At $69, the new ATH-Sport50BT is one of the cheaper big brand waterproof wireless sports headphones out there. But how does it fair in terms of sound, fit and design? Let’s find out in this Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review.
Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
IN the BOX – Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
Eartips (XS, S, M, L)
Ridged eartips (S/M/L)
30 cm (1′) USB charging cable
FIT – Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
These earphones are easy to pop in and out thanks to the weird rectangles attached to the buds. The fit is pretty secure, and if you like to flail your head around for a good time, rest assured, the over-ear hooks will keep them in your ear.
DESIGN – Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
Unlike its big brother, the 70BT, the 50BT has remote controls on the left earpiece rather than on the cable. But it still has the same functions: volume control, play/pause, skip and call answering. I actually found this design to be easier to use than a cable remote.
The one thing that is missing on this cheaper model is the ambient mode, which allows you to hear outside noise. Instead, the 50BT comes with special ambient ear-tips, in addition to the regular tips. I suggest you use them when running, so as not to get hit by a dump truck.
The battery life is 6 hours, which is on the lower end of standard for wireless in-ear headphones. And they take 3 hours to fully charge.
The most important design feature is that they are IPXC Certified water proof. Don’t go scuba diving with them. But they can certainly handle a good rinse under the tap after a workout.
The 50BT comes in a bunch of fun colors too: yellow, teal, pink and black.
SOUND – Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
For those who like to blow their out ears, let me warn you that the 50BT, like many wireless buds, do not get extremely loud. However, the 50BT does sound pretty decent for a $69. The bass on this model is nowhere near as deep as the 70BT, but I think that’s a good thing, as the lows on the 70BT drown out the rest of the mix. This model has a much more balanced sound, so it works better across music genres. That being said, the 50BT is no slouch in the bass department. It just doesn’t feel like a subwoofer.
SUMMARY – Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
I wouldn’t call this a huge bang for your buck. But for $69, it’s not a bad deal. Reasonable sound and an IPX5 Certified waterproof design. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. If you’re willing to spend $30 more, try the JBL Reflect Contour 2. It’s a much smaller design and the snuggest fitting sports headphone I’ve ever tried. It’s also water resistant. And louder.
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SPECIFICATIONS – Audio-Technica ATH-Sport50BT Wireless Headphones Review
Driver Diameter: 9mm
Frequency Response: 20 0 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 93 dB
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Battery Life: Up to 6 hours
Charging Time: 3 hours
Weight: 25.8 g