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Impeccable-sounding headphones designed specifically for professional studio monitoring.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Headphones feature a flat, extended frequency response perfect for professional studio monitoring. Exceptional components deliver extremely high SPL capability while preserving true reproduction of sound. The comfortable circumaural earpieces allow one-ear monitoring with the capability to rotate 180. The Audio-Technica ATH-M45 offers functional and durable design with easily replaceable cable, drivers, and 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

No 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.

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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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Audio Technica ath-m45 headphones

By D

from undisclosed

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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.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

They disintegrate over time

By Slim Fixins

from Los Angeles

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

I have purchased two pair of these and both literally went to pieces.They use poor materials. The plastic comes apart and exposes the foam. Also the wires to the earpieces are exposed and easily lose their connections and are not user friendly for repair. Don't waste your money. The M50 set id a much superior headphone. You get what you pay for.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK

By sgim43

from NY, USA

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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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    durable, clear headphones

    By Jeremo4

    from Oklahoma City, Ok

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      amazing headphones!

      By Trevor Voss

      from st.louis missouri

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

      these headphones are the best ive heard that i can remember. i absolutly love them, plus the little protector spring on the jack is great

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      A Rare Disappointment From AT

      By John

      from Cincinnati

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Studio Phones

        By Ron Marino

        from Clearwater, FL

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        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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Nice

        By Blue Boy

        from Texas

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

        Not much to say other than they sound nice and flat. This was my first pair of studio headphones so the first thing I noticed is that they don't have the boomy bass of consumer headphones. Of course that's what you want in monitor headphones. The sound is super clear and plenty loud. They feel nice and substantial, and are very comfortable to wear. I think these were a great choice.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for the Studio and the Stage

        By Andrew

        from Bowling Green KY

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

        The Audio-Technica ATH-M45's are without a doubt the best Headphones I have ever used. The Flat response is perfect for the studio and the volume these puppies can crank out makes them great for live drumming. the only problem I have found is that the coating on the earpiece wears off after about a year.

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