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Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    The ATH-M30 has been discontinued and replaced with the ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones.

    A perfect choice for project studio engineers, home recordists and recording musicians, Audio-Technica’s ATH-M30 dynamic stereo headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy in a design engineered to provide maximum comfort for hours of listening. The headphones' low-profile, closed-back design provides exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. Features include: neodymium magnet structure; lightweight, adjustable cushioned headband; gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and screw-on ¼" (6.3 mm) adapter; ultra-flexible 11' cable with single-side exit.
  • Features

    • Exceptional clarity and sonic accuracy for mixing

    • High power handling for tracking sessions

    • Circumaural design ensures superior isolation

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

    • Adjustable cushioned headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort

    • OFC litz wire cable, convenient one-side exit

    • Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter

  • Specifications

    TypeClosed-back dynamic
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    Voice CoilCopper-clad aluminum wire
    Frequency Response20-20,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power1,600 mW at 1 kHz
    Sensitivity100 dB
    Impedance65 ohms
    Weight7.0 oz (200 g) without cable
    Cable11' (3.4 m), OFC litz wire, left-side exit
    Connector1/8" (3.5 mm) with screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter

  • Reviews

    I really like these phones, even they're discontinued.


    These phones are amazing! It has balanced mids and highs. Bass is very well controlled, it has a little of lack of bass, but I love it sound profile. Sure there are better phones, but it's a cost x benefit I recommend for people, even it's discontinued.

    São Paulo, SP


    Perfect for Monitoring!


    Had this pair for over a year and still holding strong on audio quality!


    We Will See...


    Just got them recently so I can't comment on the durability, but they produce great sound for the money. They are comfortable and would recommend at this time. We will see how long they last with daily use.

    St. Petersburg, FL, USA

    Wired headphones to augment wireless


    I am very satisfied with the ATH-M30 phones. They work well and sound good plugged into the amplifier or into the computer. Even MP3's sound good. The price is so advantageous compared to the phones the "doctor" ordered! The sound is much better, too. A crisp, linear response lets you adjust the sound to your taste (and ears)

    Chicago, IL, USA

    What's not to like?


    These are great headphones. Having worn headphones as part of my daily job since 1967, this babies are light, sound good, and work a long time...even the cord has survived. The earphone pads have finally disintegrated, but they have a lot of miles on them.


    Excellent budget performers!


    These headphones are the headphones I mainly use for producing and mixing. Flat and accurate frequency response lets me hear everything I need to hear, the way it is supposed to be heard. I also tend to use these for casual and critical listening on the go. Good isolation and little sound leak allows me to know only I'm hearing the music, and not bothering anyone around me.

    Sanborn, Cambria, NY 14132, USA

    Low-cost precision.


    Let me first begin by saying that I use the product through my Xenyx 502 mixer's phono output with only the input from my PC's Aux out looped into the jack via the Aux to Phones button. That being said, these headphones sound very good for their price range. Looks: Black-on-black usual studio-esque looks; this is not a complaint, because I rarely if ever take these into public. This is mainly because of the high driving requirements of these headphones (65 ohm, man!). Portability: None whatsoever, due mostly to the 11.5 foot non-removable cable. Sound: True to the product description, these headphones are flat and unforgiving to the mix; I would not recommend these to any bass-head. That being said I'll also mention that they are very precise for closed-back headphones, and bordering on analytical. They don't leak noise at regular listening volumes, either. Comfort: These would be fine in this department if I didn't wear glasses. They do press down on the back of the frame and the backside of my ear a little much, which makes listening to them for too many hours at a time a little uncomfortable. Other than that they are very well padded. Manual adjustment of the frame may be required if you have a larger head. Durability: These are some of the most durable headphones I've ever used, having used Beats, Sonys, Sennheisers, Bheringers, Philips, etc. The end connector is VERY tough, with a solid metal casing that could probably survive artillery shelling. On that note it would require tin shears to slice the cable. All in all, this is a very good product if you're looking for an affordable solution for a home studio or any home listening experience.

    Biloxi, MS, USA



    I have never had a pair of headphones to go completely out. I have had shortages in wires but never completely out.

    Akron, Ohio

    Great for transcription


    I bought these headphones after reading all the good reviews about the "true to life" sound quality they deliver. I am a medical transcriber and have to accurately hear what the doctors say in order to produce error-free transcripts. After using my ATH-M30 headphones for a week, my editor let me know how my transcripts had improved, with fewer errors and no "mis-hears". The audio quality is excellent, with none of the static and background hum that my noise-cancelling headphones produced. I wish I had bought them years ago.

    New Bedford, MA

    Awesome First "Professional" Headphones


    The M30's deliver a relatively flat response, so your music would sound close to what musicians intended their recordings to sound like. Also, it responds exceptionally well when equalizer settings have been applied to it. For audio quality, it is definitely top notch for this price range. This is my first headphones that are aimed at accurate sound reproduction for studio work, and it really does blow away any of the headsets/headphones that are marketed towards gaming. Even some might even being more expensive than the M30, those gaming products are toys compared to this. On the negative side, the clamping force is a bit tight so it causes discomfort after an hour of use. You may loosen it by bending the head band backwards with care, so that when it springs back the clamping force is less, but the force may be required for good isolation and hence good bass.

    Toronto, ON, Canada

    ATH-M30 Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Monitor Headphones

    4.6 14


  • Q & A

    Parts question: Greetings, I am trying to find screw-on ¼" (6.3 mm) adapter for the ATH M-30. I know the screw size is different among manufacturers. Any ideas? Thanks (I know a plug in adaptor will work - need the more secure type)

    Someone Sober Somewhere

    Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about a replacement if you are located in the US.


    where can i get a replacement of the ear cusion for headphones ATH-M30.


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


    Hello, I am planning to use this product for a lab in high school. For this to happen I need to know the uncertainty of Hz output. What is the accuracy of the Hz output? (plus or minus ___ hz)


    All of the public specifications are found on the product's webpage specifications tab.


    Broken Jack -- Tips on fixing? The jack broke right down the middle (due to an accidental and quite violent yanking of the cord) and is now unusable. I'm going to make this a DIY project and replace it myself (it'll be a learning experience!) Is there a specific jack I should get to replace the broken one, or will any work? Is there anything I should know about this model of headphones specifically before I start repairing them?


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


    How can I get surround sound on a Mac? Normally I use my school Macbook. Recently, I plugged these headphones into my PC and was able to hear surround sound for the first time. Now, when I return to my Macbook, I notice the absence of surround. Is there some kind of surround-sound software for the ATH M30 that only works on PC? Appreciate any help. Thanks!


    Being that nearly all headphones are made up of two output drivers (Left and Right earcups), you will not necessarily get the effect of "surround sound". Essentially, Surround Sound is "is a multi-channel audio playback format consisting of at least three speakers (left, center, and right) but more commonly consisting of five or more (speakers)". For example, a 5.1 Surround Format equals 5 speakers, and 1 sub-woofer. A vast majority of the time, if a program (be it Video or Audio) contains surround material, but only a stereo output is available, the surround device will automatically and seamlessly "fold" the audio signals into a stereo output. If you have a dedicated Surround Sound setup, and your computer is no longer folding the multiple audio channels into a stereo output, then you will need to either contact the manufacturer of your computer or operating system for support. Other than that, under normal conditions, the ATH-M30 will work with nearly any 1/8" (3.5mm) or 1/4" TRS headphone output. For use with a computer, be certain that you are connecting the headphones to the headphone output, and that your computer's output is configured for headphone use. In Windows, this will be in the Control Panel. In Mac, it will be in the System Preferences. Thanks!


    The 3.5 mm jack does not fit my iPad I have a cover on my ipad and the ath m30 has a wide jack which does not fit thru the cover's opening. The cable is not replaceable either. I am stuck. Will have to return if no reasonable alternative found. Please advise ASAP.


    A 3.5mm extension/adapter that will work for your application is offered through, called the "Breakaway Adapter for 3.5mm Audio". Thanks!


    Can you direct me to getting a replacement plug for my ATH-M30's?


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


    Where can I get the 1/4 adapter specific for these Ive lost my 1/4 screw on adapter and need a new one. I need the specific one since it is threaded. I bought some without threads and no go. I also bough a threaded 1/4 that is made for shure headsets and the threads don't line up. Anyboy?


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


    I plugged my new ath-m30 into my computer and only the left side works and the sound quality is terrible. How do I fix this?


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


    Comfortable for people with bigger heads? I read some reviews that said ATH-M30 clamps tight on the head and might not be good for people with bigger heads?


    Thank you for your inquiry. We design our headphones for the average size user. Please note that the ATH-M30 headphones are studio headphones where a snug fit is important. You can't have headphones falling off while playing an instrument during the middle of a session.