Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones  

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Ideal for precise monitoring applications.

Premium Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones offer flat, extended frequency response for professional studio monitoring. The headphones' superior components provide very-high SPL capabilities while maintaining exceptional sound clarity.

The ATH-M40fs headphones' exterior includes a sturdy strain-relief cable and comfortable circumaural earpieces that rotate 180° for single-ear monitoring. Audio-Technica Studiophones use 40-millimeter drives with neodymium magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils for low mass. Audio-Technica equips ATH-M40fs Studiophones with a 1/4" connector-terminated 11' cable. ATH-M40fs Studiophones are field-serviceable —you can replace their cables and earpads in the field, if needed.

  • Flat, extended frequency response for mixing/monitoring
  • Field-replaceable cables, drivers and ear pads
  • 1,600mW of power handling, high SPL capability
  • 40mm diameter drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils
  • OFC litz wire cables, convenient one-side exit
  • Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring

ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones Specifications:

  • Type: Close-back dynamic
  • Driver diameter: 1.57" (40mm)
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
  • Frequency response: 5 - 28,000Hz
  • Maximum input power: 1,600mw at 1khz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Impedance: 60ohms
  • Weight: 8.8oz (250g) without cable
  • Cable: 11' (3.4m), OFC litz wire, left-side exit
  • Connector: 1/4" (6.3mm) phone plug
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Nice for mixing/recording

By rbernat

from Tracy, CA

About Me Previous Semi-pro Bassist


  • Comfortable
  • Ear Pads Are Replaceable
  • Good isolation
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound
  • Non-boosted Bass Responce


  • Pad On Top Is Not Replace

Best Uses

  • Home Audio
  • Home Mixingrecording
  • Monitoring

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

I plan on buying another pair, someday.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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very nice

By Pete Malinoski

from Washington, DC

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

You can't beat the price on these, the sound is true and accurate. I use them to mix down audio files where flat accuracy is necessary. I can really hear the extended bass range with out it being boomy or "enhanced". The closed ear construction blocks out extraneous noises, they are padded well and not too heavy. I wear eyeglasses and they fit very comfortably.

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Very good headphones

By blivit

from Undisclosed

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

First off I read a lot of reviews on these headphones before buying 2 pair. One site has some bad reviews but I looked carefully at the people and experience who reviewed. Here is my un-biased review. I have found these headphones th be the smoothest and most accurate of the other 5 pairs I own. The others in my studio vary from "base enhanced" phones to Koss Pro4A's. I have never been to fond of the Koss Pro4's from the 60's and even now. Somehow they seem to lack presence and fit to tightly on my head. That also makes my glasses feel uncomfortable. Because I am recording more vocalists and need more headphones in my basement studio, I was looking for comfort and quality. I found it with these. Other sites have reviewers commenting that the bass response is weak. I have to assume they are accustomed to "bass enhanced" headphones. The bass is there and it is deep and accurate. When they first arrived I connected them to everything I had that had a headphone jack. From portable cassette player to $30 boom box. Sound was right there. Everything I tested with sounded as good as I expected. Followed by A B testing with the Koss headphones made me more convinced the ATH-M40fs were better. However, it is very important to understand that human hearing varies drastically between individuals and much of it is perceived taste. Thus I was pleasantly surprised the vast majority of reviewers rated these headphones five stars. They deserve it!

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By Daniel-Gp.zP

from San Francisco Area, CA

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

I'm not an audiophile, and have very limited experience with these things. I did my research before buying these headphones and the headphones are indeed a very high quality pair as far as design and build. The sound reproduction is also most pleasing. They're also comfortable except for the fact that I tend to get quite warm around the ears, something I don't really like. I think any closed headphone will do that to me.

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(72 of 141 customers found this review helpful)


It's like getting new ears

By Roger Hausmann

from Tennessee

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

In over 30 years of making and recording music, I've owned several sets of high-end headphones. The ATHM40fs produce so much more detail, plus the full spectrum of low-end. These headphones have just the right feel and weight for hours of work. Supposedly the cable and pads are "field replaceable" -haven't figured out how to disassemble them, but I also don't want to, because they're perfect.

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(56 of 109 customers found this review helpful)


description in one word: AMAZING!

By Andy-udkkY

from Minnesota

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

I have been a sound technician at my church for around 6 years. When I started out running sound, we had this exact pair of headphones. As I started listening to them, they really amazed me with the clarity of their sound, and their excellent bass. With a frequency range of 5hz - 28khz, there isn't a chance you'll miss any part of your music! An excellent "test song" is 'Random Act of Love' by Al Jarreau because of the intense bass throughout the song. Seriously folks, if you want a pair of inexpesive headphones that sound great, this is the pair you've been looking for. Give them a try. I'm positive you won't regret it. Oh, I almost forgot - they are extremely comfortable too!

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(56 of 114 customers found this review helpful)


super comfortable; nice, clean sound

By an

from Albuquerque, NM

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

I have a pair of Grado SR-60 headphones which I've had since 94, when they came out. They are some of the best sounding headphones I've ever heard, but are so uncomfortable, I can't wear them for more than about 1.5 hours. I've only had these AT40s for a week, so I am not yet ready to say they are as good sonically as my SR-60s, but they are so much more comfortable. Also, they are sealed and block out ambient noise quite well, which is something my unsealed SR-60s couldn't do. So far, these headphones have been nothing but positive.

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(89 of 149 customers found this review helpful)


5hz - 28khz of excellent quality sound!

By Ceil

from UK - Bury St Edmunds

Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40fs Precision Studiophones:

I couldn't really ask for much more from these, I only have a bedroom studio but I know headphones, and these beat anything I've had before. The balance is perfect, very comfy, and I'm now using a second set of these for dj'ing too. in a word; perfect

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