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Klipsch Mode M40

Noise-canceling headphones with in-line microphone and remote

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Our take on the Klipsch Mode M40

With a long tradition of high-performance professional and home audio loudspeakers to its credit, Klipsch knows great sound. In keeping with that time-honored legacy, they've now re-created their acclaimed sonic signature in a compact portable design that you can wear. The Mode M40 noise-canceling headphones stand ready to deliver your favorite tunes with all the clarity and realism that made Klipsch famous.

With a long tradition of high-performance professional and home audio loudspeakers to its credit, Klipsch knows great sound. In keeping with that time-honored legacy, they've now re-created their acclaimed sonic signature in a compact portable design that you can wear. The Mode M40 noise-canceling headphones stand ready to deliver your favorite tunes with all the clarity and realism that made Klipsch famous.

Their advanced two-way design features a separate woofer and tweeter in each earcup for solid punchy bass and crisp sparkling highs. Built-in active noise-canceling technology blocks out the world around you so you can focus better on your music. And the softly padded, leather earcups provide a comfortable and luxurious fit that you can really sink into.

Switch between your calls and music with ease

The Mode M40's in-line three-button remote makes it easy to answer and end calls, control the volume of your calls or music, and pause, play, or skip through your songs. You can even take calls on your iPhone® hands-free, thanks to an in-line microphone that lets you hear and be heard clearly.

Ready to travel

The M40's compact folding design makes them a pleasure to take along. Klipsch included both microfiber and leather carrying cases to provide safe storage when you tuck them into a bag, suitcase, or jacket. The supplied airline adapter lets you easily plug in to in-flight entertainment. Plus, these 'phones come with two removable cords — one with the in-line remote/microphone, and a standard headphone cable.

From the review The Beautiful Sound of Silence: Checking out the Klipsch Mode M40 headphones

"Overall, I loved these headphones. I can wear them a long time without them becoming uncomfortable, They're nice all-'rounders and are fantastic for the airplane, plus they sound great. If you're in the market for some new 'phones, give [the Mode M40s] a look..."

— Zak, Crutchfield Video Production Coordinator

Product Highlights:

  • compact folding, on-the-ear design
  • closed, padded leather earcups with adjustable headband
  • active noise-canceling technology to reduce distracting external sounds
  • noise-canceling function can be used without a music source to block out ambient noise
  • in-line three-button remote and microphone for use with iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®
  • two-way driver system with 40mm woofer and 15mm tweeter for extended, full-range sound
  • illuminated on/off switch for passive (standard) or active (noise-canceling) operation
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 97.5 dB (1mW, 15mm)
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • weight: 12.5 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Included accessories:
    • detachable headphone cord with in-line remote/mic and miniplug connectors
    • detachable standard headphone cord with miniplug connectors
    • full-size headphone and twin-plug airline system adapters
    • leather carrying case
    • microfiber carrying case
    • one "AAA" battery (provides up to 45 hours of operation)

What's in the Box:

  • Over-the-ear noise cancelling headphones
  • 1 "AAA" battery
  • 62" Headphone cable with in-line remote/mic (terminated by male 3.5mm connector on each end)
  • 62" Headphone cable (terminated by male 3.5mm connector on each end)
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter
  • Airplane adapter
  • Leatherette case
  • Cloth pouch
  • Owner's Manual

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Klipsch Mode M40 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Partial Hit

Bryan from Honolulu, HI on 1/5/2013

First things first, these headphones sound fantastic! I have worn them on multiple long-haul flights and the sound is great, the case is a little bulky but offers great protection, and they look as good as they sound. They are more comfortable than others I have owned, especially on long flights. The battery life is long, especially for a single AAA battery, and they work even when powered off or after the battery dies. The only negative is the so-called noise canceling...there is next to none at all. It is difficult to even tell how much noise is blocked out because they hardly cancel any noise at all. Despite that, when you turn them on the music/movie is amplified and as long as you are listening to something the aircraft or other noise is non-existent. So I call the noise cancelation button an amplifier power switch so I won't be disappointed when they don't block unwanted noises below 10k feet. Another huge plus is that no matter how loud the music is, no one around you will hear anything at all. Overall they are great, but the NC needs some work...there aren't any microphones on the outside of the earcups, in fact it looks like they are inside below the drivers which makes no sense.

Pros: Sound quality, durability, looks, case

Cons: Noise canceling

Klipsch Mode M40

Headphone head from Simi Valley,Ca. on 11/4/2012

They are not for everyone. First time I heard them I agreed with the first two reviews. These are cans that must be broken in however. After 50+ hours of wearing them the sound has changed completely. They are crisp and will show most flaws if you have them in your recordings. The fit is a little tight but as time goes on the comfort level gets better. If I had returned them after just a couple of hours of trying them I would of been mad at myself now. If you like Bose colored sound then these are not for you, but if you like a true 20-20,000 sound then you should consider these. I have owned at least 25+ set of headsets so far and still have at least 10+ pairs. Everything from V-Modes to Senseheimers HD 600. Headphones come down to a very personal preferences and what you expect them to sound like. Good luck and I hope this clears up someones curiosity concerning M40's.

Pros: Very well built and realistic sounding. Not colored sound.

Cons: A tad too tight but they are fitting better with time.

M40...I hope only a defective

Michael J. from Redmond, Wa on 4/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First of all let me say that I am a die-hard fan of Klipsch products, from my computer room to my main music listening room I love Klipsch. When I saw the M 40's i was very excited. How could I miss with a pair of Klipsch headphones? After all, I got the S4i in-ear Headset by Klipsch and they were just the best, smooth bass, great midrange and an electrifying hi end. They were the best, and that was what I expected from my new M 40's the best, but it wasn't to be.

Pros: The only only pro's with this unit was the packaging, which was very nice. The tech support people at Crutchfield suggested I try another pair of the M 40's before I make my final decision as the people at Klipsch do not make the kind of product I listed and with my love for their product, I agreed.

Cons: The con's were many, but I will not go into those until my new pair arrive and I get a chance to experience those.

M40 is ok but not the best.

Lee from Okemos, MI. on 4/22/2012

I have ownedvariety of headphones. Bose in ear ones (past), monster ear-buds (current), Klipsch s4 (current), skullcandy in ear ones (past) and klipsch image one over the ear ones (current). I do not have a loyalty to a brand and of all the headphones I have used, the Klipsch Image One is the one that impressed me the most and Klipsch S4 are the second best. The sound production I like is a decent and a noticeable bass with crisp highs. Since Klipsch Image One produces what I liked, I decided to buy Mode M40 thinking that they will be at least twice better than the Image One since they cost 2 1/2 times as much. Once I opened the package I was very impressed with the looks, the sturdy feel, the extra cables. But all the impressive features stopped once I put them on and started to listen to different genres of music from my iPod. The highs on some material was muffed almost not existent and sounded like I was in the bathroom, the bass did not have that sweet thump but rather a dull one. They are way too heavy and a bit tight and uncomfortable. If I had them for more than an hour, regardless of the soft cushions the pressure on my ears became very uncomfortable. Noise cancellation also is not top notch. Klipsch Image One headphones beat these expensive cans easily in every category with the exception of the looks. If they were around $200 dollars the M40s would be okay but at this price they are too expensive.

Pros: Packaging, extras, the looks, so-so noise cancelling, so-so sound quality.

Cons: Too heavy, comfort level and high price.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.9375 x 3.625
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 97.5 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 12.5 ounces
Cord Length 62"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Klipsch Mode M40 over-the-ear headphones offer premium sound with active noise-cancellation. The Klipsch Mode M40 offers leather, memory foam ear cups for an extremely comfortable fit, so you can listen to your music for hours at a time. The Mode M40 also features an in-line advanced 3-button remote & mic system for full music and/or voice control of select Apple devices. And, the 360° mic yields high intelligible phone calls. In addition, the over-the-ear headphones use durable Hi-Fi quality cables for excellent signal transfer and sound quality.

Dynamic Dual Drivers: The Klipsch Mode M40 over-the-ear headphones employ moving coil 40mm woofers that provides deep bass and dynamic midrange with active crossover. The 15mm tweeters bring out crisp, clean highs.

Comfortable Over-the-Ear Fit: The Klipsch Mode M40 provides a comfortable over-the-ear fit. The headphones feature high-density memory foam ear cups surrounded by high-grade leather for a comfortable listening experience. The Mode M40 also features an adjustable padded headband to fit the size of your head better.

Active Noise Canceling: The Klipsch Mode M40 over-the-ear headphones use state-of-the-art active noise canceling (ANC) for up to 45 hours on a single 'AAA" battery (included) of superior sound and noise-isolation. Or, you can use the Mode M40 as a standard stereo headphone without the battery or noise-cancellation. In addition, you can use the M40 headphone to simply block out ambient noise without a music source.

Advanced 3-Button Remote/Mic: The Klipsch Mode M40 headphones feature an Apple-based mic and 3-button remote system for taking calls and controlling music on select iPods, iPhones or iPads.

  • 3-Button Remote: The in-line 3-button remote control lets you answer/end calls, turn the volume up/down, and control music playback (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Skip).
  • 360° Mic Design: The mic is a highly intelligible 360° design with echo cancellation, so you will be heard crystal clear and will not have to worry about the external noise around you. The mic provides hands-free communication and voice control.

Apple Compatibility Chart: The Klipsch Mode M40 is compatible with the following Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad models (as of 1/20/2012).

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Audio Output In-Line Remote In-Line Mic
3.5mm Connector Audio Playback Playback Controls Answer/End Call Voice Control Hands-Free Communication
Shuffle 1st n/a Y Y N N N N
2nd n/a Y Y N N N N
3rd n/a Y Y Y N N N
4th n/a Y Y Y N N N
dock connector 3rd 2.0.2 Y Y N N N N
4th 3.1.1 Y Y N N N N
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y N N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y N
6th 1.1 PC Y Y Y N Y N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y N
3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3G 4.2.1 Y Y N N N N
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
2 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Dual Cables: The Klipsch Mode M40 over-the-ear headphones come with two 62" detachable, Hi-Fi quality cloth cables. One headphone cable features the in-line 3-button remote/mic system, while the other does not.

3.5mm Connector with Adapters: The two headphone cables are terminated by gold-plated 3.5mm connectors for excellent signal transfer. The 3.5mm connector works with any portable device that features a standard 3.5mm headphone output. The Mode M40 also comes with a standard 1/4" adapter and airplane adapter.

Carrying Case & Pouch: The Klipsch Mode M40 over-the-ear headphones fold for easy storage and transport. They come with a leatherette carrying case and cloth pouch for protection against bumps and scrapes.

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