ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones
good studio headphones
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.
April 8, 2012
Absolutely great for what you pay!
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.
December 2, 2011
Great for studio use!
I use this product at home for listening to music, recording music, and remixing music. The earpieces fold flat, so that I can fit them into my stereo cabinet (where they are out of the way). The cord is very long, and can be easily replaced if necessary. They are only well-suited for listening while sitting; this is not something you would use while jogging or moving a lot. I would recommend these headphones. The only thing I do not like about them is the way the earpieces rotate. It is convenient for storage, but I prefer headphones that are solid and only adjust to the size of your head. I gave them a 4 for durability because I suspect the rotating function of the earpieces makes the headphones more fragile, although nothing has broken on my headphones. I am very pleased with them regardless! I can hear sounds that I didn't hear before with my older headphones, which is a great plus.
November 11, 2011
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.
October 27, 2011
Cost vs sound quality is very good
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.
October 25, 2011
Great studio and all around headphones
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!
October 20, 2011
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.
October 20, 2011
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.
October 20, 2011