ATH-M30x

Professional Monitor Headphones

MSRP* US$99.00
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


  • Overview
  • 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.

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  • 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®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great for studio days, not so much daily listening

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    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

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      from Utah

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      Pros

      • Comfort
      • Price
      • Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Cord Length

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        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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ATH-M30x Headphones=Awesome

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        from Oregon

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        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!

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        from Plymouth, MA, USA

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        Pros

        • Durability
        • overall audio quality

        Cons

        • Cord is too long

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          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

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          from Texas, USA

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          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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            5.0

            Very nice.

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            from Portland, OR, USA

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            Pros

            • Awesome Price
            • big ear cups
            • cord never tangles
            • Extremely comfortable
            • Great Sound
            • Long cord
            • they look pretty cool

            Cons

            • leather is soft so it can scratch
            • Long Cord

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

              I was looking into buying a new pair of headphones and I was checking out Beat's by Dre. If you know anything about Beat's by Dre you would know that they are very, very expensive. This put them far out of my budget. A friend who owned the Audio Technica ATH-M50s suggested I try out something by Audio Technica. I did some researcher and finally decided on the ATH-M30X over-ear headphones. Overall, they are amazing. The one other thing I would like to mention is the cord. It doesn't tangle, it feels durable, and it is very long. However, its length can sometimes feel like a little bit too much. I was looking at the ATH-M50s, and they had an option for a coiled cord. I wish that could have been an option for these, and if it was, I certainly would have been willing to pay a bit more for it. Finally, I was amazed by the price. For the overall quality, the price was very, very good.

              Here's is a very informative video that helped me make my decision:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsxQxS0AdBY

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

               
              5.0

              Simple, comfortable, and stylish!

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              from White Bear Lake, MN, USA

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              Pros

              • clapsable design
              • Comfort
              • Durability
              • great sound!
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Long Cord

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

                This is my first product I have bought from Audio-Technica and I'm absolutely loving it! These are great for casual listening at home with comfort. I just love the AT logo, it's so simple and not to "look at me!" all over it. The only con I can say is that the cord is terribly long. I have to coil it up and put a twist tie on it. I only need really a forth of it's length.

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                • Less than a month
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                • Q:

                  Is there anyway i can possibly change use a different wire to wire these headphones? as my dog chewed through the built in wire and if not does a warranty cover that type of damage?
                  Asked on 4/29/2016 by Harry from Mayo, Ireland

                  1 answer

                • Q:

                  can i use it with mobile phones...will the voltage output of the mobile be sufficient for the headphone. or is it just for high voltage output devices ?
                  will the volume be reduced with mobile output ?
                  Asked on 3/29/2016 by christopher from bangalore, IN

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The impedance of the ATH-M30x headphones is 47 ohms which is ok to use with most common smartphone impedance. You will want to check with our phone manufacture on the impedance output of their device for proper matching.

                    Answered on 4/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Is the cable detachable?
                  Asked on 2/16/2016 by Whaleman13

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                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No, the ATH-M30x cable is permanently attached.

                    Answered on 2/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Is the cable removable? as in, if I were to bend and break some wires by wrapping the cable up, could I replace the cable? or would I have to replace the entire product?
                  Asked on 2/10/2016 by Travis from Greeneville, TN

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                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    The cable is permanently attached. Any service is is available in the US through the Audio-Technica Service Department.

                    Answered on 2/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  are the m30x vegan? i am looking for headphones which are cruelty free and i am interested in knowing what type of leather is used for the ear muffs and the type of leather used in the carrying pouch of the m30x.
                  Asked on 1/1/2016 by Udit

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                    A:

                    ALL Headphones sold by ATUS (Audio-Technica United States) are Vegan-friendly, except the following:

                    • ATH-CKW1000ANV (leather case)
                    • ATH-W5000 (leather earpads)
                    • ATH-W3000ANV (leather earpads)
                    • ATH-A2000X (leather earpads)
                    • ATH-ESW9A (leather earpads)
                    • ATH-ESW990H (leather earpads)
                    • ATH-PG1 (leather earpads and headband)

                    The fully-synthetic/non-leather material we use for the ATH-M30x headphones is made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that we refer to as "leatherette".

                    If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                    audio-solutions@atus.com

                    Thanks!

                    Answered on 1/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                • Q:

                  Which headphone is right and which one is left? The headphones are not lableled.
                  Asked on 12/20/2015 by Stefanie from United States

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                    A:

                    The headphones are labeled inside of the headband. The left side is also where the cable is attached to.

                    Answered on 12/27/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  How do I clean my headphones?
                  Asked on 12/19/2015 by Ricardo

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                    A:

                    You may clean with a damp cloth with soap and water on the headband and ear pads.

                    Answered on 12/27/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Where can I get a screw on adapter for the voice coil?
                  Asked on 12/8/2015 by John Lowell from Malibu, CA

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                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                    Answered on 12/13/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Does it require soundcard?
                  Asked on 12/5/2015 by sheldon

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                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    You may connect to any headphone output.

                    Answered on 12/13/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                • Q:

                  Do i burn the ath m 30x? if yes how?
                  Asked on 10/21/2015 by Maddy the rocker

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                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Audio-Technica does not recommend any "burn in" period as headphones are ready to use out of the box.

                    Answered on 10/23/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
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