ATH-M40fs (DISCONTINUED)

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

    The ATH-M40fs has been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones.

    Audio-Technica’s 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 180º 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 ¼-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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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones
     
    4.8

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    • Studio (8)
    • Film/video production (7)
    • Casual listening (5)
    • Gaming (5)
    • Comfortable (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    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...Read complete review

    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

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nothing Special

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    5.0

    Solid Choice

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    from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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    Pros

    • ample cord length
    • Comfortable
    • Good sound quality
    • Solid Construction

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        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

        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.

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        • Over a year
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        5.0

        Incredible response and comfort at a low price!

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        from Medina, Ohio

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        Pros

        • fullest range and high comort

        Cons

        • none

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          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

          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

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          4.0

          Great sound for a fair price

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          from Elizabeth City, NC, USA

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          Pros

          • Comfort
          • Durable
          • price
          • Sound quality

          Cons

          • Connection
          • Portability

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

            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.

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            5.0

            Electronic Drums

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            from Ny

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                  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.

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                  5.0

                  GREAT product

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                  from Romania

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                  Pros

                  • sound&build quality

                  Cons

                  • Not yet

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                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                    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.

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                    • Less than a month
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                    5.0

                    Very Reliable

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                    from Boise, ID, USA

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                    Pros

                    • professional and comfortable.

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                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                        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.

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                        • Over a year
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                        5.0

                        Great for mixing and monitoring

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                        from Athens,Ga

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Film/Video Production
                        • Studio

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                            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!

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                            • Expert, Musician
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                            • Over a year
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                            5.0

                            AWESOME!!!!!!!

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                            Pros

                            • Casual Listening
                            • gaming
                            • Other

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                              A must buy.These are my first headphones but i have to say that these are best in range.

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                              • Casual listening, Intermediate
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                              • Less than a month
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                              5.0

                              Great product!

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

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                                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                                  The M40fs are pretty sweet. They look kinda bulky, but they're actually fairly light. The audio quality is also very nice for the price. I also love the 1/4" plug so you don't need an adapter to use them with your equipment. Buy these if you're on a budget and you still want quality sound, you won't be disappointed.

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                                  • Intermediate, Musician
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                                  • Less than a month
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                                  5.0

                                  good studio headphones

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                                  from Ashland, OR 97520, USA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Film/Video Production
                                  • gaming
                                  • generously lengthy cable
                                  • Good quality sound
                                  • OFFICE
                                  • Studio

                                  Cons

                                  • don't wear them for hours on end.

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                                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

                                    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.

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                                    • Expert, Studio
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                                    • Up to a year
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                                    • Q:

                                      what is the model number of the replacement ear pads for the m40fs

                                      what is the model number of the replacement ear pads for the m40fs
                                      Asked on 7/16/2015 by Millersound

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                                      • A:

                                        Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com to purchase replacement earpads.

                                        Answered on 7/20/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      I just wanted to know if I can use these to listen to music on my phone and laptop, with and adapter or will the ohms be to high?
                                      Asked on 11/26/2014 by aslighting

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                                        I use them with great results in both my laptop, and in my smartphone even through the phone case.

                                        Answered on 3/23/2015 by Jazzman42960 from Medina, Ohio
                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. These will work with your laptop or iPhone. You will need a 1/4 inch to 3.5 mm adapter.

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

                                      Left side louder than right side

                                      I am having an issue with my ATH-M40fs. The left side louder than right side. What could be wrong with them?

                                      Since I live in Canada, who do I contact to get my ATH-M40fs serviced?
                                      Asked on 6/21/2014 by SolarAxix from Quispamsis, NB, Canada

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                                      • A:

                                        I don't mean to dis you, but did you verify that the balance is set to the center, between left and right? Make sure too that the plug is fully inserted. Thanks!

                                        Answered on 3/23/2015 by Jazzman42960 from Medina, Ohio
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                                        Please contact the following service provider in your area for assistance.

                                        Erikson Audio
                                        Head Office
                                        21000 Transcanada
                                        Baie D’Urfé, Québec
                                        H9X 4B7
                                        Tel: 514-457-2555 Toll Free: 800-667-3745
                                        Fax: 514-457-0055 Toll Free: 888-9182244
                                        E-mail: info@eriksonaudio.com
                                        Web site: www.eriksonaudio.com

                                        Answered on 6/23/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      How do I replace the audio plug at the end of the cable?

                                      How do I replace the plug at the end of the cable? I need to know which color wire to solder to which terminal on the replacement plug.
                                      Asked on 11/9/2012 by flairpup from ca

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                                      • A:

                                        Black or copper (untinted): ground (shared between left/right in case of a single-entry cable). Solder both left and right ground wires to the ground sleeve in case there're two separate channel cables.
                                        Red: right. Usually right flap seen with the plug pointing upwards, though this can be different for some plugs.
                                        Blue or green: left.

                                        Try with wires connected to the plug without soldering first, as some plugs may exchange left and right flaps. Sometimes the longer flap is right (and it could be leftmost).

                                        Answered on 11/12/2013 by Seidhepriest from Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
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                                        For information on how to resolve this, please contact:
                                        service@atus.com

                                        Answered on 11/13/2012 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Are these headphones good at keeping outside sound out?

                                      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?
                                      Asked on 4/17/2012 by Tombo from Michigan

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                                        I do find that they reject quite a lot out outside sound, but not 100 percent.

                                        Answered on 3/23/2015 by Jazzman42960 from Medina, Ohio
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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.

                                        Answered on 11/12/2013 by Seidhepriest from Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
                                      • A:

                                        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.

                                        Answered on 4/23/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Where specifically can I buy a 1/4" female stero to 3.5m stereo male adapter?

                                      I would like to buy a 1/4" female stero to 3.5m stereo male adapter for my athm40fs, could you let me know a couple places that I can specifically find these?
                                      Asked on 4/6/2012 by misteracer from Boston, MA, USA

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                                      • A:

                                        electronics stores like radio shack usually have those in the store somewhere. if not then you can always get one online.

                                        Answered on 4/8/2012 by lolllll117 from Ashland, OR 97520, USA
                                    • Q:

                                      Are there different types of replacement ear pads available?

                                      I really like that these are field serviceable. But I was wondering if there is the option to by a nicer set of ear pads, like the kinds used for the ATH-M50s.
                                      Asked on 2/15/2012 by eager2upgrade

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                                        Thank you for your inquiry, The supplied ear pads are the only ones available. There are no upgrades.

                                        Answered on 2/16/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      where do I get a field replacemt cord?

                                      these a great phones, I have two pair, but need to replace the cord on one pair...I hear all about how these are a snap to fix with the replacement kit, but not one word about where to get one...there's a little wiring block inside the main headphone, and the wiring, (all colored) can be replaced easily, but the quarter inch male jack is non repairable, and that's where the problem is...anyone out there know where to get a kit that will work on this headphone? Help!!
                                      Asked on 2/9/2012 by emunki from Colorado, USA

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                                      • A:

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

                                        Answered on 2/10/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Which 1/4" F to 3.5mm M adapter does AT recommend?

                                      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?

                                      Thanks!
                                      Asked on 12/27/2011 by bennybenben from Chicago

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                                      • A:

                                        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.

                                        Answered on 4/8/2012 by lolllll117 from Ashland, OR 97520, USA
                                      • A:

                                        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.

                                        Answered on 12/29/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      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.
                                      Asked on 9/8/2011 by Ellen from Florida

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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!

                                        Answered on 10/27/2011 by nbrooks from Vancouver, BC, Canada
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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.

                                        Answered on 9/8/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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