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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
         

        ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones Specifications:

        • 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 66 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (41)

        • 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

          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.

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                4.0

                Nice & flat - as advertised

                By T Mo

                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

                  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.

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                    • 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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                        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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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Decent Headphones

                                By Ethan

                                from Winston Salem, NC

                                About Me College Student

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                                Pros

                                • Good Value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Audio
                                  • Music
                                  • Portable Devices

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                                  This pair of headphones are not bad. I have heard much better, but for the price its not bad. Bass is a little lacking, but overall a decent pair of headphones. Build quality is pretty good. The plastic/ synth material over the ear covers started peeling after 7ish years. Overall I would say decent, but I would recommend putting some more money into a better pair.

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