In 2021, the market is flooded with numerous headphones promising to deliver quality and tends to be the dominator in the market.

We saw the headphones in varieties of shapes, sizes, and features. Some of them value money, well some others are not.

Some provide dominating features but at a much higher price while some provide good features at an affordable price range.

Not only the companies are competing with each other but the company even competes with their products in creating flagship products.

As like there are two headphones of the same company namely Audio Technica ATH-M40x and Audio Technica ATH-M50X.

The above two headphones belong to the same company but competing with each other in the market as one is budget-friendly and the other is feature-loaded.

So now we are moving to the features segment where we will showcase the detailed features or these monitor professional headphones review.

Also, our Article includes Audio Technica ATH-M40X review and also Audio Technica ATH-M50X review.

Audio Technica ath M50x vs M40x: Detailed Features

Now we shall look into the vital features that make differences to each other while comparing them.

We will look into their build quality, sound quality, prices, and other specs too to show the exact differences between these two headphones.

The similarity and differences we noticed while testing these headphones are defined below in a separate section.

Build Quality and Design

Belonging to the same company and the same series, there is not an enormous evolution of the subsequent series.

As for looking side by side at these headphones, it is hard to distinguish them due to similarity in their design and build quality.

Both of them, ATH-M50X and ATH-M40X as made up of heavy-duty plastic and Aluminum headbands with extenders, Making them robust and durable.

The professional-grade earpads and headbands on Audio Technica ATH-M50X make it durable and more comfortable to use.

The ATH-M40X is lighter when compared as it weighs only 240 grams while ATH-M50X weighs 285.

One of the main things that make ATH-M50X better than ATH-M40X is its flexibility. M50X’s earcups can swivel 180° while M40X can only swivel 90°.

Here in our opinion, Audio Technica ATH-M50X provides better flexibility to the users, and hence it is considered as the winner in Build and design quality.

Essential features

We have looked at the design and build quality. Now we shall proceed in detailing you the essential features of these both headphones.

Features are what’s matter to everyone, one with good features tends to be superior to the others.

Looking at these headphones, The Audio Technica ATH-M50X is quite better when compared to the Audio Technica ATH-M40x.

Audio Technica ATH-M50X has a higher impedance which is 38 ohms with a frequency range of 15000-24000 Hz.

While when it comes to ATH-M40x has a lower impedance at 35 ohms and Audio Technica M40x frequency response is 15-24000 Hz.

When it comes to Aperture size, ATH-M40X comes with a 40 mm  Aperture driver while ATH-M50X with 45mm large Aperture driver.

Both of these headphones come with detachable cables which makes you free from long cables while storing them.

The Audio Technica ATH-M40x comes with 2 cables – one is coiled and the other is straight. Both of these cables are too long, which makes them difficult to handle while using them.

While the cables of Audio Technica ATH-M50X come with 3 cables- Two straight and one coiled, but the differences are, these cables are perfectly sized. One is 1 meter long while the other two are 3 meters long.

By looking above features or specs, it is quite clear that the Audio Technica ATH-M50X is far better than ATH-M40X.

Sound Quality

Now the most important factor that everyone looks at before purchasing a headphone is its sound quality. While giving higher priority to the features it is essential to look after these sound quality factors that differentiate Audio Technica ATH-M40x from Audio Technica ATH-M50X.

While we were testing these products we found the sound quality of Audio Technica ATH-M50X has a little balanced bass which suited perfectly when played at upper frequencies.

Audio Technica ATH-M50x studio headphones are perfect for studio tracking and mixing and can also be used for DJ monitoring.

Now when it comes to Audio Technica ATH-M40x, it delivers a quite neutral sound. It doesn’t add manual bass to the music and delivers the sound quality which is an exact match of the original recording.

Its circumaural design provides better isolation in filtering the noisy environment sounds.

However, due to the absence of integrated ANC technology, it doesn’t fall in the wireless noise-canceling headphones segment.

If these headphones are integrated with ANC, the resulting audio quality would be more enhanced and crystal clear.

So, considering these facts and tests, we found ATH-M50x is a great choice for DJ and studio usage while M40x is suited for Daily usage.

According to your needs, you can select one of these headphones. But I would personally suggest you go for Audio Technica ATH-M50x as it provides better bass and comfort.

Usage Guide and Safety precautions

It is strongly advised not to listen to loud music while driving as it may cause distractions and an inability to listen to the surrounding.

In the user guide of these headphones, it is written not to use these headphones near medical equipment as these headphones’ radio waves can affect them negatively.

To prevent any hearing problems, it is advised not to listen to loud music for a long duration. As it may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss.

While storing these headphones, make sure not to leave them in direct sunlight or wet surfaces. These conditions may damage these headphones severely.

Store these headphones in a proper case and on dry surfaces to minimize any risks while storing.

These are some main user guides and safety precautions, make sure to follow each of them to avoid any risks in the future.

Side by side key differences between these headphones

The table below shows side-by-side differences between these two headphones, you can read these data to find out the best for you.

Build qualityPlastic and AluminumPlastic and Aluminum
ApplicationDJ, mixing, studiosDJ, mixing, studios
Sensitivity98 dB98 dB
Impedance38 ohms35 ohms
Frequency response15000-28000 Hz15000-24000 Hz
Weight0.6 pounds0.5 pounds
Swiveling90° in both directions15° in and 90° out
ANC?Not presentNot present
Cables3 cables2 cables
Driver size45 mm40 mm
View on AmazonView on Amazon


By considering our personal opinion and the above features, we concluded that Audio Technica ATH-M50x studio headphones are the better choice over Audio Technica ATH-M40x, as it wins in all of the above categories.
It provides the best-in-class features with durability and an elegant design. While testing these products we founded ATH-M50x as the better choice.

Audio Technica ATH-M50x has overall higher impedance, frequency range, flexibility and provides great sound quality.
However, it would be more effective when these headphones are used with ANC. Then Audio Technica ATH-M50X can be listed in the best on-ear Wireless headphones category.
So it is quite clear why we have chosen Audio Technica ATH-M50x as the winner for Audio Technica ATH-M50 Vs Audio Technica ATH-M40x.