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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones  Black 

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OVERVIEW

The ATH-Mx Series headphones are a reliable source for monitoring in home and professional studio environments. Because of the increased demand due to the popularity of the ATH-M50, Audio-Technica refreshed their entire line of closed-back studio headphones for a redesigned feel. The high-performance ATH-M40x professional headphones are tuned flat for incredibly accurate audio monitoring across an extended frequency range. Your studio experience is enhanced with superior sound isolation and swiveling earcups for convenient one-ear monitoring. Engineered with pro-grade materials and robust construction, the M40x excels in professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring.

Pro headphones for tracking, mixing and DJ monitoring.

FEATURES
  • 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Tuned flat for incredibly accurate sound monitoring across the entire frequency range
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation
  • 90 swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort
  • Collapsible for space-saving portability
  • Detachable cable (includes 1.2m-3m coiled cable and 3m straight cable)
  • For professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring

Monitor your mix like a pro with the redesigned M-Series.

SPECIFICATIONS

ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

  • Model#: ATH-M40x
    Collapsible: Yes
    Swivel amount: 15º In / 90º Out
    Detachable Cable: Yes
    Cable Type: Straight, Coiled
    Accessories: Screw-on 1/4" Adapter, Pouch
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Audio-TechnicaATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
 
4.6

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Pros

  • Good audio (7)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Home studio (4)
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Simply Amazing Value

Here is my honest review for these headphones.

PHYSICAL FEATURES
The two detachable cables are a very nice feature. I do, however, wish that they also came with a third...Read complete review

Here is my honest review for these headphones.

PHYSICAL FEATURES
The two detachable cables are a very nice feature. I do, however, wish that they also came with a third short cable like the ATH-M50x. The cables feature a proprietary "twisting" locking mechanism so that they cannot accidentally be unplugged from the headphones. Both cables have a 3.5mm plug, and the headphones come with a 1/4" adapter which can screw onto either detachable cable.
The headphones are made out of thick hard plastic. They are not insanely durable, but they are durable enough that I would not be able to break them unless I intentionally used excessive force. With proper care, these should last forever. The two detachable cables are also very durable.
Comparing to the ATH-M50x, these are lighter and fit more snugly. If you have a small head (as I do), you should certainly consider this. The ATH-M50x's actually fell off my head quite easily. This is not the case for the ATH-M40x.
The headphones fold into a compact design and fit snugly into the provided carrying bag.

COMFORT
The ear pads are extremely comfortable. I have worn these headphones at my job for 8 hours straight with no problems except occasionally having my ears get warm. This isn't really an issue because an occasional trip to the bathroom will give your ears a minute to cool which is all it needs.

SOUND ISOLATION
Sound isolation is not great, as these are not designed to be noise-canceling headphones. However, they do contain the sound in your ears quite well. I've listened to these headphones at my job, which is a pretty quiet office environment. I can listen to these fairly loudly while having the person sitting at the desk next to me not notice at all.

SOUND QUALITY
This is really where these shine. The sound quality is amazing, and if a flat frequency response is what you are seeking, look no further. You simply cannot find another pair of headphones in this price range with this sound quality.
Comparing them to the ATH-M50x, I actually prefer the ATH-M40x. The ATH-M50x ever so slightly emphasizes the lower frequencies. Again if you're looking more for a flat frequency response (as I was), the ATH-M40x are a better choice. (Plus, they are almost half the price.)

OVERALL
I cannot recommend these enough. I know this is cliched, but you actually do hear things that you never noticed before when listening to these headphones.
I use these for mixing (and I know, technically closed-back headphones should not be used for mixing), but I am on a budget and these headphones have proven to be invaluable.
The value of these headphones is really amazing. They are easily worth double their price.
These are not very flashy headphones. Available only in black and with a very plain design, they are a "strictly business" pair of headphones which are durable, feature-packed, comfortable, and sound amazing.

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Great but can break easily

It's a really great product. It's a bit pricey in my country but it was worth it. The sound is very accurate. I would not call myself an audiophile but the sound is...Read complete review

It's a really great product. It's a bit pricey in my country but it was worth it. The sound is very accurate. I would not call myself an audiophile but the sound is really great. My only problem was that the hinge got broken but I got it repaired from a 3rd party service who just used some soldering iron. The ath-m40x was my first good pair since I'm only 13.

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5.0

Excellent headphones

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from Florida

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

    perfectly flat response. no added color to the sound. For me, comfortable to wear because the cups fit around my ears and not on the ears. Can't beat them for the price.

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    3.0

    Great but can break easily

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    from Philippines

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

      It's a really great product. It's a bit pricey in my country but it was worth it. The sound is very accurate. I would not call myself an audiophile but the sound is really great. My only problem was that the hinge got broken but I got it repaired from a 3rd party service who just used some soldering iron. The ath-m40x was my first good pair since I'm only 13.

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      • Up to a year
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      4.0

      Excellent for everyday listening

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      from Fonda, NY

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Reasonable price
      • Replaceable cord

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Listening

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

        These were a Christmas gift for my son, but I did listen briefly to hear how they sounded, listening to AWOLNATION's Sail, Adele's Hello, and Imagine Dragon's Radioactive. I had expected to be a little disappointed in bass performance based on other reviews I read, but I was very pleased with the overall sound, including good, tight bass.

        Fit was comfortable, with ear cups fitting completely around my ears instead of just on top, and sealing out external noise very well.

        One of the reasons I chose these headphones for him, aside from good audio performance, was the detachable/replaceable cords (since he seems to constantly destroy audio cables and charging cables due to repeated flexing).

        He has never had a pair of headphones last a year yet before some plastic part breaks. There's still a lot of plastic in the construction of these headphones, and they have to flex out pretty far to fit over my son's head, so it remains to be seen if they are any more durable than previous headphones. I'm hopeful, though, that they will last (maybe even as long as the headphones I purchased in the 80's and still have) and that cords can be replaced inexpensively (relatively) if those don't hold up as long as the headphones themselves.

        These headphones were an excellent value at the sale price I got over the Thanksgiving weekend, but still a good value at the regular price.

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        5.0

        Best I've Ever Heard.

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        from South Carolina

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

          Using these for itunes on an iphone and laptop. The equalizer on the laptop let me test their capabilities. They will overload if you drive the bass hard at the 32 hertz range. I'm very please with them, best headphones I've ever heard.

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          5.0

          Great headphones.

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          from Irvine, CA

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None so far.

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

            I bought these to replace my 4 year old m50, which had a broken hinge. The m40x is a good replacement and is actually lighter and more comfortable than the m50 in warm environments. It comes with two cables, one coiled and the other straight, and this was a huge upgrade from my old m50's as the straight cable non-detachable cable was prone to tangling. I am not an audiophile but a casual listener, but in my opinion, the sound is just as crisp and flat as the m50. There is some sound leakage, but it is expected for a headphone at this price range and it was not advertised as such. I would definitely recommend these for the casual listener.

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            • Home
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            • Less than a month
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            4.0

            Great But Lacking in design and durability.

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            from Undisclosed

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • easy to love
            • Great Sound

            Cons

            • appears alot more durable than really is
            • bad design in rotation functionality
            • Fragile

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

              I loved these headphones with all my soul but the rotation of the cups are a little weird. Mine recently broke when the right cup got stuck and i was the plastic holding it together broke off. I could not believe it because i barely put any force into it. if you pick these up and rotate the cups the wrong way they can break off fairly easily. Im in the process of claiming my warranty but even tho i love the M40x im scared of the fragile design. Im most likely gonna trade my new pair in or sell them to work for a pair of M50x or M70x.

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                5.0

                Awesome but quite big

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                from Cleveland, OH, USA

                Pros

                • multiple detatchable cables
                • sound incridble
                • Very durable

                Cons

                • Quite Heavy

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

                  These headphones which I got about a month ago have been amazing, they are clear and reproduce sound without harshness at higher volumes(after the first week of using them) and are very comfortable despite being quite heavy compared to other headphones

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                  • Up to a year
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                  5.0

                  Very nice

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                  from Richardson, TX

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

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                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

                    User of 15 year old Sennheisers eH2270 (similar to HD280 I believe) which are to my ears very flat, these M40x cans are also very flat but I feel much closer to the music whereas with the Senn's the cups are larger and deeper and feel more distant. It's just a different experience. I only ready reviews and watched comparison vids from a popular resale shop on YT. These M40x's have good impact, clear sound, not too bright or muddy, not too bassy. I have heard the M50x have more emphatic lows. I love these and for the money I am almost hurting myself patting my own back. I got a "blemish" but they are unblem'd as far as I can see. I think I could mix nicely on these going back and forth with my Yamaha HS50s. Yeah I'm low budget. Time will tell. Oh and they are super comfy. Plastic but very solid and fold up small.

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                    5.0

                    Great phones!

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                    from south Dakota

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                    • Sound Quality

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

                        i am a music teacher and DJ. I use these phones for when I record my students, run sound for concerts, and occasionally when I do dances. First off....the sound quality is unbeatable!! Very true flat phones. I have cranked the volume very loud with no distortion and you are able to hear everything! The padding on the cups get a little warm but nothing that can't be ignored. The isolation is great....and did I mention the sound quality! Unbeatable in a headphone at this cost!!! the plastic makes me a little nervous, but it hasn't broke yet (after 9 months of wearing ALOT)

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                        5.0

                        Great headphones at a affordable price!

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                        from Butler, PA, USA

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • Comfortable
                        • flat-toned
                        • High quality
                        • interchangeable cables

                        Cons

                        • can pick up impedance of a system

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones:

                          As a college student i routinely listen to music, play video games on my computer, and audio edit videos. From the 100+ hours of using this product i can say without a shadow of a doubt that these headphones are worth every penny they cost! These headphones have gone head-to-head with other headphones, costing several times more, and have stood their ground. The only drawback i can think of would be that the headphones will occasionally pick up a small buzzing sound from the impedance of your computer system, which can easily be fixed by a digital-to-analog converter.

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