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Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Monitor Headphones

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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
  • Screw-on 1/4" adapter

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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Verified Buyer

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

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    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.

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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!!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AT Headphones

          By MattyG

          from Millville, NJ

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            Sound great, nice and clear, no loss in any of the frequencies. We use them in a live church worship setting. Cord is plenty long enough to walk between our mixing console and recording equipment.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent sound for the value!

            By c85music

            from Miami, FL

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

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

              Surprised how clear these headphones sound for their price. If you're looking for decent quality studio monitor headphones and are on a budget, I definitely recommend these.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent for the price

              By vbrake12

              from Appleton, WI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                sound is great, i got them on sale, compares to much more expensive headphones, were a little quiet out of the box but after breaking them in they sound incredible, they are plastic for the most part

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Home Recordist Best Friend

                By Stringmusiciantom

                from Tupelo, MS

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

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

                  Sounds very good, everything is clear, no frequencies seem uneven. Lightweight, not causing fatigue. Great for Tracking and Mixing or just enjoyment while listening to your favorite music. I actually recommend these over the over-Hyped SENNHEISER Headphone Model that sells for twice as much, which I bought here but later sold because Bass freqeuncies were not intellegable enough to mix with. These AudioTechnias are far better than the Sennheiser.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  First nice headphones I've gotten

                  By procrastinate4ever

                  from Boulder, CO

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Amazing sound
                  • Durable
                  • Good value

                  Cons

                  • Bulkyheavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  I wanted a cheap but nice sounding pair of headphones with decent build quality. This is it. I have no experience in things audio-related, but...

                  1) they sound amazing to me
                  2) the chord looks extremely durable

                  also some pro's for me that might annoy others:

                  3) they are very comfortable right up to the 4-5 hour mark when they become slightly painful
                  4) they reduce outside noises but not enough to drown out everything (if your friend tries to communicate, you will hear them but won't be able to understand what they're saying)

                  I think you should get these if you're looking for a rich, balanced sound combined with above average construction (that chord looks reinforced and the padding of the band is nice) FOR HOME USE.

                  These are not portable, they won't be very good if you have to use them more than 4-5 hours a day, and they won't provide a perfectly quiet environment.

                  I love them for my purposes.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT INVESTMENT

                  By WICKTANA

                  from HIXSON, TN

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • COMFORTABLE ON YOUR EARS
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • MP3 IPOD ETC
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    I've had these headqhones for more than 5 years, and the only problem I've encountered is the protective convering for the ears starting to wear off. I've not gone out of my way to take care of them, and they hang on an object located in my recording studio, or I'll find them in some other location. In other words, had I have taken care of them better, who is to say that the ear covering would be coming off. I just purchased a new pair of Shure, twick the price of these and could hear no difference. This is a great product, and I'm considering returning the Shure for another set with this brand name. My main use of these are for mixing, and other recording needs.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great sound, comfort, and price

                    By Mr. Mac

                    from Oakley, Ca.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

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

                      I have been using eight pair of headphones from two other manufactureres in my studio for a few years. I pulled two older pair of ATH-M30s out during a large session and realized I needed to replace all others with these. Although a bit heavier, these are definitely my favorites.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Sound Decision

                      By Linnin

                      from Waynesboro, Virginia, U.S.A.

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • EXCELLENT SOUND
                      • Good value
                      • Good Volume
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Not free
                      • Not perfect

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Instrument Monitor
                      • Private listening
                      • Professional Recording

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

                      I bought these to repalce an aging pair of AKG K240 Studio headphones. I use them primarily to monitor electric bass guitar, and also for everyday music listening. The much more expensive AKG's had seen better days and were never signal efficient or loud enough.

                      These Audio-Technica ATH-M30's are VERY good! They sound every bit as good as more expensive studio headphones and have better volume. Low end bass response is excellent in every way. Good spatial clarity.

                      I'm very happy I purchased these. :)

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I'm a happy customer.

                      By Jacob

                      from Richmond, KY

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

                      To be completely honest, I'm probably a little biased because these are the first pair of professional headphones I've bought, so I may not have the experienced, versatile ear for good headphones that others might have. That being said, that's not necessarily a bad thing, because I'm sure other people will also consider these as their first headphones. If that's the case, then I would definatly recommend them, because for the price I couldn't have asked for a better product! Hope this helps!
                      I think the features on these headphones are great . Long 11' foot cable so you never have to worry if you will run out of length. Although sometimes the length can be annoying, I would rather be annoyed a little and have the length when I need it, rather than buy a new set of headphones with a longer cord!

                      The screw on 1/4" jack is great! Good ole' solid, sturdy metal. It provides just a three second twist away from playing my ipod and computer to my amp when I don't want to disturb anybody.

                      The earpieces fit my ears really well. I have no discomfort and can sit with these on my head for hours.

                      Overall, the design of these headphones is great! No messing around, just straight up simple, reliable, headphones.
                      The sound quality of these headphones is awesome! They get a great bass sound, and they are quite crisp and clear. Being a classical guitarist, which is by far one of the quietist instruments on Earth, clearness is very important to me. Well, these headphones didn't disappoint. I can listen to recordings of solo lit, ensemble stuff, etc. and hear multiple voices extremely well.
                      Considering all things said above, the fact that these headphones are such a low price is amazing to me. Being a college student, I am no stranger to tight budgets, and the price was one of the factors that led me to buy these headphones. Usually I would just stick to generic ipod headphones, but I really needed nicer ones for some of my digital music and filmscoring classes (or that's my excuse anyway). I wasn't expecting a lot for the price, but I was wrong. These things delivered, and I would buy them again in a heartbeat.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfect

                      By JacksonPlayer

                      from Undisclosed

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

                      They do exactly what they are supposed to do. Nice and flat with full range response. Very comfortable, easy to wear for a long time. Nice long cord, spring relief on the plug knuckle, coated, with a 1/4" adapter.People reference "flat" as maybe being less responsive. Don't be fooled, they just aren't "boosted" like typical bass enhanced models such as a high end zony or typical pod phones. They still have great response and let you hear how the music was originally recorded. Or how your recordings truly sound. Nice product.

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