Audio Technica’s ATH-M50xBT wireless over-ears promise 40-hour battery

We really enjoyed our time with Audio Technica’s M50 and M50x portable over-ears a few years back, so what’s to say we won’t enjoy these new wireless versions?

Audio Technica has taken its M50 line to new heights of portability with the ATH-M50xBTs, featuring aptX-supporting Bluetooth 5.0, a 40-hour battery life, and touch controls for music playback, call handling and volume adjustment. 

A two-second tap on the left ear cup also activates a smartphone’s Google Assistant or Siri functionality.

Extra features and control can be accessed via Audio Technica’s Connect app, too.

The company says the 45mm large-aperture drivers (with rare-earth magnets and copper-clad aluminium wire voice coils) keep up the performance end, while the headphones are durable and offer good sound isolation.

Designed to be used both on-the-go and for downtime at home, the ATH-M50xBT retain their siblings’ collapsible design and 90-degree swivelling ear cups, and come with a carry pouch and cable.

The Audio Technica ATH-M50xBTs are available now, priced £179.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.