Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Closed-back Studio Monitoring Headphones

Closed-back Circumaural Headphones with Collapsible Design, Swivel Earcups, 40mm Neodymium Magnet Drivers, Straight and Coiled Cables, 1/4" Adapter, and Carrying Pouch
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Professional Headphone Performance; Outstanding Value

Looking for outstanding value in pro monitor headphones? Sweetwater has a great suggestion: the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. These 'phones feature 40mm neodymium magnet drivers that deliver the accurate frequency response and solid bass you need to make sound decisions when you're recording, mixing, or DJing. The closed-back design of the ATH-M40x gives you superior isolation with minimal bleed, while the circumaural earpads give you cushy comfort during long sessions. Factor in their space-saving collapsible design, swivel earcups, and detachable cable (the ATH-M40x comes with both straight and coiled ones), and you've got a winner.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones Features at a Glance:
  • Robust build quality and cutting-edge technology
  • 15Hz-24kHz frequency response
  • 40mm drivers with rare earth neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Tuned for flat response and superior accuracy across the entire frequency range
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent isolation in loud environments
  • 90-degree swiveling earcups for easy one-ear monitoring
  • Professional-grade earpad and headband materials give you comfort and durability
  • Collapsible design gives you space-saving portability
  • Detachable cable (includes 1.2m-3m coiled and 3m straight cables)
  • Optimized for tracking, mixing, and DJ monitoring
  • Includes carrying pouch and 1/4" screw-on adapter
Audio-Technica's ATH-M40x headphones: superior accuracy, comfort, and value!

Additional Media

Headphones Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Closed
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 40mm
Frequency Response 15Hz-24kHz
Impedance 35 ohms
Cable Type Straight/Coiled
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 9.8'
Plug Size 1/8" (1/4" Adapter Included)
Weight 0.53 lbs. (without cable and connector)
Manufacturer Part Number ATH-M40x

Customer Reviews

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Beats the M50x hands down

After listening to everything I can get my ears around, I think the M40x's are the best all-around sounding closed back headphones you can buy. (without being filthy rich)
Music background: Live Audio Production

Great price, customer service & the headphones are quality

I really like the ATH-M40x headphones. I have had them for about on a year. I am not a musician, but I can actually distinguish the various instruments being played in song, which is something I could not do with any of the other headphones I previously owned. What really makes me feel ok with spending $99 on set of headphones is the customer service I received. By far, Sweetwater's customer service is top-notch.

Love at first Purchase

First of all let say this is my first Sweetwater purchase and I'm loving it. Great price, service, shipping etc etc Kudos all around guys! Now for the headphones The Pros: Light weight comfort interchangeable cables Balanced sound (lows, mids, highs) Cons: These headphones don't insulate sound as well as other closed headphones. At a loud Starbucks I can here the lyrics from the song being played. Not a big con for me but if you will be using these in a loud environment you need to consider insulation

Beats the M50x hands down

After listening to everything I can get my ears around, I think the M40x's are the best all-around sounding closed back headphones you can buy. (without being filthy rich)

Best $99 spent in a long time!

I was in the market for a set of ATH M50x as kind of an all-around daily use headphone that I could use use in the studio. After much research and hand-wringing, I decided to go in a different direction for my studio phones. I still needed a set of headphones for "general listening" and decided to give these a shot. The comfort, build quality, weight plus the convenience of being able to keep a cord plugged in at my studio while I take my headphones on the road with the shorter cable, make these headphones, at this price, unmatched by any other sub $100 headphone on the market, in my opinion.
Music background: Home recording hobbiest, weekend warrior, live sound
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