Audio-Technica ATH-M40FS Professional Studio Monitor Precision Headphones
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- Flat, extended frequency response for mixing/monitoring
- Field-replaceable cables, drivers and ear pads
- 1,600 mW of power handling, high SPL capability
- 40 mm diameter drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils
- OFC litz wire cables, convenient one-side exit
- Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring
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Audio-Technica’s premium professional studiophones offer a flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. Superior components provide very high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional clarity of sound. Exterior design features include sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that can be rotated 180º to permit one-ear monitoring. The studiophones utilize 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for lowest mass. They are equipped with an 11-foot cable terminated in a standard ¼-inch connector. This field-serviceable model allows elements, cables, and earpads to be replaced in the field if needed.
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These are very comfortable for me. The padding on the top of the band and around the ears makes these sit easy for long periods of time. Your mileage may vary, of course, if your ears are differently sized/shaped.
The biggest complaint: the covering on the ear pads has started to flake off something awful. At first this was a minor thing with a speck here or there, but now it's falling away like no one's business. That's been an issue for ~a year or so.
Other minor complaints: the cord is incredibly long - this can be a pro in some circumstances but annoying in others. Adapters from stereo to minijack can be a little frustrating to find at times. I tend to buy those elsewhere online. (Also those adapters tend to fail on the reg, which isn't the headphones' fault at all but still sucks.)
For the price you cannot go wrong unless you have a sensitivity to "around the ear" headphones. Some reviewers have complained about these headphones hurting after a while, and I too experience this after about an hour and a half of continuous wear. I use them to watch movies late at night so I won't disturb others who might be sleeping. Yet, I am not discomforted enough by this slight annoyance as to reduce my review rating from five to four stars because, these headphones are built so well and sound so good that I cannot justify it.
One has to consider the ridiculously low price Audio-Technica is charging for these headphones. After all, you can pay nearly as much for units that are vastly inferior from a construction standpoint, not to mention that other headphones at this price do not sound this flat. Cheaper headphones use inferior drivers that will adversely color the sound. Most of the headphones on the market at this price have poor bass response and unrealistic high frequency response. The low frequencies are typically not present at the volume level equal to the recording and the high frequencies have a "shrill" quality to them that distorts the high end in the most annoying manner.
This set represents the best quality at the lowest price. Fyi, 1/4 inch jack, designed to plug into a stereo receiver, not an ipod!