Audio-Technica ATH-M40 X

Studio and DJ Headphones

  • Closed-back
  • Circumaural (full size)
  • Dynamic
  • 40 mm Drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • 90 Degrees swiveling earcups
  • Frequency Range: 15 - 24000 Hz
  • Maximum Power: 1600 mW at 1 kHZ
  • Impedance: 35 Ohm
  • Peak SPL: 97 dB
  • Detachable cable
  • 1,2 m Coiled cable
  • 3 m Straight cable
  • Weight (including cable): 300 g
  • Weight (excluding cable): 241 g
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes 6,3 mm jack adapter and carry pouch

Further information

Design / Construction Over-Ear
System Closed Back
Impedance 35 Ohms
Frequency range 15 Hz – 24000 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replaceable Cable Yes

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Excelent headphones for studio monitoring

Pedro Moreira, 05.01.2018
I?ve ordered 3 of these to be used in my recording studio as monitoring headphones for musicians.
Inicialy i was considering the ATH-M50 (the non X version) wich i already own a pair an absolutely love the sound but i?ve decided to give the M40's a try after reading some positive reviews, keeping in mind that i could always send them back and get the M50's instead.

After sometime comparing the two and other headphones i have, (various models from AKG) I decided to keep them because i found them to be perfect for the task, this is why:

Great detailed reproduction over all frequency content with smooth clear higs and full deep lows without being overwhelming. A bass player will be very happy as all the others.
Very confortable to be used over a long periode of time, physicaly or soundwise. (wich isnt so true for the older M50's)
Good isolation , ( perhaps just not enough for loud drummers).

They also came with two cables one short coiled cable and a straight longer cable. Thats a nice touch and very handy.

Build quality is very good.

What i dont like:

they are foldable!
Although this may be a good thing for most casual users looking for portability, it's a feature you really dont miss in a pro studio and this particular folding system makes them more fragile and prone break.
(this happened to my M50's)
Also the regidity of the materials employed dont help in that regard.

i'm really enjoying this headphones,
full, detailed and emersive sound that inspires you to deliver a great performance.

I'm going with 5 stars considering the price and performance!
Excelent product!

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Home Recording and Mixing

fhole, 06.02.2018
I'm using these for home recording, tracking and mixing.
I don't have proper monitor speakers and usually, it seems, headphones and speakers try to make things sound good. So I was looking for something I could use to give me a clear idea of the actual, non coloured, sounds that I was recording and mixing.
I did some research and heard really good things about the M50's, and was considering them. Then I heard a review of these that said that they might be even better, even though they were cheaper. Better and cheaper sounds good to me : )
They are relatively comfortable, don't really notice you have them on, until you take them off : ) I use the twisty cable, just enough length to go back and forth between the computer and mic without getting tangled or tripped over.
I use them for tracking, guitar , bass and vocals, so they had to be closed. They don't prevent 100% of sound escaping, you can usually hear a hint of the track, but it's never been anywhere near a problem for me, since the recorded part will be used with the track it was recorded along with.
I also use them for mixing, and despite being closed, with open being apparently more desirable for mixing, I have found them to be excellent in delivering a flat response and realistic representation of recordings. All the frequencies sound about right, especially the bass does not seem to be boosted, which is great. It's really annoying having mixed a track to find that the bass is weak when played on another system.
I can't directly compare them to other headphones in terms of use but they work well for me and seem to be a pretty good deal overall.
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