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Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black)  

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Audio Technica ATH-M45 Studio Headphones were designed specifically for professional studio monitoring, with a flat, extended frequency response. Sup...Read More

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Impeccable-sounding headphones designed specifically for professional studio monitoring.

Audio Technica ATH-M45 Studio Headphones were designed specifically for professional studio monitoring, with a flat, extended frequency response. Superior components provide very high SPL capability while maintaining clean, precise reproduction of sound.

The headphones have comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180° to permit one-ear monitoring. Field-serviceable design permits quick, easy replacement of the cable, drivers and ear pads.

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

Get the can-do cans for professional headphone mixing!

SPECIFICATIONS

ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black)

  • Type: Close-back dynamic
  • Driver diameter: 1.57" (40 mm)
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
  • Frequency response: 5 - 28,000 Hz
  • Maximum input power: 1,600 mw at 1 khz
  • Sensitivity (1 mW): 100 db
  • Impedance: 60 ohms
  • Weight: 8.8oz (250 g) without cable and connector
  • Cable: 11' (3.35 m) OFC litz wire, left-side entry
  • Connector: 1/8" (3.5 mm) with screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
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Audio-TechnicaATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Grab 'em While They're Hot (Studio Monitor Headphones)

    This product works great for mixing in my studio.
    ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones

    I picked up a pair of these at sale price and I couldn't be more pleased.These headphones are amazingly...Read complete review

    This product works great for mixing in my studio.
    ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones

    I picked up a pair of these at sale price and I couldn't be more pleased.These headphones are amazingly clear especially for this price range.

    The flat, extended frequency response is terrific for precise mixing.
    You can't always have a pair of monitor speakers available so the ATH-M45's make a great alternative.

    I'm happy enough with them that I would pick
    up another pair for full MSRP.
    Enjoy
    Under typical use these headpones should last quite a while.

    I wouldn't recommend being rough on any audio equipment.
    It would be difficult to find a better pair of headphones for the price.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A Rare Disappointment From AT

    I bought a pair of these on sale, and even at half price, they are a poor value. I am a big fan of AT headphones and mics. I own ATH-M50, ATH-M35...Read complete review

    I bought a pair of these on sale, and even at half price, they are a poor value. I am a big fan of AT headphones and mics. I own ATH-M50, ATH-M35 and ATH-M25 Headphones. The 25s I received with another purchase and only use in a pinch for tracking.
    The 50's and 35's are both excellent values, as are the 25's, but at their extremely low price, quality isn't suited for studio use. I bought the ATH-M45s to add another quality set of cans to my studio, or so I thought.
    The sound quality of the 45's are no where near what a headphone in this price range should be. The sound is thin, and bass is almost non-existent. They only sound marginally better than the 25's, and the less expensive 35's absolutely put them to shame. Of course, the ATH-M50's sound better, but that is to be expected. Build quality is typical AT, very good, except they do not fold for storage like the 50's and 35's.
    My advice is to spend the extra money for the ATH-M50's or go down to the ATH-M35's, either way you will get better cans and better value.

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    2.0

    If your music is bass-based.. SKIP these

    By M. Deek

    from Indianapolis

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Recording Booth

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

      I was in a jam and bought a set of these in 2011 from Musician's Friend (the 45's were new then) and really didn't do any real release-worthy production with them until this year. I mixed down 15 songs and played them on three different sound systems over the past week and the bass was consistently high on all of the mixes on all of the systems.. so much so that I couldn't tell anything about the rest of the mix. Bought the ATH-50x's today and did a side-by-side comparison and the 45's are wayyyy low on bass and low-range mids. The ATH-50x's exposed the same shortcoming in the ATH-45's that my car stereo, home stereo, and phone mp3 player exposed. I will use the 45's as a nice set for the recording booth, but I wouldn't waste my time using them for any kind of mix anymore!! The 50's are my new go-to's. Now to go back and correct the mixes on 15 songs....... !!!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      A Rare Disappointment From AT

      By John

      from Cincinnati

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Well built

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

        I bought a pair of these on sale, and even at half price, they are a poor value. I am a big fan of AT headphones and mics. I own ATH-M50, ATH-M35 and ATH-M25 Headphones. The 25s I received with another purchase and only use in a pinch for tracking.
        The 50's and 35's are both excellent values, as are the 25's, but at their extremely low price, quality isn't suited for studio use. I bought the ATH-M45s to add another quality set of cans to my studio, or so I thought.
        The sound quality of the 45's are no where near what a headphone in this price range should be. The sound is thin, and bass is almost non-existent. They only sound marginally better than the 25's, and the less expensive 35's absolutely put them to shame. Of course, the ATH-M50's sound better, but that is to be expected. Build quality is typical AT, very good, except they do not fold for storage like the 50's and 35's.
        My advice is to spend the extra money for the ATH-M50's or go down to the ATH-M35's, either way you will get better cans and better value.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        OK

        By SGIM43-XKOoN

        from Nyack, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good sound

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

          I just replaced this after 3 years of use. After maybe 18 months they broke due to a wire issue. I had to put a new tip on and one of the speakers I couldn't get to match the quality of the other after that. Then the synthetic covering started to come off slowly after that, where people would ask me why I had black stuff around my ears and on the side of my face. Now it's time to retire these things... and hopefully the DT 770 Pros I got will hold up better

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          durable, clear headphones

          By Jeremo4

          from Oklahoma City, Ok

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

            These are pretty great headphones for the cash. I have had several pairs in the same price range that aren't nearly as clear and well built. Probably wouldn't mix a major record with them but perfect for any pre production or small scale recording. I've owned them for around 2 years and still holding up like new!

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            HALF OFF FOR GREAT QUALITY

            By BLEAK JAMERZ

            from DENVER, CO

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Sound Bass
            • Lightweight
            • Simple And Easy - Comfort
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

              I WANTED THE BEATS PRO, STUMBLED ACROSS THESE ON SALE IM VERY HAPPY. COMFORTABLE. AFFORDABLE GOOD QUALITY.....

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              4.0

              Good recommendation by Musician's Friend

              By MeiJade

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

                Just set up my home studio with the proper equipment. This recommendation came from Musician's Friend. I am happy with it so far. It is light weight and doesn't hurt my ears like so many other headphones do. The sound is very clear and the quality is solid. Audio-technica is a very reliable brand as well so I felt pretty comfortable with the recommendation.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Studio Phones

                By Ron Marino

                from Clearwater, FL

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

                Highly recommended for those building a cost effective home studio.
                Totally flat response for quality mixing. Cans rotate 180 degrees. The headband and ear cushions are thicker than most. Cans rotate 180 degrees. Nice snug but comfortable fit. Lightweight for long mixing and recording sessions.
                Great fit and finish. High quality plastic. Tried the Sennhiesers, Yamahas, and Samson...these beat all by a wide margin and were quite a bit cheaper.
                I happened to get mine during a sale, but even at the regular price they are a great value.

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Audio Technica ath-m45 headphones

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

                Long straight cord is nice, cord end has stress relief, and the 1/4 inch adapter is nice quality. Good set of cans but the other reviews made me think these had VERY good sound quality. The A-B sound comparison shows me they do not deserve raving reviews. I paid a few dollars less for the sennheiser 2 years ago, so I think it is a good comparison. At 59.99 I will not be sending these back. Like I said these are good cans.
                I rate these about an 8. Sound quality is not bad. A-B sound test with Sennheiser hd-280 pro...Sennheiser has a little better high range clarity and are a little louder than the ath-m45.
                Again comparing with the Sennheiser hd 280 pro. Build quality does not seem to be quite as good on the ath-m45.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for the Price

                By Kevin

                from Maine

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

                Great Value, Great Sound, Great Features, and I'm happy with them overall.
                These headphones are a great buy. They feature a nice heavy duty cord that is a great length for home studio use. They feature a 1/8" plug wich comes with a screw on adapter to go to 1/4", wich is a nice feature. They have plenty of sound isolation to eliminate bleedthrough during recording, and have a great flat EQ sound wich is perfect for monitor mixing, if You must use a set of headphones. The highs are crisp and clean and will allow You to hear what You need to hear in those all important mixes. The lows are clean as well and not exaggerated like traditional headphones. If You do hip hop or rap these may not be perfect for You, because many engineers like a little extra bass in their monitors because the styles are bass driven. These do not sound as good as others I've listened to, but they are by far the best I've heard in this price range.
                These headphones are built well but I do have a couple negatives to go along with the positives. First the good. They are constructed nice and seem pretty durable. The cord is nice and thick and looks like it could take some abuse, wich is great, cause I step and roll over cables all the time. The connections are gold and built well. There is padding on all the important parts. The plastic looks decent and not cheap like some. The negatives are that the ears are a bit more shallow than I would like, and don't fit entirely around my ear like others I've tried. Over a long period of time I can see these getting uncomfortable for those who wear glasses. The padding also doesn't feel as high end as it could be, and although I havn't had them long enough to see it peel I could see it drying and happening down the road.
                By far these are well worth the money I paid for them, and If You don't have the money to blow on a 300-400 dollar pair I'd pick these up in a heart beat. I'm very happy with them, and the whole point was to be able to mix better when I have to be in a quiet environment.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Grab 'em While They're Hot (Studio Monitor Headphones)

                By Damian Rickman

                from High Desert (Ca)

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones (Black):

                This product works great for mixing in my studio.
                ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones

                I picked up a pair of these at sale price and I couldn't be more pleased.These headphones are amazingly clear especially for this price range.

                The flat, extended frequency response is terrific for precise mixing.
                You can't always have a pair of monitor speakers available so the ATH-M45's make a great alternative.

                I'm happy enough with them that I would pick
                up another pair for full MSRP.
                Enjoy
                Under typical use these headpones should last quite a while.

                I wouldn't recommend being rough on any audio equipment.
                It would be difficult to find a better pair of headphones for the price.

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