The build and design of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is definitely a good combination. It is stylish enough to subtly stand out but not to the point of being flamboyant. Ever since it was released in the market, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x have progressively released a few various color options including a sleek all-black and a subtle dark blue with tan leather. There may not be that many color options but it’s easy to find a color of your choice.
In terms of aesthetics, the ATH-M50x screams strength and durability. It is mostly made of plastic and the plush padding makes them comfortable to wear even during those long and grueling listening or studio editing, recording or mixing sessions. The earcups of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x can also rotate 90 degrees so you can wear them flat around the neck when not in use. The headphones are also adjustable in that position so you can get the most comfortable fit that suits you. It is worth noting that while the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x do not offer the same level of comfort as other professional brands like the Beyerdynamic DT 990, the former is actually more versatile in terms of overall performance.
If anything, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is not breathable due to its plush padding and materials. If you plan on using the headphones in a hot or humid environment, you may need to take it off intermittently to avoid getting sweaty ears. We have no main issues or concerns when it comes to the durability and build quality of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, but just be reminded that it is still made of plastic so be a responsible consumer and protect it getting scrunched up or mixed up with heavy things.