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Audio-Technica ATH-M40FS Professional Studio Monitor Precision Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40FS Professional Studio Monitor Precision Headphones
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 613 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Amazon5.0   exceptional
Light5.0   above average
Range4.9   above average
Monitor4.7   above average
Noise4.7   above average
Value4.7   average
Quality4.6   above average
Response4.6   above average
Price4.5   average
Sound4.5   average
Audio4.4   above average
Music4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   average
Fit4.2   average
Listening4.2   average
Volume4.1   above average
Design4.0   average
Cable3.7   average
Heavy3.7   average
Size3.6   below average
Adapter3.5   below average
Connector3.3   above average
Speaker3.1   below average
Plug3.0   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"Adapters from stereo to minijack can be a little frustrating to find at times."
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"The two big pluses for me: it delivers the sound I want (not too bassy, not too bright, not muddy); natively comes with a 1 4 plug which eliminates a constant problem area as I've had issues with adapters."
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"The awkward amount of space that my iPod takes up with the adapter is the most inconvenient worst part of the headphones."
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"The only downside to these headphones is the need to purchase an adapter to use them on Macbook Pro's and their unwieldy long cords."
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"However, the only disadvantage is that there is no the adapter for the 6.3mm plug of the headphone."
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"Just make sure you have a good adapter if plugging them into an ipod or a similar jack because I tried the headphones with a cheap adapter and they sounded ok but not good."
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"Well, catch the retro bandwagon and get these & a 3.5mm adapter & enjoy!"
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"I like the fact that I don't need an adapter to plug in to the console, the cord length is great and allows me to move around between the board and the computer."
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"(Speaking of which, I bought the Hosa adapter and I'm happy with it, 1 4 to 1 8 adapters seem to be kind of rare these days)."
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"I just got these headphones so far there the cats pajamas, for the price you can't go wrong ....first you have to buy a 6.3mm adapter if you want to plug them in to your kindle, tablet, computer or etc...."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"I thinks it's my best purchase in Amazon."
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"And I love Amazon, mostly! "
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"In some ways, Amazon is brilliant, but when they are dumb, they are dumber than a bucket of ice."
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"The folks at Amazon rejected my first review which read perfect transaction but it seems they want fairly wordy feedback, which I might have provided if this were a work worthy of critical review and there was anything to say other than it works and I'm happy."
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"this Audio-Technica ATH-M40FS Professional Studio Monitor Precision Headphones better than other headphones a this price wold recommend it 10 10 amazon review page sucks tough"
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Audio

Audio:
"The one negative I want to pass on is that this has a standard stereo audio plug (1 4) which means if you want to use it with an iPad or most any smaller, portable device, you need to get a 3.5mm (1 8) adaptor."
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"nearly EVERY one starred reviewer had the same problem and Audio Technica charges you to have them fixed."
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"I've run a recording studio for many years and this is a common problem when mastering audio for the public."
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"This is a problem the plagues us audio professionals."
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"I almost bought the sony MDR-7506 as that is considered an industry standard, went with this model as it was too juicy at the price point they have it offered atTo all audio enthusiasts who put down brands saying they are crappy or saying that their gear has the best sound and talk about the frequency response and how low or high the thing goes........I can only say one thing...Its all about your ear, thats that reference to which every review has been written on....what sounds good to one person cannot be the same for another person."
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"Audio Performance:I was a little worried that the hardware I was using wouldn't be able to drive these phones very well, but I was luckily proven wrong."
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"The headphones provide excellent audio quality and are comfortable to wear for several hours."
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"Perfect for hearing balanced audio."
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"I subsequently spent the extra money and upgraded to the Audio Technica ATH M*50* headset and am happy that I did that."
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"It fits my head snug and comfortably, and the foam pads and closed back do a very good job of reducing audio bleed."
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"By far, the best cost benefice digital audio design phone I found."
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Budget

Budget:
"These are great, but not perfect, for mixing on a budget."
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"These Audio Technica M40fs hooked up to a $28 Fiio e6 headphone amp gives me the sound I've been searching for.. Spotify on extreme high setting on my s***ty phone is a concert to my ears I would've bought the AT M50s but my budget only allowed for the M40f and I'm more than satisfied."
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"great for tracking on a budget."
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"So in short: The sound and build quality is truly incredible, if those are huge things for you and you're on a budget, I highly recommend these headphones."
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"Maybe I have limited experience with professional headphones, but this pair did all I asked and more, and all for a price well within my budget!"
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"Overall I highly recommend this pair to anyone looking to break into quality headphones on a nice budget."
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Cable

Cable:
"Also, the cord is extremely long and a hassle to use in public."
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"Other minor complaints: the cord is incredibly long - this can be a pro in some circumstances but annoying in others."
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"The sound also goes weird if you get the cables in a tangle or twirl them."
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"In fact with their closed back design, they are well suited for musicians recording tracking music as they are very quiet outside of the ear cups...It's hard to believe that I've run over the cord on these phone dozens of time with my office chair and they keep on keepin on! "
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"In other words you don't have to shell out another 50 bucks if only the cord is malfunctioning, you just buy the cord and replace the old one."
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"These are great headphones, but with an 11 foot cable it's probably going to be where they break."
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"love these headphones...though the cord is like six feet long ... have to drag it all over the place, though music sounds really good"
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"Crisp sounds, long cord, comfortable, with great bass and they muffle external noises."
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"Love the long cord that comes with it."
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"I like the fact that I don't need an adapter to plug in to the console, the cord length is great and allows me to move around between the board and the computer."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"These things are comfortable and they fit just right (which is sometimes a problem for me; apparently I have a small head LOL)"
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"They are comfortable and designed to replace only the failing part."
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"*i also purchased an in-line volume control from radio shack for when I'm pluged into the receiver (less then 10$) now because they are completely over the ear they very very soft and comfortable but they are heavier then ear buds & flimsy little head sets."
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"Not the best on the market, but they are comfortable and work fine."
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"I worried about the comfortability of it before placing my order, but it is very comfortable even wearing more than one hour."
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"There are two downsides:--They aren't the most comfortable."
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"The headphones provide excellent audio quality and are comfortable to wear for several hours."
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"Very good headphones and comfortable to wear"
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"Excellent sound damping quality and very comfortable for long periods of time."
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"Crisp sounds, long cord, comfortable, with great bass and they muffle external noises."
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"Good sound quality and comfortable!"
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Connector

Connector:
"Kind of ridiculous, considering the M30s had that jack."
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"They're uncomfortable and they were not advertised as having a 1 4 jack and did not come with an adapter."
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"The only problem I have with them is that the 1 4 to 3.55 mm jack that came with them bent after a few months, and I had to get it replaced."
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"It was really only a problem from the connector on the phones to about 3 feet down the cord, but those 36 inches had some reverse-kinks where the cord was very straight and would not bend easily."
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"So I just bought a quick 3.5mm jack extender at Radioshack, that fixed that problem."
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"The connector feels solid and if treated well the headphones feel like they will last."
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"Only quarter-inch jack (which can be considered a pro as well)."
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"In any case, these are a great buy as long as you get the adapter to be able to plug into a laptop or anything else with a 3.5 mm jack."
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"The Sony's have a jack which is compatible with MP3 players and do not require a bulky step-down adapter the way the Audio-Technica's do."
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"On that note, if you think about it now, if you have a laptop, or an ipod (Dunno why you would lug this thing around with an ipod but who knows), the jack, NOW with the adapter, is about 5 inches long, and if you hit it, it could easily snap."
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Design

Design:
"They are comfortable and designed to replace only the failing part."
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"From looking at the other reviews, it seems that these phones may have design issues, as there were multiple other reviews with the same problem."
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"I guess it is a common problem for closed cans design."
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"However, they do have their drawbacks - they're not the most comfortable 'phones in the world, plus their open design is inappropriate in some situations when you don't want to share your music with those around you."
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"In fact with their closed back design, they are well suited for musicians recording tracking music as they are very quiet outside of the ear cups...It's hard to believe that I've run over the cord on these phone dozens of time with my office chair and they keep on keepin on! "
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"By far, the best cost benefice digital audio design phone I found."
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"They are comfortable and designed to replace only the failing part."
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"Not designed to fold and carry - if awesome comfort and excellent sound quality for under $50 is what you want Look no further these are the ones  oh and only 4 Stars is I think they should have included the 3.5 adaptor & volume control."
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"They are perfectly designed for rngineers or any ordinary Joe who has a o assion for mixing a nd mastering."
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Fit

Fit:
"I am generally pretty careful with my things, but I wear these like everyone else and I assumed the thinly plastic covered pads with spongy foam inside would degrade faster, but they seem, look, and fit new to me."
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"These things are comfortable and they fit just right (which is sometimes a problem for me; apparently I have a small head LOL)"
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"However, I assumed they would fit into a laptop or iPhone iPod (which is my mistake)."
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"I've seen some complaints in these reviews that it doesn't fit a large head."
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"Although, the sound quality is great they don't fit as nice as the 30's."
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"I guess I would say the size is average, if you have big ears they might not fit well."
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"The cups are big enough, fits good."
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"They are comfortable and smoothly adjust to fit without applying too much pressure where they make contact."
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"These things are comfortable and they fit just right (which is sometimes a problem for me; apparently I have a small head LOL)"
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"It fits my head snug and comfortably, and the foam pads and closed back do a very good job of reducing audio bleed."
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"LOL These sound good, fit good and have a long cord."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"But if you want pure great sound from a true studio monitors, these are perfect..For clarification, the AT M40fs are extended frequency response at 5-28,0000 instead of the standard 20-20,000 just in case if there's any confusion to the different M40 series & model."
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"Great for accurate studio mixing except for the annoying lack of bass frequency that you really have to get used to."
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"The high frequency side didn't sound good to me (compared to my old Sony on-ear phones which I'm trying to replace)."
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"And here are the negatives:-Very little bass and lower midrange frequencies makes mixing difficult."
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"On the negative side, I did not find the frequency response to be as flat as I expected, thus making the phones inadequate for reference use."
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"Actually they are pretty clear and provide a rather flat frequency response which is a good thing for mixing."
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"Exceptionally wide frequency range and very good isolation."
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"When compating vocal quality between my KRK studio monitors and the ATH-M40fs is clear that the headphone drop a lot of the low frequency, which can be beneficial, but I would not consider to be true sound(the bass is just not there) I would not rely soupy on these headphones for a mix."
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"If you are mixing a project, you want flat frequency response so that your mix translates in the car as well as the home theater system."
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"But if you want pure great sound from a true studio monitors, these are perfect..For clarification, the AT M40fs are extended frequency response at 5-28,0000 instead of the standard 20-20,000 just in case if there's any confusion to the different M40 series & model."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"I was sure i found it, but since i started the first track which was pretty heavy on bass I became very disappointed."
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"They are heavy and bulky, making it rather uncomfortable and unstylish."
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"They are heavy, plasticy, too flimpsy (I hate the flexible ear-pieces)."
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"Otherwise I may have complaints that my tracks sound too bass heavy or the trebble is annoyingly bright."
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"Very comfortable, a little bit heavy, but anyway I can use them for hours."
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"I actually enjoyed listening to my iPod with these, with everything from heavy, very heavy bass (like dubstep-type music) to classical strings and pianos (orchestral work), i honestly can say the headphones suited all genres very well."
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"Beats are only good for listening to bass heavy music."
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"On the flip side, the headphone is somewhat heavy, but it is comfortable."
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Level

Level:
"Oh dear - so wrong, on so many levels."
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"Very good headphones with a real base level and quality coming out from the keyboard"
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"They seal out ambient noises very well, are quite comfortable, and at moderate levels do not cause fatigue."
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"But, the comfort level is about the same - I was hoping they were going to fit softly on my ears, but I still get some tiredness pain in my ears after wearing them for an hour or two."
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"The Audio-Technica ATHM40FS Precision Studio Headphones have preformed to the level I have come to expect from Audio-Technica, which is to say excellent."
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"They are comfortable and when controlled by a headphone splitter amp allow the ability to set the volume to your personal comfort level."
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Light

Light:
"The best part of these is that they are light so her head doesn't get tired, very strong volume, and pretty good noise isolation."
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"Excellent sound quality, light weight and very comfortable."
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"It is comfortable, light, and the sound is OUTSTANDING."
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"They sound better the longer you listen to them, you start to pick out the different tone variations right away sweet......the ultimate test is going to be Pink Floyd's dark side of the moon with the lights out.... All I can say so far is thanks Amazon for a great deal!"
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"These headphones are very light and the padding is comfortably soft."
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Listening

Listening:
"(I have never had a pair that cost 50 dollars or more) - but as I went through all my music and some online music I realized that the extended frequency in the low end was not being heard.. or more accurately, the bass was not sufficient to enjoy the listening experience."
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"Good buy for studio, disappointing for casual music listening."
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"Would not recommend for regular ipod listening since the resistance is so high."
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"A bit uncomfortable physically over long listening periods but not sonically fatiguing."
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"I felt like listening to stock honda civic speakers(those are horrible)."
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"The only problem I saw was in the construction: trying too hard to be all things to all people with the one-side listening, swivel ear piece design; it is not practical, and ruins the design."
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"Flat response, which is nice for mixing especially but which I also like for listening."
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"Incredible sound, great for mixing or just listening to music."
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"Overall, compared to listening through laptop speakers, the sound is amazing for listening to music."
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"these are excellent for every day listening."
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Material

Material:
"Good product, shame they couldn't use a more durable material."
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"The material around the ears and padding for the head would be the weak spot."
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"-My brother purchased some BOSE headphones for $120, and they had horrible materials and broke easily - these would rank a whole lot better...quality materials are important! "
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"I had a pair of Sonys with the same problem (low-quality material)."
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"They still function perfectly, but the material wrapping the cushions is starting to flake off."
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"Adjustment are great, material is very soft -- good comfort."
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"The synthetic material that covers the surfaces of the headband is comfortable, as is the foam in earcup portion."
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"They look so expensive, sound very professional, have amazing noise cancellation with the quality of the ear material, and are under $60.Again, like another reviewer said, they are better than Dr. Dre's beats."
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"-My brother purchased some BOSE headphones for $120, and they had horrible materials and broke easily - these would rank a whole lot better...quality materials are important! "
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Mixing

Mixing:
"Again, would not be good for longer mixing sessions IMO."
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"Bass is also extremely low on these headphones, which I personally think would be dangerous for mixing - wouldn't it cause you to overcompensate for the supposedly weak bass you hear in these headphones, thus causing overly emphasized bass when listening through normal speakers and headphones?"
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"These are great, but not perfect, for mixing on a budget."
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"Great for accurate studio mixing except for the annoying lack of bass frequency that you really have to get used to."
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"Not great for mixing."
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"Flat response, which is nice for mixing especially but which I also like for listening."
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"Incredible sound, great for mixing or just listening to music."
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"Actually they are pretty clear and provide a rather flat frequency response which is a good thing for mixing."
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"Overall its good Flat headphone for mixing."
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"I agree with other reviewers, the sound is very good, making it more useful for monitoring mixing than any of the other headphones in my project studio."
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Monitor

Monitor:
"I was going to buy these headphones or spend an extra $400 to buy nice studio monitors and while waiting for my package to arrive in the mail I was afraid I made the wrong choice and should have paid the extra $400 for the monitors but I'm glad I didn't!"
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"When compating vocal quality between my KRK studio monitors and the ATH-M40fs is clear that the headphone drop a lot of the low frequency, which can be beneficial, but I would not consider to be true sound(the bass is just not there) I would not rely soupy on these headphones for a mix."
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"I REALLY LOVE THIS MONITOR."
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"But if you want pure great sound from a true studio monitors, these are perfect..For clarification, the AT M40fs are extended frequency response at 5-28,0000 instead of the standard 20-20,000 just in case if there's any confusion to the different M40 series & model."
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"If your looking for a great pair of monitor studio headphones that are affordable these are the way to go."
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"it may only be the piece of music i used to first ck them).even so, they're a great match to my pro studio desktop monitors i use for recording."
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Music

Music:
"In fact with their closed back design, they are well suited for musicians recording tracking music as they are very quiet outside of the ear cups...It's hard to believe that I've run over the cord on these phone dozens of time with my office chair and they keep on keepin on! "
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"As far as sound quality, though I spend a lot of time with sound and music (frustrated guitarist), I am by no means an expert on what sounds good or not."
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"Plus, if I were mixing sound, I would put TOO much bass in whatever music or movie I was doing, and it would sound horrible when people listened to it threw other speakers or headphones."
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"Equalization was nice, but it was hard to distinguish instruments in music tracks and high notes were strange and painful."
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"I know what cheap headphones with no bass or noise cancelling sounds like and it is terrible if you actually want to listen to good music."
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"Good buy for studio, disappointing for casual music listening."
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"Incredible sound, great for mixing or just listening to music."
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"love these headphones...though the cord is like six feet long ... have to drag it all over the place, though music sounds really good"
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"They block outside noise better and produce a very pleasant clear sound for my music."
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"Overall, compared to listening through laptop speakers, the sound is amazing for listening to music."
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"In fact with their closed back design, they are well suited for musicians recording tracking music as they are very quiet outside of the ear cups...It's hard to believe that I've run over the cord on these phone dozens of time with my office chair and they keep on keepin on! "
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Noise

Noise:
"I know what cheap headphones with no bass or noise cancelling sounds like and it is terrible if you actually want to listen to good music."
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"I hate random ambient noise when I'm trying to concentrate, and have much more success when I can block out my environment with my favorite music."
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"They block outside noise better and produce a very pleasant clear sound for my music."
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"Crisp sounds, long cord, comfortable, with great bass and they muffle external noises."
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"I Really love these head phones, the sound is so clear and they really keep the noise out."
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"They deaden outside noise to a great degree."
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"The best part of these is that they are light so her head doesn't get tired, very strong volume, and pretty good noise isolation."
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Performance

Performance:
"I'm a pianist keyboardist, and I use them for home recording, as well as live stage performances (not sure what volume problem others are complaining about)."
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"Audio Performance:I was a little worried that the hardware I was using wouldn't be able to drive these phones very well, but I was luckily proven wrong."
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"The performance is great."
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"I would recommend them to anyone who truly appreciates high fidelity performance."
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"I'm a pianist keyboardist, and I use them for home recording, as well as live stage performances (not sure what volume problem others are complaining about)."
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"With their build quality and solid performance, you can't go wrong."
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"I have only used it with my home Tascam PortaStudio deck...so far, flawless performance, and comfortable fit!"
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Plug

Plug:
"The wire near the plug gave out to excessive bending after a year or two and there was no way I could fix it."
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"The two big pluses for me: it delivers the sound I want (not too bassy, not too bright, not muddy); natively comes with a 1 4 plug which eliminates a constant problem area as I've had issues with adapters."
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"My only complaint is that they have a 1 4 plug."
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"However you will have a plug end about 3.5 inches sticking out of your device....I plan to add a 1 8 angle male end with a 1 8 female with about 6 feet of cable to eliminate the large plug problem...I knew about this before I made my purchase, there a lot of different ways to solve this problem be creative because it's worth it....."
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"I was feeling a bit disappointed as I checked and rechecked the plug and connection."
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"However, the only disadvantage is that there is no the adapter for the 6.3mm plug of the headphone."
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"I like the fact that I don't need an adapter to plug in to the console, the cord length is great and allows me to move around between the board and the computer."
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"It's well-made, comfortable, and I love the fact that it comes with a dedicated 1 4 inch plug with the spring reinforcement."
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"If you are using these for general headphones note that they have a larger plug and you will have to buy a converter to get the standard computer phone ipod plug size, but that's a pretty small deal to be honest."
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"Excellent cable with 14 plug, flexible thick wire.4."
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"The plug if you want 3.5 instead of 6.3mm is bulky but inexpensive 6.3mm to 3.5mm I found a well matching plug for $6 ,these once cost $150 ,no way would I ever have paid that,for under $50 Koss Porta Pro and it wont pull out your hair (I realize someone whose hair is up all over the place might get hair pulled .Try those for a great listen But Audio Technica is worth the price now"
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Price

Price:
"I purchase a pair of these over 5 yrs ago... And I just used them to Mix and Master an Album (Beartracks: Journeys)Without a doubt, these are the best all around Studio Grade Headphones out there... for the money."
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"Hard to beat for the money."
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"They work well, not great, but about how well you'd expect for the price."
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"My last pair of headphones failed because the cord was very thin and cheap."
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"Not great certainly, but for the price (about 65.00) a reasonable deal."
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"I have never owned headphones that cost more than $50 so im not saying these are the best on the market, but they sound great for the price."
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"A very nice quality headphone at a decent price."
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"Good quality for the price."
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"Great headphones...Awesome sounds..best sound for the money...highly recommended...."
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"Well worth the money."
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"You can do no wrong, unless you have more money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Sound quality is fantastic, which is a shame because you have to put up with the extreme discomfort that you get after wearing them for more than ten minutes."
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"Not willing to spend another $40 for headphones of mediocre quality."
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"Although, the sound quality is great they don't fit as nice as the 30's."
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"The bass might be a little weak in these, but other than that, my first impression is that they're quality phones."
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"The bad: Well, getting quality headphones has it's downsides as well."
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"The fault is not in their quality."
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"Very good headphones with a real base level and quality coming out from the keyboard"
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"A very nice quality headphone at a decent price."
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"These are very good quality headphones."
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"The headphones provide excellent audio quality and are comfortable to wear for several hours."
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"Good quality for the price."
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Range

Range:
"Also, these headphones require very little power from your device to get great volume through a huge range of sounds (saw a few complaint reviews that this was a problem, either they need a better device or bought a cheap adapter, my RAZR M could nearly make me deaf with these)."
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"Excellent sound in all ranges."
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"Exceptionally wide frequency range and very good isolation."
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"If your looking for nice mid range starter headphones then you dont need to look any futher put if your looking for beginer audiophile headphones."
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"Very good for phones in this price range."
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"range these have, amazing BASS!"
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Response

Response:
"But if you want pure great sound from a true studio monitors, these are perfect..For clarification, the AT M40fs are extended frequency response at 5-28,0000 instead of the standard 20-20,000 just in case if there's any confusion to the different M40 series & model."
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"It may not have the best bass response or treble but it has a good sound quality overall and sound superb especially for its price point."
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"Nice, flat response (and you'll hear all those nasty mp3 flaws you pretend aren't there in your speakers ;)."
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"On the negative side, I did not find the frequency response to be as flat as I expected, thus making the phones inadequate for reference use."
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"Flat response, which is nice for mixing especially but which I also like for listening."
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"Actually they are pretty clear and provide a rather flat frequency response which is a good thing for mixing."
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"This was surprising to me considering how flat of a response they provide and how clear they are."
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"If you are mixing a project, you want flat frequency response so that your mix translates in the car as well as the home theater system."
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"But if you want pure great sound from a true studio monitors, these are perfect..For clarification, the AT M40fs are extended frequency response at 5-28,0000 instead of the standard 20-20,000 just in case if there's any confusion to the different M40 series & model."
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Size

Size:
"These things are comfortable and they fit just right (which is sometimes a problem for me; apparently I have a small head LOL)"
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"I had been playing the drums through a small guitar amp, and was thouroughly disappointed in the various drum sounds which appeared to be available from the drum module."
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"It is really a shame to see a pair of cans that deliver such good audio quality have so thin a ring of foam that the inner fabric that covers the speakers touches your ear and make it very uncomfortable, the cushion cover rings themselves are also too small, so they are not really around your ears as it should be, but instead pressing on your ears all the time - it's uncomfortable and your ears will sweat."
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"Pros:Sturdy build qualityVery comfortableGreat, neutral soundLong cordCord attaches to only one sideRotating earpieces allow 'phones to be stored flatCons:Large size - not the best for traveling (though no larger than they need to be for this design)1 4 plug - need an adapter for 3.5mm plugs, leading to strain on plugNot the most stylish - utilitarian design; any color, as long as it's blackConclusion:This is a no-frills pair of headphones with every cent of the price going into sound, comfort, and durability."
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"If you are using these for general headphones note that they have a larger plug and you will have to buy a converter to get the standard computer phone ipod plug size, but that's a pretty small deal to be honest."
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"On a side note, you will have to purchase an adapter to get it to work with other electronics, as the plug is the stereo 1 4 size, but those are cheap and easily found here on amazon as well! "
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"I would recommend getting an adaptor that has a small cable between the 1 4 female and 3.5mm male connectors so the weight is taken off the socket."
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"I think they are perhaps a tad more comfortable, but bear in mind I have small ears, so these fit me pretty well but the big-eared person might not feel likewise."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound also goes weird if you get the cables in a tangle or twirl them."
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"The quality becomes really evident when you throw on another set of headphones and they sound terrible."
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"IMO they did not do an adequate job of duplicating a similar sound as the speaker would provide."
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"As far as sound quality, though I spend a lot of time with sound and music (frustrated guitarist), I am by no means an expert on what sounds good or not."
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"I really can't comment yet on the sound until i get them broken in, but I'm happy with them so far and I expect them to be around for some time."
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"Nothing cracked, stretched, broken and no wiring shorts ....... still sound great."
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"The headphones sound amazing."
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"The important part is they sound great and work perfectly."
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"Incredible sound, great for mixing or just listening to music."
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"The sound was wonderful."
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"So, good sounding cans but my body can't seem to tolerate very long exposure to them so they're not meeting my needs at work or in the studio."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"IMO they did not do an adequate job of duplicating a similar sound as the speaker would provide."
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"Plus, if I were mixing sound, I would put TOO much bass in whatever music or movie I was doing, and it would sound horrible when people listened to it threw other speakers or headphones."
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"Put the headphones back on and the sound came out from the speakers on the piano...I'm so confused at this point."
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"I felt like listening to stock honda civic speakers(those are horrible)."
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"Nice, flat response (and you'll hear all those nasty mp3 flaws you pretend aren't there in your speakers ;)."
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"They are quite comfortable, but when listening for several hours straight, the edge of the speaker can push against the ear, resulting in discomfort."
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"Overall, compared to listening through laptop speakers, the sound is amazing for listening to music."
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"Speakers are great and sound quality is superb."
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"I use them connected tomy computer speaker out, which has a good quality sound processor."
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"However, a decent set of speakers will set you back many times more than these headphones cost, and if you're on a tight budget, I don't think you can beat the M40FS as an all around great recording tool."
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"Now, I'm not suggesting that headphones can or should take the place of a decent set of near field monitor speakers that are correctly positioned for mixing."
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Value

Value:
"I consider these great value headphones for the thrifty audiophile, but just beware of the long-term entropy of comfort."
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"Good value for a set of headphones with a fairly flat response AND 1 4 jack built in ..."
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"I think they are a decent value."
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"They are a great value at a nice price"
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"Great value."
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"All in all, a good value but sort of wish I had saved for some of the killer reference standard AT sets."
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iPod

iPod:
"However, I assumed they would fit into a laptop or iPhone iPod (which is my mistake)."
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"Would not recommend for regular ipod listening since the resistance is so high."
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"The awkward amount of space that my iPod takes up with the adapter is the most inconvenient worst part of the headphones."
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"If you want a pair of headphones to listen to your ipod, especially on the go, I would not recommend these."
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"If you are using these for general headphones note that they have a larger plug and you will have to buy a converter to get the standard computer phone ipod plug size, but that's a pretty small deal to be honest."
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"I actually enjoyed listening to my iPod with these, with everything from heavy, very heavy bass (like dubstep-type music) to classical strings and pianos (orchestral work), i honestly can say the headphones suited all genres very well."
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"Am using them on my IPod Touch with no problems and using the adapter above."
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"They are very comfortable but I did have to get an adapter for my iPad and iPod but that was like two bucks! "
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"Sound quality is good, a bit lower in the bass, you probably need a mini amplifier for ipod iphone to enjoy better sound, but in my pc computer its ok."
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