Audio-Technica offers an upgraded version of these headphones – the Audio-Technica ATH-M30x. You can check out our review of the M30x headphones here: Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones Review.


Today we review the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Headphones. These headphones had recently been listed as “the best headphones you can buy for under $50”, so of course we have to take a peek.


These headphones claim to offer exceptional clarity along with sonic accuracy for mixing purposes. It looks like these may be a great option for the thrify audiophiles out there. Here’s how Audio-Technica describes the ATH-M30 headphones:

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.

The ATH-M30 headphones don’t block out noise a complete 100%, but they come pretty darned close. Additionally, they do a superb job of trapping the sound inside of the headphones. If you like listening to your jams loudly without disturbing your desk neighbor at work, these are definitely the headphones for you. Go ahead and crank that music up – they won’t hear a thing.


The band feels somewhat tighter than some other headphones we’ve reviewed, but the padding around the ears is very large and incredibly soft – these are one comfy pair of headphones. They’re also quite light feeling when you’re actually wearing them, while not sacrificing their sturdiness.

Honestly for their price, these headphones are a steal. They’re comfortable, sound great, and built to last you a long time.



Final Verdict

Overall, we found the ATH-M30 headphones to be a great value for the price. These are the pair of headphones you’ll want to get if you’re looking for something that is both inexpensive and portable. While they may not give you the same quality sound as compared to the more expensive headphones available, they’re great for those every day use headphones that deliver a much better sound than those crappy earbuds you’re currently using.

Like these headphones?

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