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Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2, analysis and review


Audio Technica is one of the companies with the most tradition in the section of headphones and audio devices in general. It is a company that He has been doing things very well for years and has been able to adapt to new times.

It’s not always easy, especially when you don’t have a name that “hooks” with the general public and competitors like Bose or, above all, Sony. However, we have seen some really interesting proposals like the ANC300TW -analysis- being one of my true wireless noise-canceling favorites, and a few months ago they released these M50x BT2s.

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

The key? Very pure sound that abuses any frequency, and then We give you our opinion on the Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2 in this review.

Audio Technica ATH-M50x BTsTypeOn-ear without noise cancellationDriver45mmFrequency15 – 28,000 HzCodecLDAC | CAA | SBC Headphone weight307 grams MicrophoneMEMS | 85 – 15,000 Hz Connections Bluetooth 5.0 | 3.5 mm jack cable Charging USB-C Battery life Approximately 50 hours Price 170 euros at Amazon

Analysis sections of the Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2:

Classic fit and sleek design for home or outdoors

We’re going to start talking about design, because it’s still important in this type of device (in almost all devices, actually) and here there are helmets that rely on fairly classic lines.

There are several colors to choose from, but the one we have is the more “vintage”, since it is the color of the classic M50x. Everything you see in black is made of good quality plastic, but there are some important parts like the ones that rotate or the inner part of the headband which is metallic.

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

And during this trip, I realized that the comfort is total. They weigh 307 grams which is neither too much nor too little for a helmet of this type, but there are two reasons why they have been so comfortable for me.

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

And the other key is that the headphone pad is very comfortable with a material that, yes, can give off a bit of warmth, but fits the head well, captures the ear well, and at least for me with it. my wide glasses, it didn’t hurt me.

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

We have the headphone jack to connect them by cable, something essential in some situations, USB-C charging, the microphone array and various control buttons.

I don’t really like it because we have four buttons and three of them are the same. Volume and play / pause / power can be confused, this has happened to me more than once, and I think it could have been solved in another way, with a few touch controls or by putting the button of feed in another position.

On the other hand, there is this fourth button that has a different key and it is the one that allows you to activate the transparency mode to listen to what is outside without removing the headphones or, if we configure it, it is used to call the mobile assistant.

Bluetooth 5.0 with somewhat high latency, so better wired for some things

On the outside, these are headphones that I liked, but what matters is on the inside and, before moving on to the sound, let’s review the connections.

It is the second generation of this Bluetooth family and yes there are improvements in latency and consumption compared to the first one, but we still have bluetooth 5.0 which of course is not optimal for what we’re supposed 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, editing is not suitable.

In the mobile app we can configure a low latency mode, but it’s still too much for different tasks.

For example, I love doing intros in videos where the beats of the music mark a change of planes and I realized that because of the Bluetooth, it did not fit when I exported the video.

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

This is all solved by cable, of course, but if these are headphones for editing, among other things, and that’s a big marketing argument for Audio Technica, I think they should have introduced either a Bluetooth 5.2 or a system like the Logitech G435 -analysis- with a 2.4 GHz USB link.

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

But hey, let’s go with what those who had the previous model or cable boast about so much that Audio Technica itself uses to “show off”.

Is the sound that these headphones make really that good for the price? At first when I put them on the first day I said okay they sound good, but. not like my WH1000XM3.

And the thing is that the Sonys sound very, very well and, in addition, in the default profile, they have bass with a fairly interesting force which is nevertheless well balanced so as not to eat the mids and treble. .

However, little by little and over the hours we get used to these Audio Technica And you find that yes, the bass is not that powerful, but the sound is actually cleaner.

They adapt, so to speak, better to more styles of music without having to touch the equalizer, but they also work great in video games both via bluetooth as well as via cable on the console and, above all, where they shine is the edit.

I don’t do audio editing, that’s clear, but I do video editing and while sound is important in our productions, it’s not essential that it has maximum purity either.

It’s a voice with music in the background and sometimes that music in the foreground. However, for such a basic “composition” I have found that a headphone with such a profile is also useful because if we leave each spectrum in place, it is easier for this video to fit better into a larger one. range of audio systems.

I listen to it in a way, but if someone is watching the video on TV with a 5.1 woofer, another on Aldi headphones, another on AirPods Max -analysis- and another on the computer, the purer the sound, the better the balance, the wider range of different devices it supports.

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

Now it’s still a very business and calm model because If you like strong bass, you will be able to configure different equalizers presets in the Audio Technica app, or change an equalizer and save it.

The application is very basic and we will be able to configure quite a bit, but I like the detail of the equalizer, quite advanced, and also the fact that we will be able to configure the volume steps of the standard 16 to 32 and 62.

The more “fine” the volume control, the better it is to capture certain nuances, but if I’m telling you the truth, I always keep it at level 16, the one with the most jumps between volume segments… and I don’t have no complaints.

And about codecs, because the usual “fight”. In Android that’s where we’ll get HD sound, so to speak, while in iOS the Apple AAC sounds great and we also have SBC, but nothing else.

In this model it doesn’t really matter as they’re not very high fidelity, but it’s something that doesn’t seem to change except in the short term.

And on the other hand, we have two microphone arrays, both on the left atrium.

The sound they pick up seems quality to me, with a good tone of voice, it is warmer than what I have had in other models and in my calls I have had no complaints.

I think it has a system that filters out background noise, but not vocals, so there are no mics in yours, but if you’re in a place where a lot of people are talking, that’s fine. surely squeeze in the audio.

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

In a 6 hour flight, they only consumed 20%

And battery life is still important in headphones. In a wired model, this is not as crucial as basically They can be connected by 3.5 mm jack and they don’t consume a battery, but not all the devices we wear right now have a headphone jack.

If so, or if you’d rather just use them over Bluetooth while traveling, then the response is fantastic.

On the Phoenix – New York flight, about six hours in total and all with headphones, battery only dropped 20% with low latency mode on and volume at 60%.

Yes, it had the volume a little high, but we do not have active noise cancellation, just the passive system, but besides it is worth mentioning the excellent autonomy of this model.

And something important, they can’t be used while we’re charging them. And yes, if our device has a 3.5mm jack and we run out of battery in the headphones, we can still connect them by cable.

For something that they are so beloved to edit, although they should adapt to 2021

And we come to the end of the analysis of these Audio Technica ATH-M50x BT2 and, although I liked them, I admit that they are not a headset for everyone.

Its price, of 174 euros at the moment, is very interesting and yes, they have one of the best quality / price ratios on the market, without a doubt.

Its default flat profile makes any genre shine, allows us to edit much more precisely and, in addition, they can be personalized thanks to the equalizer of the application.

I find them resistant, with very good materials and beautiful, but for a little more, the general public has headphones like the Sony WH1000XM3 at 187 euros or the Bose Soundlink II at 179 euros, models that sound very good at first ( more striking than these Audio Technica) and which have active noise cancellation.

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

If you don’t care so much about undoing and looking for true-to-the-studio sound or you will edit, this template is for you.