ATH-M40fs

Precision Studiophones

MSRP* US$150.00
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

    Audio-Technicaís premium professional studiophones offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180ļ to permit one-ear monitoring. The studiophones utilize 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for lowest mass. They are equipped with an 11-foot cable terminated in a standard ľ-inch connector. This field-serviceable model allows elements, cables, and earpads to be replaced in the field if needed.
  • Features


    • Flat, extended frequency response for mixing/monitoring

    • Field-replaceable cables, drivers and ear pads

    • 1,600 mW of power handling, high SPL capability

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

    • OFC litz wire cables, convenient one-side exit

    • Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCopper-clad aluminum wire
    Frequency Response5 - 28,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity100 dB
    Impedance60 ohms
    Weight8.8 oz (250 g) without cable
    Cable11' (3.4 m) (OFC litz wire, left-side exit)
    Connector1/4" (6.3 mm) phone plug



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    ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones 4.8 5 17 17
    Solid Choice I was in need of a good set of headphones specifically for tracking and I decided to try the ATH-M40fs. The build quality is extremely solid, I especially like the spring-equipped 1/4" connector. There is plenty of cord length and the closed-back design minimizes bleed when tracking vocals. They are very comfortable on and the soft material over the ear cups is a nice touch. Since I only use these for tracking the sound quality is perfectly adequate for my needs. Overall I believe this was a solid purchase. March 23, 2015
    Incredible response and comfort at a low price! With poser 'designer series' headphones flooding the market for kids to spend their dollars on, I have found incredible performance and comfort in the ATH-M40fs studiophones. Whether plugged into our band's mixing board, into my stereo, my laptop or my smartphone, the sound reproduction excels, and compares to no other. Whether listening to a live mix from our 7 piece MoTown band, screaming trumpets in a big band recording, pipe organ compositions, barbershop quartets and chorus', or more modern selections, every last bit of every sound is brought to my attention. Even some selections that I have listened to several times prior reveal nuances previously missed by other headphones. I do highly recommend these superb quality studiophones as a smart purchase over others costing two or three times more! They are solidly built, and you can count on them to provide better sound than most anything else available. Sincerely, Andy Platz trumpet player for The Swizzle Stick Band, Akron Ohio March 23, 2015
    Great sound for a fair price My M40's have served well as everyday headphones in an office environment. They are durable enough for everyday use without worry that they will be damaged. The audio quality is superb, with a near flat response. They have a warm quality to the sound while preserving the integrity of original recordings. These headphones are fairly comfortable for all day/extended use or wearing. The only downfalls in my opinion are that they come standard with a 1/4" plug and no adapter. It is expected that studio headphones would have this feature, however some of A/T's other headphones in their studio line come standard with an adapter as well as multiple cables to be used in different scenarios. For the money, these are a great value. As stated above, the main issues that I see have to do with portability and not practical usability. March 12, 2015
    Electronic Drums I've had these for 6 years of nonstop use and everything is intact and working well. I use these with a Roland V Drum kit. The low end reproduction in the headphones makes the kick drum sound meaty while maintaining the mids and highs from low to high volume. I mix music and the drums similtaneosly in the headphones and it performs like a beast. The closed back design helps with some sound isolation too. I only wished it came with a detachable cord that allowed you to plug into either ear. January 24, 2015
    GREAT product I use them with a focusrite scarlett 2i2 soundcard and they sound great! just great!!!! the output power of the soundcard is pretty high but this ATH-M40fs handle it with no problem ; bass, mids,treble are played as it should be. Great build quality! I just got them and listened all kind off electronica music(d&b,progressive,etc) and i am very happy that i chose them. Also they are very comfortable to wear. I hope that i won't have problems with them beacuse i trust in Audio-Techinca quality. And one more thing : i think is the best quality/price balance for professional headphones with this technical specifications. August 20, 2014
    Very Reliable I can rely on these headphones whenever I compose music or simply want to listen to the nuances of music that I cannot capture elsewhere. They maintain a strong bass when harmonies become complex and allow the listener to focus on specific melodic lines while still perceiving the music as a whole. Comfort is excellent for what they are meant for and the superior sound quality has remained undiminished over several years. They work flawlessly with my keyboard. An adapter will normally be required for casual listening on computers. Excellent headphones. July 31, 2014
    Great for mixing and monitoring I bought mine at least 6 years ago. I record and mix my own records. They are very comfortable...I have easily put 1000's of hours on these. They're durable, comfortable and accurately represent my mixes to other sources truthfully. Once I get a mix that sounds good with these headphones, they sound great on every other source. I know that mixing for long periods of time are a no no, but I can go hours without ear fatigue. I will buy another pair just to use at home and take the ones I have on the road for listening pleasure as well. One of the few products that I have that I feel like, "they do make them like they used to." Buy them, they're a no brainer! January 1, 2014
    AWESOME!!!!!!! A must buy.These are my first headphones but i have to say that these are best in range. July 9, 2013
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    There is no picture of the cord. I was wondering if it was a straight wire, or the curly cue kind? (ATH-M40fs headphones)
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    straight, about 9 feet, with 1/4" plug, and no inline volume control
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    The ones I bought do have a straight cord. basically they make 2 models, straight and curely. If you read into it the description tells you they just don't scream it.
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    The cord is straight and 11' long.
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    the cord is very long and straight - 8 ft good for certain applications but not so great for others.
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    the cord is a straight cord with a 1/4 male plug at the end.
    i have also used a 1/4-1/8" reducer and experienced no sound loss.
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    You can order either the straight cord, or the coiled cord; I'd recommend the coiled cord for convenience.
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    It is a straight cable.
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    Like when i am doing a drum cover and i want to be able to hear the recorded drums well enough to be able to hit all of the notes on time. Do these headphones have good sound reduction?
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    I do find that they reject quite a lot out outside sound, but not 100 percent.
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    Short answer: that depends on your headphone amp's power.

    Long answer: ATH-M40 have hollow cups. There're no baffling or isolation materials in there, unfortunately. But you can improve isolation fairly easily by coating cups from the inside with Dynamat, then Blu-tack. Then sticking something like felt, plied cotton, or fibrefill on top of the Blu-tack layer (to compensate for slightly decreased cup volume and improve isolation a bit more). Dynamat and Blu-tack are both vibration killers. In other words, they make an excellent isolation improvement by decreasing cup vibration in response to external noise. You can also do the same coating on the back of the drivers to improve stability, though you'd have to make sure any venting holes aren't coated.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. These headphones do have a degree of passive isolation and have been use in studios for many years. Please note they do not have active noise canceling circuitry. I doubt they will keep out the sound of your drums, but they should reduce it enough to allow you to hear your recorded music.
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    I need instructions for replacing the cord on ATH M40fs headphones. I have the cable. I just do not want to damage the headphones trying blindly to replace the cord.
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    There's nothing special to replacing the main cable on ATH-M40. No soldering is required, as the cable is just pushed into screw terminals. What you need is a Phillips screwdriver. That's all.

    1. Take the pad off the left cup.

    2. Unscrew the cup.

    3. Unscrew the old cable and untie it, then pull it out from the cup.

    4. Push the new cable in, measure and make sure there's enough length left for it to connect to the terminals, and tie a knot down that length - just like the old cable. Place the knot into the cable fairing.

    5. Place the new cable's wires into the terminals and screw down the clamps.

    Replacing the headband cable is rather trickier as it's routed through the headband, but it can be managed for as long as the cable is stiff enough to avoid getting lost/stuck inside the headband. In other words, a cable could be doubled and tied with masking type, or maybe placed in a Techflex jacket if it doesn't go through easily (jacket and tape removed once the cable's pushed/pulled inside the headband).
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    Thank you for your inquiry. This is something you will need to discuss with our service department. You can reach them at (330) 686-2600 option 4.
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    Can the earmuffs and headbands be replaced?

    I have 4 sets of these headphones and on all of them the thin black covering over the foam ear muffs and the headbands has disintegrated and flakes off constantly.
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    I don't now about the head bands but the earmuffs can definately be replaced and for only 11 dollars including shipping!
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, these can be replaced. Contact our Service / Parts department at (330) 686-2600, option 4 for information about purchasing the parts or sending them in.
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    I'd like to connect my ATH-M40fs headphones to a PC. I believe this requires a 1/4" F to 3.5mm M adapter. Does Audio Technica recommend any particular adapter?

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    they don't recommend any specific type of adapter i believe. they are all for the most part the same and serve the same function equally well. i have an adapter for mine but i don't use it because my sound card has a 1/4" slot for my M40fs headphones. if you are really into music it's probably worth getting a sound card that supports 1/4 inch input. i hope this helps.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. We really have no recommendation. Make sure your adapter is a 1/4 inch female stereo to 3.5m stereo male adapter.
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