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Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones  

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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!

     

    ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones Specifications:

    • 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
     
    3.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (9)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

    • Not durable (3)
    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (9)
    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It's like a party in my ears

    These headphones are surprisingly good. They are well worth the money, and I'd do it again without hesitation. Very good sound, and they are very light for long use. I think these...Read complete review

    These headphones are surprisingly good. They are well worth the money, and I'd do it again without hesitation. Very good sound, and they are very light for long use. I think these headphones are great, and you won't find any better for the cost.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NOTHING like ATH-M50!!!

    I just purchased a pair of ATH-M50's, and quickly exchanged them for a pair of the new ATH-M50x model that was just released (the main difference being detachable cables). I absolutely love...Read complete review

    I just purchased a pair of ATH-M50's, and quickly exchanged them for a pair of the new ATH-M50x model that was just released (the main difference being detachable cables). I absolutely love both of those models, and probably won't ever use any other headphones again. That being said, when I saw the 'Stupid Deal of the Day' was a pair of ATH-M45 headphones for half price (1/3 of what I paid for the M50's), I did a bit of research and read that there was not much difference between the M45's and the M50's - so I jumped on the deal just to have a backup pair. Unfortunately, when I received the M45's I was instantly disappointed with just about every element of them (in comparison to the M50's). They do-not feel anywhere near as sturdy, and all of the materials feel much cheaper than the M50's. I will admit that the sound quality is comparable, and they are pretty comfortable - but I would not be confident taking these out of the house to use at a gig or even just in public, they just seem like they would break very easily if they are not handled very carefully.

    Overall, if you are looking for decent studio headphones for monitoring, and don't have any intention of using them outside the studio environment, these are a decent pair if you can find a good deal - but for the full price, I'd recommend something else. If you can afford it, spend a bit more for a pair of M50 or M50x - these will not disappoint.

    I will also note as many others have that these are STUDIO monitors/headphones. You are not going to get a ton of bass unless there is actually a ton of bass in the song. These headphones give you a realistic sound and are best for recording, mixing, and mastering. The M50/M50x are great DJ headphones, as long as you are looking for a true representation of the music and not just a bass heavy or otherwise enhanced sound. If you want something like that, try some Sony's (which also sound great).

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    4.0

    Nice frequency range & relatively flat

    By Buddy Jack

    from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Comfortable Padding
    • Good Frequency Range

    Cons

    • Not Enough 'ear' Space

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Monitor Synth
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

    These are comfortable over the head and around the ears. The adjustable range seems adequate to fit most heads. The ear pieces swivel out of the way easily (perhaps a little too easily...but that's not a major negative). The most significant drawback in the shallow 'ear channel' and the hard interiors that press against your ears. If it weren't for this one point they could very well be 'all day' headphones in the studio. The cable is ~3 meters and relatively soft and 'memory free' making it nice to work with in that respect. I bought white as the deal of the day but would prefer black if only for the 'white showing dirt too easily'...issue. The studio is clean but everything against white is dirt.

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    3.0

    NOTHING like ATH-M50!!!

    By generiq

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Fragile
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Casual Listening
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

    I just purchased a pair of ATH-M50's, and quickly exchanged them for a pair of the new ATH-M50x model that was just released (the main difference being detachable cables). I absolutely love both of those models, and probably won't ever use any other headphones again. That being said, when I saw the 'Stupid Deal of the Day' was a pair of ATH-M45 headphones for half price (1/3 of what I paid for the M50's), I did a bit of research and read that there was not much difference between the M45's and the M50's - so I jumped on the deal just to have a backup pair. Unfortunately, when I received the M45's I was instantly disappointed with just about every element of them (in comparison to the M50's). They do-not feel anywhere near as sturdy, and all of the materials feel much cheaper than the M50's. I will admit that the sound quality is comparable, and they are pretty comfortable - but I would not be confident taking these out of the house to use at a gig or even just in public, they just seem like they would break very easily if they are not handled very carefully.

    Overall, if you are looking for decent studio headphones for monitoring, and don't have any intention of using them outside the studio environment, these are a decent pair if you can find a good deal - but for the full price, I'd recommend something else. If you can afford it, spend a bit more for a pair of M50 or M50x - these will not disappoint.

    I will also note as many others have that these are STUDIO monitors/headphones. You are not going to get a ton of bass unless there is actually a ton of bass in the song. These headphones give you a realistic sound and are best for recording, mixing, and mastering. The M50/M50x are great DJ headphones, as long as you are looking for a true representation of the music and not just a bass heavy or otherwise enhanced sound. If you want something like that, try some Sony's (which also sound great).

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    1.0

    Horrible!!!!! Makes you doubt yourself!!

    By scharffbo

    from Greater Boston Area

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

        I have been a musician for over 30 years and these are perhaps the worst sounding headphones I have ever used...so bad they make you think you have lost your sense of "good or bad" tone. I have about 10 sets of headphones in my studio at any given time and wanted to add these to my stable. I paid the shipping to send them back so that the bad mojo would leave my studio...horrible!!!!

        If you have never used headphones before and were interested in these...don't. You are better off with ear buds...

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        5.0

        Exceeded my expectations by far

        By basser90

        from Des Moines, IA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

          I started with a pair of very small desktop speakers. The left speaker was always significantly quieter than the right, leaving me to make constant adjustments. Then I got a pair of Sennheiser HD201's which completely blew me away with the sound quality. However, they lacked long-term comfort and durability. They didn't cost very much and it showed. Then I found these M-45's and that same blown away feeling I got from going to desktop speakers to the HD201's was felt all over again. I was only expecting comfort and durability. I got that without a doubt and even better sound quality on top of that.

          The padding on the top and on the cans are spectacular. I can listen to these for hours on end. They definitely don't feel cheap like the HD201's. And the extra long cord on these is really useful. I was putting together my desk and was blasting some Zepplin and could get to any part of my room to grab parts and still keep these on.

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          4.0

          Good Mid-grade Studio Phones

          By Bleikr

          from Konnarock, WV

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Flat Response
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable after long

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

          Good buy medium priced. A T makes good stuff usually. Good flat response, hear parts within music not heard on 'home stereo' phones.
          This set has about two inches of wire outside the rotatable ear cuffs. Bad design. But, if you can remember to keep your fingers from dc'ing the speaker wire, these are good phones.

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          4.0

          This is my 2nd pair

          By Scott

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

          This is my 2nd pair of these. I Like the feel and sound of these headphones when Im tracking Bass or Guitar in my studio. I also use these to listen to playback as well.

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          4.0

          Nice cans for the money!

          By b3wannab

          from Lansing, KS

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Excellent value
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

            Excellent sound for the money. Highs are very open and detailed. The mids are fairly warm and the lows are realistic, but not boomy. Sound even better through an amplifier.

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            5.0

            Wonderful light weight headphones

            By SigE

            from Texas Underground!

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Sub For My Sony's

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

              Great deal! Light weight. Greater price! No brainer from great manufacturer.

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              4.0

              GREAT PHONES

              By TOM

              from FLINT TEXAS

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

                THESE ARE A GREAT ALTERNATE SET OF PHONES IF PRICE IS A FACTOR.I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE QUALITY WHEN I COMPARED THEM TO THE M50S.

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                4.0

                Very Decent Headphones

                By Andrasko

                from Grand Rapids, MI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great for tracking
                • Pleasant Sound
                • Warm

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Tracking

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M45 Studio Monitor Headphones:

                  I was pleasantly surprised by these headphones and I think that's the best word to describe them... pleasant.

                  They offer a similar tone and vibe to my much more expensive pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros while sacrificing some clarity (the 770s really are truly amazing and great for mixing).

                  They're far more pleasant than my rather harsh sounding Sennheiser 280 Pros and ten times clearer and better to listen to than a pair of AKG K44s I got for about the same price.

                  The Beyerdynamics are my go to pair of headphones for mixing but for a studio that does tracking and needs to make sure your full band is covered I would snatch these up in a heartbeat.

                  This is a 5 star deal if you get them on sale.

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