that I liked, but what matters is the inside and before we move on to the sound, let’s check the connectivity.

It’s the second generation of this Bluetooth family and yes there are improvements in latency and consumption compared to the first, however we still have Bluetooth 5.0 which of course is not optimal for what to do with this model.

And the latency is there, and while it doesn’t affect the experience of watching series, listening to music, or even playing video games, it’s not suitable for editing.

In the mobile app we can configure a low latency modebut it is still too much for different tasks.

For example, I love doing intros in videos where the pulses of the music mark a change in layer, and I found that when I exported the video it was mismatched due to bluetooth.

Well, conversely, Bluetooth seemed fine to me, but when you hear it on TV, PC, or other headphones, the latency is different, and that’s the problem.

All of this is of course solved by cable, but if you’re talking about headphones for editing, among other things, and that’s an important marketing point for Audio Technica, I think you’d have either a Bluetooth 5.2 or a system like the Logitech G435 -analysis- with a USB of 2.4 GHz. should introduce connection.

A flat profile that we can customize and is great for editing

But hey, let’s continue with what those who had the previous model or cable so boast and “brag” about that Audio Technica itself.

Is the sound of these headphones really that good considering the price? When I put them on the first day, the first thing I said was, okay, they sound good, but. not like my WH1000XM3.

And the thing is, Sony’s can be heard very, very well and, in addition, have basses with a fairly interesting force in the standard profile, which is, however, well measured so as not to devour the mids and highs.

But little by little and With the hours you get used to this Audio Technica And you find that while the bass isn’t as powerful, the sound is actually cleaner.

They adapt better to more styles of music, so to speak without having to touch the equalizer, but they also work very well in video games both via Bluetooth and via cable on the console and especially where they shine when editing.

I don’t edit audio, that’s for sure, but I edit video and while sound is important in our productions, it is not essential that it be as pure as possible.

It’s a voice with music in the background and sometimes this music in the foreground. For such a basic “composition” though, I’ve found headphones with this profile to be helpful too, because if we leave each spectrum in place, it’ll be easier for this video to better adapt to a wider range of sound systems.

I hear it in a certain way, but when someone watches the video on TV with a 5.1 with a woofer, another through Aldi headphones, another through AirPods Max -analysis- and another on the computer, the purer the sound the better the balance, the greater the range of different devices it supports.

And that’s what I really liked most about this model.

Now it’s still a very commercial and quiet model because If you like strong bass, you can configure different equalizers Presets in the Audio Technica app or edit an equalizer and save it.

It’s very simple to use and we can configure pretty little, but I like the detail of the equalizer, which is quite advanced, and also that we can configure the volume levels from standard 16 to 32 and 62.

The “finer” the volume setting, the easier it is to capture certain nuances, but to be honest, I always keep it at level 16, which is the one with the most jumps between the volume segments … and I have no complaints.

And about the codecs because the usual ‘fight’. In Android we will have the HD sound, so to speak, while in iOS the Apple AAC sounds very good and we also have SBC, but nothing else.

With this model, it doesn’t matter that much because they don’t have very high fidelity, but it doesn’t seem to change unless in the short term.

On the other hand, we have two microphone arrays, both on the left auricle.

The sound they record seems to me to be of quality, with a good tone of voice, it’s warmer than what I’ve had on other models and I’ve had no complaints from my calls.

I think it has a system that filters out background noise but no voices so there are no micro-cuts on you, but if you are in a place where a lot of people are talking it will surely creep into the sound.

But hey, making phone calls and video calls on some occasions, good experience.

In a 6 hour flight they only used 20%

And autonomy is still important with headphones. On a wired model, it’s not as critical as it is basically We can connect them via a 3.5 mm jack and they don’t use a battery, but not all devices we currently carry have a socket.

If that’s the case, or if you’d just prefer to use them on a trip via bluetooth, you should know the answer is fantastic.

On the Phoenix-New York flight, about six hours in total, and everyone with headphones, Battery loss by only 20% with low latency mode on and volume at 60%.

Yes, the volume was a bit high, but we don’t have active noise cancellation, just the passive system, but it’s worth pointing out the excellent autonomy of this model.

And one more important thing: they cannot be used while we are charging them. And yes, if our device has a 3.5 mm jack and we run out of battery in the headphones, we can connect it at any time using a cable.

For something they like to work on, although they should adjust to 2021

And we come to the end of the analysis of this Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2 and although i loved them i admit that they are not for everyone.

The current price of 174 euros is very interesting and yes, they are without a doubt one of the best value for money on the market.

Its standard flat profile makes any gender shine, allows us to do much more precise editing and can also be customized thanks to the application’s equalizer.

I find them robust, with very good materials and beautiful, but for something more, the general public has headphones such as the Sony WH1000XM3 for 187 euros or the Bose Soundlink II for 179 euros, models that sound very good at the beginning (more conspicuous than this Audio Technica ) and which have active noise cancellation.

The Audio Technica ATH M50x BT2 is the second generation of these Bluetooth headphones with a flat profile for video or music editing at home on a semi-professional level.

If the rejection is not so important to you and you are looking for a studio-quality sound or you will edit, this model is for you.