ATH-M30 (DISCONTINUED)

Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$119.00
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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  • Overview

    The ATH-M30 has been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones.

    A perfect choice for project studio engineers, home recordists and recording musicians, Audio-Technica’s ATH-M30 dynamic stereo headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy in a design engineered to provide maximum comfort for hours of listening. The headphones' low-profile, closed-back design provides exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. Features include: neodymium magnet structure; lightweight, adjustable cushioned headband; gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and screw-on ¼" (6.3 mm) adapter; ultra-flexible 11' cable with single-side exit.
  • Features


    • Exceptional clarity and sonic accuracy for mixing

    • High power handling for tracking sessions

    • Circumaural design ensures superior isolation

    • 40 mm diameter drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils

    • Adjustable cushioned headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort

    • OFC litz wire cable, convenient one-side exit

    • Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCopper-clad aluminum wire
    Frequency Response20-20,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity100 dB
    Impedance65 ohms
    Weight7.0 oz (200 g) without cable
    Cable11' (3.4 m), OFC litz wire, left-side exit
    Connector1/8" (3.5 mm) with screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter



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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones
     
    4.6

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Studio (7)
    • Casual listening (6)
    • Film/video production (5)
    • Office (4)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)

    Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Low-cost precision.

    Let me first begin by saying that I use the product through my Xenyx 502 mixer's phono output with only the input from my PC's Aux out looped into the jack via the Aux to...Read complete review

    Let me first begin by saying that I use the product through my Xenyx 502 mixer's phono output with only the input from my PC's Aux out looped into the jack via the Aux to Phones button. That being said, these headphones sound very good for their price range.

    Looks:
    Black-on-black usual studio-esque looks; this is not a complaint, because I rarely if ever take these into public. This is mainly because of the high driving requirements of these headphones (65 ohm, man!).

    Portability:
    None whatsoever, due mostly to the 11.5 foot non-removable cable.

    Sound:
    True to the product description, these headphones are flat and unforgiving to the mix; I would not recommend these to any bass-head. That being said I'll also mention that they are very precise for closed-back headphones, and bordering on analytical. They don't leak noise at regular listening volumes, either.

    Comfort:
    These would be fine in this department if I didn't wear glasses. They do press down on the back of the frame and the backside of my ear a little much, which makes listening to them for too many hours at a time a little uncomfortable. Other than that they are very well padded. Manual adjustment of the frame may be required if you have a larger head.

    Durability:
    These are some of the most durable headphones I've ever used, having used Beats, Sonys, Sennheisers, Bheringers, Philips, etc. The end connector is VERY tough, with a solid metal casing that could probably survive artillery shelling. On that note it would require tin shears to slice the cable.

    All in all, this is a very good product if you're looking for an affordable solution for a home studio or any home listening experience.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    POOF!

    I have never had a pair of headphones to go completely out. I have had shortages in wires but never completely out.

    I have never had a pair of headphones to go completely out. I have had shortages in wires but never completely out.

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    5.0

    Perfect for Monitoring!

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

          Had this pair for over a year and still holding strong on audio quality!

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          • Over a year
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          4.0

          We Will See...

          By 

          from St. Petersburg, FL, USA

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          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • partially cancel out unwanted noise

          Cons

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

              Just got them recently so I can't comment on the durability, but they produce great sound for the money. They are comfortable and would recommend at this time. We will see how long they last with daily use.

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              • Less than a month
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              5.0

              Wired headphones to augment wireless

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              from Chicago, IL, USA

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              Pros

              • linear sound response
              • Long Cord
              • Price
              • Sound quality

              Cons

              • you could get tangled in the cord

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                I am very satisfied with the ATH-M30 phones. They work well and sound good plugged into the amplifier or into the computer. Even MP3's sound good. The price is so advantageous compared to the phones the "doctor" ordered! The sound is much better, too. A crisp, linear response lets you adjust the sound to your taste (and ears)

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                • Up to a year
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                5.0

                What's not to like?

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                from Montana

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                Pros

                • Film/Video Production
                • Studio

                Cons

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                    These are great headphones. Having worn headphones as part of my daily job since 1967, this babies are light, sound good, and work a long time...even the cord has survived.

                    The earphone pads have finally disintegrated, but they have a lot of miles on them.

                    • 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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                    5.0

                    Excellent budget performers!

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                    from Sanborn, Cambria, NY 14132, USA

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                    Pros

                    • Casual Listening
                    • DJ
                    • Gaming
                    • Office
                    • Studio

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                        These headphones are the headphones I mainly use for producing and mixing. Flat and accurate frequency response lets me hear everything I need to hear, the way it is supposed to be heard.
                        I also tend to use these for casual and critical listening on the go. Good isolation and little sound leak allows me to know only I'm hearing the music, and not bothering anyone around me.

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

                        Low-cost precision.

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                        from Biloxi, MS, USA

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Casual Listening
                        • flat
                        • Office
                        • precise
                        • Studio

                        Cons

                        • non-removable cable
                        • Not Portable
                        • uncomfortable w/ glasses

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                          Let me first begin by saying that I use the product through my Xenyx 502 mixer's phono output with only the input from my PC's Aux out looped into the jack via the Aux to Phones button. That being said, these headphones sound very good for their price range.

                          Looks:
                          Black-on-black usual studio-esque looks; this is not a complaint, because I rarely if ever take these into public. This is mainly because of the high driving requirements of these headphones (65 ohm, man!).

                          Portability:
                          None whatsoever, due mostly to the 11.5 foot non-removable cable.

                          Sound:
                          True to the product description, these headphones are flat and unforgiving to the mix; I would not recommend these to any bass-head. That being said I'll also mention that they are very precise for closed-back headphones, and bordering on analytical. They don't leak noise at regular listening volumes, either.

                          Comfort:
                          These would be fine in this department if I didn't wear glasses. They do press down on the back of the frame and the backside of my ear a little much, which makes listening to them for too many hours at a time a little uncomfortable. Other than that they are very well padded. Manual adjustment of the frame may be required if you have a larger head.

                          Durability:
                          These are some of the most durable headphones I've ever used, having used Beats, Sonys, Sennheisers, Bheringers, Philips, etc. The end connector is VERY tough, with a solid metal casing that could probably survive artillery shelling. On that note it would require tin shears to slice the cable.

                          All in all, this is a very good product if you're looking for an affordable solution for a home studio or any home listening experience.

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

                           
                          1.0

                          POOF!

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                          from Akron, Ohio

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                          Pros

                          • video

                          Cons

                          • dependability

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                            I have never had a pair of headphones to go completely out. I have had shortages in wires but never completely out.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Expert, Videography
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                            • Up to a year
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                            5.0

                            Great for transcription

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                            from New Bedford, MA

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Office

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                                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                                I bought these headphones after reading all the good reviews about the "true to life" sound quality they deliver. I am a medical transcriber and have to accurately hear what the doctors say in order to produce error-free transcripts. After using my ATH-M30 headphones for a week, my editor let me know how my transcripts had improved, with fewer errors and no "mis-hears". The audio quality is excellent, with none of the static and background hum that my noise-cancelling headphones produced. I wish I had bought them years ago.

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                                • Intermediate, Other
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                                • Up to a year
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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Awesome First "Professional" Headphones

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                                from Toronto, ON, Canada

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                                Pros

                                • Casual Listening
                                • Film/Video Production
                                • Studio

                                Cons

                                • not comfortable after prolonged use

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                                  The M30's deliver a relatively flat response, so your music would sound close to what musicians intended their recordings to sound like. Also, it responds exceptionally well when equalizer settings have been applied to it. For audio quality, it is definitely top notch for this price range. This is my first headphones that are aimed at accurate sound reproduction for studio work, and it really does blow away any of the headsets/headphones that are marketed towards gaming. Even some might even being more expensive than the M30, those gaming products are toys compared to this.

                                  On the negative side, the clamping force is a bit tight so it causes discomfort after an hour of use. You may loosen it by bending the head band backwards with care, so that when it springs back the clamping force is less, but the force may be required for good isolation and hence good bass.

                                  • 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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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great!

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                                  from Texas, USA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Casual Listening
                                  • DJ
                                  • Film/Video Production
                                  • Studio

                                  Cons

                                  • Non

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                                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones:

                                    I got these headphones like 6 years ago, and i have been using them for electronic drums, even after all these years they still sound amazing. When i want to listen to music causally with great sound quality i use these, or when i make movies or music on my computer i use these. Highly recommend

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                                    • Intermediate, Musician
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                                    • Over a year
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                                    • Q:

                                      Broken Jack -- Tips on fixing?

                                      The jack broke right down the middle (due to an accidental and quite violent yanking of the cord) and is now unusable. I'm going to make this a DIY project and replace it myself (it'll be a learning experience!)

                                      Is there a specific jack I should get to replace the broken one, or will any work?
                                      Is there anything I should know about this model of headphones specifically before I start repairing them?
                                      Asked on 12/7/2014 by vroomhenderson

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.

                                        Answered on 12/10/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      How can I get surround sound on a Mac?

                                      Normally I use my school Macbook.

                                      Recently, I plugged these headphones into my PC and was able to hear surround sound for the first time. Now, when I return to my Macbook, I notice the absence of surround.

                                      Is there some kind of surround-sound software for the ATH M30 that only works on PC?

                                      Appreciate any help. Thanks!
                                      Asked on 1/12/2014 by KevinM

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Being that nearly all headphones are made up of two output drivers (Left and Right earcups), you will not necessarily get the effect of "surround sound". Essentially, Surround Sound is "is a multi-channel audio playback format consisting of at least three speakers (left, center, and right) but more commonly consisting of five or more (speakers)". For example, a 5.1 Surround Format equals 5 speakers, and 1 sub-woofer. A vast majority of the time, if a program (be it Video or Audio) contains surround material, but only a stereo output is available, the surround device will automatically and seamlessly "fold" the audio signals into a stereo output.

                                        If you have a dedicated Surround Sound setup, and your computer is no longer folding the multiple audio channels into a stereo output, then you will need to either contact the manufacturer of your computer or operating system for support.

                                        Other than that, under normal conditions, the ATH-M30 will work with nearly any 1/8" (3.5mm) or 1/4" TRS headphone output. For use with a computer, be certain that you are connecting the headphones to the headphone output, and that your computer's output is configured for headphone use. In Windows, this will be in the Control Panel. In Mac, it will be in the System Preferences.

                                        Thanks!

                                        Answered on 1/16/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      The 3.5 mm jack does not fit my iPad

                                      I have a cover on my ipad and the ath m30 has a wide jack which does not fit thru the cover's opening. The cable is not replaceable either. I am stuck. Will have to return if no reasonable alternative found. Please advise ASAP.
                                      Asked on 1/3/2014 by Mobiusinc from Princeton, NJ, USA

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        A 3.5mm extension/adapter that will work for your application is offered through www.replug.com, called the "Breakaway Adapter for 3.5mm Audio".

                                        Thanks!

                                        Answered on 1/16/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Can you direct me to getting a replacement plug for my ATH-M30's?
                                      Asked on 7/13/2013 by Stevenj

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our parts department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help.

                                        Answered on 7/25/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Where can I get the 1/4 adapter specific for these

                                      Ive lost my 1/4 screw on adapter and need a new one. I need the specific one since it is threaded. I bought some without threads and no go. I also bough a threaded 1/4 that is made for shure headsets and the threads don't line up.
                                      Anyboy?
                                      Asked on 6/27/2013 by Tiemann

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our parts department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this

                                        Answered on 7/3/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      I plugged my new ath-m30 into my computer and only the left side works and the sound quality is terrible. How do I fix this?
                                      Asked on 5/7/2013 by MM99

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.

                                        Answered on 5/17/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Comfortable for people with bigger heads?

                                      I read some reviews that said ATH-M30 clamps tight on the head and might not be good for people with bigger heads?
                                      Asked on 1/22/2013 by gspec from california

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. We design our headphones for the average size user. Please note that the ATH-M30 headphones are studio headphones where a snug fit is important. You can't have headphones falling off while playing an instrument during the middle of a session.

                                        Answered on 2/4/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      where can i get a graphic of the frequency response?
                                      Asked on 10/10/2012 by Mathundra from Drummondville, QC, Canada

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Most companies do not publish the frequency response curves of their headphones. This is because there is a science and art to tuning headphones for human hearing. Unlike frequency response curves for microphones (which typically line up with human perception), it is extremely rare that the frequency response curves for headphones line up with human perception. Because of this, Audio-Technica does not provide frequency response curves for headphones.

                                        Answered on 10/11/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Does "single-side exit" mean that the cable is detachable from the headset?

                                      I'm wondering if I can detach the cable, for example on a long flight, in order to just have some noise buffering.
                                      Asked on 8/4/2012 by sunnybluestreak from chicago

                                      2 answers

                                      • A:

                                        No, unfourtunately, but a quick google search revealed that many mods have been performed on the ATH-M50 to make the cable removable, and I'm currently looking into the compatibility with the M30.

                                        Answered on 12/29/2012 by HouseFox from Biloxi, MS, USA
                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. The term "single-side exit" means that the cable just extends from one ear cup and not both. The cable cannot be detached.

                                        Answered on 8/7/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      ATH-M30 good for drumming?

                                      How much outside sound do these headphones block out? How many db's does it block out?
                                      Asked on 8/3/2012 by cjdrum from Alabama, USA

                                      1 answer

                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Some manufacturers spec dB of isolation, but we do not beciase it is a very misleading spec. The question is "dB of isolation at what frequency?" High frequencies are much more easily blocked by the passive isolation qualities of headphones. Bass is nearly impossible to block by the passive isolation qualities of headphones. Having said that, the ATH-M30's are studio headphones and have very good passive isolation qualities.

                                        Answered on 8/7/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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