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Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

Professional monitor headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

Audio-Technica's M-series headphones are favorites among recording musicians and music lovers for their great sound, comfort, and affordable prices. The ATH-M20x headphones are ideal for the studio — their closed-back design keeps sound from leaking into live mics, while their over-the-ear fit and thick padding keeps them comfortable during long sessions. The large 40mm drivers are tuned for enhanced low-frequency response, so you get a little extra bass thump in addition to their smooth midrange and high frequencies. You don't have to be a recording professional to appreciate the sound of these headphones — especially given their budget-friendly price.

Great value for musicians and listeners

Audio-Technica's M-series headphones are favorites among recording musicians and music lovers for their great sound, comfort, and affordable prices. The ATH-M20x headphones are ideal for the studio — their closed-back design keeps sound from leaking into live mics, while their over-the-ear fit and thick padding keeps them comfortable during long sessions. The large 40mm drivers are tuned for enhanced low-frequency response, so you get a little extra bass thump in addition to their smooth midrange and high frequencies. You don't have to be a recording professional to appreciate the sound of these headphones — especially given their budget-friendly price.

Swiveling earcups and an extra-long cable

The 'M20x headphones feature earcups that rotate and swivel. They help provide a great fit in addition to allowing single-ear use for recording. The extra-long cable connects to a single earcup, so you can easily maneuver in the studio. A 1/4" adapter is included for plugging into pro gear or your home stereo. The two-year warranty means you won't have to treat these durable headphones with kid gloves.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design offers noise isolation for studio recording
  • 40mm dynamic drivers are tuned for enhanced bass response
  • 118" single-sided straight cable with miniplug connector
  • 1/4" adapter included for connecting to pro gear
  • earcups swivel and rotate for single-ear use
  • frequency response: 15-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 96 dB
  • impedance: 47 ohms
  • weight: 6.7 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones with attached 123" straight cord (3.5mm plug)
  • Snap-on 1/4" Plug adapter (installed)
  • Instructions
  • Purchase Registration Card
  • Disposal guidelines

Exceptional headphones for the price. Nice sound, comfortable to wear and have a long cord thats beneficial.

TC, Doylestown, PA

Reviews

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(23 Reviews)

Pleasantly surprised

Mason from Lynden, WA on 6/11/2018

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The overall feel is what you would expect for the price as when I first picked them up, I thought "oh no". However the ear cups once on your head feel surprisingly comfortable and the overall weight is extremely light. After a few moments of adjustment they really don't feel like they are on at all. Then, the most pleasant surprise of them all was when I watched Alien Covenant on my laptop. Wow! Easily and by far the best sounding "cheap" headphones I've ever heard! Bass showed it's head and was tight when it needed to be and actually a little rumbly when asked. Highs are airy and crisp but the mids simply do the job they are asked, no more for sure. 3.5 mm jack and cable are crazy light, almost not there, yet still feel durable. More than satisfying performance in a light weight package that almost feels like your not wearing them. Bravo

Pros: -Incredible feel once on -Sound for the money -Very, very light

Cons: They feel REALLY cheap

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TC from Doylestown, PA on 5/9/2018

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Exceptional headphones for the price. Nice sound, comfortable to wear and have a long cord thats beneficial.

Pros: Comfortable w/ large over ear pads. Extra long cord.

Cons: Could use more bass but not a game changer.

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Michael from Warminster, PA on 3/20/2018

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Nice sound, nice fit, great value for the price.

Pros: Comfortable on the ears

Cons: Not sure if it matters, but left and right are not marked on the ear cups.

Good

Wayne from NY on 3/1/2018

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They are ok. Lacks mid-range . Vocals are not strong. Not crappy. Not great. About what I'd expect for a 50 dollar set of phones.

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Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on 2/20/2018

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great sound. perfect fit. Extra long cord. Very good price for the quality

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Robert from Bayville, NJ on 1/18/2018

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A fine set of headphones for the money. Responsive, with crisp highs and tight bass.

Pros: Good sound, good price.

Cons: None

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Kate from NY on 1/5/2018

The sound quality is very good and the price is affordable

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Just what I needed

Dwight from Union Springs, AL on 12/4/2017

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Just what I needed for watching dvds and listening to cds while I walk my treadmill.

Pros: Great sound and light weight. Comfortable on the ears.

Cons: None I have found.

Good value!

Don from Sevierville, TN on 8/2/2017

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Comfortable, great sound, reasonably priced, great value.

Pros: Price, comfort

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Great headphones

Judy from Northumberland, pa on 6/4/2017

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Best ones I ever purchased, work perfectly at my job, should have had them long before, thanks for a great product

Pros: Perfect for my work

Cons: None

Best headphone for the money.

JC from Philadelphia, PA on 5/12/2017

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The best headphone for the money and sound. I also own others that cost 10 times of the m20x, but I always listen with this one even it is not as convenience as with bluetooth. The sound is not harsh and the bass is just right. I can listen for hours and wont get fatique.

Pros: Great sound and comfort.

Cons: A detachable cord would be nice so you have option to use shorter or coiled cord.

Gr8 Set of Headphones

Anonymous from Powhatan, VA on 3/21/2017

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The sound quality is better than any headphones I have had in the past. The clarity is awesome. They are very comfortable on my ears and they block out most of the surrounding sound.

Pros: Great sound and comfortable to wear.

Cons: None that I can think of.

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M Murphy from Sumerduck , Va on 6/28/2016

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I bought this for my wife she cannot use ear buds, she really likes the fit and finish and how it conforms to her head for comfort. She really likes the sound quality for price range but all-in-all it these head phones are very nice and reproduces the sound excellently and precisely. We really like these head phones.

Pros: Look nice, fits head good, sound quality very good, long cord, built good strong design.

Cons: can't think of any.

Nice Headphones

Jesse from Richmond, VA on 4/10/2016

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For the money, these are great headphones. Bought to replace an old pair of Sony headphones. They seal in noise very well and have a pretty decent range for the price! I bought them to keep the sound from bleeding into my roomate's sound recordings. When they are over the ear, they are quiet as a mouse. Little snug, but not overly so. Little warm, but compromise probablly necessary for little radiating noise.

Pros: Sound sealing, good sound range for a cheaper headset, stylish, nice long cord

Cons: None really for the price.

Happy with purchase

Marco from dayton, OH on 3/1/2016

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For the price, you can't go wrong. I use these with my bass trainer when I'm learning new songs for the church.

Pros: nice sound

Cons: none

Sound Goodness

the mayor--california from California on 1/11/2016

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This is a very high quality headphone combining good sound and comfort

Pros: price point and quality are very good

Cons: none

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tw from North Carolina on 12/7/2015

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This is a great product for the money!

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Excellent phones for the price

Herb from Maryland on 12/6/2015

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I bought a cheaper set (~$25) that had similarly good reviews. I mostly want these for listening to speeded up voice with occasional music. These are a vast improvement (albeit twice the price). Comfort is adequate and noise reduction may be too good (can't hear someone talking to me.)

Pros: Good sound, build quality Low price for quality.

Cons: Feel a bit tight. Very pedestrian looks.

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Mark from Texas on 12/5/2015

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Bought to use at my computer to watch and listen to youtube. Got $10 off from the scratch and dent section and are a super deal for the price. Very padded and comfortable. Lots of bass. Nice long cord. Pay attention to how you handle them and should last a long time

Pros: comfort, bass, cord

Cons: Not super on the treble end

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Bobby R. from Alabama on 9/7/2015

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i was a little skeptical at first about the price of these headphones. now i am very glad i got them, the sound is awesome,i like the way they cover my ears,i have had others, but the sound of these is very different, hearing things in songs I've never heard before, as far as the cord lenght,if you move around alot like when jamming out,can be quite useful!

Pros: good sound quality

Cons: cord may be a little long for some taste.

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SoCal Reviewer from California on 9/2/2015

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An excellent set of headphones with very high sound quality at an affordable price.

Pros: Sound quality, price, build and design

Cons: Common to most headphones of this type: seal around your ears can feel a little warm, long cord gets twisted and tangled

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Anonymous from California on 4/14/2015

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It's a good quality headphone for this price.

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Nick from tyler tx on 2/25/2015

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Bought to us when recording or when listening to latest mixes of my band. So impressed with sound quality for such a great deal. Awesome deal

Pros: Price and sound

Cons: None

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Features and Specs

General
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.293" x 4.011
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 15-20k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance 47 Ohms
Weight 9.3 ounces
Cord Length 123"
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-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones features a closed-back, over-the-ear design for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The sturdy ATH-M20x is designed for use for studio or field recording.

Drivers: The 40mm drivers are made with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, and are tuned for enhanced low frequency performance.

Cable: The ATH-M20x has a single cable exit on the left ear cup. The attached straight cable is over 10 feet in length (123"), and terminated with a 3.5mm mini plug that can be used with most portable devices. A snap-on 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter is included for those times when you're listening to home or professional components with a full-sized headphone jack.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 96dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 700mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 47 ohms
  • Dimensions: Width=3.293" Height=4.011" Depth=1.81"
  • Cable Length: 123" (10'-3")
  • Weight: 9.3 ounces (w/1/4" adapter)

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Why did you buy this?

Your representative recommended them for my mother who cannot wear IEMs. [ Gretchen  May 09, 2018 ]
I picked these h- phones for their low end response. [ Jimmy  Apr 02, 2018 ]
Know brand name, plus good reviews [ Ronald L.  Mar 22, 2018 ]
Never owned closed-back headphones before. Need some now. Seemed like good price/performance combination to learn about such a product [ HANS  Feb 18, 2018 ]
Audio Technic name, 5 star rating price Jim [ James A.  Feb 17, 2018 ]
Price and customer reviews. [ Mitchell  Feb 16, 2018 ]
They are gift to my Wife she needed a good set of headphones for her job. She has been working with the local radio station as a Sales Rep. for about 10 years now and recently started working on air for the morning talk show. This is her Valentine"s day present. [ JACK  Feb 11, 2018 ]
Good price and good reviews. [ ann  Jan 24, 2018 ]
Looked like they would go over the ear with my hearing aids in place. [ Robert  Jan 22, 2018 ]
I chose these due to the good reviews and the budget-friendly value. [ Robert  Dec 21, 2017 ]
Needed a new pair of headphones [ Michael  Dec 16, 2017 ]
my grandson needs them, and on the ear headphones, "Hurt my ears, Grandpa" [ Lee  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Long cord with 1/4 " plug [ dave  Nov 16, 2017 ]
good reviews, reasonable price [ Garry  Nov 07, 2017 ]
recommended by friend [ Travis  Oct 10, 2017 ]
I was willing to try an open-box product with good reviews. [ Greg  Jul 06, 2017 ]
For good program monitoring [ Scott  Apr 13, 2017 ]
the reviews and past experience with Crutchfield over 25 years ago. [ Brenda  Mar 15, 2017 ]
Comfortable and sounds great. [ Caleb  Jul 27, 2016 ]
the reviews [ Casimir  Jul 26, 2016 ]
Price & Reviews [ Joseph  Dec 28, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

I recentlyy ppurchased a set of these headphones and am very pleased with their performance. My main listening position is laying on my bed and with these phones I have been able to do this in comfort. The ear cups fit comfortably, however you will be limited to a side to side head ovement of about 45 degrees before the ear cups come into contact with the pillow but will remain in a suitable listening position. great Headphones, well worth the money. Hope this helps you out in your decision as to whether to buy a set or not. Rick O [ Rick  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Yrs [ Travis  Nov 29, 2017 ]
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