Few headphones are as popular and recognized as the legendary Audio Technica ATH-M50 and ATH-M50x. These devices, which were originally positioned as studio monitors, are extremely popular with ordinary consumers thanks to their insightful sound and neutral acoustic signature. Many years after its launch, the ATH-M50x is still a popular choice of headphones that cost less than Rs. 10,000.
The company recently launched a highly anticipated updated version of these wireless connectivity headphones. The Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT offers the same clear, open sound as its wired counterpart, but costs a good deal more with Rs. 18,450.
If you already own the wired version and don't want to pay the full price just for the wireless connection, you can always use a Bluetooth adapter like the Fiio BTR1K, which costs a lot less. However, if you specifically want to upgrade an Audio Technica ATH-M50x, Fiio offers a much more elegant solution: the Rs. 3.490 Fiio BTA10, specially developed for this headphone model.
How does the Fiio BTA10 work?
The Fiio BTA10 has no cables. It is a claw-shaped plastic device with a 2.5mm pin sticking out in the middle. The BTA10 with its curved shape and recess for the 2.5 mm plug fits perfectly into the ear cup of the ATH-M50x. It adapts seamlessly to the headset and the 2.5 mm plug fits exactly where it is needed without anything sticking out.
While this makes one side of the headphones heavier, the Fiio BTA10 has its own battery, a microphone for hands-free calling and buttons for controlling playback and volume. One end of the device has a micro USB port for charging. There is an indicator light on the front indicating the status. The micro USB port is located on the top of one of the claw ends. You may need to remove the BTA10 for convenient charging.
The Fiio BTA10 uses a Qualcomm QC3005 Bluetooth chip with Bluetooth 5 for the connection and supports the Bluetooth codecs SBC, aptX and AAC. The device ran for about seven hours on a full charge, which is about what the Fiio BTR1K offers.
When it comes to sound quality, the Fiio BTA10 relies on the Audio Technica ATH-M50x to drive the show forward. The acoustic signature and characteristics were largely the same as those of the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT, with the Fiio BTA10 only handling wireless reception and digital-to-analog conversion for the headset. Using the ATH-M50x with cable and 3.5mm plug definitely sounded better than wireless connectivity, but the Fiio BTA10 is said to add additional wireless functionality to the headset instead of replacing traditional wired connectivity.
The sound of the setup was clean, sharp and lacked any major benefit for part of the frequency range. The BTA10 was loud and could control the Audio Technica headphones perfectly, even at high volumes. Performance was also decent on voice calls as the BTA10's microphone does a great job in all environments.
The Fiio BTA10 offers a very special and special application: Convert an Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphone into a wireless headset. If you have other headphones, this device doesn't physically fit – you need something like the Fiio BTR1K instead. While a BTR1K works perfectly with the Audio Technica ATH-M50x, the advantages that the BTA10 offers are its factor and its comfort; You no longer need to connect cables and get a device that actually looks and works like a real wireless headset.
If you have Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones, the Fiio BTA10 is the ideal accessory. If you plan to buy the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT, you can even save money by buying the regular wired version and a Fiio BTA10. versus 35 hours for the ATH-M50xBT) and the slightly unbalanced weight.
Price (MRP): Rs. 3,490