Audio-Technica M40x Professional Studio Headphones for studio recording, creators, DJs, podcasts and everyday listening Black
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That's the headphone on all of Sonic Sense that sounds literally so close to the reference material that you need a seroiusly trained ear to hear the VERY slight coloration to the sound vs.
The bass bloat, artificial-sounding treble, inconsistent comfort levels, and questionable build all combine to make for a painfully average to below-average headphone in my mind. It’s a bass head sound and isn’t at all ashamed of it, but it also isn’t overdone like your mom’s meatloaf. I’m not too worried about the ear cups since it’s easy to replace them with aftermarket ear cup pads. As far as the high end goes, both offer good presence there but the M50X sounds a little bit more forward in the lower part of the high end, and can sometimes feel like too much to me when the volume is really cranked up, depending on what you’re listening to.
In music, this makes it a bit more difficult to hear higher vocal registers, especially over a loud drum section. Now that I’ve been able to experience the best of both worlds, I can definitely appreciate sound quality a bit more. Andertons Music Company is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, firm registration number 716155. Above each "cup" there is a little construction they hook onto so they can swivel in all kinds of directions. The biggest difference once again is that spot that sits right between the mids/highs around 4k which sound more forward on the M50x.
They don't prevent 100% of sound escaping, you can usually hear a hint of the track, but it's never been anywhere near a problem for me, since the recorded part will be used with the track it was recorded along with. The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x is a large headset with ovalesque headphones, each of which houses a 40mm dynamic driver. The M40X gets there by trying to mimic the good qualities of the M50X while throwing almost everything physical out and recreating it from scratch. I absolutely adore my Razer Kitty BT headphones, but they aren’t good for professional use whatsoever because they leak a lot of sound.
The M40X is a good pick if you’re looking to primarily use the headphones in a studio and especially for studio mixing.