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Austrian Audio Hi-X50 Professional On-Ear Headphones

Closed-back, on-ear headphones with Hi-X (High Excursion) technology designed specifically for contemporary music production
MFR# 18003F10200

Product Description

The engineers at Austrian Audio have designed and produced some of the world’s most acclaimed headphones and drivers. When it came time to create their first family of professional headphones, they took all the time needed to create them and to exceed many of the goals and challenges that came before.

The result is the Austrian Audio Hi-X50 Professional On-Ear Headphones, featuring “Made in Austria” quality from a team that stands behind this all-new design. You won’t find off the shelf drivers and key components here – everything is crafted by Austrian Audio.

Science, measurements, and listening tests have shown that 44 mm is the optimum size for this design. It ensures professional performance in the Hi-X, moves a lot of air, and eliminates ‘wobbling’ of the diaphragm. This is akin to damping of the driver mass, which is wherethe membrane really shows results: it is ultra-stiff while still reducing unwanted resonance.


  • High Excursion proprietary drivers designed for today's contemporary music production
  • Detachable cable for replaceability, compact portability and safety from damage
  • Furnished with 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) to 6.3 mm (1/4 inch) adapter
  • All metal hinges and bow ensuring maximum durability and stability
  • Foldable construction for maximum portability and easy storage
  • Soft slow retention memory foam earpads providing greatest comfort during long sessions

Product Specifications

Condition New
Unit Weight 0.77 lb
Impedance 25 ohms
Frequency Range 5 Hz - 28 kHz
Max. SPL 118 dB
Headphone Style Closed

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These are the most comfortable on-ear headphones I have ever worn. I usually prefer around-ear sizes, but I was looking for something small and portable. These sound incredible! My favorite headphones have strong, clear sound signatures but still sound "fun". I favor warmer-sounding headphones in general (For example, I prefer the HD650 vs. the HD600. My favorite headphones are the ZMF Atticus.) I can wear the X50 for many hours at a time, and they are comfortable enough to fall asleep while wearing.

Strengths of the X50: Comfort, portability, easily driven by a phone (doesn't need an amp to sound great). Strong, deep bass that doesn't obscure other frequencies. Pleasant, enjoyable sound with no harshness or sibilance. Responds well to a variety of headphone amplifiers.

Weaknesses of the X50: Vocals can sound slightly recessed on some recordings. Not as "neutral" as other headphones marketed for studio use. Warm sound may not be for everyone. On-ear size may not be preferred by some.

Other thoughts: closed-back headphones will never sound as "big" and "wide" as open back. I think the X50 gets this right. The soundstage is narrower than my open-back pairs (as expected)--but the sound of the X50 is "intimate" rather that "small". There is plenty of separation between instruments and vocals. You don't feel like you are listening in a huge open space... but you do feel like you are very close to the musicians. This staging appeals to me.

By Whitney S on September 22, 2022

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