WHAT ARE THEY: The ATH M50x are an extremely popular headset, known for their accurate audio and outstanding comfort, and a favourite amongst audio professionals, content creators, and music lovers in general.
As well as the ATH-M50x there are also several more models that use the same mounting method for installing replacement earpads.
NEED TO UPGRADE:
Yes, earpads are a perishable item - they have a finite life. Just think about all the abuse they get, on and off your head all the time, with all that that sweat soaking in and leaving them smelly, mouldy and ... well, you can imagine. All this abuse does two major things, it affects the comfort of the headset, and can ruin sound quality - in short: old pads = bad performance.
WANT TO UPGRADE:
Sometimes we just need a change, for whatever reason, maybe the originals are not to your taste or feel quite hard and uncomfy after prolonged use, or, you are looking for a new sound or to play with different materials for comfort - whatever the reason we probably have something that will fit your needs.
So, what are you after in a replacement pad?
The Audio Technica ATH-M series use a simple pad mounting system that allows them to be easily replaced when need. There is no proprietary plastic mounting ring, or worse, GLUE!!!, just a simple slot/groove around the edge of the head units, where fresh new cushions can be slid on with ease, opening up a vast array of customisation and replacement options for the users.
Luckily for you we have a lot of options that work perfectly with the groove / slot mounting system, pretty much all of our universal pads can be used, meaning you have a lot of choice, and some decisions to make.
SMALL OVAL PADS
They are small and thin, available in many colours and materials, great for smaller ears, or those that like on-ear style pads. These pads will certainly bring you closer to the driver, and help reduce clamping force if that is an issue you are looking to correct. Size wise they are pretty much the same as the original, but with superior memory foam, and additional colour/material options.
Image : Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones with Brainwavz Small Oval Pads in perforated PU (faux) leather.
View the full range of small oval pads here.
PROSTOCK - DESIGNED FOR AUDIO TECHNICA
Now these are a little different, as in they were designed specifically for the Audio Technica ATH-M series. They have a unique stadium profile design with a similar thickness to the stock pads. They offer more material options and a firmer pad with our high-grade memory foam. These fit like a glove, and the sloped profile sits so gently over the ears. If you want to retain as much of the feel and sound as the original pads then there are the ones to go for.
Image : Audio Technica ATH-M50x with Brainwavz ProStock pads in real Sheepskin leather.
View the full ProStock range here
These pads were designed to fit the Steelseries Arctis headsets, but, as they use the same mounting system as the ATH-M series, they also fit pretty darn well on these too. Not a huge range to choose from, but the pads fit really well, similar to stock, but with better padding and material options.
Image : Audio Technica ATH-M50x with Brainwavz Steelseries perforated pads in faux leather.
View the full Steelseries range here
The ones that started it all for us, and the top dog in replacement pads, and it was the Audio Technica users that really took them to heart, without them we may not be where we are now. These are thicker, bigger and comfier, and you won't know what hit you when you compare these to the stock pads. Obviously they create a much larger space between the ear and the driver and things can change, but, its all about personal choice, I mean, they were bought by ATH users for a reason, so they gotta be doing something right.
Image : Audio Technica ATH-M50x Brainwavz Oval Perforated pads in Dark Red
View full Oval earpads range here
Yep, we know the head units on the ATH M50 ain't round, but these still fit, and fit well. Same great options and thickness as the ovals above, these may be better for those with smaller heads as the oval may come down to far into the neckline.
Image : Audio Technica ATH-M50x with Brainwavz Round pads in White
View full range of round pads here
XL (Large round 110mm)
The bigger brother to the round, the XL come in all the standard colours, same thickness as the ovals, and with our super comfy memory foam. These are big, and may look odd, but can be a great asset for those who feel they need something bigger, or maybe just fancy big soft pillows strapped to their heads!!
Image : Audio Technica ATH-M50x with Brainwavz XL Perforated pads in Dark Blue
View the full XL round range here
Check out this video to see how easy it is to replace the pads on the ATH-M series headsets - videos shows our large oval earpads.
Brainwavz replacement earpads are available worldwide, from a wide variety of locations.
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