ATH-M20x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$49.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    Pure. Professional. Performance.

    The ATH-M20x professional monitor headphones are a great introduction to the critically acclaimed M-Series line. Modern design and high-quality materials combine to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio and effective isolation. An excellent choice for tracking and mixing.

    More About the M-Series Headphones
    Critically acclaimed M-Series professional monitor headphones deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on the go. Contoured earcups seal tight for excellent sound isolation, with minimal bleed. And the pro-grade materials are durable, yet comfortable. Find out why online reviewers, top audio engineers, and cult followers agree, M-Series is an unmatched combination of audio and build-quality that gets the job done. Hour after hour, year after year.

    VISIT THE M-SERIES HEADPHONES MICROSITE
  • Features

    • Advanced build quality and engineering

    • 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils

    • Tuned for enhanced low-frequency performance

    • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments

    • Convenient single-side cable exit

    • Designed for studio tracking and mixing
  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCopper-clad aluminum wire
    Frequency Response15 - 20,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power700 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity96 dB
    Impedance47 ohms
    Weight190 g (6.7 oz), without cable and connector
    Cable3.0 m (9.8'), straight, left-side exit
    Accessory Included6.3 mm (1/4") snap-on adapter



    Conditions
  • Downloads

    M-Series Headphones Brochure (pdf 3.11 M)
    Studio Headphones Microsite
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.6

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

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    4.0

    Long Term Reliability

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    from British Columbia

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Long Cord. Not overly tight (tension)

    Cons

    • Not the best connection with 1/4" / Mini jack

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones:

      I've used these headphones in-studio for voiceover and mixing since approximately 2004. For the price, they have provided excellent service. For any product these days, 13 years a long run.

      One of the best features has been the lack of tension pressure. It is something I feel is an important consideration, particularly when you have to wear them for extended periods of time. I have a pair of noise-cancelling Bose headphones for travel, and after an hour, it feels like I've be in a vacuum with a vice on my head. That's not the case with the M20s. I sometimes wear them for hours (while writing in the studio) without even realizing I am still wearing them.

      While it is time to replace them, I'm confident I'll stick with Audio-Technica.

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      • Studio
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      • Over a year
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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worthy junior to the ATH-M'X0' Lineup

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      from India

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones:

        This was my work earphone which I generally use while at the desk, its not heavy on the head but its not that convenient for travelling. The Sound Quality is great for this price and the padding helps to block most of the outside noise. The 47 Ohm impedance requires a good playback device for the crystal clear sound but it generally worked with all the devices I tried. The sound stage is quite wide for a closed back headphone and its clear in its entire range. The frequency response is mostly flat with slight bass emphasis but doesn't overdo it!

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        • Over a year
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        5.0

        I love it,its amazing for the price

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        from Iran

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy
        • Cable is too long

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones:

          Its so minnimal and strong on the looks,and its perfect in the audio performance.i like it,it has nothing too flashy,its just focused on performance and quality

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          • Over a year
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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Affordable, high quality headphones

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          from Kaunas, Lithuania

          About Me Audiophile, Gear Head, Musician, Office Worker

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Very Little "coloration"

          Cons

          • Cord Too Long
          • Lacks Ergonomic Features
          • Non-removable Cord

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones:

          I use these headphones when walking to work and at the office. At home I have a 6 year-old pair of ATH-M40fs, which still sound amazing.

          The listening experience is very pleasurable. I hate "mega bass boost x-treme" coloration in the sound, therefore the ATH-Mxx series has been my go-to headphone for personal use and my main recommendation for aspiring audio enthusiasts.

          Any genre of music sounds great with these. I listen to a plethora of musical genres - from extreme metal to folk. Regardless of the genre, any well-mixed/recorded album will sound great.

          I have yet to use them in a recording context, but comparing them to my ATH-M40fs, they should fit in just right. Slightly more pronounced low frequencies, but not too much.

          At home I use them with an external headphone amp and at work/walking to work, from a computer sound card or my phone jack. It doesn't lack power with regular devices and with my amp it can handle very high volumes while maintaining clarity.

          Ergonomically, I wish I had gone for the m40x headphones, since the additional swivel and detachable cable are a value that you don't account for until you see it's value.

          Due to the long cable, i have to bunch the cable together when walking. Otherwise, great headphones for a great price.

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          • Other
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          • Up to a year
          • Primary Use:
          • Listening to iPod
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          • No
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          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          you can buy this product under $50

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          from tamilnadu,india

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Limited Functions

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones:

            it is very good to use , but its ear buds are getting heat for long use, bass lovers kindly avoid it , u can get reasonable bass and good mid sounds and awsome high freq sounds other than that it has good design for this price, don't compare with rest of the m-series headsets ,it has also a affordable price ,headbands are made up of some good material. finally it is very cool and mainly for professional monitering purpose first understand that and buy if u have professional use or else u can go for any other audiotechnica models

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          • Q & A

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            • Q:

              There is a set volume coming through the earphones. Is there a way to control the volume.
              I turn the volume down on the tv, but the sound does not change.
              Asked on 10/10/2017 by Bob from Canby, Oregon

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The volume attenuation is done by the source providing the audio to the headphones. You may use a third party inline volume attenuator.

                Answered on 10/11/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Do they work well for Pc?
              Asked on 9/6/2017 by Dakhaos from Sacramento, CA

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                A:

                You may plug the ATH-M20x headphones into any standard 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone source.

                Answered on 9/7/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Does it come in different colors?
              Asked on 8/24/2017 by Naftali16 from undisclosed

              1 answer

            • Q:

              Does the m20x come with an adapter for phones or is it only for studio?
              Asked on 8/7/2017 by Alex from Calgary,AB

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                You may plug the headphones into a standard 3.5mm headphone connection such as on a smartphone.

                Answered on 8/8/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Will these fit over my ears or on them?
              Asked on 7/6/2017 by Dequan from Rossville,IN

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                The ATH-M20x headphones are designed as over the ear. As each persons head is different, I always recommend you try them on for yourself and see if they will best suit your needs.

                Answered on 7/13/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              What exact materials are used in audio technica m20x ear pieces??
              Asked on 6/28/2017 by Pray from undisclosed

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                The Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Headphones are not made with any animal byproducts; the earpads are not leather. The earpads we use are made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that we refer to as leatherette.

                Answered on 6/29/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Will i need a headphones amp to get the best quality?
              Asked on 3/14/2017 by Bambie from Portlan OR

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                A:

                A headphone amp will only be needed if the source is not properly impedance matched for the headphones. Most headphone output connections, such as smartphones, audio headphone outputs, etc will be properly matched.

                Answered on 3/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              I received the M20x headphones for Christmas this year. I just opened the package as our weather has turned so nice this week. I planned to go outside walking with my iPod. My question is, why is the cord soooooo long? Its probably over 7 feet. I didn't measure it but it would drag on the sidewalk if I didn't coil it up. Meanwhile, the directions say that coiling and putting it in your pocket could damage wires! As far as I can see, I can't pull this cord out and order a smaller 3' one, correct? Any suggestions ? This is a very poor design for those of us that want to listen to music without tripping and falling. Cindy
              Asked on 2/18/2017 by Cindy from Okemos, MI

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              • Staff Reviewer

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                Thank you for your inquiry. The ATH-M20x are designed for recording studio use where a long cable is necessary. Even though designed for the studio many folks like to use them for casual listening, although you have the cable to contend with.

                Answered on 2/23/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              Does the ear fold up inside the headband so that it fits into the carrying case that was recommended to be purchased with it? co2CREA case.
              Asked on 1/5/2017 by Goudy from LaGrange, WI

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                No, the ear pads do not fold in for storage.

                Answered on 1/6/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Is this headphone with mic ?
              Asked on 11/20/2016 by Guri

              1 answer

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