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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 74 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (9)
  • Studio (8)
  • Film/video production (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Music (6)
  • Home audio (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible response and comfort at a low price!

With poser 'designer series' headphones flooding the market for kids to spend their dollars on, I have found incredible performance and comfort in the ATH-M40fs studiophones. Whether plugged into our band's mixing...Read complete review

With poser 'designer series' headphones flooding the market for kids to spend their dollars on, I have found incredible performance and comfort in the ATH-M40fs studiophones. Whether plugged into our band's mixing board, into my stereo, my laptop or my smartphone, the sound reproduction excels, and compares to no other. Whether listening to a live mix from our 7 piece MoTown band, screaming trumpets in a big band recording, pipe organ compositions, barbershop quartets and chorus', or more modern selections, every last bit of every sound is brought to my attention. Even some selections that I have listened to several times prior reveal nuances previously missed by other headphones.

I do highly recommend these superb quality studiophones as a smart purchase over others costing two or three times more! They are solidly built, and you can count on them to provide better sound than most anything else available.

Sincerely,

Andy Platz
trumpet player for The Swizzle Stick Band, Akron Ohio

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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

Solid Choice

By 

from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Pros

  • ample cord length
  • Comfortable
  • Good sound quality
  • Solid Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

      I was in need of a good set of headphones specifically for tracking and I decided to try the ATH-M40fs. The build quality is extremely solid, I especially like the spring-equipped 1/4" connector. There is plenty of cord length and the closed-back design minimizes bleed when tracking vocals. They are very comfortable on and the soft material over the ear cups is a nice touch. Since I only use these for tracking the sound quality is perfectly adequate for my needs. Overall I believe this was a solid purchase.

      • How long have you used this product?:
      • Over a year
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      5.0

      Incredible response and comfort at a low price!

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      from Medina, Ohio

      Pros

      • fullest range and high comort

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

        With poser 'designer series' headphones flooding the market for kids to spend their dollars on, I have found incredible performance and comfort in the ATH-M40fs studiophones. Whether plugged into our band's mixing board, into my stereo, my laptop or my smartphone, the sound reproduction excels, and compares to no other. Whether listening to a live mix from our 7 piece MoTown band, screaming trumpets in a big band recording, pipe organ compositions, barbershop quartets and chorus', or more modern selections, every last bit of every sound is brought to my attention. Even some selections that I have listened to several times prior reveal nuances previously missed by other headphones.

        I do highly recommend these superb quality studiophones as a smart purchase over others costing two or three times more! They are solidly built, and you can count on them to provide better sound than most anything else available.

        Sincerely,

        Andy Platz
        trumpet player for The Swizzle Stick Band, Akron Ohio

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        • Up to a year
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        4.0

        Great sound for a fair price

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        from Elizabeth City, NC, USA

        Pros

        • Comfort
        • Durable
        • price
        • Sound quality

        Cons

        • Connection
        • Portability

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

          My M40's have served well as everyday headphones in an office environment. They are durable enough for everyday use without worry that they will be damaged. The audio quality is superb, with a near flat response. They have a warm quality to the sound while preserving the integrity of original recordings.
          These headphones are fairly comfortable for all day/extended use or wearing. The only downfalls in my opinion are that they come standard with a 1/4" plug and no adapter. It is expected that studio headphones would have this feature, however some of A/T's other headphones in their studio line come standard with an adapter as well as multiple cables to be used in different scenarios.
          For the money, these are a great value. As stated above, the main issues that I see have to do with portability and not practical usability.

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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          Electronic Drums

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          from Ny

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                I've had these for 6 years of nonstop use and everything is intact and working well. I use these with a Roland V Drum kit. The low end reproduction in the headphones makes the kick drum sound meaty while maintaining the mids and highs from low to high volume. I mix music and the drums similtaneosly in the headphones and it performs like a beast. The closed back design helps with some sound isolation too. I only wished it came with a detachable cord that allowed you to plug into either ear.

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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                GREAT product

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                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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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  Very Reliable

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                  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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                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      Perfectly Flat

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                      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.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Nice & flat - as advertised

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                        from Erie, PA

                        About Me Amateur Recording Enginee, Professional Musician

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                        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

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                          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.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great for mixing and monitoring

                            By 

                            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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                                • Expert, Musician
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                                • Over a year
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