CES 2023: Audio Technica launches into gaming headphones with a special version of the ATH-M50x

Audio Technica took advantage of CES 2023 in Las Vegas to unveil two new versions of its legendary ATH-M50x headphones. The ATH-M50xSTS and ATH-M50xSTS-USB, with their gooseneck microphone, are primarily aimed at streamers and gamers looking for comfortable headphones with impeccable sound quality.

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For now, CES 2023 in Las Vegas does not disappoint and has revealed many promising products to come. We think in particular of the ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED from Asus, the very first PC with a 3D screen without glasses from the manufacturer. Of course, Nvidia responded to the event by presenting the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti, an overpowered graphics card for less than 1000 euros.

In terms of TV news, the American startup Displace has formalized the Displace TV, the very first wireless 55″ OLED television in the world. But this time we’re going to talk about Audio Technica. The brand particularly appreciated by audiophiles has just presented two new variants of the ATH-M50x, Headphones renowned for delivering studio-quality sound.

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Audio Technica launches into gaming and streaming headphones

Already very popular with streamers and gamers, the company has decided to go further by launching specially dedicated versions of the ATH-M50x for this audience, namely the ATH-M50xSTS and the ATH-M50xSTS-USB. These two helmets take up the characteristic architecture of the ATH-M50x with this foldable design, this plastic body and this metal headband with a pad, for optimal comfort. (

We also find the same 45mm wide-aperture driversable to deliver according to the brand “sound with exceptional clarity across the entire frequency range and depth in the bass”. In addition, Audio Technica adds that both models are supplied with two types of pads:

  • Faux leather ear pads with mesh fabric edges to emphasize airflow and comfort
  • Traditional M50x earpads designed to prioritize audio quality and noise isolation

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But as you can imagine, it is on the microphone that the two headphones mark their difference with their illustrious predecessor. Indeed, both variants are equipped a gooseneck microphonewhich operates a cardioid condenser capsule already used in the brand’s 20 series microphones.

According to Audio Technica, this mic offers “a rich, studio-quality vocal presence with no background noise and a stable output level”. Note that it will be possible to change quickly by simply folding the arm of the microphone upwards. Finally, the two headsets have different connectors:

  • the ATH-M50xSTS is equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack (with 6.3 mm adapter) and an output XLR microphone
  • the ATH-M50xSTS-USB as its name suggests connects directly via USB. Note that it embeds a high quality A/D converter (sampling rate up to 24 bits/96 kHz)

Both helmets will be available on the manufacturer’s official store towards the end of January 2023 at the respective prices of 199 € (ATH-M50xSTS) and 229 € (ATH-M50xSTS-USB).

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