Reddit Reddit reviews Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphone, Black, With Cutting Edge Engineering, 90 Degree Swiveling Earcups, Pro-grade Earpads/Headband, Detachable Cables Included

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphone, Black, With Cutting Edge Engineering, 90 Degree Swiveling Earcups, Pro-grade Earpads/Headband, Detachable Cables Included
Cutting edge engineering and robust construction40 millimeter drivers with rare earth magnets and copper clad aluminum wire voice coilsCircumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments90 degree swiveling earcups for easy, one ear monitoringProfessional-grade ear pad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort
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227 Reddit comments about Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphone, Black, With Cutting Edge Engineering, 90 Degree Swiveling Earcups, Pro-grade Earpads/Headband, Detachable Cables Included:

u/PGleo86 · 221 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

If it makes you feel better, you can get better-sounding headphones than Bose for less money. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40X should blow anything Bose below $300 out of the water for just under $100, and if your budget is closer to $50 you can often find Sennheiser HD558s for around $50-60. The more you know!

u/lpmagic · 122 pointsr/buildapc


u/Mastagon · 59 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I'm putting this here because I don't want to flood the main sub with what I'm able to find. So here goes:

Headphones| Price
[ATH-M50x Headphones] ( |$150 in cart. $250-$300 everywhere else I check
[Sennhieser HD 598 SR Headphones] ( |$109 Record low
[Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones] ( |$180 - $38 = $141
[August EP650-Bluetooth headphones] (| Was $99, now $58
[August EP640 Bluetooth Headphones] ( |was $80, now $37
[Prime Day Bluedio T2S Headphones] ( | Was $20, $21 in cart no tax
Prime Day Bluedio V Headphones | was $200, $140 in cart no tax
[AUSDOM ANC 7 Bluetooth noise cancelling] ( | was $100, now $50. Well reviewed!
[Sony Extra bass bluetooth headphones] ( | was $200, now $99

Earbuds| Price
[Aukey Arcs Bluetooth Sport] (| was $24, now $14
[1MORE Triple Driver earbuds] ( | Was $131, $106 in cart

Bluetooth misc| Price
[Anker Premium Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker ] ( | was $130, now $60
[Trond bluetooth receiver] ( | Was $25, now $20. I have one its awesome
[Altman Bluetooth Transmitter/receiver] ( |was $43, now $26

CPU Coolers| Price
[CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme ] ( |$110. Historic [all time low] (
[Corsair Hydro Series H115i Extreme Performance] ( |$155 (temporarily out of stock)
[MasterLiquid Pro 240 All-In-One] ( | was $140, now $95 [Historic low] (

PSU| Price
[Corsair CS650M] ( |$110. Not the lowest but okay
[EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3] (| Was $130, now $99 [historic low] (

Cases| Price
[Corsair 780T full atx case] ( | $189 in cart. Not an [all time low] ( but not bad
[Corsair Carbide 400C white] ( |$105 in cart

HDD| Price
[Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB] ( | $270 - 51 = $219
[Seagate 4TB BarraCuda Pro ] (|$245-75 = $170 [Historic low!] (
[Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable] ( | Was $160, now $135 [all time low] (
[Seagate Firecuda 2TB] (| was $126, now $85 [Historic low] (
[Seagate Firecuda 1TB] ( | was $83, now $60 [Historic low] (

Input Devices| Price
[Logitech G13 input pad] ( | Was $75, now $55 [Historic Low] (
[Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB MX Brown] ( | was $180, now $160 [Historic low] (

Networking| Price
[NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Router] (| was $499, now $290
[TP-Link AC3200 Tri band router] ( | Was $249, now $175
[Netgear 16-Port Gigabit Switch] ( | Was $106, now $75 in cart

MISC| Price
[Logitech C922x Webcam] ( | was $130, now $89. All time low
[Acer KG251Q 1080p Freesync monitor] ( | Was $230, now $170
[M9S PRO android tv box] ( | Was $130, $98 in cart
[Cyberpower 600w UPS] ( | was $224, now $125

I'll try to keep tabs on everything but let me know if there are any errors or price updates. And as a side note, I'm actually getting downvotes for this? I can't see how there could possibly be a sane explanation for that.


EDIT: Updated 7:00pm EST!! Let me know if there's anything you see and I'll put it in here!


EDIT: I've put everything new as of Jan 11, 4:00pm in bold. Also, check this post on RedFlagDeals for a great big list of deal


EDIT: Its all over everyhone. Hope you snagged something cool beyond bitter disappointment this year!**


u/thePhysicist8 · 24 pointsr/pcgaming

Fear not, for you can still enjoy the wonders of surround sound with Hi-Fi headphones. Most "gaming" headsets use a built-in DAC (and BS marketing magic) to emulate surround sound over stereo. You can do the same thing using Razer Surround or similar software for free.

You'll have to decide between a closed or open earcup design. If you're not already familiar: a closed-back design will give you better noise isolation and more bass response, while an open-back design will give you a wider soundstage and better positional accuracy. 95% of headphones are closed-back, but there are some nice open-back options in your price range.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x ($100) are a decent option. They're durable, portable, closed-back headphones with a lot of bass response.

The Sennheiser HD 558 ($115) are a steal at that price. They're incredibly comfortable, open-back headphones with a very wide soundstage and warm signature. They'll do much better with surround software.

Both of those options have a relatively low impedance, so you shouldn't have to worry about amping (although they'll still benefit from it). If you're looking for a mic, the ModMic 4.0 is on MassDrop right now. It's a bit pricy, but I've heard great things about the sound quality. If you want something a bit cheaper, the Zalman Clip-On is always an easy option.

This might be slightly skewed, because a brick sitting on my head would be more comfortable than the headband on my Q701s.

u/Vortax_Wyvern · 16 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Wall of text ahead. Please, read only if you are really interested...

What I usually recommend when someone ask for advice about gaming headsets is: Gaming headset are crap 99% of the time. They provide very poor sound quality, and any good headphone (literally, even 40$ ones) will sound far better than expensive 300$ headsets. The question is not if headphones are better than headset (the answer is “Hell, YEAH”). The question is, are they better for you?

What are you planning to use your headphones for? Just for gaming, or for gaming and music listening?

If the answer is “just for gaming”, then ask yourself if a Hifi headphone is what you need. Usually games don’t really need high quality headphones, since they provide low quality sound, and you will be more concentrated gaming than listening. In that scenario, everything will serve you, and gaming headsets have the advantage of the integrated microphone.

So, if you want something good for gaming, and just for gaming, with integrated microphone, then the only two headsets with good enough quality sound (aka don’t suck) are:

HyperX Cloud (70$)

Sennheiser G4me One (170$)

Both are good choices. Or go with any fancy RGB headset you find (Logitech, Razer, Corsair, Steelseries, etc), you will most probably don’t notice the difference while gaming.

BUT, if you plan to use them for music listening besides gaming, then keep reading.

Hifi headphones for gaming have the disadvantage of having to deal with the micro thing. None of them have microphone incorporated, and you must either use a desk microphone like this, use a modmic like this one. or if your budget is tight, something like this. The first one requires desk space. The second and third one are detachable micro, with an extra cable you’ll have to deal with. Any of them are a nuisance. Any solution is annoying. All of them are an extra expense that must be accounted. If micro is a must and you are not willing to bother with this solutions, please, go back to HyperX Cloud or G4me One.

Ok, so, you really want some damn good headphones, that also can be used for gaming! Keep reading, please (are you bored yet?).

You can choose Closed back headphones (the classic ones you have already used. Closed back models offer good isolation and do not leak sound. This is your choice when there are people around you, or you want isolation from noisy a environment.) or Open Back headphones (Open back models offer next to no isolation and will leak sound -and allow you to hear what happens around you-, but they are the best sounding models). Open headphones achieve the best sound, soundstage (feeling that sound is coming from around you) and imaging (ability to locate the origin of one sound).

If you are here because you want to get a replacement for a gaming headset, I would recommend you Open back, but since they don’t isolate, you must choose. If isolation is required, get closed back, if that’s not a concern, go open.

Some closed back cans:

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. 100$. Balanced headphones, very good feedback from lots of people. Typical entry level headphones to the rabbit hole.

Sennheiser HD 598Cs. 125$. Balanced, very very detailed, great instrumental separation. Comfortable as hell, Very recommended.

Beyerdynamic DT770. 160$. V-shaped signature (lots of bass and lots of treble). Great for explosions, movies, and rock. Treble can be harsh if you are sensible. Get the 32 ohm version, as the 80 (may) and 250 (do) need an amplifier to work properly.

Those are some examples of entry-mid level of closed cans. There are lots more, depending of your budget!

As for open cans:

Superlux HD668b. 40$. Those are THE CANS. The best quality for low budget you can get. Hands down. Great soundstage, Bass light. They are not too comfortable, but pads can be changed for a deluxe comfort (extra expense). You are not getting anything better at this price. For gaming in a budget, this are the headphones you were looking for,

Philips SHP9500. 80$. Mid-forward signature. Good soundstage, great comfort. Very detailed. Another amazing quality for the budget headphone.

Sennheiser HD 598 SR. 170$. Very similar to the HD 598Cs, but with open back. Wider soundstage, a little less bass. Very balanced headphones. Super-duper comfortable. Great for long gaming sessions.

Philips Fidelio X2. 250$. V-shaped signature. Those are in another league. Build quality is just.. OMG. Extreme soundstage and imaging. More comfortable than the HD 598. Bass is BOOOOOM!!!. A little pricey, and can be somewhat fatiguing to listen if you are treble sensible, due to high treble.

Well, that’s all. I have selected only headphones that don’t need an amplifier. Now is your turn to research, watch some Youtube videos, read some reviews, and give them a try.

All this headphones are GOOD. No trash here, and all them will make you open your eyes when listening your music if you are coming from standard headsets. You will notice sounds, instruments, that you never realized they were there, even if you had listened this song a thousand times before. Try them, and be amazed.

Welcome to the rabbit hole.

u/Ramsesmfg · 15 pointsr/mexico
u/kRiiLiiN · 14 pointsr/headphones

I agree with the other comments here, don't worry about spending more to get more. If you haven't heard decent headphones (designed for the sound quality not the looks or marketing) then something cheaper will still be impressive.

Here are some recommendations to get you started:

Open Back

u/Naoki9955995577 · 13 pointsr/oculus

I'm a bit of an audiophile and anyone looking for probably the best solutions for cheap:

< $20


Open back headphones
~$60, $70 right now

Phillips SHP-9500

Closed back headphones
< $100

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Personally my favorite is the KZ ZST at just how freakn cheap they are.

u/Ariizu_CA · 9 pointsr/osugame

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x are probably your best option at $79.00.

u/realandR3cys · 9 pointsr/trance

I'd suggest looking at the Audio Technica M40X. It's currently going for $99, and is truly an awesome pair of study headphones. They will be more suited than the M50X, because the M50X features more unnecessary bass and treble, and the soundstage is also narrower. Comparatively, the M40X is more neutral and pleasant.

But, if you can splurge upto $145, just look no further than the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250 Ohm Version currently going for $144, and is like miles ahead of what the M40X/50X can offer you.

Pair the DT770 Pro with an amp like the Fiio A1 currently for $28, and you get a long term solution. Basically for just $50 more ($144 + $28), you're getting a solution that's head & shoulders above your all expectations!

u/Emokid909 · 8 pointsr/buildapcsales

20 cents cheaper on via third party seller.

Review by Z Reviews:

Might be a tad bit biased, but there is important information here.

u/dudelikeshismusic · 7 pointsr/Metal

Not sure about metal specifically, but in general I can't recommend the [Audio Technica ATH-M40x's] ( enough. Some of the most commonly praised headphones are the M50x's, and the M40's are very similar. The specs are listed on that Amazon link, but basically the range sounds practically identical to a casual listener so there's no need to worry about a loss of frequency response unless you're looking to do some professional mixing. They're also lighter than the M50's so they're more comfortable to wear.

I listen to a fairly wide variety of music, metal included, and I'll tell you that the M40's are a very good value for only being $100. Do your own research and get plenty of opinions, but the M40's are a very good option for the price.

u/gabmartini · 6 pointsr/argentina


Arranqué el proyecto Economista del medio el año pasado como una forma de llevar el laburo de analista de consultoría macroeconómica a un espectro de población más amplio, lo cual implica menos jerga y biribiri financiero. Este año se sumó la periodista de Infobae Jorgelina Do Rosario y empezamos a cambiar el formato del programa: hemos ordenado los temas y sumamos las entrevistas que le dan un valor agregado enorme al oyente. Estamos muy contentos con el resultado hasta ahora, tanto en calidad del material como en escuchas.

De la misma manera que como mejoró el material también mejoró el hardware con el cual grabamos. En su momento empecé con un mixer Behringer Xenyx 1202FX, un micrófono Shure SM58, unos auriculares Audio Technica M40x y una Zoom H4n. Luego de mi viaje a Japón me traje micrófono un Audio Technica 4040 (large diaphragm condenser) y ahí terminó el avance en hardware en 2016. En términos de software editaba (y sigo editando) el archivo crudo con el Logic Pro X de Apple.

Este año invertimos y nos trajimos (via Amazon Europa) un mixer Allen & Heath Zed60 10fx y un segundo micrófono Audio Technica pero el AT875r (un shotgun cortito condenser que es una maravilla). De backup tenemos dos micrófonos Audio Technica 2100 (los que son USB/XLR) que en relación precio/calidad son muy recomendados para los podcasters amateurs. En resumen, nuestro lineup de materiales es de primera calidad y para explotarlo al máximo, estamos intentando mejorar el tratamiento acústico del área donde grabamos para minimizar ruidos indeseados.

Como te decía, estamos muy contentos con las escuchas (en número general y en público en particular, es decir, los quienes). Hemos recibido comentarios de gente que nos sorprendió y eso nos motiva. Todavía no es LA masividad en escuchas pero queremos estar acá invirtiendo en esto para que cuando explote el podcasting en Argentina (porque va a pasar, que no te quepa la menor duda) tener una buena base y experiencia para seguir proyectándonos.

Lo lindo es que se están acercando algunos sponsors interesados en el material asi que significa que hay proyección a futuro. La verdad que al día de hoy estamos muy a gusto y cómodos laburando en el proyecto, que es para nosotros ahora lo más importante.

Por otro lado, una de las cosas más copadas que me pasó es poder grabar con una persona que conozco y confío de hace muchos años. Al principio hacerlo solo era más un desahogo pero laburar con alguien en esto, que aparte sabe y se mueve en el medio, tiene algo muy especial y divertido. Ese es un item que taché de mi lista de pendientes.

En materia de proyección a futuro y ToDos, creo que seguir mejorando y buscando calidad para ofrecer el mejor producto disponible en el mercado. En materia de hardware todavía tengo la espinita clavada por el Shure SM7b con su respectivo Cloudlifter pero por ahora estamos muy contentos con el equipo con el cual grabamos.


u/SageWithTheSauce · 6 pointsr/makinghiphop

> Audio Technica


Bought these a few months ago and couldn't be happier spending $100. My mixes have actually improved a tonn using these just because they present the sound as is with no bullshit so it stays consistent and accurate. They come with a really long cord that detaches from both sides and a nice little "leather" baggy to take it on the road. They also have an optional $30 Bluetooth adapter.

You said you got a $200 budget, so maybe go for a higher model although many people on youtube said 50x is not that much better than 40x and isn't worth the price difference.

Not sure if you are interested, but I would actually recommend splitting that 200 on M40Xs and a MPK Mini midi keyboard. Both are 100 and would bring more value for $200 (if you don't already have a midi keyboard.

u/PSiMetronome · 5 pointsr/FL_Studio

From what I know, good home studio headphones will cost you at least over $200. If you aren't in the music production business then I can see why you'd be going for a nice pair of budget headphones.

Sennheiser and Audio Technica are 2 brands I really enjoy. I have used the Audio Technica m50x's for over 2 years and they still hold up great. They costed me around 175 CAD but I hear great things from m40x's as well which are going for around $80 USD on amazon ( ). The price on the m40s are practically a steal right now, so they are my top recommendation.

I also know that open-ended headphones are usually best for mixing, which the m40s are not. The only reason I chose closed-ended was to prevent leakage when listening to music in public. Your preference may vary but it's something to take into consideration.


u/blitzduck · 5 pointsr/battlestations

PC Specs

CPU: Intel Core i5 9600K (OC'd to 4.3GHz)

GPU: GeForce RTX 2060

RAM: G.Skill Aegis 2 x 8GB 3000MHz

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4

PSU: Seasonic G Series 550W ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply - 80 PLUS GOLD Certified

CASE: Phantek P300

STORAGE: 480GB SSD + 250GB Samsung EVO SSD + 1TB Barracuda HDD

Links for (almost) everything

MONITORS: $230 for the Asus, $120 for the LG


CORSAIR K63 COMPACT: $45 (got it on sale)







IKEA DESK: $40 per stand, $30 for table top, total $110

CHAIR: $90 (crappy Walmart brand. Does the trick but wouldn't recommend)






u/Veritech-1 · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

How do these compare to the audio technica ATH-m40s? Roughly the same price on Amazon.

u/BitcoinCitadel · 4 pointsr/lgv20
u/120z8t · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I have never used those but I do use Audio-Technica ATH-M40x and they work great for me. They are tuned flat, that is what you want.

u/OverExclamated · 4 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice


Sony MDR-1A


B&O H6 (if you're comfortable buying used-like new / very good out of the warehouse)

are the common commuter/office recommendations.

And of course there are always the M40x 's, but many people do not find these comfortable out of the box. A pad upgrade is recommended.

u/notamustache · 4 pointsr/headphones

Budget - $125. Really don't want to spend more than $100 unless you can convince me.

Source - Dell laptop

Requirements for Isolation - All the isolation. I don't want to hear around me, and I don't want them to hear me.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Closed. See above. I want solitude and I don't want to bother others with my music.

Preferred tonal balance - Probably can't really tell the difference in mids and highs, but I love bass.

Past headphones - Grado SR80i. Sounded great, but they're open so they didn't block out noise and everyone could hear me even at low volume, which is not what I want. Also the pads pressing against my ears for awhile hurt pretty quickly.

Preferred Music - Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Ambient/Post Rock, Trip Hop

Misc - I tried my friend's Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and it was incredible. A little big, but I did like the coiled cable. The cable on my SR80 has gotten twisted a lot from storing it in various places. I will use these primarily for studying and occasionally watching TV or movies on my computer. I love the M50, but the price tag may be a bit too high. Should I go for the M40x or the M30x? How much "worse" is the M30x than the M50? Are there alternatives that are better for the price? Also I have Amazon Prime which is why I keep linked to Amazon haha. Saves 10-15 bucks.

u/widowhanzo · 4 pointsr/headphones

That's almost retail price. Are you gonna be using them for listening to music or for producing music? If you will be listening, I would suggest these instead:

cheaper, new (not used) and better sound for simply listening to music.

u/Guesong · 4 pointsr/headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones

I've got the 50s and they're great, 40s are a step below but still have great ratings.

u/adm96 · 4 pointsr/headphones

As everyone else has stated, you should consider some other options what are more worthwhile, such as the M40x's.

u/MrGulio · 3 pointsr/buildapc

For gaming he may prefer a closed sound stage.

The ATH-M40X's at $64.99 are a pretty good deal in this price range.

u/nicolass1101 · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

A better combo would be a mic and headphones. Here's a good mix.



u/QuipA · 3 pointsr/headphones

I'd highly suggest you get one decent pair of headphones, instead two headphones which either sacrifice build or sound quality.
The Audio Technica M40X are your best bet. They have a neutral sound and have great comfort for a good price.

u/drakthorian0294 · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Audio Technica AD500x(114$) - Open Back Headphones

Audio Technica AD700x(144$) - Open Back Headphones


Audio Technica M40x(129$) - Closed Back


The difference between open back and close back is that open back headphones have the advantage of having better positional audioBut the disadvantage of typically lower bass quantity(although more accurate) and you can hear people around you(irl). The AD500x and AD700x are probably some of the

best headphones for positional audio at 150$ and below except for the that are a bit more expensive 144$. They also have good higher frequencies meaning that you'll be able to hear footsteps behind you

Where the enemy that shoots at you is located etc.

Closed backs on the other hand typically has a more punchy bass(low end frequencies) but at the sacrifice of positional audio.


I am sure there are others around that has good alternatives here as well, but those are my picks in that price range.

u/wordfountain · 3 pointsr/Vive

ATH-M40X or ATH-M50X

Out of the box they are SUPER firm on your head, which makes them extremely uncomfortable after an hour or so, but for shorter demos they'll do an excellent job of blocking out outside sound while also sounding absolutely amazing inside the headphone. The ...'leather' (idk what it actually is, maybe leather?) that the ear muffs are made from would easily be cleaned with alcohol wipes, in case someone is worried about ear germs.

If you plan on giving longer demos, the 'tension' (ear-pressure) mechanism is in the head band. It's just a spring-steel bar. Bend it backwards (GENTLY! Small bends; nudge it till you get it right) will take the bite out of the headphones. They won't clamp as hard, but they'll be more comfortable long term.

u/plasticslug · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

Found this link through an older slick deals page, seems to be only through this link and is not searchable through the website. Took 4 days to process, but my headphones shipped today.

~~EDIT: Amazon is dropping them panties as well

u/pocketmnky · 3 pointsr/PSVR

The problem with the design of the PSVR is that although you really want a set of closed over-ear headphones like the Audio Technica M40x, they tend to not exactly fit underneath the strap quite perfectly if you have a fat head (like mine) or if you use thick replacement ear cups for better sound quality. Sure things sound amazing and immersive but it's not exactly the most comfortable option.

I've also tried Phillips SHP9500s which sound amazing (especially for their price) but again, you'll run into a situation where it might not fit perfectly tucked under the head band of the PSVR headset. These actually work well for me, but not so much for my son. The only complaint I have with them is that they are open headphones so I hear the outside world extremely easily.

Honestly, unless you're swapping the PSVR around frequently, I would say that a good set of ear-buds are going to be your best bet for isolating and giving you quality sound while not being too uncomfortable. Unless you just hate earbuds.

u/dialpixel · 3 pointsr/youtubegaming

If you really need good quality audio for that price point, I would suggest you look into something that has a detachable cable. The audio technica ATH_M40x headphones are a great option. Then you can add on a Modmic that attaches to the headphones or even get a Blue snowball standalone microphone.


Audio Technica ATH-M40X -


Antilon Mod Mic -


Blue Snowball Mic -



u/dualactioncomplete · 3 pointsr/FL_Studio

2 things:

  • Do you use an Audio Interface? If you aren't, you may have issues as most laptop/desktop headphone A/D converters and preamps are terrible.

  • You stated your budget was £100, I can think of two workhorses that are budget staples of the industry.

    Sony MDR-7506

    Audio-Technica ATH-M40X
u/Xiode · 3 pointsr/findareddit

/r/edmproduction is a great place to start and to learn, but can be opinionated at times.

/r/AdvancedProduction is good for the complex, nitty-gritty stuff of production.

/r/whitelabels and /r/electronicmusic are good places to get your music heard, once you've had some experience.


A few personal words of advice:

Invest in some quality headphones. Audio Technica ATH-M40xs are inexpensive, durable, provide good sound, and have a 2-year warranty.

Don't spam your music, ever. If people aren't interested, you'll only come off as obnoxious.

Don't be afraid to use samples, loops, and bits of other's work, ESPECIALLY when studying another artist's style and experimenting.

Finally: backup, backup, backup. There's little more frustrating than losing your entire 150GB project folder because of a faulty surge protector or a spilled drink.

Good luck.

u/Huubidi · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

I mean Imma be real with you, I think you should invest in good headphones. These ATH M40x headphones are great, and they're only 100 bucks. I know 100 bucks may sound like a big investment, but these headphones are actually on the cheaper side, and provide great value for your money. I personally have the ATH M50x headphones, which are maybe like 30 bucks more expensive, but those M40X's are actually even better for mixing, since they have a nice balanced audio response.

Edit: You should also get an external audio interface I recommend this. I have one and it isn't very expensive and works great, very simple to use too.

u/RememberMeWelll · 3 pointsr/Monstercat

If you're on a budget get these. If you're willing to spend a bit more, get these. They're a bit more expensive, but the bass is soooo good. I've never experienced such good headphones. Worth the extra money in my opinion. Also never buy beats again. you can get much better for the same price, or the same quality for much less;)

u/BLUElightCory · 3 pointsr/audioengineering

Audio Technica ATH M40x or ATH M50x are both stellar and can hang with headphones that cost hundreds more.

u/Unbiased_Bob · 3 pointsr/pcmasterrace

$95 Audio technica:

$98 Sennheiser:

First will feel like the sound is coming from inside your head, second will feel like you're at a concert, both are amazing for their price.

I got really close to your budget, but both companies have alternatives above and below your budget.

u/yotsuya94 · 3 pointsr/italy

La mia conoscenza si basa sui due modelli che ho a casa: le Audio Technica M40x e un paio di cuffie AKG che avuto insieme al mio S9. E devo dire che quest'ultime sono fantastiche. La mia prima volta che le ho provate, mi si sono alzate le sopracciglia. Non mi aspettavo una qualità simile da un paio di cuffie fornito insieme a un cellulare. Per carità le M40x sono suonano meglio, però la comodità delle in-ear è un qualcos'altro.

Io ti consiglierei le Galaxy Buds, se riesci a trovarle in negozio. Sono la versione migliorata Bluetooth di queste AKG di cui parlavo.

u/H1Javelin · 3 pointsr/headphones

Audio technica m40x + boom mic is a solid combo. Will run you $97 + tax on amazon prime. Boom mic lists m50x but the connectors for the m40x and m50x are identical.


Boom Mic

u/worksasdesigned · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/graziano8852 · 2 pointsr/Bass

If you want to save a little bit of money I bought the Audio Technica ATH-M40'S

and they get the job done perfectly. They are not better than the ATH- m50s but they are still great amp headphones.

u/DNedry · 2 pointsr/Vive
u/rangerdkdk · 2 pointsr/headphones
u/hofodomo · 2 pointsr/hardwareswap

Just letting you know, at your price point you can get a refurbished pair off Amazon. GLWB.

u/DevonGadski · 2 pointsr/Guitar

I have Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones for my USB Interface.

They work great, but I do not know how they compare to the other suggestions here.

I recommend them.

u/its_a_me_SPAGHETTI · 2 pointsr/buildapc


if you want a seperated set : Mic , Headphones

u/wdswds · 2 pointsr/headphones

Okay, so it looks like I'm getting a pair of M40x!

My last question about them is: where should I buy them?

They're on amazon for $99, just the headphones, cords and bag

[Then there's this $99 bundle with a $30 amp (I plan to sell it, I know that an amp won't do much with these headphones)]

[Finally, there's this $109 bundle with a $40 amp]

Is there a better deal somewhere else? I plan to sell the bundled amp for about $25, so hopefully I'll get the headphones for about $75.

u/PriceKnight · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Price History

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u/DarkProzzak · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Just grab a pair of [Audio Technica ATH M40X's] ( and an [Antlion ModMic 4] (

Better quality all around.

u/Kerry56 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Affordable? $400!

Get a decent DJ style headphone that folds up like the ATH-M40x and get a separate case for it. $95 total.

u/Zhairen · 2 pointsr/neoliberal

Easy solution for the future: Buy these and listen to music at a comfortable level, you won't really hear much from the other side of the wall anymore.

u/Carefully_Crafted · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Just fyi, the ATH-M40x is currently on sale on amazon. I think they've gone lower once(?) but this is a pretty good sale.


u/Umlautica · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You'll probably get better answers on /r/headphones but in your price range, I would look at a good set of headphones and a separate mic which would still requires you to use a slitter.

  • ATH-M40x closed headphones $79.99
  • Zalman ZM-Mic1 attachable mic $7.27

    Given a bit more budget, you might look at Blue (desktop) or ModMic (attachable) mics in the $40 price range.
u/_sxb · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

For under $100, I'd recommend this. Kind of a beginner level audiophile pair. Compact and durable, and you can expect borderline professional sound quality.

u/AGuyNamedGreg · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

Audio-Technica-ATH-M40x are $115 on Amazon right now. I didn't want to make a thread because they're usually like $130 but now they're $115.

u/duckmurderer · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Forewarning: I'm only a hobbyist. If you want more info, definitely go to the subreddits I linked as well as the resources in their sidebars.


Mic: $100

Shure SM58

Video of SM57 and SM58 sound test starts at 3:30

With either of these mics you'll need an XLR cable and a device to deliver phantom power to the mic. They're the same price but I linked to the SM58 amazon listing because that's the more popular one for vocals. These two mics are industry standards so you can't really go wrong with them.


Interface: $130

Shure MVi Digital Audio Interface

When getting your DAW, I recommend getting some sort of microphone amplifier / hardware interface. I'm not too familiar with the budget options of these but if you have any questions about DAW hardware and software, head over to /r/audioengineering and post in the appropriate stickies.

I linked to this shure interface because it does both XLR (microphone cables) and 1/4" TRS (Guitar/instrument cables). I highly recommend reading reviews and opinions about it to see if it's the right one for you because, again, I'm not too familiar with the budget options in this category.


Which leaves $170 left in your budget for your choice of headphones and other gear:

Mic stands, mounts, cables, and pop filters can be pretty cheap, get your preference for your work space. Get a floating mount if you're having problems with translation through the stand. (I.e. desk bumps, people walking in adjacent areas, etc.) If you get a wire mesh pop filter, make sure it has a bevel around it (I've cut myself on mine too many times).

My recommendation for headphones would be some type of closed monitors. Audio Technica M-series headphones are popular entry level cans. If you have any questions about them or how they compare to other cans, head over to /r/headphones and post in the sticky.

ATH-M40x $80

ATH-M50 $133

ATH-M50x $125


As for the DAW itself, any decent computer will work fine for single-channel recording, these days. If your computer can run minecraft then it's more than enough.

What's important is that your software and hardware can use ASIO drivers. ASIO drivers will help reduce any latency on the computer's side, which is really helpful for live recording and playback. Definitely read up on how to use ASIO devices for live recordings. Depending on what you get and what version driver you're running, you may have to mess with the driver settings manually from time to time.

u/getoutofheretaffer · 2 pointsr/headphones

Check out the Shure SRH440.

EDIT: The Audio Technica M40X is built better and costs a bit less.

u/OmniscientBacon · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I love my mouse. The only thing is that it is kinda heavier compared to other mouses. For headset, I would suggest getting something like an M40x and a modmic. This way, you'll get better sound and a better microphone. Unless you want a headset then I would say the Cloud II.

u/Cheggf · 2 pointsr/apexlegends

I have this plugged into speakers, but plugging it into speakers doesn't matter. Windows volume is at 100%, Apex Legends is at 15% master 30% SFX. Another thing that doesn't matter is that Apex Legends goes into Voicemeter Banana before it goes into the headphones, but that doesn't change the audio at all.

So basically I have $100 headphones with Windows volume 100% in-game volume about 5%. But it's really loud for me, I think as long as you have headphones it should be fine.

u/drugsarefuckingcoral · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

I'm a big fan of these. If you can shell out the extra 50 or so for the m50x, I would recommend you do that.

u/PM_ME_SHIMPAN · 2 pointsr/psytrance

I'd say with EDM in general, go for headphones with high detail/a slight treble boost and pronounced bass. A good 80-90 dollar headphone for this might be the ATH-M40x's, cheap, reliable, and a good sound.

Bass presence is important, but the magic of Trance is in its ambiance and synthesis, things that really come to light (in my opinion) with high quality upper-frequency recreation.

I hope this helped :D

u/Mizuo___ · 2 pointsr/headphones

For your need, I think Audio Technica ATH-m40x with Brainwavz hm5 hybrid angled.

Total cost for both of this are around $130 but they are worth it.

The m40x are faily nuetral with a little bump on the bass. The imaging are good. The soundstage are quite narrow before changing the pads but after chaing tha pads thay are great for a closed back. Isolation are great enough to be used at noisy place like in a train. Comfort are quite back due to the clamping force but it will be fix after changing tha pads.

I've never tried the ws770 and anc27x so I can't really say anything about them.

u/motionglitch · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

I still recommend those two. Check out the stand-alone reviews at amazon for the M50X and M40x

I know someone who still uses his M40X since it was released in 2014

u/the_Magnet · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Audio Technica's ATH-m40x. They're closed headphones that I've heard are great for the price. I don't have them but I do have the m50x's, which are the next step up in the series. I think the shp9500s are better than the m50x's in almost every way other than like the cables they come with.

u/GuyMansworth · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Should I get these or these while they're on sale? Mostly used for gaming.

u/m00ndancer · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

takstar pro82 has that bass adjustment

However, I would strongly suggest you go to a store and listen to different headphones.

u/xelf · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I have a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M35.

I would rebuy them without any hesitation.

Looks like they're not available any more, but you can get the ATH-M30x for $55 on amazon. The ATH-M40x for $90 and the ATH-M50x for $120.

I'm really impressed with the M35, and the 30x is supposedly the newer version of it. If you want you can spend more money and get he 40 or 50, but I think you would have to take a hard look at the specs and understand the differences to justify it.

I've had mine for 4 years, used every workday. Continually solid.

I also have some Sennheiser HD205II, and a Logitech G930 with the 7.1 surround, mic, and wireless.

The Sennheiser are just not in the same ballpark, and are a very tight fit, leading to me not wanting to wear them for extended periods. The ATH I can and do wear all day. The logitech are mostly just for gaming and for taking advantage of the wireless (and for conferencing with work when I WFH).

u/nyda · 2 pointsr/headphones

At that price range there isn't much that is usually recommended. I'd personnaly go Audio Technica M40x or Sennheiser 518/558 if you can find some at <£100.

u/ReeferGladness · 2 pointsr/trapproduction

Audio-Technica ATHM40x Professional Monitor Headphones

u/PreparedBody · 2 pointsr/jobs

Audio-Technica ATHM40x Professional Monitor Headphones

These are probably the best headphones I ever had.

If you dont like over ear I’d recommend

1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones Hi-Res Headphones with High Resolution, Bass Driven Sound, MEMS Mic, In-Line Remote, High Fidelity for Smartphones/PC/Tablet - Gold

They dont have active noise cancelling but they offer many different ear buds. If you find the perfect size you can seal the sound

There are better if you have more to spend but I personally try not to spend more than 100 on headphones

u/thecolbra · 2 pointsr/indieheads

Do you need Noise cancelling? Because I'd grab these KEF's or some mdr7506s or Audio technica m40x

u/JLiRD808 · 2 pointsr/editors

Im on ATH-M40X at my work & theyre "good enough" like what youʻre asking for. A co-worker sits just feet away from me, so I cant use speakers or open-back cans. Theyre very comfortable to me, sometimes I wear them just to tune everybody else the fck out LOL.

The older brother M50ʻs are well coveted among music listeners, but the bass is hyped so not trustworthy for mixing.

If itʻs a more serious project Ill take it home with me and listen on Sennheriser HD600ʻs + JBL LSR305 monitors before making final decisions on audio. Unfortunately our largest audience is on social/ I also check the mix on shitty speakers or my cellphone.

From my recollection, I dont think u want noise-cancelling effects when u mix audio. Read that years ago.

Edit: Look at Sennheiser HD280ʻs too. Decent set of "neutral cans" that wont break your bank.

u/TossMeAwayToTheMount · 2 pointsr/bapcsalescanada

I have the game one headphones (the semi closed one, not the zero) and it's alright. I prob wouldn't suggest it. The one I have I hear some plastic particle moving in there. it feels overall very "gamery" where it looks nice but has a cheap plastic feeling to it. Earmuffs are really comfortable and so is the actual cup itself, however, the clamp i find overpowering and have to switch headphone. Sound is good. Not spectacular, but good. It sounds like its got a sennheiser house sound but i can't confirm. Mic quality is passable, not the best (comparing to an xlr mic into an actual interface which gets way more expensive) but it doesn't matter for discord or voip in game, just don't do podcasts in these. I don't know if my unit is defunct, but when hearing recordings back I often cut out. I don't if that's a mic issue or pickup issue.

I have no impressions on the SHP9500 or the SHP9500s since i missed the train. My opinion is worthless here.

I usually avoid mic and headphones integrated together at all costs, they don't do each job better and are harder to find what the issue is. They are cheaper overall.

If i can add suggestions, I would say the m40x is fine. It's 15 dollars more but Audio Technica is pretty no frills and reliable. Granted, hit or miss on how they handle their marketing and lines. This will sound flat, they are monitoring headphones. It's audio the way the audio engineers heard it. Flat, boring, excels at nothing, fails at nothing. As for quality, it's really good. Very presentable outdoors as well (then again, so are the SHP9500/s) and function well for public commutes, etc. These are closed set, so less sound goes out (leakage), but the soundstage is more narrow. If these are too much, go m20x or m30x (mixed reviews) just to try them. m20x are 70 or so dollars, so way cheaper then the shp9500 is currently but the shp9500 would dip below that frequently. m20x has a really long heavy aux cable that is non swap able and comes with a 6.3 jack converter if you're into that.

And then get a cheap mic and the sound quality should be close to the same. If you want a more headset like feeling, get a modmic. this has better quality anyway, but is more expensive. Can be attached to any headphones. comes with stick on magnets that it can stick to so you can make your headphones civvy friendly again by detaching them. this comes with a mute switch. cheaper version comes without one. If you have any questions, let me know.

u/GymothyCharles · 2 pointsr/headphones

The Audio Technica ATH M40x is quite popular in that price range, however, they have been recommended with the Brainwavz HM5 Pads. Another option is the Sennheiser Urbanite(On Ear), which is a little bassier than the M40x, but, in my opinion, looks a little nicer. You can also do some browsing around the sub, and visit/comment on the Daily Purchase Advise thread.

Happy hearing!

u/raistlin65 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Not sure what is best for metal. But a popular headphone in your budget range is the Audio Technica M40X:örer-Studio/dp/B00HVLUR54/

For over your budget, the M50X:örer-Studio/dp/B00HVLUR86/

u/Togod5 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Open back headphones have an open earcup behind the driver, meaning you will hear much more background noise while using them but generally sound more "natural".

For gaming, people usually prefer closed backs, in which case i'd reccomend the monoprice retros with pads that are actaully comfortable. If you're looking for something with a microphone you can pick up a little lav mic or go with the V-moda boompro. The boompro requires your headphone to have a detachable cable but its only one cable which is nice.

In my experience he most popular heaphones for the boompro are the Philliips shp9500 for open back and the ATH M40x for closed.

I own everything but the M40s but i hear they're great for gaming.

u/e1ioan · 2 pointsr/Romania

Daca vrei de alea mari, peste urechi, recomand Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones cu adaptor Bluetooth. Iesi un pic mai scump... dar castile sunt de foarte buna calitate.

u/PotusThePlant · 2 pointsr/Argaming

No tenes muchas opciones buenas, por un lado tenes estos Sony que son muy conocidos (el cable es no removible lamentablemente) y sino los [Audio Technica M40X] ( A este ultimo lo estoy usando ahora mismo y me parecen muy buenos pero es medio obligatorio cambiarle las almohadillas por algo como esto, se que son medio caras pero son comodisimas. No significa que con las almohadillas stock son inusables pero si son incomodas despues de usarlas un largo rato.

EDIT: Aca tenes un review de los sony y este es uno de los M40x.

EDIT 2: Estuve probando los pads stock para ver que cambiaba en sonido y te digo que a mi me gustan mucho mas con los pads que te puse en el link. El interior de las almohadillas stock me toca la oreja, son mucho mas duras y siento que el sonido es como mucho mas angosto (no se como decirlo, es como que todos los instrumentos estan juntos), tambien los bajos suenan mucho mas fuertes y yo soy de preferir un sonido un poco mas neutral. Dicho eso, los pads HM5 comunes te reducen los bajos (bastante, yo lo subo un poco con ecualizador), aumentan los detalles y te dan mejor separacion y todo esto aparte de ser mucho mas comodos. Te dejo una foto a modo de comparacion (derecha stock, izquierda hm5).

u/Lyzerfex · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

For 100 dollars the ATH-M40X's are a really good choice. Z reviews has done a good review on them. I use them for most things. Listening to music, editing for montages and now and then gaming. They have a balanced sound meaning they are neutral. They sound really good for the price. There a problems. The comfort is mediocre. After a while the ear cups get warm and a little uncomfortable. I recommend picking up brainwavz hm5. Another thing is that they are large. They are not that great for looks when commuting. However they sound awesome for the money. I recommend them.


u/ASmallRiceBag · 2 pointsr/Overwatch

These Koss Porta Pro headphones are on sale right now for 30 bucks USD, and they're honestly worth every penny in sound quality. They're the cheap gems of the audiophile community. Also, if you prefer over-ear, they've got these guys here for only 26 bucks. The build quality of Koss headphones are nothing to write home about, but the sound is always consistent and clear. If you want to spend more, for $100 USD the Audio Technica ATH-M40x headphones are worth their weight in actual gold for the amazing sound quality.

u/ITzNybble · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

EDIT: I am dumb I just saw you wanted closed back.


open back or closed back? Open back is better for gaming but others will be able to hear what you hear. If it doesn't matter then open back for gaming.

OPEN Headphones:

ATH-AD700X - ~95 - 100 new

ATH-AD900x - ~135 new


HE4XX - $180 new


Sennheiser HD 58X - 160 new -


Closed headphones:

ATH m40x - $100 new

These are deemed better than the m50x's


DT770 80 ohm - 135 new


ATH-MSR7 - 175 new

I owned these and played CSGO and I had no issues hearing anyone. I made it to LEM (if that matters to you) Very clear audio. I also never used an amp with these so they can only get better. if you have more questions on these just message me, I can compare them to the HE4xx's as I now own those.


AMP & Dac:

FX Audio DAC X6 - ~54.99 new


Schiit Fulla 2 - ~120 new


Basically I am no expert as I am just getting into the DAC/AMP world but from my research and this subreddits wiki and other sources, it seems better to put your money into better headphones and then into a better DAC/AMP. I would look for a used pair of headphones from

/r/AVexchange or /r/hardwareswap if you are wanting something better, I picked up a pair of HE4xx for 110 shipped.


Just my two cents. I could be wrong and anyone please feel free to correct me as I am still learning all this.

u/VlRU5 · 2 pointsr/headphones

"Preferred Tonal Balance" is simply how do you like your music, example: "I listen to Rap so I want as much bass as possible!". With your taste it would be safe to say you want a bit more bass.

Personally I wouldn't recommend buying something from Bose unless you really wanted good noise-cancellation (tip: you don't). They are a bit pricey for what you get.
At that price range you might want to check out headphones from Audio Technica, specifically the M50's or the M40X's. Now I like the M50's because they have nice slightly punchy bass but it doesn't overpower the rest of the song. Sounds pretty good with Glitch-Hop and other electronic music in general IMO. I've had them for 3 years now and is a solid common go-to with their sweet price tag.

The list goes on and on since around $100 is where you start getting good headphones but i'll throw in another two headphones for you to consider: Shure's SRH440. For more bass, check out the V-MODA Crossfade LP. They're quite stylish, come in lots of colors and have a more bassy sound. V-MODA has a few other headphone line-ups you might like if you like their headphones.

Hope that helps, give us updates!

u/the_MrBerg · 2 pointsr/headphones

m40x - $75-100

-cheaper, under $100 pretty good bang for your buck

-fairly old model with 40mm drivers and no bass port

-somewhat flat sound signature

-closed style headphones, detachable audio cable

-all plastic construction with use of fake leather (can get warm for long listening)

-I noticed a slight lack in the mid to low bass in terms of detail. Other than that the sound quality is quite impressive for the price

m70x - $200-250

-better build quality using metal, and I think real leather (still odd choice to have a plastic headband top)

-very flat sound signature

-very detailed sound considered to be a true monitor headphone, some say too bright for a relaxing listening session

-45mm drivers

-closed headphones, detachable audio cable

u/jon012198 · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

u/rkcp · 2 pointsr/headphones

Hi! I'm looking for closed on-ear headphones around ~£30-40 (45-60$). Initially, I was interested in Sony's MDR-XB450, but after a quick search it seems like bass is not very well defined, just loud. I'm mostly interested in a well resolved mid and low range, especially at high-bitrates (I usually listen in FLAC). I'm also planning to use them outside, so they need to be well isolated.

After browsing through this sub and, I've found the following options:

  1. Audio-Technica ATH-M20X: the only obvious problem with these is that the cable is too long! I couldn't find any cheap M40X's.

  2. Sennheiser 504291 HD 202: these are very cheap, but I don't think they are as good as option (1).

    Any suggestions?
u/whineysilver4838 · 2 pointsr/headphones

Im considering buying the Sennheiser HD 579 with the open back ( or the ATH M40X ( my price range is about 110-130 CAD, and im looking for a headphone that can output a good soundstage, good bass and decent mids and highs. My source would be a iphone or mac. Probably wont use them in public all that much, just at libraries and sports games. Preffered music is hip-hop and edm/electronic, and some jazz lately

first time to this sub, hope thats enough info!

u/TheBamboozlerBoi · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

I just copped these , they're relatively cheap and have a p flat response.

They were 70$ when I got em on cyber Monday but they've gone up a bit

u/herrsmith · 2 pointsr/headphones

I really like the Audio-Technica M40X. I think they're pretty neutral overall (nothing particularly emphasized), they're closed (so no sound leak at all), and they're either comfortable out of the box (for some) or can be easily made much more comfortable with different ear pads (thoroughly tested by others already!) and extra padding on the headband (mine actually have both, and I use them at work).

u/LBUlises · 2 pointsr/pcmasterrace

Bit above your price range but I'd recommend these.

u/ponyboy3 · 2 pointsr/mac

Ok, so I'm not allow you're just uninformed. I use bt in my car also, but i have a corolla so no way I'm upgrading the sound system in there.

It's a slippery slope when you get into hifi. If you want to experience it, get a dac like this FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black), a pair of decent quality headphones ie Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and then a lossless recording of your favorite song.

Remember, as soon as you get the starter pack you will have a hard time listening to it any other way.

Don't worry about why stuff costs more, monster used to sell a $200 hdmi cable.

u/layer_8_issues · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

Noise cancelling works best against constant noise, but is less effective against stuff like talking. You may be better off with good studio monitors that simply block noise, instead of active cancellation.
I love these:

u/Basher5155 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

I'm at work anyway so time flies here. :P

Do you need a mic with the headset? If so, we might go back to gaming-based headsets because they have one built-in.

One gaming headset that's 'pretty good' and has all the features with mics and all is the Hyper X Cloud.

Going back to Audiophile headphones, a step-down from what I purchased:

That's an open-back headphone again, suitable for FPS games which you play too. You'll love playing Battlefield with it as well, hearing those gunshots whiz by. Big downside for open-back headphone is the bass is not that good.

Close-backed ones are, the opposite. One good headphone is :
You're going to love the bass on this one, especially on intense gaming moments.

Another choice is:

Overall, there's a lot of headphones out there that might suit your needs. Those ones encloses your ears so they're pretty big. So feel free to research about these audiophile headphones that will work for you.

u/Alcancia · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I'd second a lot of recommendations for separate components. Almost any microphone will last forever if it's not getting moved around a lot.

For headphones though, I bought some Audio Technica ATH-M40X a year and a half ago. They were one of the best purchases I've ever made. Absolute best bang for the buck out there. The M40s are considered a step down from the M50s, but I disagree. The 40s are tuned flatter and reproduce almost perfect audio, while the 50s give a slight boost to the bass. Here's an awesome video comparing the model line-up and another comparing the M40s against other brands.

The BIFL factor comes from a detachable cable. That way it can be replaced if necessary. Experiences with other headphones shows that it's almost always a bad cable that causes failure. Additionally, you can buy replacement ear pads as well. I've seen many a Bose owner with foam leaking from the ears (although, to be fair, those pads are replaceable too. The owners just don't know because if they knew about headphones, they would have bought some Audio Technicas or Sennheisers to begin with)

u/Snakesta · 1 pointr/Twitch

I use a pair from Audio-Technica that do the trick pretty well. Haven't had issues ear wise, unless I'm wearing a thick beanie with the headphones on top of it. After several hours having them on (with the beanie), it can be an issue. Works fine with a thin beanie however.

You can find the pair I bought over here. The full name on Amazon is: "Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones"

u/RogerMore · 1 pointr/headphones

Ah sure! So for under €100 the best would be the Audio-Technica-M40X. They aren't metal but they're super solid plastic. If you can stretch to €129 the Audio-Technica-M50X are apparently a little better.

They're both built extremely well and have superb sound for the price.

u/jgapple15 · 1 pointr/headphones

I agree with Ofenlicht get the M40x, buy them for $78, or buy them for $70 straight refurbished:

u/Fernando_Matt · 1 pointr/headphones

Or insted the m50x the older brother m40x do a better job for a lower price

u/Heil_Gaben · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget : Less than 200 cad/ 150 usd

What would be the best headphones for great game soundtrack lovers? ( Like witcher, dark souls and total war games ) I have gone over many options but can't decide because all reviews say X headphones are the best sound clarity under X amount of money while they review another pair and say the same thing.

Trying to decide between these 2 ( dont mind more recommendations)

Help this pleb pls.

u/Katholikos · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Oh, so the M40X wouldn't work on a PC anyways without a converter...?

Edit: it looks like it uses a 3.5mm, but has a 2.5mm converter that it comes with

u/Goobomber · 1 pointr/headphones

My pair of Audio Technica ATH-M40X that I've had for a little over a year just broke today. The swivel that allows it to turn 90 degrees broke off suddenly without warning.
I am debating between buying a new pair for $79 on Amazon or going a bit higher and getting a refurbished pair of ATH-M50X for $109.
Is it worth the extra money? Is buying refurbished worth the discount?

u/Ea-rl · 1 pointr/headphones

They are a bit too expensive as well, what about the audio technica m40xs?

u/Jonners_90 · 1 pointr/Gaming_Headsets

Since you don't need a mic, you may be better off with a pair of regular stereo headphones. Audiotechnica M40x (closed) and Sennheiser HD 559 (open) are both great choices in your budget. Just note that the 559s come with the 6.3mm jack plug so you'll need an adapter.

u/theblindservant · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

This is just completely off the top of my head, but there are the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x's , on sale for $99 on amazon. I only have experience with the ATH-M50's but if they're comparable I'd recommend them. Another thing that I've heard good things about are the Sennheriser HD 280 PRO's. Stat wise, the 280 PROs supposedly have a lower base range, but in practice that could mean anything.

Since I haven't used either, I have no idea what they'll end up like and can't recommend either, but I hope that's a pretty good starting place. If you can, try them out and figure which you like more. Under that 100 limit, your choices really start to drop off in terms of actual quality.

Also, just final word, I'd seriously get a second opinion on this. I'm not the best person to ask about headphone quality, I just figured I throw some links your way since I saw there wasn't really anything here before. I hope what I've given you helps, but the best place to ask might be Good luck!

u/graciouspenguin · 1 pointr/bassnectar

People love the Mx40's. I got the Status Audio CB-1's for my gaming headset. If you're looking for an open back, people seem to really love the shp9500. Like i said, those are open back and are light on the bass. Another open back that people love in the price range are the HD 559. I've heard good things about the Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350.

Kind of depends on what you're looking for in terms of sound and where you're using them.

E: if you aren't dead set on new, i'd find something more expensive and check out /r/AVexchange. Really good deals and it's a bunch of people with headphone buying additctions. Just buy and sell constantly. I mentioned above, but i paid $350 for what would've cost me about $600 new after mods. I find that headphones is an area where people take care of their stuff because it takes a special kind of person to start dropping hundreds on headphones that aren't beats.

u/TheOneBlackMage · 1 pointr/headphones

So for separate, in your budget, maybe:

u/CToxin · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I currently use

Speakers: M-Audio AV30 Good speakers. Just don't turn them all the way up or you will go deaf.

Headphones: Audiotechnica M40x REALLY good headphones. The best you can get for about 100 USD. 'Nuff said.

Mouse: Steelseries Rival Good mouse. Feels nice, moves nice, no problems. The software on the other hand is shit and I haven't gotten that to work since I first used it. No fucking clue what the fuck is wrong.

Keyboard: Coolermaster Storm Quickfire Rapid w/ Black keys Good keyboard, feels nice, works well.

u/Bones_Airstrike · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I paired these with my yeti. I do like these and have enjoyed them for about a year and a half.

I am currently looking to upgrade, but these fit well into your budget, and I don't think you can go wrong, they check off all the boxes for what you asked for in the OP.

u/isaiahexe · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you can deal with open back headphones (sound leaks out the sides so everyone can hear what you're playing and you can hear outside sounds) I'd recommend the Phillips SHP9500's. Here's one of my favorite reviewers reviewing them.

If you need closed back, the same guy recommends the Audio Technica m40x's.

Also, as stated below, absolutely visit /r/headphones!

u/booostedben · 1 pointr/buildapc

If I was going to buy headphones right now I'd get these. Almost any cheap USB mic will be better than a headset mic.

u/arsa37 · 1 pointr/headphones

Over ear : ATH M40-X ( buy refurbished to save some cash maybe) get these pads for better comfort

In Ear : RHA MA 750i ( 3 year warranty ) / Pinnacle P2

u/NotchsCheese · 1 pointr/headphones


The headphones i currently have both start to hurt my ears after only like 15-30 minutes of use. I don't have an unusually huge head, my ears do stick out a little more than average though.

Brands I've Tried:

Audio Technica ATH-M40x Pro

Technics RP-DH1200

So anyhoo, recommend me a set of over ears where comfort is #1 priority. Big ear pads so my ears don't get smashed, not a huge cord (but who cares, sometimes you're stuck with some 8' monster ^hehe ), Open or Closed doesn't matter, and weight isn't a big problem for me mainly just the ear smashing thing.

My budge is ~$150, ideally looking for a sale to get it less than $100. Thanks!

u/Camper1995 · 1 pointr/headphones

Ah, bummer. Not many options at this point. You can get into soldering and try to either replace only the jack or the whole cable, which requires you to cut it at some point and replace it with a new one.

You could get these alternatively, if you're not on a super tight budget,... sounds much better and have upgraded build.

u/meeeow · 1 pointr/headphones

Full disclaimer, read through the sub but know very little about headphones.
I'm looking for a pair of over the year headphones with isolation and maybe noise cancelling. Currently in betweent TH-M50X and some refurbished Sennhiser Urbanite XL (Indeed, tons of refurb jobs here ).

  • Budget - Around £80 but will stretch, no more than $120 or so - but would love if I could get something cheaper.
  • Source - My android phone/macbook.
  • Requirements for Isolation - Yes please. London commute, open plan office, bedroom by a noisy road. I need to be able to switch everything off. They sounded crap, but being able to switch the noise cancelling on/off on the Souls was pretty dope. Over the ear for sure.
  • Will you be using these Headphones in Public? Yes yes yes
  • Preferred Type of Headphone - Over-ear
  • Preferred tonal balance - I'd love for it to sound rich and to be able to pick up different detail/tonality. I know it sounds odd but when I hear music on friend's who knows about this shit set-up everything sounds enhanced and creamy. I'm a bit sensitive to high-tones. I lived with musicians and often, after a few hours of listening to music/guitar it literally scratches my ears... I tested the MX50s instore and it sounded a little quiet to me? The MX40s couldnt even drown out the sound of store...
  • Past headphones - I tried to look for the exact model but it's not available anymore, it was basically a mid-range, Skullcandy earbud set. Wasn't a huge fan to be honest - super fragile, broke really quick and their customer support was dreadful. Sounded nice enough but I'm looking forward to hearing what a half-way decent pair of headphones can do.
  • Preferred Music - Shit, I do listen to a lot of different stuff. I guess mostly house, ambient and similar electronic, but then throw in some bossa nova, samba and rock in the middle.
  • What would you like to improve on from your set-up - As much as I love music its just not a facet of my life I spend a lot of money on so sound wise, I want an upgrade from the bare bones, with isolation/noise-cancelling if possible so I can switch off my commute/coworkers and busy road by my bedroom. A solid noob pair that will keep me happy for a while and is sturdy and preferably somewhat portable.
u/imnotaplug · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Do you mean these Tin T2? There's also a pro version for 10 bucks more.

And which pads do you recommend for the Audio Technica. I Think you mean these right?

u/glassd · 1 pointr/headphones

Shit is getting expensive here. I managed to buy my pair of m50x for 120 not that long ago on But I doubt you will be able to find them for that price now.

I can list a few options for you based on popular products.

Closed headphones:

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
They are 112 right now, so a good deal. The only thing with them is that they are super analytical, so they have a very flat response.

Audio Technica ATH-M40X
The little borther to the m50x. Still a good pair of cans. A little less bass but still have the same sound stage as the m50x. Going for 130.

Open Headphones:

Audio Technica ATH-AD500x
These are a no brainier if you want them for gaming. Open sound stage really makes for good location accuracy. Still great sound quality for other uses. They are super open, so they won't be good for walking around. 130.

In Ear:

No one will argue with these. They sound amazing, come with all the tips you could want. Have a great sound stage for in ears. A little pricey at 150 but so worth it.

Shure SE215
I loved these. I used them until they fell apart, then I upgraded to the MA750. Warm mid forward sound. I would recommend getting some comply tips for them. They go for 125.

u/thesbros · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace


They are tuned flat to get the most accurate sound reproduction, and so you can EQ them to your preferred settings. (they do sound great by default though)

Compared to the ATH-M50 or ATH-M50X they don't come with as much bass, which could be a good or bad thing depending on what you like. You can see the difference here: (compare the blue (M40X) and the green (M50X))

u/SneakyBadAss · 1 pointr/funny

Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend open back headphones for casual use. They have their use and purpose in specific situations (like recording studio for example-only instrumental!) but definitely not for casual listening, usage in public, and definitely not gaming. Especially, if you have noisy fans.

The golden standard is either [Audio Technica M40X] ( or [Audio Technica AVC500.] (

M40X are portable (folding) have a removable cable, and are less heavier. Great for travelling or usage while moving (DJ for example). Also, the sound is mostly flat (a good thing), so you can use them for monitoring, audio edit or set them up as you like it in your EQ.

ATH-AVC500 are heavier, have bigger, ohms and range is wider. They also have a different range of highs, mids, and lows, so the sound doesn't need too much EQ tweaking, and are more comfortable for longer sessions.

I personally have both, and they are the best purchase of my life.

u/nukeclears · 1 pointr/Nexus6P

The ATH-M40x, the M50x it's younger brother.

They're comfortable, well build, look good, great sound, good noise cancellation and awesome sound isolation. I can't recommend the ATH series enough for people who want closed back headphones (aka, so your whole college class doesn't have to hear you blast your music)

Amazon link

u/DiggleLife · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - 150$

Source - Laptop mostly

Requirements for Isolation - A must have. Will be using at home when it's really loud most of the time.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Conflicted between IEM and full-size right now. I want the portability and isolation of the IEMs but I feel like I can get so much more from regular headphones at the same price point.

Preferred tonal balance - Nothing really preferred since I'm new to all this

Past headphones - Cheap 20$ hand-me-down from a friend

Preferred Music - All sorts

What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I want something durable that'll last for a good while. Need isolation above all else though.

I've been looking at the Shure 215 and the RE400 as my top picks so far. But I can get the ATH m40x for the same price as the 215s. Any advice?

Edit: The m6 pros look like a nice cheaper alternative too.

u/TrulyUnicorn · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you're willing to stretch your budget out a little, these are some amazing and well-known headphones. They offer perfect sound clarity, neutrality, and they're very adjustable and comfortable overall.

If you'd like to stick closer to your budget, the M30x's are almost just as good, but with slightly less features (Such as a detachable cable, less flexible and have a lower hearing range).

u/WolfChaos · 1 pointr/buildapc

Should I get [these] ( (Philips SHP9500S) headphones or these headphones? (Audio-Technica ATH-M40x )
I was also wondering if [this] ( mic is good and how it compares to the ModMic4.0. (Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB)

u/OmoideAeternum · 1 pointr/headphones

If you're okay with a wired pair instead of wireless, the HD598CS (closed version of the HD598) sounds perfect for you.

ATH M40x is another neutral-sounding option, but may provide a different listening experience, and is overall less comfortable. Still a great budget pair.

edit: added links

u/DRailer1212 · 1 pointr/Gifts

Maybe try getting him a nice set of headphones. Got both my parents a pair this year and did about 2 weeks of research. Found that closed back headphones (they don't leak sound so people don't hear what you're listening to / annoy others) is probably best.

I went with the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x:

If you're a bit more open with the budget I would go with the mx50's:

These are some of the top rated headphones for the price, and your dollar is going to quality unlike branding with something like beats by dre (which just base boosts the sound). If he plays any instruments both types come with a jack to plug into a keyboard or guitar amp.

Personally I would love a set of the mx50s. I would suggest not going below an mx40 as the cord is not interchangable and its stuck at 3 meters in length.. way to long. where as the 40's and 50's have that as well as a 1.2m cable.

Not only can you use this for rec. but he can use it for mixing music

Happy holidays

u/johngr4ever · 1 pointr/headphones

I am in need of a new pair of headphones, and upon my research i stumbled across the ATH m40x which seem perfect for me. My plan is to buy a pair of solid headphones and then add an attachable microphone (like the modmic) on so that i can use them as a gaming headset when in need. I mostly play video games and listen to music so i i don't know if these headphones are the way to go. Anyone got any suggestions for me or any opinion on the m40x? amazon link:

p.s: I listen to music all the time so i need a good pair of headphones for music anyway so i decided to mix them together so that i wouldn't have to buy two pairs and thus saving some money.

u/Praefecti_Mortem · 1 pointr/battlestations

This is the mousepad i currently use. I've had it for around a year or so as of now, no fraying, its washable, and pretty nice.

The headphones i currently use are the ATH m40x's
I've had them for about the same amount of time, and they are suuuuper fuckin comfy. I can wear them all day, and no complaints. I usually am an in-ear guy, and these are definitely one of the few i enjoy that are over ear. Sound quality is great, the only thing they lack is just a bit on the bass. All in all wonderful headphones

u/WaldoWhenWeNeedHim · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

No mic (you will get significantly better sound without heaphones with a mic for the price): these, or these

With mic: These or these

u/bmosbutt · 1 pointr/headphones

Hi everyone, I'm on the market for closed-back over-the-ear headphones under $150.

I'm looking for durability, comfort, good noise-isolation, and a relatively flat response, maybe with a slight boost at the low end. Mainly to be used while working at coffee shops, but I also mess around with making electronic music.

I'm looking at the Sony MDRV6 or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 right now. Any ideas of which I should choose? I'd love some other recommendations as well.

I currently own Sennheiser HD 598 but I need something with more noise isolation for things like working in public places, listening loudly at night, etc.

Edit: Guess I'm also considering the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO and the ATH M40x at this point.

Edit 2: Also, what are the headphones in the picture in the sidebar credited to u/Makirole?

u/nlp6598 · 1 pointr/headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones to plug in my home theater while playing on the Steamlink. Also used to watch tv when I/GF is sleeping.

Budget -150$ flexible

Source - Yamaha RXV-577 Reciever (big plug)

Requirements for Isolation - Dont think so, used only at home

Will you be using these Headphones in Public? NO

Preferred Type of Headphone - Open to suggestion

Preferred tonal balance - I would say balanced ?

Past headphones - Curently using Kingston Hyper X 2 on my PC and PS4, i think they sound good for the price

Preferred Music - Not using for music, but Metal/Punk

What would you like to improve on from your set-up? Need a longer cable than the kingstons, also would like a dedicated set for this specific use

Location: CANADA (would like an Amazon suggestion, or NCIX)

I am guessing i could get any type of headphone and just get an adapter for the bigger plug ? Also need a relatively long cable since Reciever is about 8fts away. So far my best guess is the Audio Technica M40x

edit: Formating

u/chrismv48 · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - $80 - $120

Source - PC/Android

Isolation - I live in NYC, so isolation is important

Preferred type - Over ear

Preferred tonal - I like bass but not at the expense of drowning out the other ranges

Past headphones - Mostly cheap earbuds and a pair of Sennheiser HD 202 II's which I find to be just okay. They also get pretty warm on the ears.

Preferred music - Hip Hop and electronic with some indie pop mixed in.

The headphones I'm most considering are:

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

V-MODA Crossfade M-80

Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones

u/NinjaBlob · 1 pointr/headphones

Posting again to see if I can get any more opinions:

Budget - soft $100, hard $150

Source - Phone and PC

Requirements for Isolation - I'll mostly be using them in public places (bus, college lounges, work), so more is better.

Preferred Type of Headphone - over-ear

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced overall, but with strong melody ranges and bass? So warm to neutral, probably? (I'm new at this)

Past headphones - Sennheiser HD 280 and 439. Liked the sound of the 439 a lot (particularly with pop and EDM), but not a huge fan of the felt-like padding or the plasticky build (though it was sturdy).

Preferred Music - Hugely varied, but currently leaning towards pop/dance, EDM, rock, and indie rock/pop. Recent playlists include Monsters & Men, Zedd, Flo Rida, Little Mix, Green Day, Owl City, and the Jackson 5.

Since last time, I think I've narrowed it down to Audio-Technica ATH-M40x, Creative Aurvana Live, Brainwavz HM5, and NVX XPT100, but I'm open to anything. I thought I had settled on the HM5s, but then I found XPT100s are the same thing (with different pads/headband) for $50 less, and a number of reviews (see here) ranked the M40x above either (due to poor fit), so now I'm unsure again.

u/Octobre10j · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget $100

Source PC, HTC One M8

Requirements for Isolation I plan on purchasing an antlion modmic to go along with the headphones, so enough sound isolation so that anyone I'm in a call with is unable to hear my computer's sound. I also listen to a lot of music on the bus to and from school.

Preferred Type of Headphone Preferably full-sized, though on-ear may be fine.

Preferred tonal balance I'm not particularly knowledgeable here, though I think I would like an overall balanced sound.

Past headphones Right now I use a pair of Turtle Beach x12's while on my computer and the stock HTC earbuds with my phone.

Preferred Music Things like this, pretty much anything by alt-j, as well as the pixies. So basically alt rock.

Other Stuff
I'd like for the headphones to be comfortable for extended periods of time on my larger-than-average head. Also, if possible, I'd really like for the headphones to have a removable cable. So far, I've primarily been considering the ATH-M40x, though I've heard that Audio Technica's M series is a bit overhyped. Would they be a bad decision overall?

Any idea what I should go for?

u/Mikfoz · 1 pointr/headphones

I need some help

I have narrowed down my desired headphones to Sennheiser Hd558 and the Audio-Technica M40

Which would be better for gaming and listening basically anything music.

u/camicazi · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

for mic get the zalman zm-mic1, for the headphone here are a few suggestions, go look them up and choose one that you think is best for you:

ath m40x

sennheiser hd 518

superlux HD668B

california headphone over ear

akg k240

Sony MDRV6

(these are all better than gaming headsets for the same money)

u/Boggars · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - $100-$150

Source - Phone and PC

Requirements for Isolation - A decent amount. i'll probably be listening in classes. People in a library don't need to hear my loud death metal.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over the ear closed i guess

Preferred tonal balance - Idk. bass is nice i guess.

Past headphones - Razer Krakens that i use for gaming. They have some nice bass to them and are really comfy. Look fucking goofy out of the context of gaming though.

Preferred Music - I listen to a lot of death metal. Occasionally i'll listen to some rap or DnB or something else bass heavy.

Location - Canada

Been looking at the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

u/Dubesta11 · 1 pointr/headphones

New post with different needs:

  • Budget - Around $100, at most $150
  • Source - ASUS Xonar soundcard, smartphone, standard laptops.
  • Requirements for Isolation - Somewhat isolated, with the ability to hear outside noises.
  • Preferred Type of Headphone - Over ear with a large cup
  • Preferred tonal balance - Mainly balanced with some bass.
  • Past headphones - Monoprice 8323 with a v-moda microphone cable. Using it right now to watch the LAN show and comfort is a little bit on an issue.
  • Preferred Music: Gaming, Electronica, VOIP.

    So my main concern is comfort. If these Monoprice cans sound good enough for me, most headphones should be fine. So comfort, overall looks (black/red/white main color scheme), and a removable standard cable for my mic to be compatible. So these are what I found that fit my budget/potential needs:

  1. V-MODA Crossfade LP. There are MANY positive reviews mainly about comfort and build quality, as well as good sound to match. A few people said to stay away from them, but for what reason really?

  2. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. Again, people say to get other products but don't give specific reasons why. They seem to have everything I need and are reasonably priced.

    I would want them to work on any device without needing an AMP or whatever. Thanks!
u/Discovered_Ice · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - $120
Source - Iphone or macbook pro
Isolation - Would like not to disturb others while out, but not a priority
Preferred type - Over-ear
past headphones - cheap earbuds
music - most genres, primarily EDM and alternative rock
Location - US of A
Other - For casual use, also listening to podcasts/books. This will be my first quality set.
Considering ATH-M40x and AKG K 240 more recommendations welcome.

Thanks for the introduction to /r/headphones !

u/shonen3000 · 1 pointr/headphones

Location - Slovenia

Budget - < 150€

Source - Laptop, Desktop, Phone - Samsunbg s7(would be nice but not so important)

Requirements for Isolation - I need some isolation, prefered a lot but not that critical. I will use them at home and at school on my laptop.

Preferred Type of Headphone - full-sized

Preferred tonal balance - Maybe netural or a little V/U shaped.

Past headphones - CANYON - CHR-HS07N. They are dying. This will be my first Hifi headphhones.

Preferred Music - Currently I lsiten to a lot of electro, rock, metal but I listen to all geners.

What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Better sound quality. For gaming, music, movies and MAYBE light video editing(not imporant)

I did some research and here some of the ones I was looking into:

-Audio Technica ATH-M40x (heard that M50x kinda suck and are only good if you're doing exclusively monitoring)

-Shure SRH 440

-Shure SHR 840

-Sennheiser HD 380 Pro

-BRAINWAVZ HM5 <--- £79.50

-Soundmagic HP150 £79.99 <--- sale

-Sony MDR-100AAP £84.99 <--- sale

-AKG 553 (used for 110 € from US)

edit: had bad formating

u/AJCxZ0 · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice


Since I again concur with u/Jawntily on all points, the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x at $79 on Amazon is a good buy and some claim the ATH-M40x is better than the ATH-M50x.

If you're not convinced to try the budget basshemoth which is the Modern Retro + Brainwavz XL but you want quality bass at ~$100, then I suggest focusing on overall good headphones with sufficient bass extension and leaving it to your amp and EQ to tweak the sound, however if you can find another $49 (or $39 with a referral from an existing Massdrop subscriber) and catch the next Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee drop (or get lucky on a used deal) then you'll have one of the best headphone deals of all time and lack nothing in bassland.

The used market including r/AVexchangecathederal is a good place for headphone deals. That's where I got the Monoprice Monolith M1060C on my head (which has a cathedral of bass, but not for $100).

u/TampaxLollipop · 1 pointr/headphones

Ok guys, im currently debating two scenarios atm based on my current setup.

As it stands I right now have a Audio-Technica ATH-M40x ( link for ref However I am unsatisfied with it. Coming from a hyper X cloud headset I feel that the headphones are lacking proper bass. Granted, I am currently using onboard audio (again, link ref)

Im currently debating going back to the cloud headset, but before I do, I want your take if I should instead get an internal sound card. Currently price range is $150.

u/Hi__135 · 1 pointr/audiophile

1. Budget

I don't have a budget since I'll be saving for each individual necessity for the long run, though I would not spend more than $1,000 for speakers. That being said, you can make a decision on what are price points for each respective item.

2. What are you looking for?

I'm essentially looking for a living room audiophile set up. I would not mind recommendations other than floor standing speakers, but that is what I have now and I'm very pleased with the way it looks. I do not know what I'm looking for since I'm not sure what should be upgraded and what is missing.

3. How will you typically be using the gear?


4. What gear do you own?

Specifics, I have a Yamaha RX-V381BL Receiver with a pair of Andrew Jones's ELAC B6 speakers. For headphones, I only use an Audio Technica's ATH-M40X.

5. What do you intend on using for a source?

I'll be using a laptop connected via HDMI to the receiver (unless someone thinks I should opt for a different source if I get a dedicated stereo receiver.)

6. What material will you be using your gear for?

Dedicated for music. I would like it to connect this system with HDMI ports i/o, but if a dedicated stereo is necessary, i'll be glad to go through that route.

7. Are you willing to buy used?

Yes, I am willing to buy used, though craigslist, etc. is not preferred. Something like Amazon would be nice. Local: Los Angeles.


I do not know anything about amplifiers, DACs, tubes, etc. so if you could inform me, that would be appreciated.


This was re-uploaded with updated information for further suggestions and aid. I'm not too new to audiophile but I never have owned my own full set up. Any information would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advanced.

u/Oukaria · 1 pointr/france

>Sinon vous avez des recommandations en casques/micro ?

ne pas prendre un combiné casque micro .....

Un vrai casque (MX0 série) avec un micro indépendant est 10x mieux que le reste

u/GrabblesNow · 1 pointr/buildapc

From my current knowledge, there's not a huge difference between integrated sound and buying a separate sound card anymore. So, generally what you're looking for is a good pair of headphones foremost, and then into DACs/AMPs. There's plenty of them combined into one device.

This or This are what I'd recommend for something that'd actually make a difference at a lower price point.

I'm unsure of headphones because I don't know what you'd want out of them. All headphones do something a bit different or have different sound profiles. These are what I have. I found these on sale on Amazon so those might also interest you.

I'm not much of an audiophile so anyone that knows more feel free to correct me!

Realistically the DACs are not necessary if you don't want to, a good pair of headphones will do you just fine.

u/cr0ft · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

A FiiO BTR3 for 79€ - that's a bluetooth receiver/dac/amp with great sound, no amp hiss and LDAC decoding. I have one, and it's easily the best sounding Bluetooth anything I've heard.

You can also plug it in to a PC with USB and it becomes a USB DAC/amp so you get crisp clear sound out of a PC too.

That would leave you up to 70€ if we go by your max to buy in-ear monitors with. That would buy some nice IEM's easily. Here are my current low price faves - nice punchy dynamic driver bass and clear sound. They're a bit plasticky (and at that price point that's probably not a surprise) but they really deliver on the sound, and mine have held together for over a year just fine.

They come with decent tips, but a solid upgrade for isolation would be Comply P-series extra long isolating foam tips.

Over the ear cans... not sure, maybeörer-Studio/dp/B00HVLUR54 people say nice things.

u/moshlyfe · 1 pointr/Metalcore

Don't buy earbuds or anything bluetooth if you value quality of sound or your ears. Earbuds will damage your eardrums and potentially your inner ear structure if you use them for too long and bluetooth headphones sound like dogshit.

I have a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M40x headphones and they've been the absolute best investment I've ever made. I'd even recommend bumping up to the M50xs if you can afford to do so. They're over-ear and sound absolutely stunning. You'll notice tones in drums and bass that you have never noticed before. They're studio quality and pretty durable. I bring them everywhere with me.

u/noreasters · 1 pointr/sysadmin

Not a fan of the keyboard you linked for work use; the Roswell K9000 is more subtle, better yet MK Typist is a much higher quality and versatile board.

To go with the mouse is a good mousepad; I like the SteelSeries 9HD. Another worthwhile investment is a good set of headphones; I prefer studio style over "Beats" or whatever, so I have Audio-Technica ATH-M40x (due to this review) and a DAC (due to the same guy reviewing it).

Not trying to discourage you, what you have is very similar and if it suits your taste then more power to you.

u/heydabop · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

Weighing in to say I recently bought these ATH-M40x and am happy with them. That said they were $84 when I bought them and are $100 now...

u/PatrickCS · 1 pointr/headphones

Best headphones for CS:GO or other competitive FPS games?

I don't really want to buy a headset due to me wanting to have the best audio quality and sound-stage possible, I was considering these but am not sure if they would be good for pinpointing enemy positions and such. Any other headphones worth considering? My budget is 80GBP or 100USD, I know this should belong on a headphone subreddit or something but whatever.

I also enjoy music production so if you could bare that in mind with recommendations that would be appreciated.


u/Hennniii · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - $200 hard limit (USA)

Source - PC

Requirements for Isolation - Yes, from the research I've done closed-back headphones are good for this?

Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full-sized (circumaural?)

Preferred tonal balance - I think I want some headphones that are more toward the bass side but not too heavy. I play a few shooters (RS2Vietnam, BF1, CSGO, ARMA 3) and I think the music I listen to is on the mid-low side. Sorry if this sounds vague I just discovered this subreddit a few days ago.

Past headphones - Right now i'm rockin some $10 earbuds from Wal-Mart, not sure of the brand but its all-white i'm assuming Apple?

Preferred Music - I will mostly be using this for gaming and watching shows/movies/anime >90% of the time, but for the music I will be listening to, some R&B, Hip hop, lofi hip hop, Deep House, Flume, ODESZA, Chet Faker, Big House EDM, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Weezer, Tokyo Police Club, Coconut Records

What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Better sound quality and some comfort. I would prefer it if they were compatible with a BoomPro mic, but it is not a requirement.

I did some looking and I came upon these pairs as possible headphones that might be good for what i'm looking for. The first two are what i'm leaning towards and the rest are in no specific order.

1.) Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus ($172.33) -

2.) Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 ohm ($179.00) -

3.) AKG 550 ($139.95) -

4.) Audio-Technica MSR7BK ($193.99) -

5.) Shure SRH840 ($179.00) -

6.) Fostex T50RP MK3 ($154.90) -

7.) Audio-Technica M40x ($79.00) -

Are these headphones appropriate for what i'm looking for? If not may I get a suggestion for what you think would be better? Also, what YouTube channels should I watch for reviews and to learn more about headphones in general? The only one I've watched so far is ZReviews.

For my last question, I am considering buying a soundcard (the Xonar DGX) with these headphones, is it enough to power the DT770 model i'm looking at?

Sorry for the wall of text, I was trying to be as detailed as I could with my limited knowledge. Thank you for reading this and your time!

u/lllIlllllIlll · 1 pointr/headphones

Before I ask what heaphones I should buy I was wondering how I should go about buying my first quality headphone(s). Do you think it's better to buy some expensive $200 headphone or buy entry level headphones to play around with at first? I really like the idea of buying two $100 headphones, one open and one closed.

Onto the Purchase advice!

Budget \ I have a max budget of $204. I can't spend a dollar more unless I want to be waiting another week to get more money but I don't want to wait. I want to experience my music man!

Source \ Mainly my laptop but also my phone from time to time.

Requirements for Isolation \ I really want to buy some closed headphones and open headphones. For the closed headphones I really don't care that much as long as people nearby can't hear my music. With open headphones, isolation is pretty much out the door.

Preferred Type of Headphone \ Full sized or on ear!

Preferred tonal balance \ I have no idea what I want yet so I'm open to everything but I very much believe in quality over quantity so I'm for sure not a basshead. I want some bass there because I listen to electronic music and hip hop ( I listen to a lot of different genres though, this was just an example) but I don't need a subwoofer on my ears.

Past headphones \ These shitty $40 audio technica ath-m20's. Awful headphones but pretty light,comfy, and have withstood a lot of abuse so I am pretty confident in audio technicas build quality. Amazon Link

Preferred Music \ Electronic Music, Hip Hop, Rock, Classic Rock, Blues, Soul, Jazz

I listen to a variety of music and in some genres I want a bit more bass for the punch so I was thinking of getting closed headphones for music like Electronic and hip hop and then open headphones for some other music that is more acoustic.

That has lead me to these two headphones and I would like your opinion:
Grado sr80e & Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

Let me know what ya think.

u/GeForceRTX · 1 pointr/Blackops4

No matter what headphones you get, I recommend to everyone the AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB DAC. It has made such a huge difference in audio quality that I can't imagine going without it.

Combine that with the Audio Technica ATH-M40x. Here's a review from YouTube's favorite headphone geek:

u/Fuck-Yo-Couch · 1 pointr/trap

I use Audio Technica ATH-M50Xs. Get them from Guitar Center. They do price matching (just find a cheap pair on Amazon, Ebay etc) and a one year full replacement warranty. My headphones "break" once a year so I've had a pair for 4 years and only paid once.

Edit: Here is a pair of the M40Xs for $80

u/solduios · 1 pointr/ZReviews

The ATH-M50x ( new version is better then the old one but still not my cup of tea) Tbh the ATH-40x is better for neutrality.

I cant comment on long term comfort or build quality but imagine it is decent.

Are suppose to be good sounding style cans and come in many different colors.

u/RookieCookieMonster · 1 pointr/singing

You can try just using your hand to redirect the sound waves from your mouth towards your ear, or you can try just closing one ear with a finger or hand. Sometimes you see people do it when they are doing licks or runs for pitch precision.

In terms of equipment, yes this is why musicians in studios wear headphones while singing. They can hear the background music and monitor their vocals as they are being recorded.


Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone

One of those USB microphones with built in headphone monitors should work for you. The Rode has better sound quality and comes with a pop filter. The Audio Technica is cheaper, comes with no pop filter, and is slightly bassy sounding. You will probably want a microphone stand and a decent pair of headphones as well.

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

These headphones are really nice and neutral sounding. Close-eared for good recording. The more expensive m50x actually are less neutral and will give a little bit of bass coloring to music.

Edit: If you start doing regular covers this will work well for that as well. You can download the audio files from youtube karaoke videos and then play them using Audacity as you record and monitor your vocals. Audacity is a free recording program that lets you also edit all your tracks. If you play instruments these microphones will do fine with those as well, but you'll have to be careful about placement and room reflections/modes/background noise etc.

u/bluemunchies · 1 pointr/headphones

Wow i could have sworn they were more expensive! reason why i didnt buy them. Oh well. Edited my comment thanks

u/dodspringer · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you game at all, the the HyperX are great for under 100.

If you're focusing just on music, pretty much any Pioneer headphones are fantastic, but I personally prefer the shape and style of the Panasonic DJ headphones. I still have my old Technics 1200 model, which is essentially identical to the Panasonic 1250 remake.

Edit: I just happened across these Audio-Technica headphones on sale, a cheaper alternative to Pioneers but pretty much the same style. I've heard a lot of good things about A-T headphones so these might be worth checking out too

u/i_do_not_diddle_kids · 1 pointr/buildmeapc

I changed only a couple of things.

No thermal paste, absolutely no need. Wouldn't see a difference unless you are custom watercooling. The CPU cooler comes with some.

cheaper motherboard. doesn't really make any difference.

Doubled your RAM for only $15

256GB 950 Pro + 500 GB 850 EVO. Not quite as much storage as the 1TB 850EVO, but the 950 Pro is simply astonishingly fast.

Changed the MSI R9 390 to a XFX one, same speed, but $30 cheaper.

The case comes with 2 fans, which is probably enough already. Added a third fan, just because. I would personally go with one higher quality fan vs 2 cheaper ones. Less noise.

I would not buy a gaming headset. They all suck. The Audi-Techica ATH-M40x are amazing for under $100. Much better all around sound experience.

All-in-all $6 cheaper for double the RAM, much faster storage (but only 750GB vs 1TB), and much better headphones.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor | $238.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler | CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler | $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard | Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $134.99 @ Micro Center
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory | $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $177.99 @ B&H
Storage | Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $148.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card | XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card | $299.99 @ Newegg
Case | Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case | $77.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply | EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive | LG GH24NSC0B DVD/CD Writer | $13.99 @ Newegg
Operating System | Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) | $86.86 @ Amazon
Case Fan | Corsair CO-9050017-WLED 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan | $13.49 @ Amazon
Monitor | Asus VX248H 60Hz 24.0" Monitor | $139.99 @ Micro Center
Keyboard | Corsair K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard | $129.99 @ Amazon
Mouse | Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse | $59.99 @ Micro Center
Headphones| Audio-Technica ATH-M40x | $87.95
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1830.58
| Mail-in rebates | -$65.00
| Total | $1765.58
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-29 07:55 EDT-0400 |

u/MoAllan · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Just any that are under $200 combined with a mod mic. I dont really understand much about headphones. For example i have found these first headset and the second one Dont really know whats different besides bluetooth and ive also seen audio technica for example this headset and second audio technica Sorry if this comment was a nightmare

u/ctfrommn · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

So, Ill try again as it seems my last post was flagged. My top option and what Ill get when I upgrade mine are these....

Status Audio CB-1

For $10 more if you want a more mainstream option you can go with the Audio Technica ATH-M40X.

u/SirHitler · 1 pointr/headphones

Look for the original ATH-M50 for around $80 USD refurbished, or a new M40x. The newer models are awesome but rise above your budget by a bit, with not too huge of a performance difference. The Sennheiser HD419's are a great deal right now, and are nice, sexy, and comfy, albeit with a fragile headband. 439's and 449's are also good budget options, especially on sale like they are now. Sony's MDR-7506 is a phenomenal industry-standard pair but might be a little more clinical than she'd like, as they have a mid-range boost for monitoring pro audio. MDR-V6 is a tad warmer and more musical, but just as detailed. Also good to note that the sony's are pretty much indestructible, and fold and bend nicely while the sennheisers can't bend much at all.

u/VisixPCMR · 1 pointr/headphones
u/Kelly_Johnson · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget €100, 125$.

Use: Gaming, and watching series and films in the train. So I'm looking for headphones that provide some good noise cancellation.

Previous headphones: Cheap ass creative fatal1ty headset.

I was thinking of going for the audio technica ATH-M40x

u/Drewcifer704 · 1 pointr/headphones

BUDGET: $75-$100 (Slightly flexible)

SOURCE: Phone, Laptop, PS4

ISOLATION: I don't mind outside noise since I'll be using them at home exclusively but at the same time I don't want to bother my wife if she's in the same room as me.

TYPE: I think I'd prefer Over- Ear but On-Ear could work also since I probably won't be using them for more than 30 minutes at a time (busy dad).

TONAL BALANCE: I have no idea. I don't think I've ever owned headphones that cost more than $10 from Walmart. I know I don't like a ton of bass.

PAST HEADPHONES: Like I said before I've never owned decent headphones. Right now I'm using the ear buds that came with my Galaxy S4.

PREFERRED MUSIC: Tool, Pink Floyd, APC, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins and sometimes a little electronic music like Uppermost and Digitalism.

I'm mainly just going to use these to listen to music while I veg out on the couch with my eyes closed. I like to be able to pick out the individual instruments throughout an entire song but I'm not sure what kind of headphones I need to be able to do that. I have no idea what neutral, warm, etc. mean at all. I'd also like something that's super comfortable and would also consider on-ear as I probably won't be using them very much in one sitting.

After some searching I'm considering these ATH-M40x

Thank you for any help.

u/danthezombieking · 1 pointr/headphones

> ## Before Requesting Purchase Advice

> Using this template helps others answer your question. Often questions without enough detail will go unanswered.

>Remember that the more specific you are, the better quality the responses you are likely to receive.

That's from literally this thread. Use the template, or if you aren't going to and just want a generic ass answer get the M40x's and you won't be let down.

u/xCentrino · 1 pointr/headphones
  • Budget - <$100
  • Source - PC/Motherboard
  • Requirements for Isolation - Closed back, Used at home living room.
  • Preferred Type of Headphone - Over ear.
  • Preferred tonal balance - Balanced/flat? What will help distinguish details/direction of noise? while gaming.
  • Past headphones - For little bro, currently uses cheap $10 on ear headphones. Anything would be an improvement. But since I'm buying would like monies worth.
  • Preferred Music - Not for music, for gaming. Battlefront, overwatch, warframe, etc..
  • What would you like to improve on from your set-up - More detail.

    Hello, Looking for headphones for my little bro. Will be used for gaming, would like detailed/direction of sound.

    I'm undecided between Audio-Technica ATH-M40x or Sony MDRV6 would replace pads with these in the near future.

    Would very much appreciate r/headphones opinion's or recommendation of another headphone before making a final choice.
u/ibsulon · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Beats aren't well liked around here, but it's hard to give an immediate answer.

First, what kind of music do you listen to?

Second, what is your budget?

Third, do you have things you like and don't like about headphones you've tried?

Last, what are you planning to use them for? Are they at home? On the subway? Do you want to be able to hear your surroundings? Does it matter if the sound leaks a little?

Under 100, [Mshenay]( just did a comparison and the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x came out on top. These are well reviewed and are a good introductory headphone.

u/firefly_88 · 1 pointr/headphones


I was gifted these ( Logitech UE 4000 Headphones many years ago and they're starting to show their age (wear/tear). I've got a gift card for Amazon UK and would like to invest in some new headphones.

I normally use bluetooth earphones when travelling, and I use headphones normally when sat on the couch/desk and working on my desktop/laptop. I listen to music, but my taste is very diverse so it's difficult to say "I need a lot of bass" or "I listen to classical"....

I'd like to spend around £100, I've been looking at the m40x which is currently £85 and the m50x which is currently £112 The price different between these two is not a factor I want to take into the decision. I've found many threads/articles/videos online and I can't come to a conclusion.

It doesn't have to be these two, but having the replaceable cable is a must for me (they break so easy...)

Looking forward to any help!

u/SuperDeluxe7 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

In that case then this will be better. Slightly less bass than the M50x but its barely noticable and IMO not worth the extra ~$100. I also own a pair of these and they sound great! Pair it with this in-line mic and you're good to go.

u/TakeCoverOrDie · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace
u/jimmy895 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

The headphones and microphone route is always better than the headset route, so:
I'd recommend an AntLion ModMic for $50, here's a good review of it from Tek Syndicate.
For headphones, I'd recommend $79 Sennheiser HD 518s, $99 Audio-Technica ATH-M40x, or you can look through these filtered Amazon results.
You can have 7.1 with any headphones using Razer's Surround software.

u/jh4x007 · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - Prefer around $70 but can go upto $100

Source - Laptop (Dell 15RSE) or Mobile (iPhone SE)

Requirements for Isolation - Some isolation needed

Will you be using these Headphones in Public? - Yes

Preferred Type of Headphone - full-sized, or on-ear

Preferred tonal balance - overall balanced

Past headphones - Panasonic HJE120E (purchased and used multiple times over past few years) - Found them to be relatively neutral and giving more detail than "standard earphones that come with the mobile". But since they are IEMs, they are not comfortable for very long durations. Also, looking to step up to higher quality sound now :)

Preferred Music - Varies from Progressive House to Metal to Acoustic to sometimes just audio books. This is why I am looking for a good balanced pair of headphones.

What would you like to improve on from your set-up - More detail. More comfort for extended duration (for example, listening to music while working throughout the day, and while commuting).

Additional info - I'd prefer ones with removable cable.

Currently considering - NVX XPT100 or ATH-M40x

I had posted the same info yesterday and /u/username1615 suggested the M40x, which is why they got added to the list today. I will be making my final decision within 24 hours now, and have been doing quite a bit of reading of reviews, but am still uncertain about which one of these two would be good.

Please let me know if it would really be worth paying the 25% extra for the M40x (since I am still a college student and every dollar saved counts).

u/nav93 · 1 pointr/headphones

This is a question for gamers.

Budget: $100 - fixed

Source: PC primarly, this motherboard if that helps with suggesting any extra stuff, and an android phone.

Isolation: Enough that people about 15 feet away or so aren't bothered by it at moderate sound volume. The only public place I plan to use them are in my university's library.

Using in public?: University library only, not while walking around.

Type: Full sized and closed since I think that will help with isolation.

Tonal preference: I can't say, unfortunately, as I have no experience with more expensive headphones. I'm hoping my music preferences and other use case can help with that.

Past headphones: Nothing worth mentioning. I think pretty much anything would be a step up, but since this is my first expensive set of headphones, I'd like some guidance.

Preferred music: Rock music. I'm not too savvy with genres but from what I can tell, mostly progressive rock (Fair to Midland, Karnivool, Rishloo), and some heavy metal (Black Sabbath and similar commonly known bands).

Improvements from current set-up: I think ultimately anything remotely up there in price is better than what I've ever had.

My intended use is probably a 80-20 split between gaming (80%) (leaning more towards rpgs but I do play some FPS like battlefield 4 and overwatch) and music (20%) but I'd like to try to accommodate those equally in terms of sound quality if possible, sacrificing music quality if necessary. I'll be buying modmic so I'm hoping to get as much as I can out of $100 geared towards sound only.

I was looking towards the HyperX Cloud 2 at first, as they're one of the few recommended gaming headsets that are ok in the sound and voice department but I found the microphone a bit lacking from tests I'd watched/listened to so I decided to just buy a separate mic and buy some good headphones. At present I was looking at the Audio Technica ath-m40x but couldn't find a lot of info from those who use it for gaming. The detachable cable would make it convenient for me to take it around since I could bundle the modmic and one of the long cables and just detach the cable and use a shorter cable for on the go.


u/Dr-Gooseman · 1 pointr/Vive

I don't know much about headphones, but I recently bought these.

I've used my Vive for about 4-5 hours so far and haven't noticed any slipping. The only thing I dont like is how foldable and flexible they are. I guess its good for traveling, but I find it to be an annoyance.

u/The_Final_Product · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I highly recommend the Audio Technica ATH M40X or 50X. I've been using the 40X model for about a year, and I've not been disappointing by them. The sound quality is probably one of the best you'll find at that price range, unless you head towards the Sennheisers that you've mentioned.

Comes with a carry bag, and two detachable wires, that have yet to fail on me. Good build quality an comfort (Apparently the 50X model is less comfortable actually :/ ). They are actually Studio based headphones, so no changes are really made to the input audio, but naturally they work just fine for gaming



u/ShearMe · 1 pointr/headphones

I think the [Lindy HF-100](LINDY HF-100 Premium Hi-Fi Headphones) would be more comfortable. If you're still set on the M50, I'd offer the M40X as an alternative, simply because it has a removable cable.

u/Baldoor-E100 · 1 pointr/headphones

For under 100EUR I would definitelt stick to wired and go with the Audio Technica ATH M40X.

The problem here is that the S7 Edge has an insanely bad headphone output and is only able to output 360mV into a 16 Ohm load (~8 milli watt). The phone is absolute trash tier when it comes to the headphone output. And that alrady low output power is topped off by ,ore than 5 Ohm output impedance and 0.7%THD at full volume...absolute garbage

I recommend you buy a FiiO A1 headphone amplifier to go with the M40X. That would also fix your volume issue on the one more triple driver.

That would mean investing ~130EUR...the same price as a decent entry level Bluetooth headphone from Sennheiser.

IMHO the M40X sounds better than the HD4.40 and you won't run into battery/codec or lag issues.

u/iAmJustASmurf · 1 pointr/GlobalOffensive

yeah im only talking about the use for csgo.

First you should decide wether you want an open or closed Headphone.

Open means the sides of the Headphones are, well open. They are usually covered by some kind of mesh. This means you will be hearing whats going on around you (people talking etc), but they will also hear whatever sounds are coming from your headphones.

Closed Cans are the opposite, people wont hear your music/csgo sounds, but you wont hear anybody around you either. I would recommend these if you dont have your own room to play csgo in or plan to use them on the go.

Personally I prefer Open Headphones for CSGO since they generally have a bigger Soundstage which helps alot telling for where Footsteps/Shots etc in CS are coming from. So should you have your own quiet room to play in i would highly recommend getting open type Headphones.

Open Headphones i would recommend:

  • Superlux (not even 32 Pounds with Zalman Mic)

  • Philips just re-released the SHP9500's in the US, where they are about 50$. you could use those with a BoomPro. Unfortunatly the new Model of these isnt available in europe yet, so you will have to wait a little bit. Everything you find here atm is still the old version and mostly listed at ridiculus prices (like in the link above).


  • HyperX Cloud

  • Tascam

  • Creative (good sound but poor build)

  • M40X

    Generally People recommend saving up for the M40X over the M20X

    EDIT: i forgot the Q-Pad which is basicly HyperX Cloud but as an Open Back

    You could also look into getting a used X1/X2 on Ebay and pairing it up with a boompro or ModMic
u/shadyinternets · 1 pointr/gaming

small disclaimer here, i am a bit of an audio snob so mostly have more expensive gear because i like overpaying for things apparently lol

So, at that price point im really not that sure what is "best" as i dont have a ton of personal experience there other than some audio technica m40x, which are on sale for $80 with no mic on amazon right now. at $80 they are great, but with no mic you would need to spend a bit more.

if you could up your budget just a bit you could add a v moda boom mic that would work with the m40x. it is $30.

any non-usb mic would work too, but the v moda attaches to the headset to keep things nice and tidy. so something like either of these 2 should do the trick and both are under $10. you just have to figure out how to get the mic in place since it isnt designed to attach to a headset straight out the box. the one is a lapel mic so just attach it to your shirt, and the second could possibly be broken down and you could try attaching it to the headset on your own somehow.

Or you could try these Hyperx Cloud II's out. i have never tried these, but they are in your price range and they are sort of a chinese knockoff version of the more expensive mmx300s i have. they have a lot of really good reviews though so might be worth a try. even though they arent from an actual headphone manufacturer they apparently are very good for the price point, so could be just right for you.

you could also pop over to /r/headphones to look for some advice. there are people there with a lot more experience with products across a wider price range so could be somebody who already owns a headphone/mic combo that fits that budget.

u/BavidDrent · 1 pointr/Guitar

Awesome thanks! Is mixing with headphones a 'no go'? I have these headphones -

Don't know if they're good for mixing?

u/thatgermanperson · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Have you looked on amazon yet?

u/jchristian- · 1 pointr/headphones

Some people like to buy the combo, DAC + AMP, the cheapest, yet very good, are Magini + Modi.

Recently, they released the new Audio-Technica ATH-M40x (2014 Version) - $99 on Amazon. People say that this is "the new M50x", because nowadays the price/performance of the m50x is getting lower (ATH raised the price), people say that performance and quality of this new one is very good. I myself am thinking of getting this M40x.

A bombastic deal for you would be this one, M40x (2014 Version) + FiiO E6 Portable AMP, then later you can get the DAC + AMP for your PC if you feel the need. Too bad I don't live in the US, and I'll be traviling only on JAN/2015, hope this deal continues, I'd get it instantly... =(

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/vinyl

Agreed. I use these and they are amazing, and fit the current price range if OP doesn't want to wait.

u/darn_democrats · 1 pointr/headphones

Looking for advice about buying a new set of headphones. On Craigslist, a pair of Sennheiser 598 Headphones for $90, and a pair of ATH-M40x's for $100. Are either of these a good deal? And, if not, would you have headphones to recommend for a good price while maintaining the quality of these headphones?

u/tre101 · 1 pointr/headphones

If you want to use them on the go youd need to be looking at closed headphones so sound does not leak out (the ones you have named are both open, and therefore will let sound in and out).

If you are looking to use a mic as well you either need a set that have an inbuilt mic on the cable or buy something like the Vmoda boom pro (so the headphones will need a detachable cable)

Audio Technica make a good few models for you to check out, M40x, M50x and MSR7

Other then those, Shure 840, various beyerdynamic's, and on the cheap side Brainwavz HM5 and HM9.

As you have a lot of options the best thing would be to buy potential headphones from somewhere with a good returns policy and trial them, or go to a store that has a good selection for you to listen to.

u/Fenghoang · 1 pointr/headphones

I don't think all of these are technically part of the "Amazon Prime Day Deals" but:

u/spp41 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Yeah I'm trying to find that now, not sure if they have that BS thing where only audio technica cords will fit, instead of all 2.5->3.5 cords.

Also aren't the headphones $119.35.. instead of 150?

u/jello_aka_aron · 1 pointr/headphones

Budget - $100ish usd, flexible for notable quality increases

Source - Mainly phone/portables, some PC & home theater amp

Requirements for Isolation - Very little, mostly home use

Preferred Type of Headphone - Over ear

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced w/ light bass preference, but kinda a newbie to this arena so unsure

Past headphones - Monoprice 8323, Monoprice 18515, Koss KSC75

Preferred Music - Alt. Rock, Musicals, Electronica, Film Scores, 90s revival & electro swing, Drum n' Bass, 80s New Wave.. kinda all over the map. Some favorites - Orbital, The Orb, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Shawn Mullins, Pentatonix, Autechre, Bjork, Danny Elfman, Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Ok Go, Michael Nesmith, Devo, Large piles of Demo Scene mod tracks.. (stopping here before this gets silly-long)

The Story - I've been pondering getting my first set of "real" headphones for a while now. I like the 8323's ok, but I know they are only a stepping stone. The 18515 sound a touch better but just are not comfy for me. All the sales flying around this weekend are getting my trigger finger itchy. Particularly the Philips SHP9500S for $52, the Sennheiser HD 559 on Amazon for $100, and maybe even the Monolith M560 for $150 or Monolith M565C at $183, if planar is really worth it.. or should I be aiming more at the old standbys of the ATH-M40x for $80. So many seeming good options, little ability to test any before dropping cash...

Any advice?

Thanks in advance!

u/Sustenter · 1 pointr/headphones

Strange, in my country the beyerdynamic custom street is 60€ :

If you want to buy it you should definitely try to buy it from Amazon France if they say that this headphone free-ship to US.

Edit : likewise the M40X is 98€ :

u/orzof · 1 pointr/headphones

Yeah, active noise cancelling headphones cost a bit more than other consumer grade headphones since it's a pretty big Back of the Box feature. The very best in isolation is going to be in the form of IEMs. I can understand not wanting to have things jammed in your ears all day at work, but if you find a pair with a good fit for you, they can block out everything, especially with a comfortable foam tip. Maybe check out the Mee 6 Pros and pick up some Comply foam tips if the silicone tips are uncomfortable for you. Really, a good tip can make a big difference on any IEM. I have a preference for foam, but those have to be replaced a bit more often.

If you'd rather a full sized pair, there are a few options, but since you don't care too much about sound, the important thing to look for is clamp force and the pad material. Clamp force is pretty obvious, you want tighter for more isolation. As for pad material, leather/pleather with soft foam or memory foam inside is gonna be the best for blocking out outside noises.

As for recommendations, I would probably look at the Audio Technica ATH-M40X, though the ATH-M50X do go on sale for $99 occasionally. I only mention that because I've read more opinions on the M50Xs because they're a bit more popular around here.

Now, as a disclaimer, my recommendations are largely just based on things that are spoken of positively around here, but since you don't care too much about sound, the important thing is fit and comfort which can potentially be found on an off-brand headphone for cheaper, but not knowing how your ears and head are shaped, that's something you'll have to figure out as you go. At least Amazon has a pretty forgiving return policy.

I hope that helps and feel free to ask anything else you might be wondering about.

u/zebiekste16 · 1 pointr/headphones


I've been looking for headphones for two days and the more I look the more confused I get.

I'm listening to music all day and even from-to work. Basically the requirements would be:

  1. budget $100
  2. noise isolating (can't afford active noise cancelling), because don't want to hear the background of my work environment
  3. good bass, since I mostly listen to EDM
  4. easily portable, because I also listen when travelling from-to work

    Also I'm bit afraid of buying IEM, because it might hurt my ears if I listen to music all day long. (correct me if I am wrong).

    I haven't found my perfect headphones yet, but these are my current candidates:

  5. Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones - But the cord is quite big, so there might some mobility issues.

  6. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x - Also big cord, and seems that they have no noise isolation.

  7. Shure SE215 - As I said i'm afraid that IEMs might hurt my ears. And I always had a problem of IEMs fitting real bad in my ears.

    Any suggestions? Maybe anyone know some good non-mainstream alternative? Sorry if this question has been asked thousand times.
u/NapsAreGreat · 1 pointr/headphones
u/SanSanSanSan8 · 1 pointr/headphones

Hey guys. I'm looking for some new closed back headphones for around 200-300$ CDN. I want to be able to use them on the go.

Budget - 200-400
Source - My desktop, laptop and phone
Requirements for Isolation - I'm planning to use these on the go a lot, as well as at home, so isolation is pretty important to me.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public - Yep
Preferred Type of Headphone - I think full-sized? Something that goes around my ear.
Preferred tonal balance - Strong highs I think. I listen to all genres but having great quality in my Rock/Metal/Jazz songs are really important.
Past headphones - I currently have Sennheiser HD 558s. They're 4 years old. My main issue with them is the sound leak, lack of portability and occasionally muddy sound.
Preferred Music - I listen to all genres, but like I said earlier getting clear instruments in metal, rock and jazz are the most important thing to me.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I think I'm looking for stronger trebles and highs.

Location - I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This means that a lot of US Headphones are going to be a bitch to get past customs, and our conversion rate isn't so strong.

Despite this, I've been able to identify a few headphones that I might consider. I'm mostly looking towards the cheaper ones though.... and especially the AKG and Audio Technicas: (This one comes up to being waaaay out of my budget though, so only if it's truly the best)

u/s5music215 · -5 pointsr/edmproduction

Also, for those interested: ATH-M40x headphones on sale for $74.25: