Audio-Technica ATH-M40FS Professional Studio Monitor Precision Headphones
- 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 ATHM40FS Precision StudioPhones
First of all right out of the package they look expensive. They do not look cheaply made and the matte black coloring and shape of these headphones is pleasing to the eye.
From the top down:
The headband is approximately two inches wide and covered even on the top with some type of soft to the touch material. The underside of the headband is very well padded and the padding extends almost down to the hinge where the earpieces are connected to the headpiece. The padding is nice and squishy, but not so much that you can feel the hardness underneath. The thickness of the padding is approximately 3/4 of an inch thick.
These earphones are very light, I've been wearing them all day with no neck fatigue, or headache from too much pressure around the ears.
The tension of the headband is enough to hold the earphones on my head, but they rest comfortably without pressure around my ears.
The hinges where the earpieces meet the body are made from some type of heavy duty, hard plastic(I don't know the technical name for it). The hinges are nice and thick. They look well made and able to take a lot of use.
The shape is sort of an elongated oval. They are lined all the way around by padding that is approximately 3/4 of an inch thick, and one inch wide, and they're covered by the same velvety soft material as the headband padding. This padding feels wonderful against the skin. The padding that touches the skin is flattened to fit against the head better, giving these headphones excellent sound squelching qualities.
The inside of each earpiece is oval in shape and the inside depth is between 1/2 and inch and 3/4 of an inch.Read more ›
These are for recording.
I don't claim to be an expert on what good headphones sound like. I've never had the money to try some 500 dollar audiophile phones. I am a very active musician; I run a studio in my bedroom and my bands practice room. I've been recording in my bedroom for about four years. I use Adobe Audition 2 as my main recording software.
The Audio-Technica ATH M40fs headphones are THE BEST headphones I have ever heard. I'm sure they're not the best in the world. They're just the best I've used, and I'm pretty sure they're the best for the price.
With these headphones I can hear subtleties and nuances that I never believed possible. I can hear breath noise on the flute intro to Yanni's Deliverance. I can hear the bass on Dreamgirl by Dave Matthews without it beng muddy. I can hear the rumbling lows on the intro to The Battle from the Chronicles of Narnia Soundtrack. These headphones are not bassy, nor are they harsh on the mids, they're not overly trebly either. They are very flat as far as I can tell. I love that I can hear all the different parts to music without any of them being over-emphasized.
The downfall to these phones is that they let you hear ALL of the flaws in your own music; it's kind of depressing. If you want to sound like an amazing pro musician just by buying a new pair of headphones...look elsewhere, if you want to hear your mistakes so you can improve, and don't wanna spend a month's paycheck...then these are for you.Read more ›
Four days later, I realized I didn't get exactly what I wanted. These are STUDIO headphones....in other words, not meant for my little iPod that can't push out a lot of sound, or my Macbook which can push out a little more. They're also not meant to be heavy in bass like my JVC headphones that I got for $20. I was thinking, "Lower bass response = me feeling A LOT more bass!!! :D". I was wrong. Instead of feeling like my ears are attached to.....ahem....I got headphones that expose EVERYTHING!
I seriously can't believe a mistake turned into something I'll never live without. I went from headphones that were LOUD and punchy to headphones that aren't as loud, but are so amazingly clear....you just have to hear for yourself. I've played some songs over 100 times, and the first time playing them through these headphones made me realize, "I never heard THAT part of the song, before". And the funny thing is, sometimes I won't like the new sound I heard. The bass....I can't find the words to explain it. Like I said before, you don't FEEL it...but at the same time, you kind of do because of how amazingly clear these headphones are. With my JVC headphones, I couldn't understand what some of the songs were saying. Not a problem with these. Even mumbles in some rap songs are understood....which is good and bad. Good because I know what they're talking about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great sound but can't plug directly into a laptop. You have to buy an adapter which combined with the audio jack on the head makes it stick out of the laptop. Read morePublished 27 days ago by M. Ng
These are really nice, professional head phones. Ear pieces are very soft. Quality sound and manufacturing.Published 1 month ago by Captkirk
Love these headphones, perfect for those times when I have to mix and allow my girlfriend to sleep at the same time.Published 1 month ago by Sheriff of Rottingham
Great for the price. I have mixed multiple albums with these headphones. I love the flat true tone sound. Great for editing and mixingPublished 3 months ago by adam
Great headphones for the money! High quality and the sound is overall fantastic. Not too much bass but then these are studio type so everything sounds as clear as possible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Manny
great quality for the price. sound comparable to Koss Pro-4AA Studio Quality Headphones with fuller mids. over two years later still work as advertised. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love these headphones! When I need to focus at work, I throw these on. They block out sound nicely, and the sound quality is great! They are also quite comfortable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg Lowen