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Audio-Technica ATH-M40X Professional Headphones - Black

RRP: £99.00
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  • Cutting-edge engineering and robust construction, with detatable cable (2 cables included)
  • Tuned flat for incredibly accurate sound monitoring across the entire frequency range
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90 swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring
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Item Weight907 g
Product Dimensions29 x 25.4 x 10.4 cm
Item model numberATH-M40x
Scale Lengthinches
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Best Sellers Rank 1,991 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First Available23 Jan 2014
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR ADAM HUNT on 20 April 2014
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I chose these cans entirely for recording purposes (mainly for vocals), and have now used them pretty consistently in recording sessions for about two months. The reasons for my purchase were: flat frequency response; detachable cable; closed back design; £100 price point.

My first impressions were mixed. The bass response seemed heavier to what I was used to (mainly AKG headphones), they seemed relatively weighty and the leather pads did not feel as comfortable as the velour pads used on other popular AKG and Beyer designs, which I have used in various recording sessions over the years.

However, after a few days of listening, something clicked. The response is flat and clean with a punchy mid range and smooth high end. I have found them to be excellent for mixing and extremely capable in a recording environment (the cups rotate to all sorts of angles, which although annoying when holding them, is very useful for recording vocals, as each cup can sit off or on the ear, and anything in between). They are also very well built, solid and should last a lifetime (I hope). Detachable cables work great and straight and coiled cables each have their uses.

If you are looking for a solid bass response, I would recommend these in a heartbeat. I find these particularly useful for A/B testing to check bass response when mixing using smaller monitors (such as monitors with 5 inch speakers, which may have limited bass response below the 60hz region). However, if you are looking for something a little more comfortable, the Beyer DT250s are only another £40, though in my opinion the low end is less impressive (probably due to the velour pads rather than the leather pads on these).
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By Peter on 24 July 2014
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They are EQ'ed flat across the range as stated. I don't like too much base anyway.
Using my own device, I changed the EQ accordingly that gives it a sound that I enjoy.
They are probably a bit bulkier than some of the modern styles out there but in my opinion sound is better than looks.
They fold up to a good size for carrying around and with the detachable cable makes it easier and less bulky.
I purchased them as an all rounder (so I can record with them and listen to music through them).
They are comfortable to wear but can be a little sweaty after long use on the ears.
I just wished they had included a 1.2 mt cable as they do with the M50x as it is needed for going out with them. I am reluctant to buy the cable separately as they want more than £16 to buy it and normal cables do not fit!!!...
All in all I have listened to a lot of headphones before making my purchase and these do sound really good.
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I had some concerns that I would be missing out by not getting the M50X's but I just couldn't afford the extra £40 however,
I honestly could not imagine anything sounding better. Straight out of the box and the first thing I heard on these blew my mind.
I had been using the more expensive Grado SR80's and these just torpedoed them in every way.
Anyone who buys these will instantly understand the meaning of perfectly balanced sound. The bass is deep and expansive, the mids are huge and detailed and the highs are tight and crisp.
The only downside has been finding that I've had to download most of my music collection again at either 320kbps or as FLAC files as you really notice a huge drop in quality with mp3's recorded at a lower bit rate.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Best pair of headphones you'll get for the price range, no doubt 5 May 2014
By Diego Hernández - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I own a pair of white Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and I wanted to replace them because they were a bit old and my cat scratched them (Not badly though, but it was time for a new pair). Anyways, I was about to order the M50x, but in the process saw the M40x, read about them (Specifications and reviews as well) and decided to get them this past friday and got them a couple of hours ago. By the way, big props to Amazon for shipping them internationally, Perú, over the weekend.

Before the review itself, I'd like to add a PROS & CONS in case you don't want to read the whole thing:

+ New design, a bit more minimalist. Matte finish.
+ Little smaller than the M50/M50x.
+ Practically the same sound as the M50/M50x.
+ 40g lighter than the M50/M50x but feels a lot lighter when wearing them.
+ Softer cushions, making them quite comfortable.
+ Cheaper than both the M50 ($20-30 difference) and the M50x ($70 difference).

- The only thing someone might consider as a con would be that the M40x's earcups only rotate 90° instead of 180° like the M50/M50x. Personally, it's irrelevant for me.

Onto the review and wall of text:

As far as design goes, they're pretty much like the old M50s, with a couple of minor tweaks, for example on the earcups you'll just find the A-T logo, instead of the model name and brand. I guess the main differences would be that the M40x is slighty smaller and its earcups won't rotate 180°, but only 90° and for me, that's no problem. Overall, I'd say they look much better than the rest A-T models.

The sound is unbelievable, the difference between them and the M50s is almost unnoticeable because they nearly have the same specifications. I also recorded myself when hearing music in various distances because I saw one review stating that the sound leaked badly, but that wasn't the case. I could only hear my music really low when I put the recorder literally next to the headphones.

Now the game changer for me, feel and weight. According to Audio-Technica's webpage, the M40x weight 240g against the M50's 285g; it doesn't seem like a big difference on paper, but these really feel A LOT lighter making them much more comfortable than the latter by miles. Additionally, the ear cushions appear to be much softer than the previous models, which makes them again much more comfortable, especially after prolongued use.

These are also cheaper than the M50/M50x, duh, so this will get you the best bang for your buck definitely.

Bottom line, if you're looking for a couple of balanced high quality headphones that won't drain your whole paycheck, do yourself a favor and order the Audio-Technica M40x. You won't regret it!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Best Headphones under $100!! 7 April 2014
By Javis Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
I was originally going to get the Audio Technica M50s. But after checking out both the M50s and M40x I simply saw more bang for the buck with the M40x. The sound in both is fantastic, however, the bass does hit a little harder on the M50s. The fact that the M40x are $30-$40 cheaper and come with two detachable cords outweighed the slight bass jump in the M50s for me. Also, the M40x are more comfortable to wear than the M50s in my opinion. You simply won't get better headphones for under $100!!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Professional Sound in Non-Professional Phones 6 May 2014
By Michael D. - Published on Amazon.com
First and foremost, I work in film and TV. I own a number of Audio-Technica products, partially because I grew up knowing people who worked there in my hometown. My last set of studio headphones were Sennheiser HD-280's that I owned for nearly 6 years before someone walked off with them. I've used my headphones for monitoring sound while I work outside the studio.

The Goods: You get a set of collapsable (I guess they take up less space) studio cans, a coiled gold-plated headphone cable, a straight gold-plated headphone cable with 1/4" gold-plated adapter, and a soft bag for storage. Sorry, no AT bumper sticker in this kit.

First Impression: They're light! I don't have my Sennheisers next to me to directly compare, but man, these things are crazy light. Almost suspiciously light... Cables snap in nicely, and the bag is perfect for keeping the dust off, nothing more. Also, this material on the cups and head band are SOFT. Seems softer than a kitten, without the smell. I like it.

The Sound: As you can imagine, they're great. The highs are very crisp, and like any AT headphones, there is a break-in period. They should warm out a bit, and lose the high-end harshness in a week of use. The lows are not as clear as they could be, but clearer than the muddled lows on my Sennheisers. Mids are great. Clarity at volume is really good.

Only complaint, they don't seal out background sounds like my other cans did. They seem open, instead of closed. These are definitely not as effectively in loud spaces for listening.

As monitors, they're very neutral for sub-$100 phones. Slight warmth toward the low, with sharp highs that will break in. Voice sounds natural, especially solo vocals singing, which is what I need them mostly for.

The Feel: I don't know how to say this. The plastic doesn't feel cheap, it's just very, very lightweight. The phones are so much more comfortable to wear being this light. If you wear glasses, you will notice a HUGE difference when wearing them. They aren't heavy or tight, meaning they're not clamping your head, pressing the frames behind your ears.

Yet, the way the cups swivel, and click, sounds and feels cheap. I feel like I could definitely break these. I have a year warranty, and I'll refer back with updates. My other Audio Technica gear, is SOLID stuff. My microphones and turntable feel like they could be dropped from an airliner. The band and pivots inside are stainless steel, so the phones should hold up well. I'm just not feeling it every time I pick them up and flex them over my head.

The cables are also lightweight, but will no doubt hold up.

The Verdict: For under $100, headphones that sound this good, with replaceable cables for different situations, that don't weigh anything on you; are well worth it. 4 stars for being loose with this material, and not sealing out background noise like they should.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Crystal clear sound 25 Mar 2014
By Solowing - Published on Amazon.com
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This headphone is tuned flat, so if you are looking for bass-heavy headset this is not for you. Now that we get that clear, this is a superb headphone that produces very good and true-to source sound reproduction. The mids are exceptionally well. The highs are crisp and it definitely delivers across the frequency range. To be honest I will appreciate a slightly stronger bass, as it seems that the highs overpowers sometime.This is one versatile headset for most genres of music with its accurate sound. After all this is a monitor headphone.I am still on the break in process, but it is sounding amazing so far.

In terms of comfort, this headphone sits comfortably on your head, not too firm yet not too light. Pads are soft although it still allows some outside sound to come in.

Overall a great purchase for an entry-level over ear headphone. Will see how it sounds after some break in.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best value in this range 24 Mar 2014
By TheDudeGuy - Published on Amazon.com
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It delivers incredibly accurate response at least through the mid-treble frequency range. I don't want to judge unfairly at the upper treble range, so I'll leave that alone, but string sections and reverb may, in my opinion, show up a little more weakly than intended, but I'm not certain about this. Excellent mechanical design, the pads are easily replaceable if need be, and the housing seems sturdy thus far. I have not tested it for how it handles falls yet, though. If it fails, I'll update this.


The soft bag that it comes with is plenty of padding for the occasional fall.

**EDIT 2**

The comment was probably made before a complete burn-in. I haven't noticed the decreased reverb and string sections recently, even after listening to string/reverb heavy albums.
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