Audio-Technica has announced the introduction of the new ATH-M50xSTS and ATH-M50xSTS-USB StreamSet streaming headsets designed for live-streaming content creators and based on the company’s ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones while also incorporating technology from 20 Series microphones.
The headsets are equipped with 45 mm large-aperture drivers designed to supply clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with accurate bass response. They come with two sets of distinct earpads: M50x earpads that stress audio quality and sound isolation; mesh and leatherette earpads that emphasize breathability and comfort.
Both models use a cardioid condenser capsule on a flexible boom arm, allowing for optimum positioning even with head movement to help foster vocal presence without background noise and output at a consistent level. The headsets’ microphone can be muted quickly by flipping the boom arm into the up position.
The ATH-M50xSTS uses a 2-meter (6.6-foot) permanently attached cable with 3.5-mm (1/8-inch) headphone input (plus 6.3-mm [1/4-inch] adapter) and XLR microphone output. The ATH-M50xSTS-USB uses a 2-meter (6.6-foot) permanently attached cable with USB-A connection (and USB-A to USB-C adapter) for plug-and-play connectivity to PCs and Macs.
In addition, the ATH-M50xSTS-USB includes an A/D converter with a sampling rate up to 24-bit/96 kHz and sidetone circuitry that lets vocals be heard in the headset (with volume controlled by a dial on the earcup) for a more “conversational” feel.
The ATH-M50xSTS is available with an MSRP of $199 and the ATH-M50xSTS-USB is available with an MSRP of $229.