Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones



When it comes to headphones, you’re looking for three factors to come into play. Build quality, sound quality and features. Will the ATH-M40x studio monitor headphones from Audio-Technica measure up to the competition and provide value for money?


Build Quality and Design

Even from first glance, it is pretty obvious that these headphones have been engineered to an exceptionally high level. With a sturdy design, you can be assured that these headphones are going to last, even after frequent use. Another interesting feature is the design of the earcups; these have been especially designed so as to guarantee the highest possible sound isolation, even when they are used in a noisy environment.

If you are in the market for headphones that can be used for one-ear monitoring, then this offering from Audio-Technica may just be what you’re looking for, with earcups that can swivel to an angle of 90 degrees. The ear pads themselves are made from the highest quality materials, so that you can enjoy a really high level of comfort. In fact, all of the materials for this product have seemingly been chosen with two principle factors in mind: Resistance and comfort.

The matte finish is a nice touch, the only element standing out being the Audio-Technica logo, which adds to the overall visual appeal of the product.

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Sound Quality

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones deliver superior performance, regardless of the environment you choose to use them in, be it the studio or on the street. The frequency range has been extended on this model, ensuring that you can enjoy the increased accuracy of audio monitoring. Also, given the fact that these headphones are recommended for studio monitoring, it should come as no surprise that they deliver an axceptional studio experience.

These headphones have been equipped with 40 mm drivers and this is clearly reflected in the bass. Although not quite on par with a headphone such as the M50x (45 mm drivers), they still perform exceptionally well. As for the midrange frequency, this is an area in which the product really does excel, with clear and accurate sounds. As a user of this product, you will certainly enjoy the quality of the live audio. High frequency sounds are delivered with the same top quality, so this is another strong point for this model.

Other Features:

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The price of this product is certainly one of its most appealing features. Given how many benefits it brings to the user, the fact that it can be found at this price (under $100) is definitely a selling point. The balance between price and quality is worth considering, especially if you are looking for a product that delivers everything you require from your headphones.

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Weight & folding

If you are thinking about using these headphones on your travels, then you will find their lightweight and folding possibilities invaluable. The swiveling earcups are easily folded, so you do not have to worry about them suffering damage whilst on the move. However, a sturdier carrying case may be worth considering, as the one that comes with the product is actually made from textile material and it is certainly not suitable for traveling. A sturdy carrying case will guarantee that the headphones are protected against any potential damage, and are certainly a worthwhile investment.

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Overall, this product is worth considering, given its amazing price and range of features offered.Its new design is attractive, the matte finish adding to the minimalist style which is offered in most aspects of this headphone.There are no major differences between the quality of sound delivered by this model and the M50x; however the audiophile among us will be able to identify those differences. The M40x is a little bit lighter than the M50x but it is more than comfortable, even when worn for prolonged periods of time. The earcups are cushioned, so the level of comfort delivered is excellent.

The limited swiveling angle of the earcups is a nice touch, although isn’t something that will play into many potential buyers decision making process I’d imagine.In conclusion, if you are looking for a pair of quality headphones for everyday use and you do not want to pay over the odds for them, this is a model that is certainly worth considering.

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Frequency Response 15- 24.000 Hz
Driver Size 40 mm
Sensitivity 98 dB
Maximum Input Power 1600 mW
Impedance (ohms) 35
Collapsible Yes
Earcup Swivel 15° In / 90° Out
Cable 3.9- 9.8′ coiled & 9.8′ straight
Weight 8.5 oz


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ReviewS 8.6



COMFORT 8.6/10



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  • – Very high quality of sound
  • – Headband material guarantees increased comfort
  • – Excellent sound isolation
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  • – Quality of bass output
  • – The carry-bag is fashioned from textile material, which isn’t shock- resistant


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