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Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Professional monitor headphones

28 Reviews | 1 question - 5 answers


Our take on the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

We don't see many over-the-ear headphones at this price point. Of those, few sound as good as the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x headphones. With large 40mm drivers tuned to deliver fine detail with a particular emphasis on those crucial midrange frequencies, these 'phones are great for tracking and mixing vocals as well as guitars and keyboards. For everyday music listening, they'll give your music a nice fat sound that's well-balanced in the highs and lows. Thick padding on the earcups and headband offers comfort that doesn't disappear after just a couple of tracks.

Impressive performance from affordable studio headphones

We don't see many over-the-ear headphones at this price point. Of those, few sound as good as the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x headphones. With large 40mm drivers tuned to deliver fine detail with a particular emphasis on those crucial midrange frequencies, these 'phones are great for tracking and mixing vocals as well as guitars and keyboards. For everyday music listening, they'll give your music a nice fat sound that's well-balanced in the highs and lows. Thick padding on the earcups and headband offers comfort that doesn't disappear after just a couple of tracks.

Swiveling, folding earcups and an extra-long cable

The 'M30x headphones feature an extra-long cable that 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 earcups rotate and swivel, allowing for a great fit in addition to single-ear use for recording. These headphones also collapse into a compact form factor so you can stow them in the included carry pouch.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design offers noise isolation for studio recording
  • 40mm dynamic drivers are tuned for strong midrange definition
  • 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
  • folding design for compact storage
  • carry pouch included
  • frequency response: 15-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 96 dB
  • impedance: 47 ohms
  • weight: 7.8 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(28 Reviews)

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Anonymous from Ciales, PR on 6/29/2018

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Excellent headphones. Great sound.



Worth Every Penny.

Dave from Galesburg, IL on 6/26/2018

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For the price, these are some of the best sounding headphones I've encountered, even rivaling an expensive pair of noise-cancelling headphones I owned years ago. The first night I had them I listened to Pandora Radio for almost three hours because I was enjoying music of my youth so much. I've had a lot of trouble over the years finding a set that I could use for more than thirty minutes at a time and I had very little trouble with these. I don't think you could wrong owning these.

Pros: Great price, great sound!

Cons: None that I've discovered.

Awesome phones at the right price.

Jon from Whitsett, NC on 6/24/2018

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An incredible set of phones at the right price. Every time I use them I have to keep making sure my speakers aren't on - the sound is that incredible. They fit perfectly and comfortably. Both styles of jacks are included in a nice design where you can't lose them. They fold up and fit in a compact carry pouch which is included. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great look, fit and sound.

Cons: None that I can say.

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Greg from Rolling Meadows , IL from Rolling Meadows, IL on 5/13/2018

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Very good product at a great price , highly recommended .

Pros: Sound and value

Cons: none

Very good headphones for the office

Sam from Mount Laurel, NJ on 4/1/2018

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I was looking for a set of headphones to use at work, as an alternative to my Klipsch Image S4 in-ear headphones. Having owned a set of ATH-M40x headphones for 3 years, and being impressed with those, I was leaning towards Audio-Technica. I didn't want to spend as much for these since they were for office use (with either my laptop or MP3 player) rather than more serious music/movie listening, so based on the specs and reviews I decided to go with the ATH-M30x. I've had these for just over a month, and have been pleased with them. The sound and overall comfort are very good, though the ear pads are not quite as comfortable as those on the ATH-M40x. I also noticed the mechanism for folding and unfolding the headphones were somewhat clunky when compared with the ATH-M40x.

Pros: Good sound quality and a good value for the price

Cons: Could be a little more comfortable

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Jamison from Omaha, NE on 3/19/2018

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Excellent headphones for the price. Mainly used for keyboarding work and the sound quality and clarity is very impressive. For the average consumer, this brand is not as well known as the heavily marketed competitors, But, that's why those brands are so expensive. For a corded set of headphones, these do just as well if not better.

Pros: Great sound, very light and comfortable, blocks outside noise well, nice long cord, adapter screws on which is less connection. Comes with a nice bag for storage.

Cons: None at this time. Very happy with the purchase.

Good Product at a Great Price

Fred from Kathleen, GA on 3/4/2018

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Good product at a great price, comfortable to wear for for long practice sessions. no issues with exterior sounds. music sounds great, very clear. highly recommended.

Pros: confortable fit blocks out exterior sounds well.


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Bill from Buckeye, AZ on 1/27/2018

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I was very happy with this purchase. The headphones sound great. I know these aren't the most expensive ones to buy, but for the price they are worth it. I received the item quickly and the entire process went flawlessly.

Pros: Very nice sound!

Cons: None

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DA from Pleasureville, KY on 1/17/2018

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I replaced a set of Bose headphones with these and they are so much better. The sound is so clear and the highs and mids are great!! I am driving them with an Audioengine D3 DAC/headphone amp from a laptop and the sound is awesome. Very happy with these items!!!

Pros: Sounds great and clear

Cons: None yet

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Larry from Owensboro, KY on 11/16/2017

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Great product. Great customer service, they really want to help you in selection of products. Crutchfield has great warranties and returns if product not working.

Pros: Nice carry case, great sound and goldtone connectors for good connections. Also good price.

Cons: None

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Mary from Parkville, MD on 10/2/2017

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Great headphones. Very comfortable. Awesome sound for the price. Love the adapter.

Pros: Good sound, Very comfortable

Cons: None.

Very happy with these.

John from Ocala, FL on 7/26/2017

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Light weight. Comfortable. Attractive. Outstanding sound. Could (and have) listened to them for hours. They do remastered vinyl justice. So smooth... Don't tell anyone but they should cost four times as much as they do.

Pros: Sound, comfort, weight, appearance, build quality.

Cons: None that I can find. At all.

Worth it for sure

Matt from Sterling Heights, MI on 7/20/2017

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Sound really good! Noticeably better sound than my Samsung Galaxy factory plug in ear buds. Five stars considering the rich sound and price. Although I have heard better sound at higher price points.



Great build, sound, and fit!

Thomas from Scarsdale, NY on 6/27/2017

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I looked at several brands: AKG, Grado, KOSS, and some no-names for under $100. I use headphones for nighttime listening and checking out newly purchased records on my Audio-Technica turntable. Decided I might as well check out Audio-Technica headphones since I was so happy with their TT. I wasn't even aware of AT phones, but they seem to get such great reviews. So far, I am very impressed with the build quality, sound, and fit. I like over-ear cups just because that's what I am used to. It's also convenient that they swivel and fold up for travel. I would never wear full-sized phones out on the street, but these are very comfortable and compact. If you want great sound but don't want to plunk down big money for the fancy audiophile gear that you have to coddle, I would definitely recommend this pair. I've owned expensive Austrian-made AKGs and their inferior models from Asia, and these are *much* better than the cheap AKGs.

Pros: Price, value, quality, and comfort

Cons: No cons for me, maybe a longer cord but no big deal.

Great Headphones for Mixing, Recording, or just Relaxing !!!

Steven from Bethlehem, PA. on 5/22/2017

Amazing,my first pair received were refurbished and I'm in the process of recording an album. You can use these for hours without fatigue. Great for on the road mixing, recording,or just jamming out to your tunes. Great mid range headphones for the price! Definitely recommended from someone who's been into and playing/recording music since I was 6. Thanks.

Pros: Excellent for the price, better than other headphones I've used at twice this price!

Cons: The only real con is the better Audio Technics

Accurate sound reproduction.

Gary from Florence, OR on 5/2/2017

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I use these headphones to listen to music on my home stereo along with my smartphone. Both sound very good with this unit. I gave it 4 stars because I haven't used them long enough yet but that will change as I get use to them.

Pros: The build quality is high especially at that price point. The sound quality is accurate and tight. They are also very comfortable I can ware them for hours with no fatigue. And as usually these headphone arrived very quickly. Good job Crutchfield.

Cons: None so far.

Awesome way to watch the Band of Brothers miniseries

Brian from Boston, MA on 3/27/2017

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These headphones are great. I used them, plugged into my receiver to watch the whole Band of Brothers miniseries. I currently don't have a full surround set up, but with these headphones, I felt like I was right in the action. You can hear all the little details of the sound, like bullets wizzing by and stuff like that. With this model, you just get the one long cord, and it's fixed to the headphones. But, you do get the option of small and large headphone connector. The small would go into a portable device, and the large lets you plug into a receiver. These are quite comfortable. Pro-tip, keep the manufacturers cardboard box, haha. It's a convenient way to keep the headphones tidy when not in use.

Pros: Great sound and great comfortable fit

Cons: You just get the one, long cord. But, for my use, that was totally fine. You can step up to models with different length cords.

Awesome value

Dennis from Shedd, Or. on 2/2/2017

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Great value. Great natural sound. Of you want fake booming bass these won't work. These are real old school phones. Great build quality for the price.

Pros: Value and sound

Cons: None


Mark from VALDOSTA,GA on 11/21/2016

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very comfortable really nice sound great price BUY THEM!! YOU WILL LOVE THESE HEADPHONES.


Cons: NONE

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Anonymous from Washington, DC on 10/30/2016

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Love 'em. Great sound for video editing - let in just the right amount of sound to hear a producer if needed.



Excellent headphones! My daughter is very happy with them.

PaulM from Chapel Hill, NC on 3/14/2016

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I bought these headphones for my daughter's birthday. She wanted some over-the-ear headphones for home use with her iPhone and she was not concerned with having them look "cool". When I asked her what she thought of them she said "Awesome!". I tried them out myself and they absolutely sound great! In fact, I may need to get a set of Audio-Technica headphones for me too...

Pros: Sound quality, Comfort.

Cons: The long cord, but we knew that when purchasing.


pat from New York on 12/26/2015

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I purchased these headphones for my husband for Christmas. They are as advertised, they have great sound, light weight and a long cord with 2 adaptor plugs. Another great Crutchfield value!

Pros: They are as advertized

Cons: none

Nice Air Travel Sound

Doug from Vermont on 11/5/2015

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Bought these "scratch & dent" headphones for air travel. Takes care of plane noise and kids so I can watch a movie in total comfort. I have large ears and these cover them up and they are comfortable and not warm. The long cord seemed odd at first but makes a lot of sense if you move around. No danger of having the headphones pulled off your head. Not so sure I can find the scratch or dent and when they are on my head I really can not see them. The Sound is great and reproduces very well.

Pros: Come with own carrying case

Cons: None

Great value

Derrick from Virginia on 10/23/2015

I went in to get a set of headphones costing almost three times as much. I had in mind a well-known brand I was sure I wanted, but felt like I wanted to hear them in person before plunking down a small pile of cash. As it turns out, the sound quality really amazed me on these headphones. Bright, deep, etc. Not as loud as the more expensive items, but better sound detail than anything I listed to with a lower price. Don't believe me? Take half an hour and visit the store and bring your best acapella recording on your phone.

Pros: Excellent audio detail comfortable sturdy - no problems wearing while on the elliptical low price very long cable

Cons: No frills like microphone input for phone use heavier than other more expensive options in this sound quality class very long cable

Better that more expensive

Georgel from Utah on 10/6/2015

I was passing thru Charlottesville on the way to Lockn and had to stop. I wasn't planning on buying anything, but compared the A-T's to the headphones I had with me. For the price it was a no brainer. I don't like all the new Rap/hip-hop bass heavy models out for a lot more money. These are clean and comfy. I had 4 hour to check them out on the flight home.

Pros: Comfy, clean sound, price, folds nicely

Cons: The cord is really long for a compact headphone

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Jack from Chattanooga, TN on 1/9/2015

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Excellent headphones in that price bracket. My wife watches a lot of instructional Webinars on the computer and is hard of hearing. The headphones worked perfectly especially in the voice frequencies. I use them for listening to music and they sound great. Build quality and comfort are excellent. Very satisfied.

Pros: Quality construction and comfort.

Cons: None

An awesome gift!

Christian, Philadelphia from Pennsylvania on 12/6/2014

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I purchased these headphones as a Christmas gift for my best friend and I cannot wait to see his reaction once he opens these babies up. They're of high quality materials. Everything from its bag to feel of the headphones themselves. Now he'll have his own and not "borrow" mine haha.

Pros: Good price, adjustable, quality materials, audio, sturdy cord


Great headphones

Craig from California on 12/3/2014

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Excellent headphones for the money! Very light and comfortable. Great sound!

Pros: Comfortable ear cushions, lightweight, great sound, long cord, price.

Cons: No noise cancelling feature.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.204" x 4.021
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 15-22k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance 47 Ohms
Weight 7.8 ounces
Cord Length 125"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones features a closed-back, over-the-ear design for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The sturdy ATH-M30x is designed for use for studio or field recording. The ear cups fold inward for storage in the included vinyl storage pouch.

Drivers: The 40mm drivers are made with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, and are tuned for enhanced detail and excellent midrange definition.

Cable: The ATH-M30x has a single cable exit on the left ear cup. The attached straight cable is over 10 feet in length (125"), and terminated with 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.


  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 22kHz
  • Sensitivity: 96dB
  • Maximum Input Power: 1300mW at 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 47 ohms
  • Dimensions: Width=3.204" Height=4.021" Depth=1.82"
  • Cable Length: 125" (10'-5")
  • Weight: 7.8 ounces (w/o cable); 9.2 ounces (w/cable)

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

The quality and the price is hard to beat. [ Joseph  Jul 09, 2018 ]
Primarily because of the price and knowing I can return them if they aren't satisfactory. [ David  Jun 13, 2018 ]
Online reviews from a variety of sources lead me to choosing these headphones. [ Justin  Jun 02, 2018 ]
Can't beat the standard. [ Matthew  May 23, 2018 ]
Price was right. [ JOHN A  Apr 12, 2018 ]
The price and reviews are phenomenal. For the price point and quality with the accessories, you can't go wrong. [ William  Apr 10, 2018 ]
Product quality, value, reviews, hopefully fits the needs of what I need them for. [ JAMISON P  Mar 03, 2018 ]
I wanted decent but inexpensive over-the-ear headphones to use at work. I have been using the similar Audio-Technica ATH-M40x at home for a few years, and have been happy with them. Based on the comparison between the two models, the ATH-M30x seemed like a good choice which would give me similar performance at a reduced price. [ Samir  Feb 23, 2018 ]
I choose this because of all the good reviews. I'm buying this for my husband for Christmas. I don't know anything about headphones so I went by the reviews. The wireless headphones I bought for him a couple years ago from Crutchfield have been great. I have confidence in you. [ Patricia  Dec 10, 2017 ]
recommended by crutchfield [ Frank  Jul 18, 2017 ]
Good reviews. Says there's good sound. Price range and scratch and dent discount [ matt  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Good reputation and reasonable cost for a headphone system. [ Franz  Jan 16, 2017 ]
The Audio-Technica name speaks for itself. [ WHITNEY R  Nov 19, 2016 ]
Good name, low price [ Raymond  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Previously bought Audio Technica from Crutchfield. [ Robert  Sep 23, 2016 ]
needed headphones that hook to my home theater receiver with good sound and long chord. love audio-technia products. [ david  Sep 02, 2016 ]
Gaming [ Kaden  Apr 15, 2016 ]
Good reviews on the Internet [ Jerry  Jan 10, 2016 ]
I needed a good set of headphones at an affordable price. [ JUDITH  Dec 14, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

Yes,very nice head phones, great sound [ paul  Nov 30, 2015 ]
Yes, very well. [ Kent  Nov 30, 2015 ]
I do not have an IPHONE but they work fine in my IPOD. I would assume they would work well in an IPHONE since the audio drivers are probably identical. [ WILLIAM J  Nov 29, 2015 ]
I think so. My son uses it this way [ CHAD  Nov 29, 2015 ]
I think so. My son has used it they way [ CHAD  Nov 29, 2015 ]