With almost every smartphone now ditching the headphone port, it seems more of us are adopting a wireless future.

Bluetooth headphones have exploded in popularity and now Audio Technica is cutting the cord of one of its most popular products. 

The Japanese firm has just announced the launch of the new ATH-M50xBT – a Bluetooth wireless version of its iconic headphone.

Since 2007 the M50 range has been impressing consumers and professionals alike with over 1.8 million of them sold across the world.

With high-quality sound reproduction, these cans have been favoured by recording studios and worn by renowned music artists including Stormzy, Royal Blood and Faithless.

Now they are keeping up with the wireless trend with new M50xBT featuring Bluetooth technology.

Audio-Technica is confident that its switch to wireless won’t affect the over quality with the xBT including 45mm large-aperture drivers with rare-earth magnets and copper-clad aluminium wire voice coils. 

It claims that the ATH-M50xBT delivers exceptional clarity and deep, accurate bass response over a low energy Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection.

Along with their sound credentials, there’s also some nice added touches including a 40-hour battery life, touch controls to activate your smartphone’s Google Assistant or Siri, a built-in mic and easy management via Audio-Technica’s Connect app for Android and iOS.

They also feature a robust collapsable design and come supplied with a carry case and wired connection should the battery run flat.

Once paired with your Android or Apple smartphone a two-second tap of the left housing provides quick access to your phone’s voice assistant.

Accessible button controls are also built into the left earcup for convenient handling of phone calls, music playback and volume adjustment, while the free Audio-Technica Connect app allows easy audio management from a smartphone.

It’s worth noting that there is no noise cancellation on the latest headphones but the over-the-ear design should provide pretty effective sound isolation.

Now for one of the best parts of these new headphones – the price.

Whilst most premium Bluetooth cans from the likes of Sony, Bose and Beats will cost in excess of £250 the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT will bring music to your ears for a little bit less.

They are available now, priced at £179 with fans able to purchase them from Amazon, eu.audio-technica.com/ and selected European online retail partners.

Express.co.uk will be bringing you a full review of the ATH-M50xBT in the coming weeks so watch this space.