Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Closed-Back Headphones
- Exceptional clarity and sonic accuracy for mixing
- High power handling for tracking sessions
- Circumaural design ensures superior isolation
- Adjustable cushioned headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort
- Gold-plated 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) adapter
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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.
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These pair of headphones sound great! They are extremely balanced and they do a great job at letting you know just what is going on in a piece of music or at the studio.
The cord is long enough to strangle a troll, and that really helps just in case you're one of those people that use headphones when they use their desktop, because it means that you don't have to get up to turn the light off, do get something to eat, or drive to Wal-Mart.
The plug is very well made with a screw-on type 1/8" to 1/4" adapter that are gold-plated for conductivity purposes, and the stress-relief system is nice.
These headphones may get a bit uncomfortable after using them for a while if you wear glasses, and the frame may need to be adjusted to fit you properly.
These headphones are a great qualitym and I picked them up for $40, so for that price, 9/10, would buy again, and recommend.
I heard good things about this not-so-expensive pair of headphones, so I wanted to try it out.
First of all sound-wise, these are good. Probably on par or better than my JVC RX900s.
On to the comfortability: I rated it 2 stars because they are extremely uncomfortable for me.
Some people say they are comfortable, but for my 'sensitive' ears - they don't cut it. I can't wear them for 10 minutes without it really hurting my ears and having to remove them completely.
I was extremely dissatisfied with them and returned them less than a week later.
I bought another pair of JVC HA-RX 900's (my last pair's left ear died) and I'm loving them. They [RX900] are a great budget pair of headphones which completely cover my ear, unlike the M30s which were just sitting on my ear.
If you have sensitive ears, I would not recommend the M30s. If you don't have a problem with sensitivity, give them a try - you might like them.
Even the best sounding headphones absolutely suck if they hurt after only 30 minutes of listening. This is the case I found with the M30s vs. the XB500s. After wearing the M30s for about 45 minutes, my ears began to get irritated. I cannot say the same for the XB500s. It's like the XB500s have two pillows resting against your ears. Comfort for the XB500s scores 5/5...the M30s get a 3/5. I feel like I could sleep in the XB500s. They are perhaps the best headphones I've experienced from a comfort standpoint.
Sound quality is why we buy headphones. In my opinion, the quality of the M30s far surpassed the XB500s.In fact, the XB500s are already packed up and ready to be shipped back to Amazon (thank you for the awesome return policy and service Amazon). Don't stop reading now. The only reason the XB500s are going back is because bass isn't my fancy. Here are three different songs I listened to in testing the cans:
T.I. - Whatever You Like:
XB500 - Impressive. If you are a bass junkie, these are awesome cans. I like this song but it doesn't have a lot of audio components to it. I selected it because it's bass heavy. The XB500s definitely won hands down with this track.
M30 - Bass response was not bad by any means. The Sony's crushed them but they performed pretty well but didn't even come close to hanging with the Sony's. Again, the bass notes hit well but these headphones are made for an "all around sound". They got dominated it the bass arena.
Adele - Set Fire to the Rain:
XB500 - This song tells a completely different story."Set Fire to the Rain" has a decent bass line but the XB500s took it way to far. It was so much so that it was distracting to the lyrics. Mids and highs were completely drown out by the bass.
M30 - Seems like a perfect harmony of highs and lows for these headphones. The bass notes hit but not to heavy. Near the end of the song, I noticed notes and chords that I have not noticed before.
Call of Duty - Modern Warefare 3:
XB500 - I played this with a colleague of mine the day I got both headphones. The XB500s were awesome when firing the light machine gun. It somewhat felt like I had the actual gun in my hand because my head was literally felling every shot from the sound. The ambient sound was ok. Nothing was pronounced.
M30 - I must say I tip my hat to the XB500s in this example. I appreciated the response when firing the light machine gun but it was nowhere near the Sony's. The highlight with these was the clarity. I could easily pick up on the location of enemies (right, left, front, and back) of enemies based from the sounds. While I loved firing the light machine gun with the Sony's, the clarity of the M30s gave me a better advantage.
The M30s win this battle because they are an excellent value. The XB500s will be returned, however, they are extremely comfortable and a great headphone but the bass was too overpowering. I will most likely return the M30s as well because of comfort even though they sound great. I'm listening to music while writing this review and they are already hurting my ear. Sound quality of the M30s is great...comfort, not so much (for me that is).I will be getting a set of V-Moda M-80s headphones (not the same price range I know). I haven't purchased them yet so look for my review over there shortly.