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Flat response, fast response. Not dissatisfied.

A Review On: Audio Technica ATH-M40FS Precision StudioPhones

Audio Technica ATH-M40FS Precision StudioPhones

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BowserKoopa
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Pros: 11-Foot Cable (Pretty Subjective), Quick Response, Resolute Sound, Clean High-end

Cons: Pads & Headband wear easily.

While the treble can be slightly "honky" (as another reviewer put it) at times, the high frequencies are very clear on this pair of headphones, and one can pick out different instruments.

 

These headphones (being studio monitors) are very clear, and one will have to a good bit of work in order to muddy the sound. They compete will with my Grado's in the category of "fast-response cans". I was able to listen to some swedish death opera with good clarity. I have no complaints whatsoever regarding bass, treble, or midrange - all of these are equally present.

 

In fact, my only complaint may be that they can can start sounding a bit muffled after a good while listening with open-back headphones.

 

Songs:

- Acoustic Alchemy - Mr. Chow : A real treat. Crisp, resolute, discernible guitar and percussion.

- Diablo Swing Orchestra - Black Box Messiah : This piece is fast, and heavy with texture and a range of vocals; includes an electic violin. Sounded good, the cans were not at all taxed.

- Diablo Swing Orchestra - Guerrilla Laments : Also very fast, vocals were discernible, horns, bass, guitar, violin, drums, and whatnot could all be heard and were generally not muddy at all.

- Allan Holdsworth - The Things You See : Warm guitar was warm, so were vocals (this is the mastering). Everything was crisp -- matched my SR225is (with exception of sound-stage and some minor business with vocals).

- Bela Fleck (et al) - Blu-Bop : Piano could have been more present.

- Adrian Belew - Ampersand : Vocals seemed to be distant, but this may be the track (in some parts)

- Cake - Comanche : You can hear emotional cues in the intonation of lead singer. 

- Huey Lewis... - ... New Drug : Not muddy at all, echo was very discernible. 

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