Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Closed-Back Studio Headphones


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Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Closed-Back Studio Headphones

The ATH-M20x is the most affordable pair of headphones on Audio-Technica's M-series.

These inexpensive headphones offer tight-sealed ear cups for sound isolation with minimal bleeding. The circular ear pads provide comfort during long sessions of listening.

They feature 40mm neodymium magnet drivers that deliver an accurate frequency response suitable for both recording and mixing.


  • Type: Closed-Back
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 40 mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 15 - 20,000 Hz
  • Maximum Input Power: 700 mW at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
  • Impedance: 47 Ohms
  • Weight: 190 g (6.7 oz), without cable and connector
  • Cable: 3.0 m (9.8'), straight, left-side exit


Many users praise the ATH-M20x as an affordable alternative to the more expensive M50x that sees a lot of use as a client-side pair of cans in studios. The clamping pressure allows the headphones to stay on even the most energetic of drummers while the price point keeps breakage anxiety at bay since the headphones are relatively affordable and available. For the price, the sound quality is said to be good and neutral. There were no instances of bass or mid range peaking reported. They have have reasonable passive isolation, allowing for minimal sound leakage while monitoring. Many reviewers commended their durable build and sturdy cable. They are easily adjustable and moderately comfortable.


Sound quality is good but compared to its more expensive siblings, it still lacks some of the liveliness and clarity of more expensive headphones. Some long term comfort issues were raised by some users. Some users preferred having a shorter cord, but many people find this to be quite a useful feature.


While being the "baby brother" of the more popular ATH-M50x, it still shares the same DNA with it's build and sound signature. It is adequate for general purpose studio applications like tracking and some mixing. Get it if you want to get into the Audio-Technica brand sound for mixing. Be wary though: you might end up hooked on the sound!

Although these were previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Studio Headphones Under $100.

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