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 13 13
    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
    Great product! 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. June 18, 2013
    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
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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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    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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    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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    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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