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Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones

B&H # AUATHD40 MFR # ATH-D40
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Product Highlights
  • 40mm Neodymium Drivers
  • Bass-Enhanced Frequency Response
  • Closed-Back Design
  • Swivel Earcups
  • Around-Ear Cushions
  • Padded, Adjustable Headband
  • Single-Sided OFC Cable
  • Standard 1/4" Plug
  • Field-Serviceable

The ATH-D40fs stereo headphones from Audio-Technica provide pro-quality audio in a lightweight and comfortable design. The headphones feature 40mm neodymium drivers with copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils to produce a bass-enhanced frequency response that's ideal for mixing and monitoring low frequency sound sources. High-quality components give the headphones very high SPL capabilities.

The closed-back design and around-ear cushions provide a snug and comfortable fit that also blocks out unwanted environmental noise. The earcups also have a swivel mechanism for convenient single-ear monitoring. The padded, adjustable headband provides a secure fit that will keep you listening for hours. The single-sided OFC cable has built-in strain relief and is 11' long to provide plenty of slack. The standard 1/4" stereo plug lets you connect to virtually any professional audio device. These headphones are also field-serviceable, letting you easily replace the drivers, cable, and ear cushions when needed.

40mm neodymium drivers with copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils to produce a bass-enhanced frequency response that's ideal for mixing and monitoring low frequency sound sources
High-quality components give the headphones very high SPL capabilities
Closed-back design and around-ear cushions provide a snug and comfortable fit that also blocks out unwanted environmental noise
Swivel earcup mechanism for convenient single-ear monitoring
Padded, adjustable headband provides a secure fit for virtually any head size
Single-sided OFC cable has built-in strain relief and is 11' long to provide plenty of slack
Standard 1/4" stereo plug lets you connect to virtually any professional audio device
Field-serviceable design lets you easily replace the drivers, cable, and ear cushions when needed
Type Around-Ear, Closed-Back, Dynamic
Frequency Range 20Hz - 28kHz
Impedance 66 Ohms
Sensitivity 102dB
Maximum Input Power 1600mW
Connectors Standard 1/4" Stereo Plug
Cable Length 11' (3.4 m)
Weight 8.8 oz (250g) (Without Cable)
Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones
     
    4.2

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (12)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Durable (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (9)
      • Amateur recording (8)
      • Professional recording (7)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (8), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid, professional, and a benchmark

      I've used these in my professional recording studio for years because they provide accurate sound while taming feedback when recording vocals. The closed design works well with talent that want their headphones loud when...Read complete review

      I've used these in my professional recording studio for years because they provide accurate sound while taming feedback when recording vocals. The closed design works well with talent that want their headphones loud when recording voice-overs. We used to use AKG KM240's for their clarity and comfort, but had constant feedback problems. Also, the talent love the comfort of these. When recording audio books, which require long hours over several days, no one complains with these.

      A plus is the sound quality of these. We use them for sound checks, and occasionally mix with them. While not on par with upper end pro headphones for fidelity, they can certainly be used for reference because of their flat response.

      One weak part of these are the swivels for each cup. They often break if they are rough-housed or dropped. The other weakness is the leather/plastic ear cushions. After about 7 or 8 years they will start to flake and come apart. But hey, it's time for new headphones by then anyway if these get a workout like they do in a pro studio.

      These are one of the staples of pro studios everywhere because of the price to performance ratio. You should consider these as well.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nice sound, but alot of plastic...

      Voice overs - in-home studio.
      Really nice sound quality for the money.
      Whole thing is plastic and fake leather. Hard to keep on head, as they are slippery. Don't like the...Read complete review

      Voice overs - in-home studio.
      Really nice sound quality for the money.
      Whole thing is plastic and fake leather. Hard to keep on head, as they are slippery. Don't like the adjustment on ear cups/head band - it doesn't "click" when you adjust the size, just slides...doesn't stay on my head well. Didn't come with 1/8" adapter which I think is cheap.

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      Excellent audio, nice price

      By RK

      from Jax, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

        Nice quality at a nice price.

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        4.0

        Quality Cans

        By Bobby

        from Norfolk, Va.

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

        Was very pleased the first time I put these headphones on. Very comfortable, quality construction, easily adjustable. Bass is strong, smooth. Mids are OK and need a little eq boost, highs are crisp, clear. Well worth the price. Detail of sublities in music is surprising. You will like wearing these.

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        4.0

        I would recomend these to anyone!

        By SEVEN

        from hollywood,FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Needs Good Headphone Amp

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

        I use these for tracking in the studio

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        3.0

        Earpad material is too soft

        By CBrown

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

        These are great sounding headphones but if you are a guy who shaves your head, you'd want to look at another model. The stubble on my head would tear/shread the earpads

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        4.0

        GOOD FOR THE PRICE

        By DETES

        from NYC

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

          THEY ARE GOOD QUALITY IF YOU ARE ON A BUDGET.

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          5.0

          Maybe the BEST On-Air Headphones EVER !

          By Jonathan Hayes

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

            As a 41 year broadcast professional, not only are these the best sounding, most comfortable headphones I've ever owned, BUT, the price is OUTSTANDING. I priced a set locally thru a supplier that works closely with our radio cluster in Dallas, thinking I could save money. WRONG.......the exact same set was $30.00 MORE !!B & H ROCKS !

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            5.0

            sensational headphone

            By artejhp

            from mexico df

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                is one of the best equipment are at a good price

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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Empty Cans

                By Rass Roy

                from Mt. Vernon, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Cheap construction
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Mobile DJ
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                Purchased on 10/04. I'm surprise of the poor sound quality, based on all other reviews. Maybe my pair is defective. I'll exchange for a different pair and update my review.

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                3.0

                Nice sound, but alot of plastic...

                By Luckygirl

                from Minneapolis, Mn

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Plastic loose fitting

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                Voice overs - in-home studio.
                Really nice sound quality for the money.
                Whole thing is plastic and fake leather. Hard to keep on head, as they are slippery. Don't like the adjustment on ear cups/head band - it doesn't "click" when you adjust the size, just slides...doesn't stay on my head well. Didn't come with 1/8" adapter which I think is cheap.

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                5.0

                Solid, professional, and a benchmark

                By Neil Kesterson, Dynamix Productions

                from Lexington, KY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                I've used these in my professional recording studio for years because they provide accurate sound while taming feedback when recording vocals. The closed design works well with talent that want their headphones loud when recording voice-overs. We used to use AKG KM240's for their clarity and comfort, but had constant feedback problems. Also, the talent love the comfort of these. When recording audio books, which require long hours over several days, no one complains with these.

                A plus is the sound quality of these. We use them for sound checks, and occasionally mix with them. While not on par with upper end pro headphones for fidelity, they can certainly be used for reference because of their flat response.

                One weak part of these are the swivels for each cup. They often break if they are rough-housed or dropped. The other weakness is the leather/plastic ear cushions. After about 7 or 8 years they will start to flake and come apart. But hey, it's time for new headphones by then anyway if these get a workout like they do in a pro studio.

                These are one of the staples of pro studios everywhere because of the price to performance ratio. You should consider these as well.

                Share this review

                 
                4.0

                Very Good

                By Joe

                from Somers Point, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                  Play with sound tracks.
                  Sounds like your actionally playing with someone.
                  Ear cushions feel aren't that good.

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                  4.0

                  good ratio cost/benefit

                  By Gulli

                  from São Paulo, Brazil

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                    for those unprofessional users who enjoy listening to music at home, relaxing or during work time, like me, it is a very good option. clean and high quality sound. good bass. please, consider that I'm a beginner in audio world and just don't have too many different headphone references.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome headphones, perfect for podcasts

                    By Podcasting Guy

                    from Northern Calif.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                      I bought these to have top-notch headphones that won't bleed through out to my mic when I'm podcasting as is the case with my AKG-701s I previously had. Very happy with them.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Professional Headphones

                      By Sam

                      from New York City

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                        I bought these a few years ago because so many different people in the pro audio world had recommended them. Before this I had used Sony 7506 and AKG 201s. The ATH-D40fs are just as good of a quality reference headphone monitor as those costing three times as much. They have a big + full sound, and you can use them during tracking and mixing of new music. They're also great DJ'ing headphones because the cups swivel and they take a real beating and never break. The only problem with them is that the jack is a full 1/4" rather than an 1/8" miniplug with an adapter. It's nice that you're getting the full 1/4" unadpated sound, but having to fish around for a clunky 1/4" to 1/8" adapter when you want to plug them into a consumer device is a pain. But, they're such nice headphones at such an amazingly cheap price that I gave them a 5 star review anyhow!

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                        5.0

                        The best Head Phones

                        By Hugh

                        from Staten Island NY.

                        About Me Musically Inclined, Practical

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Clear sound
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Entertainment

                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                          The Best Head Phone I Ever used.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good Headphones

                          By Ichi

                          from Oregon

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Value
                          • High Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs Professional Enhanced-Bass Studio Monitor Headphones:

                              I have used these particular headphones for approximately a decade.Comfortably padded and they fit my normal head size well, I've worn them for many hours at a time.They handle high volumes well (metal) with little distortion and if you somehow manage to blow out the voice coils or cut the cord it's all easily replaced unlike other headphones in this price range.Great quality on the cord, not one of those tiny little flimsy things (like Sennheiser has) that break easy, I've run it over many times with my desk chair while editing and it has yet to break. (I like the heavy cords on the BeyerDynamic phones too)The only possible con is that if you are used to Ipod type featherweight headphones these will seem a bit heavy until you get used to the difference.Professional quality and durability, these aren't lightweight junk that will wear out easily and they are priced far cheaper now than when I started using them.At [$] bucks they are a bargain.

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