Audio-Technica ATH-M30

The Good The Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones offer good build quality and detailed, natural sound with good bass. They're also very comfortable and a bargain at around $60.

The Bad There's no integrated microphone for making cell phone calls; the extra-long cord makes the headphones less suitable for mobile use; don't fold-up like the ATH-M35; and the cord isn't detachable.

The Bottom Line While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50 headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 set costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Value 9.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Audio-Technica ATH-M30

Audio-Technica makes a few popular full-size headphones, including the ATH-M30 reviewed here, that perform very well and offer excellent performance bang for the buck. The ATH-M30, which retails for around $60 online, isn't as ruggedly built as the step up ATH-M50, nor does it sound as good. But hey, it's only $60, and at that price point, you're not going to do much better.

Like the M50, this model has a thick single cord that terminates in a heavy-duty, reinforced plug. The padded earcups swivel on only one axis (the M50 swivels on two), and the headphones don't fold flat for storage. Audio-Technica also makes the ATH-M35, which retails for around the same price. The only difference between the two models is that the ATH-M35 has a hinge that allows you to fold the earcups inward for storage in an included pouch. I prefer a fold-flat design, but many people will appreciate that the ATH-M35 has some sort of collapsible option, making that model the better choice.

As I said, the M30 doesn't feel as sturdy as the M50, and the headband isn't as thick, but they're well-built for their price. They're also quite comfortable and relatively lightweight, weighing in at 7 ounces compared with the M50's 10.1 ounces.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Audio-Technica
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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