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Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones  

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Ideal for precise monitoring applications.

Premium Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones offer flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. The headphones' superior components provide very-high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional sound clarity.

The ATH-M40fs headphones' exterior includes a sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that rotate 180° for single-ear monitoring. Audio-Technica Studiophones use 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for low mass. Audio-Technica equips ATH-M40fs Studiophones with a 1/4" connector-terminated 11' cable. ATH-M40fs Studiophones are field-serviceable —you can replace their cables and earpads in the field, if needed.

FEATURES
  • Flat, extended frequency response for mixing/monitoring
  • Field-replaceable cables, drivers and ear pads
  • 1,600mW of power handling, high SPL capability
  • 40mm diameter drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils
  • OFC litz wire cables, convenient one-side exit
  • Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring

SPECIFICATIONS

ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones

  • Type: Close-back dynamic
  • Driver diameter: 1.57" (40mm)
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
  • Frequency response: 5 - 28,000Hz
  • Maximum input power: 1,600mw at 1khz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Impedance: 60ohms
  • Weight: 8.8oz (250g) without cable
  • Cable: 11' (3.4m), OFC litz wire, left-side exit
  • Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) phone plug
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Audio-TechnicaATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones
 
4.4

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (8)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Casual listening (5)
  • Durable (5)
  • Good value (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music (6)
    • Home audio (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    LOW STAR RATED REVIEWS

    PLEASE READ!!! I've seen several reviews that only gave a 1 star rating, yet their review talked about how much they loved these headphones. In case you don't know; a 5 star...Read complete review

    PLEASE READ!!! I've seen several reviews that only gave a 1 star rating, yet their review talked about how much they loved these headphones. In case you don't know; a 5 star rating is better than a 1 star. When you give a 5 start rating your saying the product is great, just as a 1 star means you don't like it at all. Having said that, I gave these a 4 star simply due to needing more on the bass end. Other than that, it is a very good set of headphones, at a good price. Mine are used in mixing, or any other need for headphones while in my small studio. I've found that they work well with vocals while being recorded.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Muddy Sound

    I am only an part-time amateur musician so take this with a grain of salt. These headphones sound very muddy to me. The bass seems to get more recognition that the trebles. The...Read complete review

    I am only an part-time amateur musician so take this with a grain of salt. These headphones sound very muddy to me. The bass seems to get more recognition that the trebles. The headphones I got don't seem to be very good for acoustic guitar or harp listening. I got some Radio Shack Optimus Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHF) headphones 10 years ago for only $50 that I have liked much better than these. I bought these because my the 1/4 inch jack on my RRHF phones was loose and my wife was barking at me because it was taking me too long to properly re-solder the connection. If you want a reference to the kind of sound I like, I tend to like the MXL 991 pencil mic that some people complain as being to twangy. Yes, I know the 991 boosts the treble, maybe I just don't like flat. Maybe I just need to try some EQ out and shut up. Anyway, I don't have a reference mic laying around to really test these phones so I am just wondering about their FLAT response claim...

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    5.0

    GREAT product

    By raulv

    from Romania

    Pros

    • sound&build quality

    Cons

    • Not yet

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

      I use them with a focusrite scarlett 2i2 soundcard and they sound great! just great!!!! the output power of the soundcard is pretty high but this ATH-M40fs handle it with no problem ; bass, mids,treble are played as it should be. Great build quality! I just got them and listened all kind off electronica music(d&b,progressive,etc) and i am very happy that i chose them. Also they are very comfortable to wear. I hope that i won't have problems with them beacuse i trust in Audio-Techinca quality. And one more thing : i think is the best quality/price balance for professional headphones with this technical specifications.

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      5.0

      Very Reliable

      By HariRHS

      from Boise, ID, USA

      Pros

      • professional and comfortable.

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

          I can rely on these headphones whenever I compose music or simply want to listen to the nuances of music that I cannot capture elsewhere. They maintain a strong bass when harmonies become complex and allow the listener to focus on specific melodic lines while still perceiving the music as a whole. Comfort is excellent for what they are meant for and the superior sound quality has remained undiminished over several years. They work flawlessly with my keyboard. An adapter will normally be required for casual listening on computers. Excellent headphones.

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          5.0

          Perfectly Flat

          By L Bolen

          from Canada

          About Me Record Producer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Great Sound
          • Razor Sharp Flat Response

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Tracking In Studio

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

            We have eight of these phones in the studio for tracking and two sets of ATH D-40fs for tracking drums. The M40fs' do not give an exaggerated top or bottom boost, giving a mirror image of what's going in, which is what professionals prefer in recording; I'm not exactly sure why some of the complaints were a poor bass end, if you want a bassy-sounding phone go with an overly-coloured dr beats!

            However if you prefer to know exactly what's going to track, then these are your choice.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Nice & flat - as advertised

            By TEMO

            from Erie, PA

            About Me Amateur Recording Enginee, Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

              Can't believe I never wrote a review on these cans. I've had them well over 10 years. When they were damaged 4 years ago, I replaced them with exact same type of cans. Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs were much more expensive 12 years ago than they are today. Best use is mixing and monitoring - b/c as advertised, they are FLAT. Nothing "shiny" in their sound. For the same reason you don't buy studio monitor speakers for home use, you wouldn't buy these for anything other than mentioned above.

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              • No

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              4.0

              ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones

              By Boscoco

              from San Antonio, Tx.

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • Relaxing

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                these are nice headphones. I use them when I'm playing my electronic drums.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for mixing and monitoring

                By MrMod

                from Athens,Ga

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Film/Video Production
                • Studio

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                    I bought mine at least 6 years ago. I record and mix my own records. They are very comfortable...I have easily put 1000's of hours on these. They're durable, comfortable and accurately represent my mixes to other sources truthfully. Once I get a mix that sounds good with these headphones, they sound great on every other source. I know that mixing for long periods of time are a no no, but I can go hours without ear fatigue. I will buy another pair just to use at home and take the ones I have on the road for listening pleasure as well. One of the few products that I have that I feel like, "they do make them like they used to." Buy them, they're a no brainer!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones, Great.

                    By Ronnie Bee

                    from Douglasville, Georgia

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Pro Home Studio

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                      This was a replacement set of exactly the same brand and make, The first set lasted over 15 years, I bought a new set only because the black backing started flaking off of my old pair.
                      The Flat Response allows you to listen to Hi volumes without hurting your ears.

                      Ronnie Bee's Gigabyte Band, on Sound click.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AWESOME!!!!!!!

                      By RIJUL

                      from Undisclosed

                      Pros

                      • Casual Listening
                      • gaming
                      • Other

                      Cons

                      • Cant find any

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                        A must buy.These are my first headphones but i have to say that these are best in range.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great product!

                        By Oxman

                        from Undisclosed

                        Pros

                        • Casual Listening
                        • Film/Video Production
                        • gaming
                        • Other
                        • Studio

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                            The M40fs are pretty sweet. They look kinda bulky, but they're actually fairly light. The audio quality is also very nice for the price. I also love the 1/4" plug so you don't need an adapter to use them with your equipment. Buy these if you're on a budget and you still want quality sound, you won't be disappointed.

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                            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Worthless for recording bass.

                            By CollyWolly

                            from GA

                            About Me Amateur Producer, Guitar Player

                            Pros

                            • Affordable
                            • Comfortable
                            • Crispy Highs And Mids
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long Cord

                            Cons

                            • 14
                            • No Bass Below 2k Hz
                            • No Isolation Whatsoever
                            • Poor Sound
                            • Quarter-inch Jack

                            Best Uses

                            • Music

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                            I got these as a gift, and have been using them to record some music with friends. First of all, they're very lightweight and comfortable. I don't have issues with heavy headphones, but I know some people do.

                            For monitoring while recording guitars, vocals, or percussion, these are passable. The high end and upper mids are crispy and clear, and there is a reasonable amount of volume.

                            However, for recording bass guitar or keyboards, mixing recorded tracks and critical listening, these simply do not cut the mustard. They do not produce any bass frequencies below around 2K Hz. Trying to properly mix and master a track that will sound good on other headphones and speakers is an exercise in futility.

                            That said, these are affordable and comfortable, and I've been impressed with Audio-Technica products in the past. If you needed several pairs of good-quality cans to get everyone in the studio hooked up to a headphone amp, these might be a good compromise. To the solo producer, however, I can't recommend these. Spend an extra 40 or so and get something that will reproduce your entire frequency range.

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                            • Yes

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