New Gear Review: Audio-Technica ATH-M70X Headphones

Audio-Technica_ATHM70xSMALLThe new ATH-M70x headphones, along with the open-back ATH-R70x, are the most stylish headphones yet in the ATH line. For studio use with good isolation from outside sounds, the ATH-M70x has a circumaural design with 90° swiveling ear cups that fold flat in the included compact soft case. They come with three interchangeable cables and included 1⁄4-inch stereo adapter.

The ATH-M70x feel very light on my head, yet stay put and seal well around my ears even though I wear glasses. I now mix on them whenever I want to listen on ‘phones during late night mixing sessions.

The ATH-M70x professional monitor headphones feature proprietary 45-mm large-aperture drivers with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils. They reproduce 5 Hz to 40,000 Hz effortlessly but do not sound purposely over bright and fizzy. They’ll take up to 2 Watts of power from my studio’s headphone system, and drummers (who want it louder than loud) will love them.

A great choice for studio mixing, tracking, FOH, DJ use, personal listening, mastering and post-production, the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x sells for $299 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com