Audio-Technica has announced the introduction of new ATH-M50xBT2 wireless over-ear headphones, the next generation of the wireless iteration of its ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones.
The M50xBT2 is designed to deliver the same wireless listening experience as its predecessor, offering clarity and accurate bass response. Updated and enhanced features include improved vocal pickup, incorporating dual-microphone beamforming technology for clearer phone calls and communication with the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant; the addition of multipoint pairing to let users connect wirelessly to two Bluetooth devices at once; an updated USB-C connection; a low-latency mode, improving synchronicity between audio and video for smooth streaming and gaming; and compatibility with multiple audio codecs (SBC, AAC and LDAC).
In addition, there’s the option to adjust the headphone’s EQ settings, if users so choose, by making the changes in the A-T Connect app and saving the settings on the headphones themselves. Battery life is stated to be approximately 50 hours of continuous use on a full charge and up to 3 hours of use on a 10-minute rapid charge via USB-C connection.
The ATH-M50xBT2 retains the proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers, fold-flat design with 90-degree swiveling earcups, and professional-grade earpads and headband of the ATH-M50x. Standard features include additional audio components such as an AK4331 audio DAC and a dedicated internal headphone amp; sidetone circuitry that allows users to hear their voice in the headphones when making calls on most smartphones; mute control at the press of a button; left earcup button control of volume/mute, music, and calls, and access to voice assistants (Amazon Alexa Built-in, Google Assistant, Siri).
There’s also a “Fast Pair” feature, enabling users to pair the ATH-M50xBT2 headphones with Android OS smartphones and devices with a single tap on the device; a detachable 1.2-meter (3.9-foot) cable for optional wired connection; pro-grade earpad and headband materials for durability and comfort with an effective sound-isolating seal; and compatibility with the A-T Connect app, allowing control of the low latency mode, EQ, L/R volume balance, choice of voice assistant, misplaced headphone location, change of codecs, and more. A USB charging cable and a carrying pouch are also included.
The new ATH-M50xBT2 wireless over-ear headphones are available now with U.S. MSRP pricing of $199.