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Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones   

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The Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones feature 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets with CCAW voice coils, 20-20,000Hz frequency r...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sonic accuracy for mixing plus high power handling for tracking sessions.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones feature 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets with CCAW voice coils, 20-20,000Hz frequency response, and deliver extraordinary clarity. Exceptional isolation is achieved through insulated, closed-back ear-cups while the adjustable padded headband provides long wearing comfort. The Audio-Technica ATH-M30 also includes: an 11™ ultra-flexible litz wire cable, gold-plated stereo 1/8 connector with tension- relief spring, and professional screw-on ¼ adapter.

FEATURES
  • Closed-back dynamic stereo headphones
  • 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets
  • Insulated ear cups for superior isolation
  • Adjustable cushioned headband
  • Sturdy, ultra-flexible litz wire 11' cable
  • Gold-plated stereo 1/8" connector with strain-relief spring

You've got a lot invested in your monitors, but you rely on your phones just as much. Make 'em good ones. Order now.

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Audio-TechnicaATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones
 
4.5

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (22)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent headphones

I don't usually write reviews, but the reviews I read on these headphones really helped me decide on these cans over a few other ATH models and I wanted to contribute to the stream...Read complete review

I don't usually write reviews, but the reviews I read on these headphones really helped me decide on these cans over a few other ATH models and I wanted to contribute to the stream and help others with their purchases.

These headphones sound awesome. Excellent response and a full range of frequencies. I prefer the ATH-M40fs for mixing as they are a bit drier and a bit more accurate. The bass response on the M30s is awesome, but a little bumped up for mixing accurately. The M40fs are a bit flatter, and worth extra 20 if that's what you are looking for.

Other than that, these headphones sound amazing and are excellent for tracking (which is what I bought them for) as well as listening to music or anything else. They sound so much better than I thought they would. Very, very pleased.

Thanks to all who reviewed this item prior to my purchasing them - you saved me a lot of headache going through others. : )

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible

Well, seeing as I got these free with something else I ordered on here, I can't say that I really lost too much. I've used these a few times only when I've absolutely...Read complete review

Well, seeing as I got these free with something else I ordered on here, I can't say that I really lost too much. I've used these a few times only when I've absolutely needed a pair of headphones and all I can say is that they in no way accurately reproduce the sounds they are supposed to. Pretty much the only intelligble frequencies are stuff in the midrange; little to no high end and only very boxy bass. And, for the price, they really aren't that great a value. Dish out a little over one hundred bucks and you can have a great set of headphones (the Sennheiser HD 280). My suggestion: if you're trying to find a good set of studio phones, look elsewhere.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent headphones

By G

from NY NY

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

    I don't usually write reviews, but the reviews I read on these headphones really helped me decide on these cans over a few other ATH models and I wanted to contribute to the stream and help others with their purchases.

    These headphones sound awesome. Excellent response and a full range of frequencies. I prefer the ATH-M40fs for mixing as they are a bit drier and a bit more accurate. The bass response on the M30s is awesome, but a little bumped up for mixing accurately. The M40fs are a bit flatter, and worth extra 20 if that's what you are looking for.

    Other than that, these headphones sound amazing and are excellent for tracking (which is what I bought them for) as well as listening to music or anything else. They sound so much better than I thought they would. Very, very pleased.

    Thanks to all who reviewed this item prior to my purchasing them - you saved me a lot of headache going through others. : )

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful, crisp sound

    By Hector Melicoff

    from Mexico

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

    You will not be disappointed with the fantastic quality, superb sound and great performance of this headphones.
    This headphones are, without any doubt in my mind, the best bang for the buck. The monitor like sound, crisp, detailed and clear makes me enjoy Bethoveen, Mozart and Bach in an unprecedented, private way. Great buy!
    Nice sturdy construction, yet comfrotable to use for long hours.
    Once again, it is the best bang for the buck!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Much better than ATH-M45

    By Rufus

    from Mississippi

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

      I originally bought the Audio Technica M45, assuming they'd be a step closer to the almighty M50. They sounded terribly thin and flat. Perhaps there is a professional studio application for that - like hearing how your mix sounds in the worst case playback scenario.

      So I exchanged them for the M30, and am now a satisfied customer. The M30 delivers plenty of dynamic range with distinct sound separation. The bass is not gratuitously pumped up - but it is definitely there.

      At MSRP, I'm sure you could find more/better options. But with Musician's Friend pricing, the M30 is hard to beat.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      For the price.

      By Likeice

      from Bremerton wa.

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Great For The Money

      Cons

      • Dj Gigs

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

      These headphones have been a great back up and spare pair for my home studio and for just listening to music in general. Lasted me over two years, the material is finally wearing away but all else is functioning great. Only con is I have done some small dj gigs and at times the clarity and volume were not sufficient for the loud ambient music..

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Amazing studio sound!!

      By Andonthedrums

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Accurate Bass Response
      • Clear Sound
      • Crystal clear sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

        Frequencies are clear. Bass is perfect...just remember they're monitors, not bass boosting thumpers.
        What I can tell you is that I hear what was wrong with old mixes (I added too much bass) I made with Carvin monitors. I didn't know at the time the mixes were bad unless I took them out to the car stereo. Now, these headphones show what I did wrong.
        You also can't go wrong with the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Price is a joke

        By Lennybg

        from Québec

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

          Seriously, those are crazy. I'm actually looking for a replacement and I'm having a hard time. I thought I could upgrade, but I don't know with what. I put them against AKG K271MKII/K181DJ, Shure SRH240/SHR440, Seinnheiser HD25/HD380, some Roland, some Sony and... the ATH-M30 beats them all. And sometimes easily. Great balance between low-mid-high. Nothing aggressive, all smooth clear great sounding response. Really comfortable. I can keep them on for hours and not get tired of it. They've been under rain, snow, cold, sun and beer and they still rock.
          I guess I'll stick with those and be happy.
          If you don't know what headphones to get, this is a safe choice. For the price, there's NO WAY you can go wrong.
          Enjoy!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dan Zimmerman

          By Dan Zimmerman

          from Canton, Georgia

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

          excellent low end response, was really stunned. I use these as a bass player using Aviom
          personal monitor system and needed good bass response. Very impressed
          like screw on 1/4 inch adapter, light weight and very comfortable. Cord length long but not a big
          deal. Just spool up what you don't need and tie off.
          very well constructed
          excellent product for money, was really blown away

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great for Tracking, Not Mixing

          By Musician-BYreE

          from Muscle Shoals

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

          For starters, mixing with monitors is always a better idea than headphones, but if you're like me, you don't always have that option. These headphones are great for tracking, especially drums. They're loud and they keep the sound in pretty well. The sound is not transparent, though. When mixing it becomes especially evident. I will do my mixes with the headphones and listen to them on some ADAM A7s. The entire mix ends up wrong and off balance. Great for tracking, not mixing.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Bang for your Buck

          By MTC-XwlJA

          from Chicago, Illinois

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

          I own a recording studio here in Chicago, and have been working in the business for quite some time. I have owned Ultrasones, Beyers, AKG's and the like...but for sixty bucks, you just can't go wrong with these headphones. I have grown so accustomed to their tonality that I just can't use anything else anymore. I've owned 3 pairs of these because drummers keep sweating on them and breakin' them.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Cans!!!

          By Drummer38

          from South Carolina

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones:

          I love these cans. I have had them for 6 months and I have nothing bad to say. Great sound, feel great on my ears, great bass response. I also wear these when recording my drums and they keep all noise out. Nothing else I can say except, go buy them now!!!

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