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Audio-Technica has announced the Bluetooth version of its popular ATH-M50x over the ear headphones and the new audio accessory is now labeled as the ATH-M50xBT. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is now available in India. The ATH-M50xBT harnesses the legendary M50x studio sound for exhilarating wireless listening experience, with exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response. The company has added Bluetooth functionality to the widely acclaimed studio monitoring headphones. Utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology and 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare-earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, the ATH-M50xBT brings the coveted sonic signature of M50x to a wireless, on-the-go design. Carrying over the same design that its predecessor had while bringing modern features and stronger sound into the fold, the ATH-M50x is a worthy upgrade capable of outperforming most headphones in its class. So now let's talk about Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones now.
The Audio-Technica ATH M50xBT wireless over the ear headphones have a closed back design. This will allow for better noise isolation than open back headphones. Like its wired counterpart, the design is the same and the headphones have a ‘fold-flat’ design with 90-degree swiveling ear cups. The company claims professional grade earpads and headband on the headset. The controls are mounted on the left earcup for handling phone calls, music playback and for adjusting volume. The touch controls on the headphones will facilitate in accessing either the Google Assistant or Siri, based on the device. The company is also providing compatibility with the Audio-Technica Connect app for iOS and Android, which will further provide the headphones with additional features and tools.
Specifications wise, the ATH M50xBT have a 45mm aperture driver, which has a 15-28,000Hz frequency range, which will allow for wide sound coverage and sonic accuracy. The wire coils are made up of copper-clad aluminum. The headset utilizes Bluetooth 5.0 and is compatible with aptX and AAC codecs, for improvement in the audio quality. There is also support for a wired mode when the battery drains out. Speaking of battery, Audio-Technica claims a play time of up to 40 hours on a single charge on the headphones.
Available only in black, the ATH-50xBT is a near-replica of its wired counterpart, but subtle changes have been made to the design. Nonetheless, you can expect the same minimalist appearance and robust construction that have become synonymous with the brand. Hard plastic, leather, and metal make up the ATH-50xBT's entire frame. All of these materials have a premium look and a sturdy feel that ensure long-term use. Both ear cups swivel to the side and inward, which makes it easy for listeners to wear them around the neck or store them away. The faux-leather pads look good and can be swapped with other compatible ear pads. It also thought the silver accents around the ear cups gave the cans some necessary flair.
Comfort and Fit:
A huge selling point for the first-gen model was wearability. While the ATH-50xBT is relatively comfortable, it's large and heavy at 10.9 ounces – more than the ATH-50x (10 ounces) and other competitors like the Bose QuietComfort35 II (1.4 ounces) and Marshall Monitor Bluetooth (9.5 ounces). Despite the extra weight, The foam-pad ear cups rested gently on ears and the shallow cutouts provided a comfy, spacious surrounding that minimized pressure. The headband conformed to skull nicely, bearing enough flexibility to accommodate all head shapes.
Controls and Setup:
Audio-Technica placed its control scheme on the left ear cup, where three buttons perform the duties of Bluetooth/power switch, charging port, audio jack and control panel. The multifunctional button in the middle will play/pause music or answer/end a call. The plus (+) or minus (-) buttons manage volume with a tap, whereas holding either down for 2 seconds will skip/rewind a track, respectively. But, you aren't given the option to play a previous track. Also, the touch interface is limited to one command: holding it down for 2 seconds will activate your device. The pairing process is one of the most convenient I've encountered on any wireless headset. Simply push up the toggle switch to enable Bluetooth mode, and this will pull up the device name (ATH-M50xBT#PP) on the available devices list. Select it, and you're good to go.
Those wanting quiet time from the outside world will receive it with these wireless cans. The closed-back design is effective in blocking out most ambient noise. It rode buses and trains, not once interrupted by what transpired around me. It drew attention from several riders, however, as the headphones bled sound when It listened at max volume. Bringing down the sound a few notches helped me maintain a quieter profile in public.
The Connect app doesn't offer much and caters mostly to wireless fidelity mongers. There was no customizable EQ or preset sound profiles to personalize audio. Instead, you're given access to multiple codec formats: aptX, AAC, and SBC. Each is programmed to improve the sound over Bluetooth, though you'll need to ensure your audio source supports them. Also, switching between them requires disconnecting and reconnecting the headphones. The only other feature worth mentioning is the Product Locator, which helps you track down misplaced headphones.
Do you like the idea of 40 hours on a single charge? Great! This is longer than elite wireless models such as the WH-1000XM3 (30 hours) and QC35 II (22 hours), though keep in mind, the ATH-M50xBT doesn't feature active noise cancellation, which up juice. there who use their headphones in moderation should receive two to three weeks of continuous play time. Not having USB Type-C
Equipped with proprietary 45-millimeter drivers, the ATH-M50xBT features a more balanced and brighter soundstage music genres and enjoyed the results all around.
Call Quality and Connectivity:
Call quality on the ATH-M50xBT was subpar at best. It was able to hear people loud and clear on my end, Skype calls fared better, and It recorded a podcast, sans any dropout. These cans use Bluetooth 5.0, promising faster speed and wider communication range. Where most headphones allow 30 feet of wireless listening running Bluetooth 4.2, the ATH-M50xBT stretches to 40 feet before interference occurs. It connected to my smartphone instantly. Note, however, the headphones pair with only one device at a time.
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With amazing sound combined with durable, premium aesthetics and strong battery life, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT carries all the strong qualities of a high-performance headset at a cheaper cost. Not many models in its price range are engineered to match its audio performance. Also, those familiar with audio codec formats can experiment with the companion app and enjoy music files the way they were originally meant to be heard.
Although the M-Series models were originally designed as professional studio monitor headphones, they have become a favourite of discerning music listeners worldwide,
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