Phones that won’t give you a headache

lifestyle December 01, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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With Audio-Technica’s new ATH-M50xBT, you can listen to music for hours without the slightest discomfort



THE LATEST pair of Bluetooth over-ear headphones from Audio-Technica – the ATH-M50xBT – combine good sound quality with long battery life.

The ATH-M50xBT phones belong to the Studio Monitor Category and are based on Audio-Technica’s popular ATH-M50x model. They have improved capacity and have been enhanced with Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection for convenience and to allow for more varied music listening.

In other words, the ATH-M50xBT deliver the same critically acclaimed sonic performance as the original ATH-M50x professional studio headphones but with wireless capability.

That clear sound quality is thanks to Audio-Technica’s proprietary 45mm large-aperture drivers that provide extended frequency response of 15 to 28,000 Hz, compared to the 20 to 20,000Hz of most headphones.

The headphones also have high sensitivity of 99 dB and impedance of 38 ohms and the over-ear design is very good for sound isolation in loud environments.

The headphones are durable and comfortable to wear with professional-grade earpad and headband materials. During the test, I was able to wear them for hours without feeling any discomfort.

And the ATH-M50xBT can be used for 40 hours continuously on a single charge.

The ATH-M50xBT uses SBC, aptX and AAC codecs for wireless steaming and you can also use the Audio-Technica Connect app to select the codec you prefer. The app will display the battery level of the headphones, the codec being used and the playlist being played.

The phones have a built-in microphone for using as a headset for phone conversation plus control buttons for music playback and for phone conversations, most of them on the left housing of the earcup.

These include a touch panel that’s used to activate the speech recognition of your smartphone. It will activate Siri for iOS devices or Google Assistant for Android devices.

The volume buttons are here too, and are also used for skipping to the next track or returning to the previous track. You simply press and hold the volume-up button for about two seconds to skip to the next track. To go back to the previous track, press and hold the volume-down button for two seconds.

The volume buttons flank the control button, which is used to play and pause music or answer and end phone calls.

The power switch is also located on the left earcup and initiates the pairing, as is the micro-USB port for recharging the battery. Should the ATH-M50xBT run out of battery, you can use a provided headphone cable to use them as wired headphones. A connector jack for the headphone cable is also located on the left housing.

During the test, I found that the music quality was good with clarity of mids and highs and solid bass. I enjoyed listening to rock music for hours during the test.

RTB Technology distributes Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT for Bt7,690 and you’ll find them at Munkong Gadget, Pro Plug-in, Iconic Music and Mercular and leading audio retailers. 

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back dynamic

Driver Diameter: 5 mm

Voice Coil: CCAW |(Copper-clad aluminium wire)

Frequency Response: |15 - 28,000 Hz

Sensitivity: 99 dB/mW

Impedance: 38 ohms

Bluetooth Version: 5.0

Compatible Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

Support Codec: Qualcomm aptX, AAC, SBC

Battery: DC3.7 V lithium polymer battery

Battery Life: Approx. 40 hours continuous use

Charging Time: Approx. 7 hours (for 0-100% charge)

Weight: 310 g without cable and connector

Accessories included: 30 cm USB charging cable, detachable 1.2 m cable with 3.5 mm gold-plated stereo mini-plug |(L-shaped), protective pouch