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A perfect choice for project studio engineers, home recordists and recording musicians, Audio-Technica’s ATH-M30 dynamic stereo headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy in a design engineered to provide maximum comfort for hours of listening. The headphones' low-profile, closed-back design provides exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. Features include: neodymium magnet structure; lightweight, adjustable cushioned headband; gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and screw-on ¼" (6.3 mm) adapter; ultra-flexible 11' cable with single-side exit.
 
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5 / 5
Low-cost precision.
PostedDecember 29, 2012
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HouseFox
from Biloxi, MS, USA
Environment:Studio
Expertise:Intermediate
How Long:Up to a year
Reliability 
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Audio Quality 
4 / 5
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Durability 
5 / 5
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Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Let me first begin by saying that I use the product through my Xenyx 502 mixer's phono output with only the input from my PC's Aux out looped into the jack via the Aux to Phones button. That being said, these headphones sound very good for their price range.
Looks:
Black-on-black usual studio-esque looks; this is not a complaint, because I rarely if ever take these into public. This is mainly because of the high driving requirements of these headphones (65 ohm, man!).
Portability:
None whatsoever, due mostly to the 11.5 foot non-removable cable.
Sound:
True to the product description, these headphones are flat and unforgiving to the mix; I would not recommend these to any bass-head. That being said I'll also mention that they are very precise for closed-back headphones, and bordering on analytical. They don't leak noise at regular listening volumes, either.
Comfort:
These would be fine in this department if I didn't wear glasses. They do press down on the back of the frame and the backside of my ear a little much, which makes listening to them for too many hours at a time a little uncomfortable. Other than that they are very well padded. Manual adjustment of the frame may be required if you have a larger head.
Durability:
These are some of the most durable headphones I've ever used, having used Beats, Sonys, Sennheisers, Bheringers, Philips, etc. The end connector is VERY tough, with a solid metal casing that could probably survive artillery shelling. On that note it would require tin shears to slice the cable.
All in all, this is a very good product if you're looking for an affordable solution for a home studio or any home listening experience.
Pros Casual Listening, Studio, Office, precise, flat
Cons not portable, uncomfortable w/ glasses, non-removable cable
 
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A perfect choice for project studio engineers, home recordists and recording musicians, Audio-Technica’s ATH-M30 dynamic stereo headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy in a design engineered to provide maximum comfort for hours of listening. The headphones' low-profile, closed-back design provides exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. Features include: neodymium magnet structure; lightweight, adjustable cushioned headband; gold-plated stereo 1/8" (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and screw-on ¼" (6.3 mm) adapter; ultra-flexible 11' cable with single-side exit.
 

Does "single-side exit" mean that the cable is detachable from the headset?

I'm wondering if I can detach the cable, for example on a long flight, in order to just have some noise buffering.
No, unfourtunately, but a quick google search revealed that many mods have been performed on the ATH-M50 to make the cable removable, and I'm currently looking into the compatibility with the M30.
1 year, 3 months ago
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