Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT vs Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT review
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Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT review

Let’s take a detailed look at the representatives of a famous Japanese brand. I am going to test Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT vs Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT, the closed back over ear wireless headphones with a wire option.

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Features

Both headphones have a low impedance, 38 vs 47 Ohm, that is great with mobile devices. The circle of the frequency response of SR5BT is wider with its 5Hz-40KHz vs 15Hz-38KHz of M50xBT. The sensitivity here is almost equal, 99 vs 103 dB.

The battery life of both models is quite long, 40 & 38 hours respectively. Both also support AptX.

Sound

In general the sound of Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is very clear and accurate. If we look more detailed, the bass is clean but may seem recessed with some. The mids are there and sound quite natural but if compared to highs and lows they are backstage.

The highs are very bright and even too detailed, which is great for critical listening, but fatiguing for a relaxed one.

The ATH-SR5BT model reproduces every detail of sounds the way they were recorded, so it is balanced, rich and vivid. Bass is not boosted, the mids are emphasized and together with the bright highs it may sound harsh. However that is great for audio monitoring.

Comfort and design

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is 125 g heavier than SR5BT model, 310 vs 185 g, but it is foldable with swivel lay flat cups and unlike the second. Both have a comfortable adjustable headband with thick, soft padding.

The headphones have an audio cable, a charging cable, and a carry case in a set. The charging time is 7 and 4 hours accordingly. The design of both is quite comfy with the control buttons and in-line control, in-line and built-in microphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT pros and cons

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT pros and cons

Pros

  • Extra control options with touch and app
  • Long-life battery with the level indicator is comfortable in use and control
  • The sound is well suppressed with the closed cup design for office and home use, flights etc

Cons

  • Absence of noise cancelling and loose fit with bulky cups make it not good for active sports

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT pros and cons

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT pros and cons

Pros

  • NFC connection makes it more compatible and sensitive with other devices
  • Fast charging time makes its use easier
  • Light weight and comfortable fit with soft paddings on headband and ear cups

Cons

  • Unfoldable and bulky cups make them not very comfortable to carry and use in sports or traveling

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Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
7.5
Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT
7.3
10
7
10
8
9
8
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Common

Product

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

Model

ATH-M50xBT
ATH-SR5BT

Brand

Audio-Technica
Audio-Technica

Reviews

14848
374

General

Wearing style

over ear
on ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

45/1.7
45/1.7

Impedance, Ohm

38
47

Frequency response, Hz

15Hz-28KHz
5Hz-40KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

99
103

Magnet type

rare earth
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

310/10.9
185/6.5

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

120/3.9
120/3.9

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

Google Assistant, Siri
Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind, microphone on/off
volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, fast forward/rewind

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

5.0
4.1

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable
rechargable

Battery life, hrs

40
38

Charging time, hrs

7
4

Charging port

micro USB
USB-C

Charging cable

micro USB to USB-A
USB-C to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.5
  • 7.3
  • 7.5Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
  • 7.3Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT is better headphones in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT price