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Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Professional Studio Monitor Stereo Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Professional Studio Monitor Stereo Headphones
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 244 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 2.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   above average
Comfortable4.5   average
Fit4.4   average
Sound4.3   average
Volume4.2   above average
Listening4.1   average
Music4.0   average
Quality4.0   average
Audio3.6   below average
Noise3.6   below average
Cable3.4   average


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Audio

Audio:
"Another point to note is that these phones are tuned for a flat response so for this reason some people would say that the bass is weak but as an audio mixer one would realise that a flat response is essential to getting a mix done well and rightly as there needs to be an accurate representation of the sound that is being heard."
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"The audio quality is horrible."
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"the audio quality is the worst part of these headphones."
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"I am a DJ and I have used my Sennheiser HD 280 pro for a long time, then I bought this Audio technica for an emergency, and I can tell you they are not good for DJing outside your house on a loud music environment."
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"I have a set of Behringer headphones, and these Audio Technica Headphones by far are much more comfortable and they sound great."
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"It is also good for mixing audio."
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"I am a PC gamer, and these have great positional audio."
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"That said though, the audio range is great."
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"Audio range is limited, but decent for the price."
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Cable

Cable:
"I try to take good care of all my electrical products, but it's almost impossible to completely prevent the cord from bending at any point, and both my pairs have broken in this same way within about a year of purchase."
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"Update after 1 year of use: This is the second pare of these headphones that I've owned and both times the cord has broken."
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"Had a pair of Senheiser hd 202s that the one ear cord broke after 4 years of use."
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"I figured I had a faulty cord or jack."
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"I put up with this for a few weeks hoping it was just an intermittent problem, but it got progressively worse until the cord at the prong had to be manually held down to make any connection that would deliver sound."
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"I just hate the feeling of having the double-sided cord essentially around my neck."
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"Long cord and decent sound but not active noise cancelling or as heavy weight as expected."
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"All other aspects are amazing, but for some reason they used an extremely stiff cord cover that rips open when folded."
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"Another thing is the fact that it is comfortable (can be worn for long periods); it is also built to be durable and sturdy, including the plug and cable which -in my opinion- is a very important issue as other headphones have cables that are easy to pierce and plugs that break easily at the strain-relief."
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"it has coil cord (like telephone speaker cord which is great."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"the comfort is ok but not great, they are other monitors more comfortable, however, im happy with what this headphones can offer."
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"Understandably, the leather and foam around the ears have flaked away but it is still comfortable for long wears."
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"Not perfect quality of sound, but they are very comfortable and were just perfect for use in my home studio when recording multiple people at once."
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"They are also very comfortable, not good for canceling out background noise."
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"They are super comfortable, and have very decent sound quality."
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"great value, comfortable as well"
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"Comfortable and good sound."
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"Very comfortable and has nice sound but I wish I could hear more bass."
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"I plugged them in, put them on and was absolutely amazed by their comfort and their exemplary sound quality."
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Fit

Fit:
"They do not noise cancel, however, and my one complaint is that they do not fit snugly over your head so if you are vigorously listening to your music, they will probably slip off."
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"I was just displeased about the level and fit."
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"Excellent fit and noise cancellation."
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"My noggin is big, and these fit me perfectly when the headpiece is completely closed)."
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"These fit my large ears well, and they sound good."
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"Pro:-They fit really well around your ears and doesn't really fall off... unless your head is at an angle."
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"They feel and fit great, but you'll get better sound out of iPhone headphones."
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Listening

Listening:
"I didn't enjoy listening to the old phones cause it lacked details, it was bright and vocals had sibilant but not with this one."
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"But their monitor sound means that they are not my best choice for listening to music for pleasure."
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"The volume, presence and clarity simply didn't make for a pleasant listening experience."
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"In fact, I'm listening to some good Dr. John (from Duke Elegant) and I'm getting PLENTY of bass in my chest!"
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"These are really good headphones to use if you are recording in the studio or listening to music in general."
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"I use these for jazz and prog rock listening but the awesome bass response and good high range is also perfect for rap, techno, metal or classical."
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"Perfect for long listening sessions and travel."
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"Great for listening to music."
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Music

Music:
"Maybe monitoring headphones isn't what I'm looking for, Even mainstream music didn't sound great, Will be returning."
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"I am a DJ and I have used my Sennheiser HD 280 pro for a long time, then I bought this Audio technica for an emergency, and I can tell you they are not good for DJing outside your house on a loud music environment."
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"But their monitor sound means that they are not my best choice for listening to music for pleasure."
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"They seem to work well for my music production...the cable is nice and long."
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"I would recommend them to all music listeners."
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"However, she doesn't like to listen to music loud so for her, they're perfect."
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"They have great sound and reproduce the music with all the lows and highs intac."
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"But if you like to crank it up and enjoy loud music, then these headphones will not be sufficient (hence 4 starts instead of 5)."
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Noise

Noise:
"My only complaint is that they do not block out external noise at all."
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"I have read other reviews that fault these for their inability to provide any really effective noise cancellation."
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"They do not noise cancel, however, and my one complaint is that they do not fit snugly over your head so if you are vigorously listening to your music, they will probably slip off."
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"They are also very comfortable, not good for canceling out background noise."
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"I was expecting a fair amount on noise cancellation unfortunately this headphone does not possess the capability."
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"Long cord and decent sound but not active noise cancelling or as heavy weight as expected."
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"Excellent fit and noise cancellation."
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"It is not as good as the isolation offered by others such as the SHURE SRH-440's isolation (a friend's headphones that I've used a few times) but when coupled with a high enough phones level they can be used with ease in a noisy environment (In addition to doing personal mixes, I mix audio for my church and I run the system loud).Although the Audio-Technical ATH-M20 is depriving me of the very low frequency headphones that love so much I'm still not bashing them."
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"- They don't insulate outside noise perfectly, but good enough."
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"Does a decent job of canceling out room noise and provides pretty good sound reproduction for the price ($20-$30)."
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Price

Price:
"For the price, these are fine, but I'm disappointed given the rating everyone else had posted."
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"I would not say that this is the best headphones I have owned but this is certainly the best for the price I paid."
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"I know that these headphones are inexpensive; however, even for the money they are of terrible quality; both in structural ergonomic design and in the actual sound quality."
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"I'm not overly surprised or disappointed, though, because as far as headphones go these are very inexpensive and I would be a fool to expect AKG-like quality from them."
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"GREAT stuff for the price"
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"Just picked up a pair online for $29, and I think these are excellent phones for the money."
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"These headphones are an excellent value at the price you can currently get them at."
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"Sounds good, for the price."
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"sound is very clear & nice price"
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Quality

Quality:
"They sound terrible and will not be of much help if the sound quality is important to you."
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"Whether they are headphones, earphones, or loudspeakers I make it my business to look for products that have been proven to have great sound quality (that includes signal processors and amplifiers; I AM A SOUND QUALITY FANATIC).Some people complain about the fact that they uncomfortable to wear for long periods because they cause sweating."
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"I bought these to replace my broken AT H300 headphones and the sound and built quality is much better on these than the AT H300.It's so comfortable that i forgot i was wearing headphones a few times and the sound is very similar to listening to my speakers."
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"The audio quality is horrible."
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"Not perfect quality of sound, but they are very comfortable and were just perfect for use in my home studio when recording multiple people at once."
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"the audio quality is the worst part of these headphones."
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"Great sound quality."
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"Excellent quality"
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"They are super comfortable, and have very decent sound quality."
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"Not going to blow your mind with the sound quality but pretty good for the price."
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"Sound Quality is decent, but these headphones are extremely quiet."
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Sound

Sound:
"Broke easily but had great sound."
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"Not all good of a sound."
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"They sound terrible and will not be of much help if the sound quality is important to you."
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"Whether they are headphones, earphones, or loudspeakers I make it my business to look for products that have been proven to have great sound quality (that includes signal processors and amplifiers; I AM A SOUND QUALITY FANATIC).Some people complain about the fact that they uncomfortable to wear for long periods because they cause sweating."
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"I bought these to replace my broken AT H300 headphones and the sound and built quality is much better on these than the AT H300.It's so comfortable that i forgot i was wearing headphones a few times and the sound is very similar to listening to my speakers."
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"Broke easily but had great sound."
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"Long cord and decent sound but not active noise cancelling or as heavy weight as expected."
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"While I'm not a five-figure audiophile (I'm just a lowly four......*lol*) I'm enough of one to know decent sounding headphones when I hear them."
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"Great sound quality."
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"Sounds good, for the price."
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Volume

Volume:
"My only minor complaint is that the volume level could be higher."
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"To address problems others have mentioned:The volume is adequate."
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"The sound is good, the ear pieces comfy, but it has no volume or tone control on the cord."
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"It's not as efficient as the old one which is good cause it allows me to crank up the volume control so i can use almost all the bit depth."
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"I kept them because they are comfortable and adequate for my needs, but if you're looking for something to blast volume, I recommend looking elsewhere."
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"sounds nice can hear distortion if volume is too loud, good buy for price............"
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"However, to watch a movie (on PC) at a comfortable level I have to turn the volume way up."
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