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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

Professional monitor headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

If you're a musician or a DJ, you probably spend plenty on gear. Fortunately, you don't have to spend much to get a great pair of headphones. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones offer accurate sound without forcing you to make tough financial decisions. These durable headphones are tuned for a flat response, so you get sound that's well-balanced across a wide frequency range with plenty of detail. They're great for tracking and mixing in the studio, spinning tunes at a club, or simply relaxing with music at home or on the road. They come with detachable straight and coiled cables, as well as a 1/4" adapter for plugging into pro gear or home stereos.

Great sound even a musician can afford

If you're a musician or a DJ, you probably spend plenty on gear. Fortunately, you don't have to spend much to get a great pair of headphones. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones offer accurate sound without forcing you to make tough financial decisions. These durable headphones are tuned for a flat response, so you get sound that's well-balanced across a wide frequency range with plenty of detail. They're great for tracking and mixing in the studio, spinning tunes at a club, or simply relaxing with music at home or on the road. They come with detachable straight and coiled cables, as well as a 1/4" adapter for plugging into pro gear or home stereos.

Solid construction for everyday use

Working musicians and DJs need headphones that are tough. The 'M40x headphones are well built with premium materials that keep these headphones from self-destructing after just a few recording sessions. They're also very comfortable, with thick padding on the headband and earcups and a swiveling design that helps them conform to your head. The earcups can rotate a full 90 degrees, so you can use them for single-ear monitoring in the studio or the club.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design offers noise isolation for studio recording
  • 40mm dynamic drivers are tuned for flat, accurate response
  • includes two detachable cables (with twist-lock 2.5mm sub-mini terminals at the headphone):
    • 118" straight cable with miniplug connector
    • 47" to 118" coiled cable with miniplug connector
  • 1/4" adapter included for connecting to pro gear
  • earcups swivel and rotate for single-ear use
  • folding design for compact storage
  • carry pouch included
  • frequency response: 15-24,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 98 dB
  • impedance: 35 ohms
  • weight: 8.5 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones
  • 47"-118" Coiled cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 125" straight cord (3.5mm plug)
  • Screw-on 1/4" Plug adapter (installed)
  • Storage pouch
  • Instructions
  • Purchase Registration Card
  • Disposal guidelines

Great headphones for the money! Can listen to for hours.

Brian, Columbus, IN

Reviews

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Reviews

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(14 Reviews)

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

Crutchfield customer from San Francisco, CA on 7/18/2018

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Sound quality is very good however they seem a little big for my head and can slip off easily.

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Brian from Columbus, IN on 2/8/2018

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Great headphones for the money! Can listen to for hours.

Pros: Great value

Cons: A little lacking in comfort

Pleasantly Surprised!

Chris from Carrollton, GA on 8/5/2017

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My Five Star Rating Is Based On "Sound Value!" Flat? Nope. Most Comfortable I Own? Nope. With This In Mind For Less Than $100.00 They're Still Exceptional Closed Back Cans. The Bass From My Laptop's Realtek Output Sounds Bloated, Mids Are Decent, And Top End Has Some Sizzle. Mating Them With A Decent Source Pays Off. Using An Inexpensive SoundMagic XS Reins In The Bass and Tames The Sizzle. Plug Them Into A Schiit Modi/Magni Uber Stack With Some HD Flac Files And You'll Start Questioning Just "How Much Better" Some Of Your Much More Expensive Cans Really Sound. I Could Nit Pick, But For The $$$, I Ain't Going There. If You're Considering Full Size Headphones These Are An Excellent Place To Start Or Replace Your Older Cans With. Given A Proper Source I Believe You'll Be Pleasantly Surprised With How These Compare With Much More Expensive Cans. If You're Going To Spend More, Consider The NAD Viso HP50.

Pros: Fed Properly, They Have A Non Fatiguing Sound. (Huge Benefit) They Perform Well Above Their Modest Price

Cons: Fresh From The Box They're A Bit Snug. Bass Heavy With Some Sources. They Won't Dazzle You A Huge Soundstage. For Me, Their Fit Is More Like An On Ear Type.

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Crutchfield customer from Bayamon, PR on 5/14/2017

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Excellent device. Recommended.

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Crutchfield customer from Morrisville, NC on 4/14/2017

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Nice neutral sounding headphone, well worth the price. Docked a star for not including a short 5-6 foot cable, like with the M50x. I was a little concerned at first, they felt tight on my 23" in round head, but they loosened up and are comfortable now.

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Great sound but uncomfortable

Tammh from Grand Junction, CO on 3/5/2017

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Great sound quality but headset is uncomfortable

Pros: Great Sound Quality Nice carrying case

Cons: Uncomfortable

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Crutchfield customer from Santa Maria, CA on 12/29/2016

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Christmas gift for my wife who is a singer. She says great accurate sound ...but they squish her head. She prefers the AKG they have in the studio. More money. Returning.

Pros: Great sound. Noise canciling. Accurate maybe a smidgen bass-y. not a bad thing

Cons: Squish head. Not comfortable to wear.

High quality

D from Boston, MA on 12/10/2016

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High quality build, excellent sound quality.

Pros: Excellent build quality, accurate sound signature. Lighter and more well built than expected. Better than Sennheiser 280 Pro in every way.

Cons: Should include a shorter cable like the M50X.

Great Headphones on a Budget!

Jackson from Tacoma, Washington on 11/29/2016

Wonderful Headphones. I've using the headphones for a month or two now and I am SO GLAD I didn't buy the cheaper 30x. On day 4 I bent the included coiled cable. I ordered a 1.2M braided 3rd party cable which I am still using. The headset is lightweight and fairly compact. It feels a little cheap with a full plastic build that sounds hollow. It sounds great, best inexpensive over ear I've used yet.

Pros: Great Sound, Design, Size and Price.

Cons: Build Quality, Included cable to long for phones.

Decent Headphones

Ozz from plattsburgh, NY on 1/29/2016

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I bought these mainly for my small "home studio", as the semi-open cans I had bled into the vocal mic a lot. I was also having trouble getting mixes to translate well to other systems with the monitors I was using (good monitors, but, probably just not set up optimally). These keep mic bleed to a minimum when doing vocals, and I actually did a couple of remix experiments, and though still not perfect, they translated much better to other systems...so that alone made them worth the price to me. They seem to be built well, and are comfortable for me to wear. Overall, I would buy them again.....glad I picked them over the next model up...which are supposed to be VERY nice as well, but I've heard not quite as accurate or neutral for mixing. (Not sure how neutral THESE really are, but my mixes came out much better....so whatever you call it....I like it :-) )

Pros: Well built, comfortable, seem accurate....good for recording to avoid bleed. Comes with a couple different cords...

Cons: For just listening to music, I like open back better, but that's just me.....for what I bought them for, they're great.

Nice headset but a little warm

MS from California on 12/28/2015

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After using it for a few weeks, I have to say the sound quality is excellent, neutral and clear without too much booming bass. It's great for classic music or vocals. The high and mid are phenomenal. It does get kind of warm after awhile so will likely not a good choice for hot and humid climate. Can't imagine wearing this in the summer, even in California. May be because of my glasses, the headphone does pinch a little, causing slight discomfort after prolong use. I'd have to shift or adjust the position now and then. Although not a noise canceling headphone, it does block out some surrounding ambient noise. Built quality is excellent, feels robust.

Pros: Fantastic neutral sound and clarity

Cons: Warm, pinches

Great Headphones

Ace S from California on 10/30/2015

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Great headphones that is well balanced and easy on your ears. Everything is more rich and nothing overpowers one another. If you listen to hiphop/rap and love huge bass that this is not for you. Don't get me wrong the M40 has bass but its much more well rounded not overpowering. Great headphones for a great price. I might upgrade to the M50x during Christmas.

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ant from Illinois on 9/9/2015

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You get what you pay for.

Pros: They sound better than the sonys and sennheisers in the same price range. (To me at least)

Cons: Coiled cord is too long

Clean sound

Jorge from Denver City on 1/31/2015

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Was what I expected from the reviews on line about the product.

Pros: Clean undistorted sound, when connected to my home receiver the sound was excellent!!!

Cons: When connected to my phone and iPod the volume was not loud enough for me.

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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.321" x 3.927
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 15-24k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 35 Ohms
Weight 8.5 ounces
Cord Length 125"+116"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones feature a closed-back, over-the-ear design for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The sturdy ATH-M40x is designed for use for studio recording or mixing, as well as DJ-ing. The ear cups swivel 90° for one-ear monitoring, and fold inward for storage in the included vinyl storage pouch.

Drivers: The 40mm drivers are made with rare earth (neodymium) magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, and are tuned flat for accurate sound monitoring over a wide frequency range. The professional-grade ear pads and headband pads offer comfort for many hours of continuous use.

Cable: The ATH-M40x has a single cable exit on the left ear cup with two detachable cables. The straight cable is over 10 feet in length (125"), while the coiled cord extends from 3.9' to 9.8'. Both cables have twist-lock 2.5mm sub-mini terminals at the headphone, and a 3.5mm mini plug that can be used with most portable devices. A screw-on 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter is included for those times when you're listening to home or professional components with a full-size headphone jack.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 24kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 1600mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 35 ohms
  • Dimensions: Width=3.321" Height=3.927" Depth=1.955"
  • Cable Length: 125" (straight), 47"-118" (coiled)
  • Weight: 8.5 ounces (w/o cable); 10.9 ounces (w/coiled cable)

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I compared the 40x to the 50x and read reviews on utube and made my decision also with the help of my advisor Carson. [ Nancy  Jul 04, 2018 ]
Recommended by audiophiliac friend [ Tom  Feb 03, 2018 ]
Great price for an affordable pair of closed back cans. [ New User  Jul 31, 2017 ]
Did a ton of research online. [ Anthony  Jul 11, 2017 ]
internet research. [ Warren  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Great brand and price. The specs are outstanding! [ John  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Due to technical specifications suitable for Pro Audio applications. [ Carlos  Dec 06, 2016 ]
Have a few pairs of the 50s in the studio. Figured this would be a good general, rugged set for general listening at my desk, and less expensive than using the 50s in the studio for tracking, where they could get beat up. Better to lose a 100$ pair of cans to a crazed drummer or singer, as opposed to a $170 pair........ [ FRANK  Nov 14, 2016 ]
A-T has been in the business a lot of years, I bought phonograph needles from this company in the 1970's. I trust them to manufacture high quality products, I'm expecting a high quality product. B Caruso [ Baladsino  Oct 29, 2016 ]
Its the top 10 Best Headphones Under 100. [ Amos  Jun 17, 2016 ]
I have always liked A-T products, this unit had many good reviews, and the price was right!. [ Dominic  Jan 16, 2016 ]
these headphones have great reviews and are excellent quality for the price [ Christopher  Dec 06, 2015 ]
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