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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!

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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's like a party in my ears

By Jean-Luc Skywalker

from Ceti Yavin IV

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great clarity

        By doktorg

        from indiana

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

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

          I was looking for some quality headphones to replace the earbuds I had been using when playing through a Yamaha THR-10 and for some basic home recording. I got these deeply discounted, which made the decision to buy much easier. The wide freq response range (5-28k) was particularly appealing. I haven't fully put them through their paces yet, but the clarity and comfort of these headphones is immediately apparent. They are very lightweight and as comfortable as an over-ear headphone can be. Elements and layers in recorded music that I hadn't been able to hear before come out and they have no problem maintaining their clarity at higher volume. I also like the included 1/8" jack adapter, as this makes it easy to use the headphones across a number of devices. The white color is not my first choice, but they were 60% off when I purchased them. Don't know if I would have bought them at full price (because I'm cheap). They're definitely worth more than what I paid for them.

           
          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.

           
          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).

           
          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...

               
              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.

                 
                4.0

                Good Mid-grade Studio Phones

                By Bleikr

                from West Virginia

                About Me Experienced

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                Verified Buyer

                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.

                 
                4.0

                This is my 2nd pair

                By Scott K

                from Louisville KY

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

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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.

                 
                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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful light weight headphones

                  By SigE

                  from Texas Underground!

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

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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.

                     
                    4.0

                    GREAT PHONES

                    By TOM

                    from FLINT TEXAS

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

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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.

                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Get the M30 instead

                      By Rufus

                      from Mississippi

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

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

                          I bought these thinking they'd be a step up from the well-reviewed M30. Wrong. Everything sounds terribly thin and flat on the M45. It's like a pair of Dixie Cups wired to an AM radio.

                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Not pro studio quality

                          By BobTheBassMan

                          from Philly Burbs

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Poor Sound Quality

                            Best Uses

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

                              I should have listened to the reviews on the black-colored version of these. Even on sale, they are not a good value. These do not approach pro studio-quality. The mid-range is blatzy. (I just invented that word, but you know what I mean, don't you!). I've heard better "consumer" headphones.

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