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Audio-Technica’s M Series of headphones are a studio staple. Now they’ve gone wireless with the lightweight and sleek ATH-M20xBT.

Audio-Technica’s M series of headphones have found their way into many studios over the years. The first choice for surveillance in all sorts of situations, they’re reliable, affordable, and can also take a bit of punishment when needed. With the ATH-M20xBT, Audio-Technica aims to bring that feeling of reliability to the streets.

The ATH-M20xBT offers high-quality audio performance in a casual listener-friendly package, with long battery life and Bluetooth connectivity. So how does it compare to other offerings from this iconic brand? Let’s find out.

First impressions

Being a reasonably priced option for circumaural headphones (at $169 AUD), the package is free of many hi-fi accessories. But all the essentials are taken care of, namely the headphones themselves, the USB charging cable and a 1.2 meter audio cable for wired listening.

The sleek black ear cups and headband with a steely glow are very in keeping with the Audio-Technica aesthetic. The ear cups are oval rather than circular, allowing for a comfortable fit. The standout feature at first impression is the weight, or lack thereof. These babies are lightweight which is fantastic for long play sessions or musical binges – you’ll actually forget you’re wearing them.

The lifestyle headphone market is competitive, so any set worth considering is bound to come loaded with practical features. As such, there’s a built-in mic and controls for taking calls for all your work-from-home conferences. You can connect to your computer and phone simultaneously via multipoint pairing. And for all gamers, you can enable Low Latency Mode for perfect screen and audio synchronization.

However, another standout feature is its 60-hour battery life. It’s true: a full charge will get you through the whole working week, plus transportation, without a hitch. That said, if you only have 10 minutes of charge time to spare, you’ll get up to three hours of playback.

Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT


The ATH-M20xBT incorporates 40mm drivers, which is comparable to most pro-level studio headphones. As such, audio performance is in line with monitoring headphones and the sound of the Audio-Technica “family”: a pleasant bump in the low-mids, but nothing extreme – just enough to give bass guitars a real identity in the mix without overloading it. . There’s also a distinct presence just north of a typical vocal range – this lends a mix of sparkle and excitement, making for a lively and musical listening experience.

If you were trying to do a mix, the ATH-M20xBT wouldn’t be the first set of cans you’d look for. In a monitoring situation, however, they perform admirably and are robust enough to take a bit of a beating in the studio.

Ultimately, for a casual listener who needs a versatile, convenient and affordable solution for work and play, the ATH-M20xBT is nearly unbeatable.

See Audio-Technica for full details.