ATH-M40x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$139.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • Professional Monitor Headphones
  • over ear headphones
  • high quality headphone
  • over the ear headphones accessory
  • pro headphones cable
  • monitor headphone accessories
  • high quality headphones


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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



    Conditions
  • Downloads

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

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Audio-TechnicaATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.4

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Comfortable (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

    • Not durable (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great But Lacking in design and durability.

    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...Read complete review

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    They're OK

    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...Read complete review

    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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    4.0

    1 year of use and still great

    By 

    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

    Best Uses

      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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      (0 of 1 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

      Cons

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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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          (1 of 1 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

          Best Uses

            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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            (4 of 4 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.

            Best Uses

              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.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Home
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              • Less than a month
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              (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great But Lacking in design and durability.

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              from Undisclosed

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • easy to love
              • Great Sound

              Cons

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

              Best Uses

                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

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • multiple detatchable cables
                  • sound incridble
                  • Very durable

                  Cons

                  • Quite Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    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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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great phones!

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                    from south Dakota

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Sound Quality

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

                        i am a music teacher and DJ. I use these phones for when I record my students, run sound for concerts, and occasionally when I do dances. First off....the sound quality is unbeatable!! Very true flat phones. I have cranked the volume very loud with no distortion and you are able to hear everything! The padding on the cups get a little warm but nothing that can't be ignored. The isolation is great....and did I mention the sound quality! Unbeatable in a headphone at this cost!!! the plastic makes me a little nervous, but it hasn't broke yet (after 9 months of wearing ALOT)

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

                         
                        5.0

                        Great headphones at a affordable price!

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                        from Butler, PA, USA

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • Comfortable
                        • flat-toned
                        • High quality
                        • interchangeable cables

                        Cons

                        • can pick up impedance of a system

                        Best Uses

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

                          As a college student i routinely listen to music, play video games on my computer, and audio edit videos. From the 100+ hours of using this product i can say without a shadow of a doubt that these headphones are worth every penny they cost! These headphones have gone head-to-head with other headphones, costing several times more, and have stood their ground. The only drawback i can think of would be that the headphones will occasionally pick up a small buzzing sound from the impedance of your computer system, which can easily be fixed by a digital-to-analog converter.

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                          • Up to a year
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                          5.0

                          The Best for What I Do!!!!!

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                          from Chicago, IL, USA

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • amazingly affordable
                          • did i mention affordable?
                          • great for general listening as well as pro work
                          • quality flat transparent audio quality
                          • Very durable

                          Cons

                          • can't think of one.....lemme get back to you.

                          Best Uses

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

                            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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                            • Over a year
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                            • Q:

                              Will the cable fit in my Ipad
                              Asked on 6/19/2016 by Liam from Montreal, Ca

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                The ATH-M40x comes with a 1/4'' adapter that screws on over a standard 3.5mm connection. So to answer your question, yes it will fit your iPad. Cases can sometimes get in the way of the plug and not allow you to plug in headphones all the way.

                                Answered on 6/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                            • Q:

                              Do they have volume control
                              Asked on 6/10/2016 by Pheenx from Ny

                              1 answer

                              • CUSTOMER CARE

                                A:

                                Professional Monitor Series headphones, including the ATH-M40x, do not have an in-line volume control; the volume will be controlled by the headphone output device.

                                If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                audio-solutions@atus.com

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 6/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Does the ATH-M40x have a volume control?
                              Asked on 5/14/2016 by Bob from United States

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. No, it does not include a volume control.

                                Answered on 5/16/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                            • Q:

                              Is m40x ear cups replacable or not
                              Asked on 5/7/2016 by Anilu

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                Yes, the model you are looking for is the HP-EP.

                                Answered on 5/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                            • Q:

                              Does it have a microphone?
                              Asked on 5/5/2016 by Mika from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                              1 answer

                              • CUSTOMER CARE

                                A:

                                There is no (in-line) microphone for Audio-Technica M-Series headphones, including the M40x.

                                If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                audio-solutions@atus.com

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 5/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              How do I change the battery on my ATH-M40x headphones?
                              Asked on 5/1/2016 by Hunter from United States

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                The ATH-M40x headphones do not utilize a battery. They are passive headphones and do not require a battery to operate.

                                Answered on 5/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                            • Q:

                              Will this headphone work with my Motorola Moto G 1st generation?
                              Asked on 3/17/2016 by Rohan

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                You may plug the standard 3.5mm connection from the headphones into any standard 3.5mm headphone output connection.

                                Answered on 3/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                            • Q:

                              My question could have been answered if this question was actually answered.

                              Q: Will the short cable on the m50x work on the m40x and if they do can you buy the short cable in the m50x alone.
                              A: The short cable with the ATH-M40x is the same cable as the ATH-M50x. You can also purchase the cable separately: model HP-SC.

                              The specs give cable lengths of 9.8 ft for both cables that come with the M40X. I would like a shorter cable and I think the person who asked the question first wanted a shorter cable. So what lengths are the 2 cables that come with the M40X?
                              Asked on 2/27/2016 by Larry from NY summer FL winter

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                            • Q:

                              I bought these last September and the coiled cable stopped working. How do I get a replacement?
                              Asked on 2/20/2016 by lopezal79 from Albuquerque, NM

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                Answered on 3/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                            • Q:

                              Will the short cable on the m50x work on the m40x and if they do can you buy the short cable in the m50x alone.
                              Asked on 2/5/2016 by Ken

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                The short cable with the ATH-M40x is the same cable as the ATH-M50x. You can also purchase the cable separately: model HP-SC.

                                Answered on 2/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
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