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Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones  

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Premium Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones offer flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. The headphones' superior components provide very-high SPL capabiliti... Read More

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Overview

Premium Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones offer flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. The headphones' superior components provide very-high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional sound clarity.

The ATH-M40fs headphones' exterior includes a sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that rotate 180° for single-ear monitoring. Audio-Technica Studiophones use 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for low mass. Audio-Technica equips ATH-M40fs Studiophones with a 1/4" connector-terminated 11' cable. ATH-M40fs Studiophones are field-serviceable —you can replace their cables and earpads in the field, if needed.

Features
  • Flat, extended frequency response for mixing/monitoring
  • Field-replaceable cables, drivers and ear pads
  • 1,600mW of power handling, high SPL capability
  • 40mm diameter drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils
  • OFC litz wire cables, convenient one-side exit
  • Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring
Specifications
  • Type: Close-back dynamic
  • Driver diameter: 1.57" (40mm)
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
  • Frequency response: 5 - 28,000Hz
  • Maximum input power: 1,600mw at 1khz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Impedance: 60ohms
  • Weight: 8.8oz (250g) without cable
  • Cable: 11' (3.4m), OFC litz wire, left-side exit
  • Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) phone plug
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

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  • Studio (8)
  • Film/video production (7)
  • Casual listening (5)
  • Gaming (5)
  • Comfortable (3)

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Good Headphones

I have used a pair of these Audio Technica ATH-M40fs headphones in my project studio for about four years now. They have an extremely flat response curve and I find that I can get...Read complete review

I have used a pair of these Audio Technica ATH-M40fs headphones in my project studio for about four years now. They have an extremely flat response curve and I find that I can get a mix in the ballpark using these and then use nearfields for final tweaks and adjustments. I also use them for tracking and find that they work well as an all-around headphone set in the studio. The cables are truly field replaceable. I have stepped on the cable two different times while moving quickly around my studio in such a way that the cord received an extremely sudden tug that would have broken any cable. On both occasions I called Audio Technica and for a relatively nominal fee they sent me replacement cables that were easy to install. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a mid-level pair of all-around studio headphones.

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Nothing Special

I bought these 'phones to use when I needed to listen to a temporary mix while recording. While the frequency response curve is somewhat flat, there is a characteristic to the sound that...Read complete review

I bought these 'phones to use when I needed to listen to a temporary mix while recording. While the frequency response curve is somewhat flat, there is a characteristic to the sound that I don't like.

The sound is boxy, with a touch of plastic. In other words, I don't hear the openness I do when the same tune is played through my Focal monitors, my Altec-Lansing loud speakers or even my car. There is a characteristic to the mid-frequencies that resonate with too much presence.

They'll do for evaluating intermediate mixes while recording, though.

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5.0

Solid Choice

By ruckus

from Los Angeles, CA, USA

Pros

  • ample cord length
  • Comfortable
  • Good sound quality
  • Solid Construction

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    Best Uses

      I was in need of a good set of headphones specifically for tracking and I decided to try the ATH-M40fs. The build quality is extremely solid, I especially like the spring-equipped 1/4" connector. There is plenty of cord length and the closed-back design minimizes bleed when tracking vocals. They are very comfortable on and the soft material over the ear cups is a nice touch. Since I only use these for tracking the sound quality is perfectly adequate for my needs. Overall I believe this was a solid purchase.

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      • Over a year
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      5.0

      Incredible response and comfort at a low price!

      By Jazzman42960

      from Medina, Ohio

      Pros

      • fullest range and high comort

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

        With poser 'designer series' headphones flooding the market for kids to spend their dollars on, I have found incredible performance and comfort in the ATH-M40fs studiophones. Whether plugged into our band's mixing board, into my stereo, my laptop or my smartphone, the sound reproduction excels, and compares to no other. Whether listening to a live mix from our 7 piece MoTown band, screaming trumpets in a big band recording, pipe organ compositions, barbershop quartets and chorus', or more modern selections, every last bit of every sound is brought to my attention. Even some selections that I have listened to several times prior reveal nuances previously missed by other headphones.

        I do highly recommend these superb quality studiophones as a smart purchase over others costing two or three times more! They are solidly built, and you can count on them to provide better sound than most anything else available.

        Sincerely,

        Andy Platz
        trumpet player for The Swizzle Stick Band, Akron Ohio

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        • Up to a year
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        4.0

        Great sound for a fair price

        By rmsuchy

        from Elizabeth City, NC, USA

        Pros

        • Comfort
        • Durable
        • price
        • Sound quality

        Cons

        • Connection
        • Portability

        Best Uses

          My M40's have served well as everyday headphones in an office environment. They are durable enough for everyday use without worry that they will be damaged. The audio quality is superb, with a near flat response. They have a warm quality to the sound while preserving the integrity of original recordings.
          These headphones are fairly comfortable for all day/extended use or wearing. The only downfalls in my opinion are that they come standard with a 1/4" plug and no adapter. It is expected that studio headphones would have this feature, however some of A/T's other headphones in their studio line come standard with an adapter as well as multiple cables to be used in different scenarios.
          For the money, these are a great value. As stated above, the main issues that I see have to do with portability and not practical usability.

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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          Electronic Drums

          By Joehall71

          from Ny

          I've had these for 6 years of nonstop use and everything is intact and working well. I use these with a Roland V Drum kit. The low end reproduction in the headphones makes the kick drum sound meaty while maintaining the mids and highs from low to high volume. I mix music and the drums similtaneosly in the headphones and it performs like a beast. The closed back design helps with some sound isolation too. I only wished it came with a detachable cord that allowed you to plug into either ear.

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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          GREAT product

          By raulv

          from Romania

          Pros

          • sound&build quality

          Cons

          • Not yet

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            I use them with a focusrite scarlett 2i2 soundcard and they sound great! just great!!!! the output power of the soundcard is pretty high but this ATH-M40fs handle it with no problem ; bass, mids,treble are played as it should be.
            Great build quality! I just got them and listened all kind off electronica music(d&b,progressive,etc) and i am very happy that i chose them.
            Also they are very comfortable to wear.
            I hope that i won't have problems with them beacuse i trust in Audio-Techinca quality.
            And one more thing : i think is the best quality/price balance for professional headphones with this technical specifications.

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            • Less than a month
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            5.0

            Very Reliable

            By HariRHS

            from Boise, ID, USA

            Pros

            • professional and comfortable.

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                I can rely on these headphones whenever I compose music or simply want to listen to the nuances of music that I cannot capture elsewhere. They maintain a strong bass when harmonies become complex and allow the listener to focus on specific melodic lines while still perceiving the music as a whole. Comfort is excellent for what they are meant for and the superior sound quality has remained undiminished over several years. They work flawlessly with my keyboard. An adapter will normally be required for casual listening on computers. Excellent headphones.

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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Great for mixing and monitoring

                By MrMod

                from Athens,Ga

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Film/Video Production
                • Studio

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                    I bought mine at least 6 years ago. I record and mix my own records. They are very comfortable...I have easily put 1000's of hours on these. They're durable, comfortable and accurately represent my mixes to other sources truthfully. Once I get a mix that sounds good with these headphones, they sound great on every other source. I know that mixing for long periods of time are a no no, but I can go hours without ear fatigue. I will buy another pair just to use at home and take the ones I have on the road for listening pleasure as well. One of the few products that I have that I feel like, "they do make them like they used to." Buy them, they're a no brainer!

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                    • Expert, Musician
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                    • Over a year
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                    5.0

                    AWESOME!!!!!!!

                    By RIJUL

                    from Undisclosed

                    Pros

                    • Casual Listening
                    • gaming
                    • Other

                    Cons

                    • Cant find any

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                      A must buy.These are my first headphones but i have to say that these are best in range.

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                      • Casual listening, Intermediate
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                      • Less than a month
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                      5.0

                      Great product!

                      By Oxman

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                      Pros

                      • Casual Listening
                      • Film/Video Production
                      • gaming
                      • Other
                      • Studio

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                          The M40fs are pretty sweet. They look kinda bulky, but they're actually fairly light. The audio quality is also very nice for the price. I also love the 1/4" plug so you don't need an adapter to use them with your equipment. Buy these if you're on a budget and you still want quality sound, you won't be disappointed.

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                          • Intermediate, Musician
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                          • Less than a month
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                          5.0

                          Great Headphones at any price.

                          By Leonard Rosen

                          from Lawrenceville, GA

                          I am very happy with them. I am an instrumentalist and a music teacher. I want to hear a pure instrument sound that is not distorted. I want it to sound like I am sitting in the same room with the live band. These cans do that! I am blown away! They are very comfortable even with glasses. My only concern is the reports that the ear & head pads deteriorate rapidly. I did some research and that is a common complaint with other earphone manufacturers as well. I read that sweat is the main enemy of pleather. I also read that if you wipe the earphones down with a soft cloth sprayed with Windex it will add to the life of the pads.

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