Last month, personal and professional audio giants Audio-Technica unveiled the ATH-M70x, a new set of monitor headphones designed to bring more detail out in a mix. Now while the ATH-M70x is perfect for professional musicians and producers, they’re also fantastic for everyday activities such as listening to music, watching movies and playing video games – just be prepared to tinker with your mix to cater to your specific tastes.
- M-Series flagship model, tuned for extremely accurate reproduction and carefully crafted using key metal components for lasting durability
- Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
- Extended response accurately reproduces extreme low and high frequencies while maintaining perfect balance
- Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
- 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring
- Professional-grade earpads and headband provide excellent durability and comfort, and detach for easy replacement
- Perfect for studio mixing and tracking, mastering and audio forensics
- Fold-flat design for space-saving portability
- Detachable cables (includes 1.2 m – 3.0 m coiled cable, 3.0 m straight cable and 1.2 m straight cable)
|Driver Diameter||45 mm|
|Voice Coil||CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)|
|Frequency Response||5 – 40,000 Hz|
|Maximum Input Power||2,000 mW at 1 kHz|
|Weight||280 g (9.9 oz), without cable and connector|
|Cable||Interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m – 3.0 m (3.9′ – 9.8′) coiled cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8′) straight cable and detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) straight cable|
|Accessories Included||Carrying case, 6.3 mm (1/4″) screw-on adapter|
The ATH-M70x’s display case shows off the headphones in a nice close-up shot. The rear of the case outlines the products features as well as the box’s content. Inside the box, the ATH-M70xs sit inside a protective case, made from high-quality non-slip plastic. Just glancing at the headphones in the case gives the impression that Audio Technica take great pride in their work and in their products. The case itself looks great and serves as an excellent place to store the ATH-M70xs when you’re not using them.
The box also includes a smaller leather case – which contains three cables – a coiled 1.2m – 3m audio cable, a 1.2 straight cable and a 3m straight cable. You also get a gold-plated 6.3mm jack adapter – meaning musicians and DJ’s can get stuck into mixing and recording the second they get the ATH-M70xs out the box!
The headphones themselves are very stylish – it’s impossible not to like the black and silver colour scheme! The headband itself is made from durable high-quality plastic. The band is thick and solid, and (not that you would want it to) it looks as though it could withstand the occasional accident such as being knocked off your desk. There’s also handy indicators either side of the headband to indicate which ear is supposed to go in each cup and help you in your listening.
The underside of the headband has a section made of soft leather filled with foam. The outside of the ear cups sport silver Audio Technica logos while the inside of them has the same foam-filled soft leather as the headband, as well as mesh fabric over the speakers. Both ear cups are able to be swiveled inward, meaning the user is able to listen to either side of the headset (and their mix) individually.
Overall the ATH-M70x is a very visually appealing headset – it’s definitely one of the more stylish headphones I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.
Ahh, now to the fun part! I’ve put the ATH-M70x’s through their paces across a number of activities – watching TV, playing video games, playing guitar and of course, listening to music. Here’s what I found…
Now the ATH-M70xs are monitor headphones, meaning they are designed to bring out detail in a mix without any bias. This means that while they do sound fair when simply listening to music with them, you will need to make use of a program like Realtek HD Audio Manager, or at the very least your media player’s equaliser settings. Listening to music on my phone though, was excellent from the get-go, without any tweaking. Even the songs that weren’t 320kbps sounded amazing!
Playing games, the ATH-M70x’s is actually pretty damn impressive. I played a number of games but it was Left 4 Dead that really allowed the ATH-M70xs to shine. While sneaking around avoiding witches the soundtrack’s piano jangled my nerves, and the bass notes were truly powerful – though the whole soundtrack maintained perfect balance – nothing was lost and nothing was drowned out in bass.
Next up, I played some guitar using the ATH-M70xs. At first, I just about blew my damn ears off as I had the volume up too high on my pedal and the M70xs truly are powerful. After some adjustments, the ATH-M70xs achieved their goal – they brought out detail in the mix. In fact, I was able to tweak my amp’s settings using the ATH-M70xs and get an inifinitely better sound as a result. Even when I’m just using my amp my effects sound better, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the ATH-M70xs.
I didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up the ATH-M70x monitor headphones, but after using them I couldn’t recommend them more! By default, they deliver excellent detail for professional audio production and engineering but they also compliment any media player’s equalisers for fantastic casual listening. Professional musicians should absolutely check them out, as should any audiophile.