ATH-M30x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$69.00
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
  • studio headphones
  • field recording headphones
  • pro monitor headphones
  • carrying case
  • headphones


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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview



    Pure. Professional. Performance.

    The M-Series ATH-M30x professional monitor headphones combine modern engineering and high-quality materials to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio clarity and sound isolation. Tuned for highly detailed audio, with strong mid-range definition, these versatile monitoring headphones are ideal in a variety of situations. Designed primarily for studio tracking and mixing, they offer added features for increased portability, making them a great choice for field recording.

    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.

    VISIT THE M-SERIES HEADPHONES MICROSITE
  • Features

    • Advanced build quality and engineering

    • 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils

    • Tuned for enhanced detail, with excellent mid-range definition

    • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments

    • Convenient single-side cable exit

    • Collapsible for space-saving portability

    • Designed to excel for studio tracking, mixing and field recording
  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Voice CoilCopper-clad aluminum wire
    Frequency Response15 - 22,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,300 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity96 dB
    Impedance47 ohms
    Weight220 g (7.8 oz), without cable and connector
    Cable3.0 m (9.8'), straight, left-side exit
    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-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (4)
    • Good value (4)
    • Great sound (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Comfort (3)

    Cons

    • Unattractive design (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    AMAZING BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

    I would just like to start off by saying that I've been using these headphones for about 6 months and They have exceeded my expectations. I like to break down the reviews into 4...Read complete review

    I would just like to start off by saying that I've been using these headphones for about 6 months and They have exceeded my expectations. I like to break down the reviews into 4 main parts: Sound, Style, Durability, and Comfort. The sound of these cans is not even close to the m50x, or m50 models but I have got to say they blew my mind straight from the start. The clarity is crisp, the bass is not enough to sacrifice the rest of the song (which leaves it at the perfect amount), and the mids as promised by A-T are perfect. These are very stylish, lots of my friends have asked me about these and they think that they look very classy (but not too classy, like Beats) they are just a very nice set of headphones for looks. These headphones are not the most durable set of cans out there but they are definitely made out of some pretty tough materials such as some thick plastic, and some metal for the adjustment for head sizes. Now finally, these headphones are pretty comfortable they have some very nice earpads (way better than the old ones), a nicely padded headband. At first straight out of the box brand new you will feel a slight clamping force on your head, but it`s not that bad. I hope this review helped many people searching for a nice set of cans for less than $100.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great for studio days, not so much daily listening

    I use these headphone for everday use and occasonally for more professional/studio time. The extended ford it wonderful when I'm in the studio and need to move to the far corners.,But is...Read complete review

    I use these headphone for everday use and occasonally for more professional/studio time. The extended ford it wonderful when I'm in the studio and need to move to the far corners.,But is a nuisance when I just want to use my affordable high quality headphones walking across campus. Haven't had any issues with the 1/4 adapter but the 1/8(standard male end) doesn't stay conected to a lot of my mobile devices I would have to apply constant pressure to listen to anything on my phone or mp3. Neither of which have had any issues with my pro beats,sony,Marley and jvc headphones. The ear cups suround your ear making them extemly natural feeling with their light weight stoping the ear soreness i have with my pro Beats after having to sit on my ears for a few hours. The leather seems to be cheaper but considering the under 100 price I'd expect that. Visually they have a cool simplistic non attention drawing look, with the ugly stainless steel adjuster clashing with the matte black look. If I had to buy another pair of professional headphone I probably wouldn't buy the mx30 unless I knew they are going to be my studio only phones. So if your just looking for high quality earphones for daily listing is look into the other headphones techinicq has to offer.

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    5.0

    Great if you know what you are looking for.

    By 

    from Eastern Europe

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Cord Too Short
    • Unattractive Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

      I bought these used - like new. They are my first "pro" headphones. The seller had used them for a few days and then bought some wireless phones. I needed them for use with my retro Hi-Fi center and my media PC. I had used many headphones that were not too bad but none of them quite "ticked all the boxes" like these did. I will be the first one here to say that for my needs of sometimes walking into the other room, the cord could have been even longer. The sound is kind of soft, but clear and balanced; my impression is that the treble and lows controls on my system do not affect it as much as in case of the others I own. The look like they are built to last and I certainly will use them a lot.

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      • Home
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      • Less than a month
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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Incredible value for money

      By 

      from Viña Del Mar, Chile

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Unattractive Design

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

        After using these pair of headphones for 2 years i´ve realized the incredible quality of the audio it offers for the money, when my friends tried them they couldn't believe what i paid for these headphones, they said things like "no way, i thought this thing was around 200 bucks", over the years these headphones have showed the usual wear and tear of daily use, but considering how much i use them the build quality is great, one thing that bothers me is the design, it isn´t ugly butt they definetly could have done something much better

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        • Home
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        • Over a year
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        4.0

        Phenominal Headphones

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        from The Woodlands, TX

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Cord too long
        • Unattractive Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

          I used the M30x for awhile when I was working in a studio. They are great for beginners who are just getting into the music business.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Studio
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          • Over a year
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          4.0

          Solid budget studio headphones

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          from UK

          Pros

          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

              I have had these headphones for about 3 years now. I use them with my PC for about 6 hours each day. The sound is clear, with no distortion even at uncomfortably high volume. The included screw-on 1/4 inch adaptor is great for working with some of my audio equipment. The 3 metre cable is great for home use, but unwieldy on-the-go. Unfortunately at this price point the cable is integrated into the headphone, so no swapping for a shorter cable. I have noticed that the leatherette material on the inside of the headband and ear-pads has begun to break down, showing some large cracks. This however doesn't make them uncomfortable to wear. The adjusting mechanism is perhaps a little bit too lose, but isn't a major issue. Overall, an imperfect, but great value pair of headphones.

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              • Home
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              • Over a year
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              1.0

              Headphones are so NOISY, the Mic hears the plastic crunch

              By 

              from NYC

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Value
                • Too Much Ambient Noise

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                  Stay away if you need to wear these for recording

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • Studio
                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Over a year

                  (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Great for studio days, not so much daily listening

                  By 

                  from Fort myers. Florida

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Comfort
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • 1/8 audio adapter
                  • Limited Functions
                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                    I use these headphone for everday use and occasonally for more professional/studio time. The extended ford it wonderful when I'm in the studio and need to move to the far corners.,But is a nuisance when I just want to use my affordable high quality headphones walking across campus. Haven't had any issues with the 1/4 adapter but the 1/8(standard male end) doesn't stay conected to a lot of my mobile devices I would have to apply constant pressure to listen to anything on my phone or mp3. Neither of which have had any issues with my pro beats,sony,Marley and jvc headphones. The ear cups suround your ear making them extemly natural feeling with their light weight stoping the ear soreness i have with my pro Beats after having to sit on my ears for a few hours. The leather seems to be cheaper but considering the under 100 price I'd expect that. Visually they have a cool simplistic non attention drawing look, with the ugly stainless steel adjuster clashing with the matte black look. If I had to buy another pair of professional headphone I probably wouldn't buy the mx30 unless I knew they are going to be my studio only phones. So if your just looking for high quality earphones for daily listing is look into the other headphones techinicq has to offer.

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                    • Less than a month
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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Almost exactly what I had hoped for

                    By 

                    from Utah

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Comfort
                    • Price
                    • Sound Quality

                    Cons

                    • Cord Length

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                      Going into this purchase, I knew that for the money I wouldn't be getting mind-blowingly incredible headphones. And the M30x's aren't. But for the price they are really, really good.

                      The sound is crisp?no fuzz, no distortion. Very reliable lows, mids, and highs, which for good monitor phones is par for the course. (For the record, a reliable low isn't a earth-shaking thump, but rather a smooth low tone that lets you really hear the range. These headphones deliver.) Everything I've played through these has been very satisfying.

                      Plus, they're comfy. I can keep them on for an hour+ without a problem.

                      My only nitpick is the cord length. Again, they are monitor headphones, so the cord length is probably to be expected. I'd pay the 2 bucks extra for a velcro cord binder for those of us who don't need quite so much cord. It would be nice to throw something like that in, but with sound quality this good, not a big deal at all. And with these sounding as good as they do, I'll be saving up my money for the 40 or 50. Then we'll talk mind-blowing.

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                      • Up to a year
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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      ATH-M30x Headphones=Awesome

                      By 

                      from Oregon

                      Site Member

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                      This is my first Audio-Technica product and I am extremely pleased with it.

                      First of all, for me these are very comfortable, provided with lots of plush padding on the ear cups. Also the shape is absolutely perfect conforming to my ears very well. I can listen to music for about 2 hours straight, at that point my ears are quite sweaty and the cups are warm, but that's an ample amount of listening for me. For the price you guys charge the build quality seems fantastic.

                      I love the fold up feature and nice bag supplied for storage and keeping my headphones dust free.

                      Now the sound. I don't have a great range of experience when it comes to supposed expensive or exotic brand headphones, but I have tried a few, I won't mention their names. These Audio Technica headphones produce incredible sound.
                      The precise true sound reproduction is unlike anything I have experienced. The clarity is what surprised me. What I mean by clarity is, no crackling or fuzziness in the background, just a smooth steady stream of sound. What's interesting is I can tell the differences in quality of the different recording equipment used by various Artists and Bands. How you ask? Because even though the headphones don't produce any aberrations, if the music recorded does the headphones show it. For instance, when I'm listening to Mark Knopfler and Dire Straights the clarity is unreal, when while listening to a disc by Journey there is some background fuzz, very little indeed. Just from basic logic we know its not the headphone, if it were, the fuzziness would be displayed on all the discs not just some. I found this aspect quite neat.
                      I mentioned the true sound reproduction, which is fantastic. I've read some customers complain about these not having enough base. I guess this is subjective to a persons own preferences but I disagree with this evaluation. For instance, when I played the song Radioactive, by Imagine Dragons, which has a lot of base in the song itself the ATH-M30x headphones pumped out the base. Another nod toward the true sound reproduction, if it has lots of base these will display it, what I think these other reviewers might be referring to is the false base that is added in all the songs in other competitor headphones, which doesn't appeal to me.
                      One of the best examples of increased depth of sound is when I listened to my favorite band, Rush. Specifically the song YYZ, which is an instrumental if your unaware. The first time I listened with these headphones, Geddy's base just popped, it was better than I had ever heard that song.

                      I am extremely satisfied with these headphones, I've only owned them for about 3 months, I guess the only unknown for me is waiting to see how long they last, which I hope is awhile. But when they do finally go down you can rest assured that you've gained a lifelong customer.
                      I highly recommend them.

                      Cory W

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                      • Up to a year
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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AMAZING BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

                      By 

                      from Plymouth, MA, USA

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Durability
                      • overall audio quality

                      Cons

                      • Cord is too long

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                        I would just like to start off by saying that I've been using these headphones for about 6 months and They have exceeded my expectations. I like to break down the reviews into 4 main parts: Sound, Style, Durability, and Comfort. The sound of these cans is not even close to the m50x, or m50 models but I have got to say they blew my mind straight from the start. The clarity is crisp, the bass is not enough to sacrifice the rest of the song (which leaves it at the perfect amount), and the mids as promised by A-T are perfect. These are very stylish, lots of my friends have asked me about these and they think that they look very classy (but not too classy, like Beats) they are just a very nice set of headphones for looks. These headphones are not the most durable set of cans out there but they are definitely made out of some pretty tough materials such as some thick plastic, and some metal for the adjustment for head sizes. Now finally, these headphones are pretty comfortable they have some very nice earpads (way better than the old ones), a nicely padded headband. At first straight out of the box brand new you will feel a slight clamping force on your head, but it`s not that bad. I hope this review helped many people searching for a nice set of cans for less than $100.

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                        • Up to a year
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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best for the Price

                        By 

                        from Texas, USA

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Good price
                        • Good sound

                        Cons

                        • cord is too long for most people

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones:

                          Absolutely amazing headphones for someone who is trying to delve into the world of audiophiles. Very noticeable difference when listening to most of my music. Very Durable too. I accidentally slammed my car door on them and they were perfectly fine. Very comfortable to use even after many hours. I didn't start feeling discomfort until after about 6 hours.

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                          • Up to a year
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                          • Q:

                            Does this product have a mic
                            Asked on 1/16/2017 by Anish from Cheenai,india

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. No this model does not have a mic.

                              Answered on 1/16/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            I am planning to buy mx30 headphones ?? Will it be compatible for my hp notebook as well ??
                            Asked on 1/10/2017 by Iwakshu from Bangalore, India

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes they are compatible.

                              Answered on 1/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            I purchased the ath-m30x headphones for my husband; after he used them for about 30-45 minutes, they became quite uncomfortable on his ears (i.e. too tight on his ears). Is there anything he could do to eliminate / lessen this problem?
                            Asked on 12/26/2016 by SLR from Minnesota

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately no there isnt a solution to this problem as comfort is subject to the user's preference.

                              Answered on 12/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Headphone jack too large for my HP 2000 Notebook. Do I need an adapter?
                            Any suggestions?
                            Asked on 12/14/2016 by Dennis from United States

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              You may remove the 1/4" adapter to use the standard 3.5mm connector.

                              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 12/15/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            I am looking for a pair of headphones good for music and gaming. Not the best of both sides just something that will work. Preferably surround sound for gaming. Would these work? If not any other suggestions thanks
                            Asked on 10/30/2016 by Evand.13 from Toronto ON Canada

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Yes, the M Series of headphones are popular choices. I would recommend trying them out for yourself and see if they will best suit your needs.

                              Answered on 10/31/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Can I use them monitor live sound?
                            Asked on 9/26/2016 by S.D. from PA

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes these can be used to monitor live sound.

                              Answered on 9/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Are there any products like this in the Philippines in Cebu
                            Asked on 9/24/2016 by Glorious from Cebu, PH

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes please contact your regional Audio-Technica Marketing and Distribution location for further assistance here:

                              Audio-Technica (S.E.A.) Pte. Ltd
                              Singapore
                              Tel: +65-67495686
                              Fax: +65-67495689
                              E-mail: sales@audio-technica.com.sg
                              Web site: www.audio-technica.com.sg

                              Answered on 9/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            the wire is detachable from headphone???
                            Asked on 9/14/2016 by juelz from manila

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            On the specs for the ATH-M30x headphones it gives the length of the audio cable as 3M. Does that mean it is 3 meters long? And is the cable removable/replaceable? I want to be able to replace the cable in the event a short occurs; we want to purchase headphones for our library and they will see frequent and heavy use.
                            Asked on 7/27/2016 by Terry from Eugene, OR

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The ATH-M30x headphones have a permanently attached 3 meter (9,8') long cable. If service is required, you may send into our Service Center and you may find all of the information for doing so at: www.audio-technica.com/service.

                              Answered on 8/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            What size is the headphone jack? I am looking to buy a adapter to fit for my phone.
                            Asked on 7/23/2016 by Tristan from Iowa

                            2 answers

                            • A:

                              The 3.5mm jack doesn't work for me, it only plugs in far enough to get the left channel. Unless my right channel doesn't work out of the box...

                              Answered on 11/30/2016 by Tim S from Tucson, AZ
                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The ATH-M30x has a screw on 1/4'' adapter for other audio devices. Beneath that is a standard 3.5mm connection that you could use with your phone.

                              Answered on 7/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
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