ATH-M40x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$99.00
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

    Pure. Professional. Performance.

    The M-Series ATH-M40x professional monitor headphones are tuned flat for incredibly accurate audio monitoring across an extended frequency range. Your studio experience is enhanced with superior sound isolation and swiveling earcups for convenient one-ear monitoring. Engineered with pro-grade materials and robust construction, the M40x excels in professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring.

    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.

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  • Features

    • Cutting-edge engineering and robust construction

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

    • Tuned flat for incredibly accurate sound monitoring across the entire frequency range

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

    • 90 swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring

    • Professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort

    • Collapsible for space-saving portability

    • Detachable cable (includes 1.2 m - 3.0 m coiled cable and 3.0 m straight cable)

    • For professional studio tracking and mixing, as well as DJ monitoring
  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
    Frequency Response15 - 24,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity98 dB
    Impedance35 ohms
    Weight240 g (8.5 oz), without cable and connector
    CableIncludes two interchangeable cables: detachable 1.2 m - 3.0 m (3.9' - 9.8') coiled cable and detachable 3.0 m (9.8') straight cable
    Accessories IncludedProtective carrying pouch, 6.3 mm (1/4") screw-on adapter



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  • Downloads

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

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.3

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (6)
    • Compact (5)
    • Comfortable (3)
    • Durable (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

    • Not durable (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Best for What I Do!!!!!

    I'm a Producer/Songwriter from Chicago, IL and I could've spent hundreds of dollars on a pair of any competing set of studio headphones but I took a chance on Audio-Technica because I love...Read complete review

    I'm a Producer/Songwriter from Chicago, IL and I could've spent hundreds of dollars on a pair of any competing set of studio headphones but I took a chance on Audio-Technica because I love your condenser microphones. So when I ended up purchasing the ATH-M40x, I knew they were part of the latest series but didn't expect much in lesser price range.....I ate those words immediately after I took a listen to some of my favorite songs as well as my own mixes. I love the fact that I can be so confident in such a reasonably priced pair of headphones for general listening as well as tracking and mixing to the point where i'm making people that don't make music at all go buy a pair as soon as they hear mine. The 40mm drivers are EVERYTHING, amazing flat response, simplistic design & the included leather carrying bag has been such a big help. I went through a short period where I was creating and mixing tracks with no monitors and all I had was a cheap interface and the ATH-M40x's. As it turns out, when I play my mixes for actual engineers, they're incredibly impressed and always say things like "you know, it sounds perfectly fine just the way it is". These have been my life-line and will continue to be a part of my mobile setup. I will eventually get a pair of M70x's however, I will always keep these at bay just in case. Thank you Audio-Technica and continue to make dope products.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great but can break easily

    It's a really great product. It's a bit pricey in my country but it was worth it. The sound is very accurate. I would not call myself an audiophile but the sound is...Read complete review

    It's a really great product. It's a bit pricey in my country but it was worth it. The sound is very accurate. I would not call myself an audiophile but the sound is really great. My only problem was that the hinge got broken but I got it repaired from a 3rd party service who just used some soldering iron. The ath-m40x was my first good pair since I'm only 13.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Good Sound Extremely Uncomfortable

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    from Canada

    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Uncomfortable

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      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

      I loved the sound of these headphones in store, but they are so uncomfortable that I have given up using them. I have tried to stretch them out by stretching the ear cups over a box and leaving them for five days, but they are still so tight that they literally induce salivation in my mouth. I have a small head. For $160 (what I paid for them in store) they are completely not worth any of the money. I cannot use these headphones anymore and I will not purchase anything from Audio Technica going forward. Very sad, the sound quality is phenomenal and I had looked forward to using them.

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      • Less than a month
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      5.0

      Amazing clarity

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      from New York

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

          The clarity of the sound is amazing

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            4.0

            floppy but sound is great

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            from syracuse ny

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact

            Cons

            • very floppy

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              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

              To be fair I just got a pair yesterday. They sound great but the only thing I can stand so far is they are very FLOPPY. Its like rearranging a rubix cube every time I take them off and put um back on. They want to collapse and the ear cup flip inside out and its annoying. There should be added resistance to how they flip around or at least an adjustable knob so they dont flip flop.

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              • Less than a month
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              4.0

              1 year of use and still great

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              from Laval, QC, Canada

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Great Sound For Price
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Can Brake Easily
              • Fragile

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

              I use the ATH-M40x mostly for music and youtube and it works great for both. I can sometimes be scared to use it because of the folding mechanism.

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              • Over a year
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              3.0

              They're OK

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              from Pensacola, FL.

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                I bought these headphones for use as a DJ to replace my old pair from another company. I've been using them for just over a week and decided it's time for a review. I'm impressed with the build quality. My old pair of headphones are a little larger than these so to me these are fairly compact and sleek for over ear headphones. The headband is metal and maybe a little stiff giving a firm clamp force that was a little achy to wear at first but now I don't notice it. The headband and ear pads are soft and cushy but feel durable. I don't anticipate the material to flake off like my old headphones. The ear cups and the yokes connecting them to the headband are plastic. The yokes may be an issue, only time will tell.

                I'm sorry to say there are two things I don't like about these headphones. First, I'm not a fan of swiveling ear cups. It's nice that you can hang the headphones around your neck with the cups swiveled out away from your chin but putting them back on your head can be difficult because they can fold into weird positions if you're not careful. Second, the sound quality is lacking in detail/treble. These are my first pair of "flat" headphones. The bass and mid range are well represented but the high frequency is subdued. As a result the sound is muddy, lacking detail. This can be corrected with a graphic EQ program on my laptop but not on most stand alone devices like my DJ mixer.

                These are OK and I can make use of them but I'm continuing my search for headphones more suited to my needs.

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                • Less than a month
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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy them again and have recommended peers to also.

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                from Devon

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                    I use these headphones to mix all of my music before going into studio to final mix, they are incredibly reliable and have found no faults in the quality. I have compared these to the more expensive ATH-M50X model, and for almost half the price the ATH-M40X headphones take the upper hand due to their Flat Frequancy response that the M50X's don't have!

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                    • Up to a year
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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Great but can break easily

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                    from Philippines

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                      It's a really great product. It's a bit pricey in my country but it was worth it. The sound is very accurate. I would not call myself an audiophile but the sound is really great. My only problem was that the hinge got broken but I got it repaired from a 3rd party service who just used some soldering iron. The ath-m40x was my first good pair since I'm only 13.

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                      • Up to a year
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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great headphones.

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                      from Irvine, CA

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Good Bass
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                      • None so far.

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                        I bought these to replace my 4 year old m50, which had a broken hinge. The m40x is a good replacement and is actually lighter and more comfortable than the m50 in warm environments. It comes with two cables, one coiled and the other straight, and this was a huge upgrade from my old m50's as the straight cable non-detachable cable was prone to tangling. I am not an audiophile but a casual listener, but in my opinion, the sound is just as crisp and flat as the m50. There is some sound leakage, but it is expected for a headphone at this price range and it was not advertised as such. I would definitely recommend these for the casual listener.

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                        • Home
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                        • Less than a month
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                        (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great But Lacking in design and durability.

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                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • easy to love
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • appears alot more durable than really is
                        • bad design in rotation functionality
                        • Fragile

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                          I loved these headphones with all my soul but the rotation of the cups are a little weird. Mine recently broke when the right cup got stuck and i was the plastic holding it together broke off. I could not believe it because i barely put any force into it. if you pick these up and rotate the cups the wrong way they can break off fairly easily. Im in the process of claiming my warranty but even tho i love the M40x im scared of the fragile design. Im most likely gonna trade my new pair in or sell them to work for a pair of M50x or M70x.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome but quite big

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                            from Cleveland, OH, USA

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                            Pros

                            • multiple detatchable cables
                            • sound incridble
                            • Very durable

                            Cons

                            • Quite Heavy

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                              These headphones which I got about a month ago have been amazing, they are clear and reproduce sound without harshness at higher volumes(after the first week of using them) and are very comfortable despite being quite heavy compared to other headphones

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                              • Up to a year
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                            • Q & A

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                              • Q:

                                I have the ATH-M40x headset and love them, do you stock a shorter cable for regular use on my phone.the headphones came with the standard studio cable but is too bulky/heavy for walkabout use. Cheers
                                Asked on 12/4/2016 by Jonfindme from United States

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                              • Q:

                                Ath-m40x Will a jack fit in a iPhone
                                Asked on 11/27/2016 by Charlie from Newfoundland nj

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                                  A:

                                  Yes, the ATH-M40x have a standard 3.5mm connection.

                                  Answered on 11/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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                                Is it compatible with iphone 6s?
                                Asked on 11/24/2016 by Yoyo

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                              • Q:

                                Hey am looking at a ath-m40x but do it fit in a 3.5 jack
                                Asked on 11/24/2016 by Char from Nj

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                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Yes, the ATH-M40x has a standard 3.5mm connection.

                                  Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                  Answered on 11/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                When I use these headphones to listen to music or monitor audio it always seems slightly louder in the left ear cup, is there anything I can do?
                                Asked on 11/23/2016 by Oli from Leeds, W. Yorks

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                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

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

                                  Answered on 11/23/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                I've been using this model since a year. It's just perfect. However, I'm looking nowadays for a cable with remote wire.

                                Do you provide this type of accessory or I've to look for a third party less quality wire?

                                Thanks in advance
                                Asked on 11/16/2016 by MOHAMMED from Saudi Arabia

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                              • Q:

                                What's the difference between the 50x and 40x please?
                                Asked on 11/16/2016 by Stan the Man from UK

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                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. The M40x's frequency response curve is attenuated relatively flat, so they will not have much bass or high frequencies present. These are recommended for a sound engineer who prefers to mix/monitor audio on a flat set of speakers. The M50x's are attenuated with nice deep rich bass and clarity in the high's making just about anything you listen to sound good, which is what makes them one of the most popular model's we sell. If you are looking for a nice set of listening headphones from our Professional Monitor Headphone line you will want to go with the M50x.

                                  Answered on 11/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Are they wireless
                                Asked on 11/15/2016 by Kfcjosh

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                                Do these headphones use Bluetooth?
                                Asked on 11/10/2016 by Monkeyjaw07

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                              • Q:

                                My husband is looking to replace his older version on the ATH-M40fs, but the only thing he doesn't like is that he needs to use an adapter to use his headphones with his computer (which has a 3.5mm jack). Will that also be true with this one?
                                Asked on 10/26/2016 by wonderingwife from United States

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. Your husband is in luck! The ATH-M40x cable is not the same as the M40fs which had a 1/4" connector. The M40x has a 3.5mm connector and comes with a 1/4" screw-on adapter(for those who wish to use them in their studio and such). The headphones may be shipped with the adapter attached to the end of the cable. All you need to do is unscrew the adapter from the cable and he can plug them into his computer!

                                  Answered on 10/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
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