[Review] Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Headphones

If you’re a home recordist, professional studio engineer or a recording musician…

…or if you’re just someone that happens to enjoy listening to music on a regular basis, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 would be the perfect set of headphones for you.

According to the manufacturer, this best selling unit offers amazing levels of sonic accuracy and has been carefully designed to ensure maximum comfort – and a completely pleasurable listening experience.

However, is it as good as they claim it is?

Well, we decided to test-drive this product to find out for ourselves. Check out our first hand review below.

Top Notch Sound Quality And Frequency Response

First off, the frequency response is excellent. The specifications state 20Hz – 20KHz and while the high end is nice and clear, the low end is strong and beautiful. Plus, you won’t hear any buzzing on any pitch.

The sound quality is exceptional as well. If you watch a movie while wearing this headphone and a motorcycle whizzes by in one of the scenes, you might just take them off to make sure one didn’t really go past your home!

Additionally, the bass is perfect – not too over-the-top or overpowering, but just right. As for the highs and mids? They are seriously awesome and would put traditional speakers to shame.

What’s more, the ATH-M30 is equipped with great sound-retention capability, which means anyone seated right next to you will not be disturbed in the slightest, even if you’ve turned up the volume really high. (This is especially useful when you’re traveling).

Oh and in case you’re wondering if this pair comes with adjustable volume controls, they don’t. However, the volume can be tuned to your liking from whatever gadget the headphone is plugged into.

One more thing…

We wanted to gauge the performance of the ATH-M30 when transcribing audio CDs and listening to recorded conversation. And we’re pleased to say that it does a tremendous job – in fact, this product can be utilized for different aspects of audio editing – music, voice, you name it, the Audio-Technica M30 can handle it.

Incredibly Lightweight And Comfortable

These cans are well made and have been designed with comfort and convenience in mind. Thanks to the adjustable padded headband, they easily flex around the head and fit snugly in place.

Moreover, the fact that this unit is super light adds to the overall level of comfort you feel when wearing it.

With that said, here’s a quick glimpse at some of the key…

Features And Specifications

  • Brilliant clarity and amazing sonic accuracy.
  • Maximum comfort is ensured thanks to the lightweight design and flexible cushioned headband.
  • Superior power handling capacity.
  • Strong build quality.
  • Neodymium magnet structure.
  • Flexible 11” OFC wire cable with single-side exit for convenience.
  • A full-size (circumaural) design helps block out the sound from outside when listening in noisy environments.
  • A ⅛ inch stereo connector that’s plated in gold + an easy screw-on ¼ inch adaptor are also included

Customer Reviews

A quick glance at the product page on Amazon.com will tell you that the ATH-M30 is a popular and sought after choice amongst audiophiles and music lovers alike.

With an overall rating of 4.4 stars, it’s pretty clear that this headphone works and works well.

According to a number of buyers, there are just two minor snags:

  1. This gadget doesn’t block outside sound completely (although it comes very very close to it), so if you really prefer a 100% noise-cancellation headset, you might want to switch to another model.
  2. Due to its extreme length, the cord gets tangled very easily. However, an easy way around this would be to simply tie up the extra length (you could use a zip tie) that you won’t be needing.

Apart from these, the majority of folks had good things to say about this particular device and were especially appreciative of the following benefits it offers:

  • Has stellar sound quality
  • Bass is deep and fantastic
  • Works well with discmans, iPods, computers and laptops
  • Solid and durable
  • Very light and comfortable to wear


While this product cannot be classified as a high-end model, it’s inexpensive and provides a ton of value.

All in all, if you’re looking to purchase a decent pair of headphones at a budget-friendly price, you cannot go wrong with the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 buy-now-1.

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