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ATH-M30x

Professional Monitor Headphones


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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



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  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones
     
    4.1

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Good value (6)
    • Great sound (6)
    • Durable (4)

    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 the studio (when they work)

    I've had three pairs of these already and I keep buying them because they're exactly what I like to use in the studio. However, they tend to randomly stop working. Perhaps it's because...Read complete review

    I've had three pairs of these already and I keep buying them because they're exactly what I like to use in the studio. However, they tend to randomly stop working. Perhaps it's because the cord is so long that I roll over it with my chair without noticing? Or is it retaining moisture from sweaty recording sessions?

    Whatever the case may be, they sound wonderful for the price.

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    4.0

    From Grado to Audio-Technica

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    from Clarkston Mi

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Good Value
    • Lightweight

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      Best Uses

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

        Do NOT waste your money on Beats....you can spend less that $100 and put Headies over your ears an listen to music the way is should sound..If you want to bass compress the eardrum until it hurts...then spend $400....I have been listening to music through headphones since I was a teenager....outside of Grado'....I have waste so much time buying returning headphones...I gave up Then I found Audio-Technica. As an amatrue musician, I never paid much attention to the sound 'guy'...until 4 yrs ago, when I was asked if I may be interested in learning the soundboard at out Church...I jumped at the chance. Fours yrs on...I've become the worship groups sound engineer. running a Allen & Heath 3300...what i have learned .... Soundman needs head phones, and they need quality headphone.
        weather you're in the sound engineering field or just love being as close to the music as you can.... A-T Headphones have impressed . since i've received M30x. The past few days I put these headies to the test....music; from Classical to indie / Math music....even listened to a podcast..... AWESOME.
        I know a day will come when I upgrade....as for now...if your and audiofile.... unless you're just a Brand Wh**e...by beats....if you want a true music experience.....buy Audio-Technica

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        • Less than a month
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        4.0

        best value !!!

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        from quebec,CANADA

        Pros

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

        Cons

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

            wow best price value !!

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Home
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            • Less than a month
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            3.0

            Great for the studio (when they work)

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            from Burbank, CA

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Bass
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

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

                I've had three pairs of these already and I keep buying them because they're exactly what I like to use in the studio. However, they tend to randomly stop working. Perhaps it's because the cord is so long that I roll over it with my chair without noticing? Or is it retaining moisture from sweaty recording sessions?

                Whatever the case may be, they sound wonderful for the price.

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                • Studio
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Great if you know what you are looking for.

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                from Eastern Europe

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Cord Too Short
                • Unattractive Design

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                  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

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                  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

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                      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.

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                      • 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

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                          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

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                          from NYC

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                            • Poor Value
                            • Too Much Ambient Noise

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                              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

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                              from Fort myers. Florida

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Comfort
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

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

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                                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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                                5.0

                                Almost exactly what I had hoped for

                                By 

                                from Utah

                                Site Member

                                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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                                  • Q:

                                    Hello, I have lost the 1/4" adapter. Is there any way I can order a new one?
                                    Asked on 3/5/2018 by Jonathan P from Middlebury Center PA

                                    1 answer

                                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 3/7/2018 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    Hello, I have lost the 1/4" adapter that came with these headphones. Is there any way I can order a new adapter?
                                    Asked on 3/5/2018 by Jonathan P from Middlebury Center PA

                                    1 answer

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                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 3/7/2018 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                  • Q:

                                    Is there a way to make these surround sound for PC gaming?
                                    Asked on 2/16/2018 by KQ from Texas

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      Thank you for your inquiry. These are stereo headphones, they cannot be made surround sound.

                                      Answered on 2/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                  • Q:

                                    I ordered a set of the M 30x and was wondering if I can purchase a shorter power cable for them. I see there is one for the M series but will it work with the M30x????
                                    Asked on 12/30/2017 by Dustin from Kentucky

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      As the ATH-M30x do not have a detachable cable, replacement cables are available through our Service Department. Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at service@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                      Answered on 1/3/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Hi. I was just wondering if these headphones are compatible with samsung phones, tablets as well as hp laptop?
                                    Asked on 7/29/2017 by Kim from Ontario, Canada

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                                      A:

                                      You may plug the ATH-M30x headphones into any standard 3.5mm headphone connection.

                                      Answered on 7/31/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Are these headphones on ear or over ear headphones???
                                    Asked on 6/19/2017 by Logan Vanderhoof from corry pennsylvania

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      The ATH-M30x are considered Over Ear but as each persons body is different, I recommend trying them out for yourself and see if they will best suit your needs.

                                      Answered on 6/21/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    I am planning to buy a pair of headphones for watching movies and casual listening, (mostly EDM), which one would you recommend ATH-AVC500/400 or ATH-M30x?
                                    Do any of them need a headphone amp for listening on mp3 or smartphone player?
                                    Asked on 6/4/2017 by Sime from undisclosed

                                    1 answer

                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 6/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

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

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                                      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

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                                      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

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                                      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
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