ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

A low-end headphones perfect for anyone looking for cancellation and Bluetooth at an affordable price and a model for professionals with spectacular design

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

The Audio Technica catalog offers various formats and models, ranging from general to specific; from inexpensive headphones for all audiences to extravagances with which to conquer those who make their first steps as a DJ, whether professional or amateur. Today we focus on the ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB models, two completely different products despite belonging to the same family.

In this family ATH-ANC500BT would be the formal cousin, the brother who studies competitive examinations or the distant uncle who never gets into trouble and disputes over inheritances. They are traditional headphones, discreet without being sober and with an elegant point that could have been exploited more, all at an official price of 99 euros.

The sound is crisp, with decent bass and amazing noise cancellation. Without raising the volume to the maximum it is able to 'silence' the typical sounds of a home or an office. For its range it is a perfect performance.

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

Cancellation is activated by default when used with Bluetooth, but can be disabled by connecting its cable, which greatly increases battery life (and the possibility of tangling, of course). The sound quality is also superior with the umbilical cord in place.

The body combines plastic, metals and leather for surprisingly comfortable ear cushions in a homogeneous and, again, warm; leaves the superfluous for others and focuses on details, the logo, for example, which give personality and packaging. In the example of the uncle it would be a subtle extravagance that, for some reason, fits his character: an earring, a minimal tattoo, a circle that houses a triangle.

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

From the outset, the ATH-ANC500BT could pass for a mid-range or even high-end product. Up close, you can see the workmanship of its price in details such as cheap and somewhat flimsy buttons -it is not a drama, but a fact- or in the decision to use a mini USB connector instead of a much more current USB- C.

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

This, of course, is used to charge a battery whose autonomy is around 20 hours of use with Bluetooth and noise cancellation, a rather surprising figure if we take into account its power and weight and more than acceptable in any case. A long weekend getaway in which we forget the cable – this, remember, it would not happen if you used the same one that all the phones launched in recent years incorporate – might not run out of your gas.

All this goes hand in hand with a price that is very adjusted to its features, design and construction. The ATH-ANC500BT are reliable headphones, the kind that last several years, walks, trips and Netflix afternoons. If the day they break we do not seek to replace them with the same model, it will be because we have changed – and our preferences – than they have.

For the DJ in us

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

The ATH-M50xPB, on the other hand, are a much more recent model (they were presented this summer), colorful and specialized. They are made for music lovers or people who work in the audiovisual sector (more for the audio part, of course).

Despite being aimed at sound professionals, they have a striking design and even a badass point, with a body that combines the elegance of black (mainly in the padding) with the histrionics of purple. They won't be for everyone, but whoever likes them will fall in love with them.

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

The main novelty of this model is that it comes with several removable cables -also a bag to transport them- among which only one compatible with USB-C would be missing. It is true, that yes, that in the jacks sector it is not a forgetfulness that will cause many tears.

It is a robust, forceful model that can become heavy, but only after a long time of use. They are compact (for their size) comfortable, ergonomic and easily transportable thanks to their folds.

Its contortionist flexibility allows that in a daily use away from stages and speakers they can be used comfortably, for example, to transcribe parts of an interview without having to put on the whole headband. DJ by night, accountant by day .

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

It does not matter that the ATH-M50xPB enters through the eyes, because if they stay it is through the ears: their sound quality is undeniable (the bass is low, the treble, treble; the chocolate, thick) and without noise cancellation they isolate from considerable form.

There is no Bluetooth, no buttons and no battery so the ATH-M50xPB must justify its price (169 euros) with performance and boy do they do. They may not be able to compete with the higher ranges, but they will be very comfortable fighting with the socks. And they will do it in style.

ATH-ANC500BT and ATH-M50xPB: headphones for every taste, ear and pocket

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