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Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones

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Audio-Technica ATH-M20 closed-back headphones feature 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for exceptional c...Click To Read More About This Product

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Accurate, uncolored sound.

Audio-Technica ATH-M20 closed-back headphones feature 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for exceptional clarity, rich bass, and extended high-frequency response. The circumaural, closed-back design on these Audio-Technica headphones ensure superior isolation. Lightweight with an adjustable cushioned headband for maximum comfort. 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo connector and snap-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter. 10' coiled cable with left-side entry.

FEATURES
  • 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Exceptional clarity, rich bass, and extended high-frequency response
  • Circumaural, closed-back design ensures superior isolation
  • Lightweight headphones with an adjustable cushioned headband

To record, mix, and master right, you gotta hear it right. Your affordable solution has arrived! Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operation Closed-back Impedance: 40 ohms Maximum Input Power: 1,200mW at 1kHz
  • Weight (less cable): 7.1 oz. (230 g)
  • Frequency Response: 30-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity (1mW): 98dB
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Audio-TechnicaATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones
 
3.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good inexpensive headphones

I've been using these to record and mix with. Great value. These are not the loudest headphones, so if you need a lot of volume, these may not be for you. The...Read complete review

I've been using these to record and mix with. Great value. These are not the loudest headphones, so if you need a lot of volume, these may not be for you. The mids are a little weak, but the clarity is awesome. They are comfortable and lightweight. It takes some getting used to before getting good mixes with them, but it can be done. Best inexpensive headphones I have owned.

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Fair

If you NEED to hear stuff, they work. The sound quality is not that good at all. Muffled. Don't expect the "closed can" to cut any noise out. They...Read complete review

If you NEED to hear stuff, they work. The sound quality is not that good at all. Muffled. Don't expect the "closed can" to cut any noise out. They don't. In fact, and I'm NOT kidding, I can hear ambient room noise, BETTER with them on than with them off. Speech comes right through them I've had mine for about a year now, and they have held together and are pretty comfortable. I keep seeing people commenting on headphones saying "Don't use these for mixing." Well, Duh. Don't use HEADPHONES for mixing! That's what flat response monitors are for! I use mine as cheap monitor in a high quality home studio, only when I need to mic, because I don't have an isolation booth. They work fine for it, but if you would rather better sound quality while recording, I'd recommend looking at something else. I have a fifty dollar Sony set bought at Kmart with much better sound quality. These are "okay," but better phones are out there for the same price. I only have mine because they came with a Zoom recorder.

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3.0

Fair

By Chris-HFh38

from New England

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

If you NEED to hear stuff, they work. The sound quality is not that good at all. Muffled. Don't expect the "closed can" to cut any noise out. They don't. In fact, and I'm NOT kidding, I can hear ambient room noise, BETTER with them on than with them off. Speech comes right through them I've had mine for about a year now, and they have held together and are pretty comfortable. I keep seeing people commenting on headphones saying "Don't use these for mixing." Well, Duh. Don't use HEADPHONES for mixing! That's what flat response monitors are for! I use mine as cheap monitor in a high quality home studio, only when I need to mic, because I don't have an isolation booth. They work fine for it, but if you would rather better sound quality while recording, I'd recommend looking at something else. I have a fifty dollar Sony set bought at Kmart with much better sound quality. These are "okay," but better phones are out there for the same price. I only have mine because they came with a Zoom recorder.

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2.0

not really that good

By Jon-AmjNs

from College Station, TX

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

If you want a cheap pair of cans, go for the M2x instead, they have much much better bass response and the cable is like a mile long. The only thing wrong with them is they are on-ear and not over-ear. Seriously, they sound way better. If you want quality, go for the M40s or M50s.The M20s are a weird compromise between the two and I don't recommend them at all.

 
4.0

Good for the Money

By Johno

from Milton, WV

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Home Recording
    • Music
    • With My Computer

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

    I have been using the M10 model for some time. When it disappeared, I tried one of these M20's. They are more comfortable to wear, and have the same quiet, isolated sound of the M10's. I am quite satisfied.

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    5.0

    Good inexpensive headphones

    By Reviewer1313

    from Seattle

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    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • Portable Devices
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      I've been using these to record and mix with. Great value. These are not the loudest headphones, so if you need a lot of volume, these may not be for you. The mids are a little weak, but the clarity is awesome. They are comfortable and lightweight. It takes some getting used to before getting good mixes with them, but it can be done. Best inexpensive headphones I have owned.

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      5.0

      Good Phones

      By dustin wilson

      from Vancouver, WA

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      I got these as part of a bundle. I really didn't expect much after reading all the mediocre reviews and ended up being plesantly surprised. They sound great. At first I heard static when playing my guitar, but I noticed the same static came through my speakers after playing back my recording and what I was hearing was clipping. Some I/O adjustments and they are clear as day. They're not high dollar headphones, but they are sturdy, have a nice long cable and a good clear sound when used as monitors for playing guitar. They very acurately sound the same as my rig aloud, my recordings through my home system and the stereo in my car. May not be good enough for an audiophile, but if you want an affordable set of headphones that feel and sound good, these will do the trick just fine.

       
      1.0

      Apples and Oranges

      By Doctor Donzo

      from State College Pennsylvania

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      Having been impressed by the quality of Audio Technica Microphones I've used I decided to purchase these headphones. Big mistake! They sounded as "tinny" as an old, cheap transistor radio. I have a pair of Radio Shack headphones that cost half as much and sound 100 times better.

       
      5.0

      Pretty tight...

      By Penmanship

      from Windsor, Ont.

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      Only pair of headphones I've ever bought, and I still need a headphone amp to get them to work out of both ears... But it sounds good though, only thing I don't like about it is the ear padding, it's sorta uncomforteble... Besides that these are great!

       
      3.0

      Not good for mixing/monitoring

      By MultiDoseRecords

      from Ks

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      Certainly not my best buy. I've tried Audio Technica before and was dissatisfied. I thought if I took a slight step up to one of their mid range products I would get a decent sound. But not so... the sound out of these is exactly that, mid range and too dark and lacking completely in the highs. They don't even touch my Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones. Of course your gonna spend a lot more, but they're worth it especially when your doing mixing to get an accurate representation of the sound. Furthermore, since I can't trust my Audio Technicas for mixing, I'm now using them for general audio listening and enjoyment using Real player with the built in EQ to tweek the sound coming out of these cans. They do sound ok now. But you shouldn't have to do that when mixing... mix like the professionals with professional monitors or headphones.And this is not to mention my dissatisfaction with the wear of the headphones. Kind of loose, like they're not gone stay on ya if your moving around. and in general the sound isolation is not that good as a result. My beyers on the other hand are like cans clamped to your head and they don't move! but they're still very comfortable thanks to the plush cushioning around the cups. Thick and very nice!

       
      3.0

      Great, but...

      By Andrew-0-W45

      from TN

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      After two years of general use, they are finally showing some wear and tear. Something in the wiring must've come loose because I don't get the full two-ear sound; it cuts out back and forth. I got these with a Tascam recording package and was impressed with the sound and length of the cord, which are two good features. They're good, decent headphones, but like anything else, they have to be replaced sooner or later.

       
      3.0

      They don't sound that great

      By FWFRirOE3

      from CA

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      Got these headphones as part of a package. They sound very poor in comparison to my Sennheiser HD202s. I have to admit, they are super comfortable although. But for the price, I would pick the Sennheisers instead.

       
      2.0

      Inconsistent manufacturing?

      By SReams

      from Sacramento, CA

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      Reading the reviews on these and comparing my own experience... I wonder if any two pairs of these even sound the same. Some people say they completely lack highs. Some say they are too "tinny" and lack lows and low-mids. In my experience, these headphones are horribly dull-sounding. They sound as if a blanket is thrown over them. I can't imagine that anyone would get the impression that these are "tinny" unless their pair is different from mine. My advice... stay away. The Sennheiser HD 212Pro headphones sound far, far better, are consistent, and only cost a little more.

       
      5.0

      sweet

      By Keanu Records

      from tiverton R.I.

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      I actually recieved these for free with my audio technica at3035 and they are great. They are decently cheap and sound amazing. More comfortable than all of the other headphones own. I love them

       
      4.0

      great consumer headphones. NOT pro level.

      By Alias-QfZgl

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      VERY comfortable. Curly cord. Great looks. Solid build.First off, I am a recording engineer and I will NEVER use these headphones for mixing or any type of critical listening. However, they are amazingly comfortable and inexpensive so I recommend them to anyone who wants an extra set of cans. I mostly use them for watching movies or youtube on my laptop. The only time use them in the studio is for the artist to hear themselves for overdubs. I have a separate set of headphones for critical listening. These just came with a package deal so I tried them out and absolutely love them.

       
      2.0

      Where's the Bass?

      By Softchewy

      from NJ

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      These are way too bright. They offer decent detail for the price, but the detail is in the highs. The bass is missing and these phones sound very tinny. I wouldn't use these for listening to music or mixing... and I'm not... they are headed to auction.

       
      5.0

      excellent quality for cost

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      These headphones are excellent for that price range. The bass response is very good and not fake like many cheap headphones. The highs are also good. Excellent exterior sound isolation and very good when working in spl environments. At that price you do not need to cry when your phones are crushed between two roadcases! Just buy another pair!

       
      4.0

      Amazing

      By bassplayerbyheart

      from LaSalle IL

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      This has overall amazing sound quality. Good bass response. Fit well. A little small for my ears, but that?s not saying their really tiny either. Personally I don?t like coiled cords, but this cord gives easily. The 1/4" attachment is very nice, snaps in place. Mostly closed back, small port for speaker movement lets in a little sound, not to much though.

       
      3.0

      Nothing to brag about

      By Collisc

      from Bellingham, Wash.

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      I got a pair of these for free as a promotional gift. The isolation really isn't bad -- I actually use them for overdubs quite a bit, and they can handle a decent amount of volume. But the sound quality is pretty poor. Even compared to the Sony headphones I bought from Kmart years ago.If you want something cheap for doing some overdubs, these might not be a bad pick. But stay away from them if you plan to do any mixing because they do not sound good. I wouldn't even recommend them for casual listening if you care about audio quality.

       
      4.0

      Good...

      By That_guy7

      from Canada

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Closed-Back Headphones:

      These are good headphones but are very average. Whenever I use them with my guitar and amp there is some static, if your just using them to listen to music or other stuff then they're awesome. Also on a side note they won't stay on head that well if you lean forward to adjust your pedals.

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