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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Dec 2018 > AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-M60x


Audio-Technica has built a solid reputation for its M-series professional headphones. Adam Crute takes a look at the ATH-M60x, the latest addition to the product line



I ‘ve been a long-time fan of Audio-Technica microphones – I have a number of well-used and well-loved examples in my mic cupboard. I’ve also heard good things about the company’s M-series headphones, so I jumped at the opportunity to check out the ATH-M60x, the latest in that product line.


The M60x’s are a closed-back on-ear headphone. On-ear headphones tend to be used less in studios than over-ear, as the latter generally gives better isolation, which reduces problems with the sound spilling to recording mics when working with acoustic instruments. However, with soft, plush memory foam pads wrapped in a supple fake leather, the M60xs create a snug fit against the ear that’s both comfortable and effective in preventing such spill. Being on-ear also makes them feel less claustrophobic during extended use, and it’s easy to get the drivers into the perfect position for your ears, as they move easily when making adjustments, but hold firmly when in use. The headphones come with three interchangeable cables: 1.2m and 3m straight cables, plus a coiled cable that stretches to a 3m limit. One end of each cable has a 2.5mm jack that fits into a socket recessed into the headphones’ left-hand driver. The barrel of the 2.5mm jack and the barrel of the recessed socket have a twist-andlock mechanism which fixes the cable in place and protects the socket against strain and tugs. At the other end, the cables are terminated with 3.5mm mini-jacks, although a 3.5mm-to-6.3mm screw-on adapter is also provided. All the plugs are of the corrosion-resistant gold-plated variety.

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