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Best Audio Technica Over Ear Headphones

The 10 Best Audio-Technica Over Ear Headphones

A good pair of headphones is crucial for any home studio/recording artist. You don’t want your playback to be limited by headphones that don’t give you the full picture of sound that you absolutely need.

Audio-Technica is one of the premium brands in studio headphones. Their headphones are known for both their sound and comfort. Once you recognize their iconic design, you will suddenly see them on the ears of artists and engineers everywhere. This article will cover the best Audio Technica headphone options that you should purchase.

Refer to this previous article on the differences between open-back vs. closed-back headphones.

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#1 Overall Pick
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Studio Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Studio Headphones
  • Great sound quality
  • 90-degree earcup swiveling
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Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Closed-Back HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-M20x Closed-Back Headphones
  • Very low price
  • Good sound quality given its cost
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-M30xAudio-Technica ATH-M30x
  • Comes with carrying bag
  • It is foldable
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Studio HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Studio Headphones
  • Detachable cable
  • 90-degree earcup swiveling
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Closed-Back Studio HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-M60x Closed-Back Studio Headphones
  • Great sound isolation
  • Comfortable headband
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Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Open-Back HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-R70x Open-Back Headphones
  • Open-back natural sound and breathability
  • Audio-Technica’s flagship studio headphones
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-M70xAudio-Technica ATH-M70x
  • High-quality sound, cheaper than the ATH-R70x
  • Comes with hard shell case and cable pouch
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x Audiophile Open-Air HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-AD500x Audiophile Open-Air Headphones
  • Reasonably priced
  • Open-back model designed for music listening
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x Audiophile Open-Air HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-AD700x Audiophile Open-Air Headphones
  • Self-adjusting headband
  • Open-back model designed for music listening
9.5
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Closed-Back HeadphonesAudio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Closed-Back Headphones
  • Wireless design
  • Built-in mic and volume buttons
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1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Pros:

  • Great sound quality
  • 90 degree earcup swiveling

Cons:

  • Earcups don’t detach
  • Slightly expensive

The ATH-M50x headphones are one of the most popular Audio-Technica models. They are one of the brand’s mid range products. They are closed-back and sound amazing. The earcups also swivel a full 90 degrees. Like other Audio-Technicas they come with a carrying bag and extra cables.

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 2 x straight, 1 coiled
Foldable: Yes
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Bag, cables
Dimensions: 11.4 in x 10 in x 4.1 in (289.56 mm x 254 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 10.1 oz (0.29 kg)

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Closed-Back Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Closed-Back Headphones

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Pros:

  • Very low price
  • Good sound quality given its cost

Cons:

  • Adapter is its only accessory
  • Earcups only swivel 15 degrees

The ATH-M20x headphones are a low-cost, good pair of Audio-Technicas that are perfect for a beginner. Like other Audio-Technicas, the earcups fit over your ear comfortably and the sound is still quite solid despite its shockingly low price. They don’t come with a bag or extra cables, however, but they still remain an amazing deal.

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 1 straight, non-detachable
Foldable: No
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Adapter only
Dimensions: 11.4 in x 10 in x 4.1 in (289.56 mm x 254 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 6.7 oz (0.19 kg)

3. Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Pros:

  • Comes with carrying bag
  • It is foldable

Cons:

  • Similar to the ATH-M20x
  • Earcups still only swivel 15 degrees

The ATH-M30x headphones are a step up from the M20x model for not too much more money. Its sound technology is slightly better, and features an upgraded headband and is able to fold in on itself for compact travel. The cable isn’t removable, which is annoying, but this is still a very strong value.

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 1 straight, non-detachable
Foldable: Yes
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Carrying case
Dimensions: 11.4 in x 10 in x 4.1 in (289.56 mm x 254 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 7.8 oz (0.22 kg)

4. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Pros:

  • Detachable cable
  • 90 degree earcup swiveling

Cons:

  • Sound quality less than the M50x
  • Earcups may be slightly small depending on your ears

The ATH-M40x headphones are the first model after the M20x and M30x that have a professional quality about them. They have all the features of the M50x headphones: foldable design, 90 degree earcup swiveling, great sound quality and carrying case/extra cables. It is slightly cheaper than the M50x and thus has a slightly diminished sound. At their price, the M40x is an awesome option.

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 1 straight, 1 coiled
Foldable: Yes
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Carrying case, cable
Dimensions: 11.4 in x 10 in x 4.1 in (289.56 mm x 254 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 0.52 lb (0.24 kg)

5. Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

Pros:

  • Great sound isolation
  • Comfortable headband

Cons:

  • No swiveling or folding
  • Relatively pricey

The ATH-M60x headphones are a rather unique item in Audio-Technica’s inventory. They don’t have the typical features of models in its price range such as earcup swiveling or folding, but what it does have are earcups designed for amazing sound isolation and a sound range that is more sensitive than most other models.

Key Specs

Dimensions:9 in x 5 in x 4 in (228.6 mm x 127 mm x 101.6 mm)

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 2 straight, 1 coiled
Foldable: No
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Carrying case, cables
Dimensions: 9 in x 5 in x 4 in (228.6 mm x 127 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 0.44 lb (0.20 kg)

6. Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Open-Back Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Open-Back Headphones

Pros:

  • Open-back natural sound and breathability
  • Audio-Technica’s flagship studio headphones

Cons:

  • High end price
  • Open-back sound isn’t everyone’s favorite

The ATH-R70x headphones are Audio-Technica’s flagship studio headphones. They are at the top of their price and quality range and sound unbelievable. They are also the first open-back headphones on this list, meaning the earcups will breathe better and allow ambient noise in, painting a picture of what the music sounds like in a live, natural setting. These headphones are phenomenal and are worth the money.

Key Specs

Type: Open-back, wired
Cables: 2 straight (1 small)
Foldable: No
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Carrying case, cables
Dimensions: 12.8 in x 10.2 in x 4.9 in (325.12 mm x 259.08 mm x 124.46 mm)
Weight: 1.63 lb (0.74 kg)

7. Audio-Technica ATH-M70x

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x

Pros:

  • High-quality sound, cheaper than the ATH-R70x
  • Comes with hard shell case and cable pouch

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Doesn’t fold up

The ATH-M70x headphones are very similar to the R70x headphones. They are slightly cheaper and thus have a slight disadvantage in terms of sound quality. The main difference is that these headphones are closed-back. If you prefer the isolated sound closed-back gives you and want a high-end pair of headphones, the M70x is an ideal option for you.

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 2 straight, 1 coiled
Foldable: No
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Hard shell case, cable pouch, cables
Dimensions: 11.4 in x 10 in x 4.1 in (289.56 mm x 254 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 0.62 lb (0.28 kg)

8. Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x Audiophile Open-Air Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500x Audiophile Open-Air Headphones

Pros:

  • Reasonably priced
  • Open-back model designed for music listening

Cons:

  • More geared for music listening rather than studio use
  • No carrying case

The ATH-AD500x headphones are wonderful open-back headphones that are quite literally designed for audiophiles. Less so designed for studio use, although they will do fine, the open-back design is perfect for music listeners, as the breathability will provide maximum comfort.

Key Specs

Type: Open-back, wired
Cables: 1 straight
Foldable: No
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Adapter only
Dimensions: 11.3 in x 8.3 in x 4.8 in (287.02 mm x 210.82 mm x 121.92 mm)
Weight: 8.3 oz (0.24 kg)

9. Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x Audiophile Open-Air Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700x Audiophile Open-Air Headphones

Pros:

  • Self-adjusting headbandd
  • Open-back model designed for music listening

Cons:

  • More expensive than the similar AD500x
  • No carrying case

The ATH-AD700x headphones are a higher end version of the previous model. They are the same open-back design perfect for easy listening. They also have a self-adjusting headband for maximum comfort and ease of use.

Key Specs

Dimensions:11 in x 8.8 in x 5 in (279.4 mm x 223.52 mm x 127 mm)

Type: Open-back, wired
Cables: 1 straight
Foldable: No
Connections: ⅛”, ¼” adapter
Accessories: Adapter only
Dimensions: 11 in x 8.8 in x 5 in (279.4 mm x 223.52 mm x 127 mm)
Weight: 1 lb (0.45 kg)

10. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Closed-Back Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 Closed-Back Headphones

Pros:

  • Wireless design
  • Built-in mic and volume buttons

Cons:

  • Wired headphones are more reliable
  • Pricier than the wired version

The ATH-M50x headphones were the first option discussed on this list and are one of the most popular models Audio-Technica offers. The M50xBT2 is the wireless version of those headphones that use Bluetooth. These headphones are perfect for DJs or engineers that want to cut back on cable clutter.

Key Specs

Type: Closed-back, wired
Cables: 1 straight
Foldable: Yes
Connections: ⅛”
Accessories: Bag, cable, USB charger
Dimensions: 11.4 in x 10 in x 4.1 in (289.56 mm x 254 mm x 101.6 mm)
Weight: 1 lb (0.45 kg)

Which Option Is Best?

This list covers Audio-Technica headphones that range both in price as well as design/purpose. Your preference in terms of open-back or closed-back will be a deciding factor as well as how much you are willing to spend on your headphones. Regardless of whichever you choose, Audio-Technica will deliver a high quality pair of headphones built to last.

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