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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 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
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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  • Studio (8)
  • Film/video production (7)
  • Casual listening (5)
  • Gaming (5)
  • Comfortable (4)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(35 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Headphones

By Smitty265

from North Yarmouth, ME

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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love these cans!!

By Ray Merriman

from Atlanta GA

I've been recording for over 30 years, and these are, by far, the best flat/monitor, headphones for the price. I often use these for final mixes. Then take it to the monitors. The phones are surprisingly close. And, they are nice and punchy if you like, with very little, if not at all, noticeable distortion at every level.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sound is IMPORTANT!

By Soundtrack to Schitzophrenia

from Reno, NV

Amazing headphones! I didn't want to spend excesses of $100+ for a set of headphones. I tried several lower prices brands and found these to deliver more punch and sonic goodness where others fail. Every nuance of each instrument can be heard with amazing clarity...be it yourself jamming or listening to a CD. The price tag is excellent for the quality of Sound. If your like me, sound is EVERYTHING! Get these headphones ASAP!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Seriously, why wouldn't you get these?

By Robert B.

from Austin, TX

These aren't the best headphones I've ever worn, but for that price they're the best go-to 'phones I've ever owned. For nuanced, detailed collaborative work where playing over the monitors is not an option, it's good to have a pair of these (or two) on hand.

(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good All Around Headphones

By iastateN8

from Austin, TX

These are good all purpose headphones for the money. I have used then for both tracking and mixing and they do work fairly well for both. Their flat response makes them a little unexciting. This should be noted especially when tracking since if you want the best performance you want your headphones to have an exciting mix in them. With mixing I more use them as another listening too. On detail they really can?t compare to some good near field monitors, but what do you expect!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Review

By Chevy

from ATL

I am thoroughly pleased with these phones. They're well-constructed, comfortable and sit completely on top of your ears as advertised, they drown out nearly everything outside of the headphones! The one gripe, though its a minor one, is that I wish AT had a locking mechanism on the swivels for the ear cups. They don't, so, it may or may not annoy you a bit, but its a small con in the scheme of things. They provide a good clean sound, not too much bass, that you'll be able to mix your music off of or just jam out with! The gold plated 1/4" jack is great as most phones don't come stock with one!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flat response headphones are the way to go

By Daniel

from Duluth, MN

wow I like these!! I didn't buy them for studio mixing or DJ use I just bought these to plug into my Line 6 Spider III 30W amp so I could play without disturbing anyone. If I wanted to hear my amp sound good I would have to have it up so loud that the neighors down the street would hear me. These phones allow me to hear my guitar amped the way I want but silent. I play with alot of distortion so if you do too beware dont blow your ears out with these things. Again I really like the flat frequency curve these are reported to have so you can plug into your stereo and hear your CDs, records, tapes!? exactly as it was recorded and intended to be heard. I am far from an expert but true sound is important to me and I think I bought the right phones. If you like bass boost these are not for you buy some dynamic phones.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones

By Sackhy

from Macon, Georgia

Great product at a great price, very comfortable, perfect for recording and monitoring cause it has a FLAT response. This is the first pair of serious headphones i own but, I would definitley buy them again if i was on a budget.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good studio headphones

By lolllll117

from Ashland, OR 97520, USA

Pros

  • Film/Video Production
  • gaming
  • generously lengthy cable
  • Good quality sound
  • OFFICE
  • Studio

Cons

  • don't wear them for hours on end.

Best Uses

    i am a big music freak and since my computer is in my dining room often times i can't listen to my music using my actual speakers. these headphones are great. so far, i have had no problems. the audio sounds great and captures all ranges really well. the cable has a generous amount of length so i can go to the far end of my desk without removing my headphones which is a plus for me. one reminder if you are looking to get these is that they are using a 1/4 inch connector so if you want to use them for your computer or ipod(which is not what they were meant for being studio headphones) then you will need to get an adapter. luckily adapters are cheap and easily findable at radioshack or online. also be sure to check that you have a 1/4 inch port on your computer because that is not common on generic computers and you might need to get a sound card that supports it. for me i use the audigy sound blaster 2zs. my only complaint is that they are uncomfortable for extended periods of time but that might just be me since i often wear them for a few hours on end. in the end these are definitely a good buy if you enjoy listening to high-quality music on your computer or in a studio.

    one last reminder is that these are NOT casual listening headphones. they are studio headphones meaning that they aren't notably portable and rugged, they are for people who sit down at a computer. so don't use these in the rain while you are at a sports game or something! if you want something that is a little more suited for traveling around then use the audiotechnica ath m35's because those fold and have a 3.5 mm adapter for ipods as well as good studio funcion too.

    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
    • Expert, Studio
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    • Up to a year
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely great for what you pay!

    By larsenjazz

    from Cottage Grove, OR 97424, USA

    Pros

    • Film/Video Production
    • Studio
    • Travel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        I have lots of head phones that I use and these are some of the best. I only paid about $60 brand new and they work great. If you need phones for tracking or light mixing these will work great. I find them a little "bassier" than my studio monitors and have to tweek my mixes if I use them before the monitors, but having said that for $60 you just can't beat them. They are also very strong and hold up well to road travels.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Expert, Studio
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Product

        By Miles

        from Tampa, FL

        These headphones are excellent. They are an ideal choice for someone looking for quality without breaking the bank.

         
        5.0

        Audio Technica is the choice of professionals!!

        By Sean K

        from Redway, CA

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Bass
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            I use these headphone in my home recording studio. I have had zero problems and would recommend them to everyone, for any level of use!

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Studio
            • How long have you used this product?:
            • Over a year
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            5.0

            Great product!

            By Oxman

            from Undisclosed

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                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.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Intermediate, Musician
                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Less than a month
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                4.0

                Awesome headphones

                By nbrooks

                from Vancouver, BC, Canada

                Pros

                • Dj
                • Film/Video Production
                • gaming
                • OFFICE
                • Studio

                Cons

                • ear covers don't last

                Best Uses

                  These headphones are a great value, very comfortable, have quite good sound and are very well made.

                  I highly recommend them to anyone looking for headphones in this price range.

                  There's only one complaint I have is that the ear covers although are replaceable, they need to be replaced every year or two regardless of use but they are cheap enough 7 dollars a pair I think.

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Casual listening, Expert
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Over a year
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                  5.0

                  Cost vs sound quality is very good

                  By Musicman45

                  from Webster, TX, USA

                  Pros

                  • Casual Listening
                  • good flat responce

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      The sound produced by the ATH-M40fs are good at the low end without booming, midrange is clear with a touch of forwardness and the highs are crisp.
                      It has a long straight cord with a gold plated rca plug, but is a little on the thin side for my taste. Ear pads and head band are comfortable.
                      I've been using them now for 18 months and no problems. The only reason I gave audio quality good instead of excellent is my other headphones are electrostatics that tend to spoil you with their sound.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Casual listening, Expert
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Over a year
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                      5.0

                      AWESOME!!!!!!!

                      By RIJUL

                      from Undisclosed

                      Pros

                      • Casual Listening
                      • gaming
                      • Other

                      Cons

                      • Cant find any

                      Best Uses

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

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Casual listening, Intermediate
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                        • Less than a month
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                        3.0

                        Nothing Special

                        By cbphoto

                        from Illinois

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable

                        Cons

                        • boxy sound in mid-frequencies

                        Best Uses

                          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.

                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                          • Intermediate, Studio
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                          • Over a year
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                          5.0

                          Great product.

                          By molownia

                          from New York, NY, USA

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              I got these headphones to monitor in my home project studio and on location. They sound fantastic, there isn't really any competition in this price range. Well balanced sound, good isolation. They are very comfortable, the rotating earpieces are ok but it would be nice if they could fold. I guess this is a compromise to offer a lower price. I find ATH-M50 better but the price is 2-3 times higher.

                              Overall great, inexpensive headphones that sound very well.

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                              • Expert, Studio
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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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  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!

                                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                  • Expert, Musician
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                                  • Over a year
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                                  5.0

                                  Great studio and all around headphones

                                  By mtff3

                                  from billings

                                  Pros

                                  • Casual Listening
                                  • Dj
                                  • Film/Video Production
                                  • OFFICE
                                  • Studio

                                  Cons

                                  • thin cord

                                  Best Uses

                                    i use 2 of the ATH-m40fs in my home studio. Very reliable gear with a great natural sound that works well with any style of music---sometimes you can get a headphone that really doesn't support a style of music like rock or rap...something with deeper bass or gain than the headphone can support. but this headphone is solid. it isolates and provides a great support system for my home recordings. one thing, the cord seems thin....so i have to remember to be a bit careful when storing/moving and not bending the cord to break any connections. this headphone is well worth the money....and it will not break the bank---another reason i love it. you can afford some great gear and won't have to worry about going broke with this unit!

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                                    • Intermediate, Studio
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                                    • Over a year
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