Expert Service 1-877-289-7664 [Hours]

Sonic Closeout Sale

Audio Technica ATH-M30

Close Back Dynamic Stereo Monitoring Headphones with Superior Noise Isolation


Good news and a little bad...

This item has been discontinued

But you may be interested in the newest model that's available.

athm30x thumbnail

Audio Technica ATH-M30x

OUR PRICE: $69.00

View item

Get FAST answers from customers ASK a Question See questions answers

Hear the Professional Audio Difference

Audio-Technica's ATH-M30 headphones are designed and engineered to provide high sonic accuracy, perfect for studio engineers, home recordists and recording musicians. The low-profile close back dynamic design provides crisp clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations. The adjustable cushioned headband and padded ear-cups offer comfort for hours of listening. Equipped with an 11' foot single exist cable and additional screw-on 1/4" adapter, Audio Technica's ATM-M30 are great professional monitoring headphones at an affordable price.

Product Features:
  • Exceptional clarity and sonic accuracy for mixing
  • High power handling for tracking sessions
  • Circumaural design ensures superior isolation
  • Adjustable cushioned headband and lightweight design for maximum comfort
  • 40 mm neodymium drivers & extended frequency response for clear, balanced sound reproduction
  • Single-sided cable constructed with ultra-flexible litz wire
  • Gold-plated stereo 1/8" connector with strain-relief spring and professional 1/4" adapter.
  • 2-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 65 Ohm
  • Cord Length: 11' (3.4 m)
  • Cable Type: OFC litz wire
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Construction: Gold-plated
  • Magnet Material: Neodymium
  • Weight/Mass: 7 oz (200g) without cable
  • Speaker Diameter: 1-9/16" (40mm)
  • Max Input Power: 1600mW @ 1kHz
Audio Technica Authorized Reseller

Product History:

Audio Technica ATH-M30x thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Audio Technica ATH-M30 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Audio Technica ATH-M30x)

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover
Musical Production / Recording Artists

General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20,000 Hz
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
100 dB
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
65 Ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

Specials with this Item

Promotions we have offer More Ways to Shop for items that are on clearance, last chance, special offer and sales, Made in America, and more!

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star

Average Attribution Rating


San Diego, California

Headphones, Audio Technica ATH-M30

September 18, 2013

Yes, these are very good headphones for the price. I'm pleased with them. You can easily more and get less.

2 of 3 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?



Very Good Product

September 17, 2013

High quality headphone (build and sound), confortable to use. A good cost benefit product.

2 of 3 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?


Santa Ynez, California

good value

June 26, 2013

I like the sound, the comfort of wrap-around headphones and the long cord which allows me to listen to DVDs late at light and my internet radio (turning the little sound it produces into a symphony.

2 of 3 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?


Columbus, OH

Best sub $100 cans, period

June 8, 2012

For the price point, they are unbeatable. A little heavy on the bass, but very smooth. Mids are slightly recessed, and highs are crisp and clean.
Sound a fit are comfortable, and I can wear them for hours. I've had them for a few months and they've held up well; except for the strain relief spring which pops out easily. Got it back in and keep it there with a bit of heat shrink. While you could use them for studio work, I wouldn't use them for mastering. Go for something more like the Beyerdynamic DT880 or AKG K702, but are also over 5x more expensive.

3 of 5 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?


Middletown, ct

Decent and durable

June 24, 2013

I like them, they sound decent to me. A little bit better after being broken in a bit. A little too large to wear out and about and the cord is too long for that anyway (sorta drives me nuts)
Ive actually had mine for a while now and they have held up during my use and my 6 year old playing with them also so pretty durable

2 of 4 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?



Audio Technica ATH-M30

March 20, 2012

Great product at a very affordable price.
Sonic is also a great seller - perfectly packed & shipped in a timely manner. Would certainly recommend, and would purchase from again.

1 of 2 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Big A

Danville, Ca

Audio Technica ATH-M30 Review

February 19, 2012

Wow what a great pair of headphones. Great dynamics at a great price. I initially heard them at a Recording Studio and had to have a pair. Thank you so much!

2 of 4 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?



Spatial Imaging

July 4, 2013

I find the bass to be balanced, distinct and secure. It is not overly pumped as is often the case with lower priced headphones. These headsets produce a balanced and even response across both the dynamic range and frequency spectrum.

They are comfortable to wear for extended periods, though they are not vented and can become a bit moist in the ear cups. I like the long cord, so that I'm not tied to my gear and can sit or recline where I choose. These are definitely designed for indoor use and are not a "jogging" headset.

1 of 4 found this helpful

Was this review helpful to you?

Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

FiiO E6

Single Input and Output 1/8" (3.5mm) Interface and USB Rechargeable Battery

Your Price $27.99

StreetWires ZN5XF35

ZeroNoise 5 Series 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack extension cable with oxygen-free copper wire

Your Price $16.95

Hide answersShow all answers | Sort by
No questions have been asked about this item. Be the first!

Product Summary


Model Number






Internal SKU


Internal Product ID


Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Audio Technica ATH-M30