Headphone Zone Face Off: Comparing The Audio Technica ATH-M50x & The Sony MDR-7506

by Nausheen Shaikh April 15, 2016 1 Comment

Face Off - Comparing The Best Studio Monitors under Rs. 10000

Sony MDR-7506
 Legendary Studio Monitors
Audio Technica - ATH-M50x
Most Popular M-Series Monitors


An industry stalwart, the Sony MDR-7506 has been a favourite of sound professionals and record engineers since 1991. Going strong for more than two decades ,these headphones are still favoured for their comfort, clear and high quality sound reproduction; all at a modest price of Rs 7490.

The Audio Technica ATH M50x are the young upstarts. From Audio Technica's signature M-Series line of studio-monitoring headphones, these have been established and approved by pro audio reviewers and sound engineers for their accurate, clear and balanced sound, design, comfort and durability.

Let's talk about Design and Comfort...

Sony - MDR-7506 

Sony - MDR-7506
These closed-back over-ear headphones come with a foldable mechanism that ensures ease in portability. They're a little heavier than usual. However, the plastic build is strong and the outer earcups themselves are made of metal. The headphones may not be as padded as the M50x but they are still very comfortable for long use as the head clamping mechanism is moderate.

The headphones come with a permanently attached coil cable that can stretch upto 10 feet long. Since it comes without a mic or remote, it may not be very ideal for use with smartphones and portable audio players.


Audio-Technica - ATH-M50x

Just like the MDR-7506, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x has a rather old fashioned and functional design. Rather than trying to look sleek, and employing expensive-feeling materials like aluminium and leather, these are largely – and unashamedly – plastic.

The M50x is definitely very comfortable. The large earcups sit on the ears and can be used for long hours. However, they do tend to clamp down on the top of your head which can cause discomfort. That does reduce as when the headphones are broken in, but out of the box, there might be an issue for large heads. Noise isolation is also more effective than the MDR-7506.

The biggest advantage over the MDR-7506 is of course the 3 cables that are included. There's a 1.2m straight cable, a coiled cable and another long straight one for use in the studio. 

Getting to how these sound...

Sony - MDR-7506

Sony MDR-7506

The headphones come with a large 40mm driver that provide incredibly accurate sound. The balance between the bass, mid range and the treble is on point, nothing is out of place. The sound is perfect for all genres, balanced and open and it's no wonder that studio professionals have depended on them for years. 

These headphones also have minimal sound leakage and the sound isolation is also quite good.

Compared to the the M50x, it is thinner and brighter. The M50x sound is richer and weightier in tonal balance. Another drawback is that Sony only provides a warranty of 90 days on the headphones.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

It's very difficult to find fault in the M-50x's sound performance.

Vocals and instruments are have a good deal of texture, and are nicely separated on a well-organised soundstage. There’s liveliness and it's an immersive listen.

Tonally, the ATH-M50Xs aren’t quite balanced; they lean a little towards the low end. It’s a warm, controlled rumble that’s just enough without being overwhelming. As for the rest: the midrange is well defined and well assimilated with the treble, which is smooth enough to avoid harshness, even when cranked up.

The imperfections come in with the lack of a more dynamic punch. Also, a little bit of clarity would help the treble sparkle – as it feels a little muted.

Just like the MDR-7506, the ATH-M50x also has an impressively wide soundstage that you can immerse yourself into. 


To summarise...

Sony MDR-7506
  • 24 Year Legacy
  • Old Fashioned Design
  • Coiled Non-Detachable Cable
  • Detailed & Accurate Sound
  • Brighter & Thinner Tonality
  • MRP Rs. 7490
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
  • Robust Plastic Construction
  • Traditional Albeit Attractive Design 
  • Three Detachable Cables
  • Detailed & Balanced sound
  • Richer & Weightier Tonality
  • MRP Rs. 13990


We'd recommend that an audiophile on a tight budget go for the Sony MDR-7506 whereas for those who can afford it, the  Audio-Technica ATH- M50x is the superior option. 

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Nausheen Shaikh
Nausheen Shaikh

1 Response


April 05, 2016

I had borrowed a friend’s MX50x for some time and they really sound good. Havent tried sony MDR-7506. But have tried the XB series. Also i have been using sony’s entry level over ear headphones and MDR G45 for sometime. Both are good for their price. What i like about sony is their durability. Though they come with 90 days warranty, they are extremely durable and well built. Only thing here sony is missing is detachable and variable length wires.

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