New kit from Audio-Technica

Fancy a new set of bargain cans or a really rather costly vocals mic? Audio Technica has both!

Being introduced at the Pro Light & Sound event this month, the company’s rolling out headphones snappily labelled the ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x and ATH-M40x. They’re the little sisters or brothers to the ATH-M50x would you believe it.

Audio Technica ATH M20x
Audio Technica ATH M20x

There’s talk of 40mm drivers and rare earth magnets (?) but we suspect the key information is the price:

  • ATH-M20x: £49 inc VAT/€49 ex VAT
  • ATH-M30x: £69 inc VAT/€69 ex VAT
  • ATH-M40x: £99 inc VAT/€99 ex VAT
  • ATH-M50x: £169 inc VAT/€169 ex VAT

Meanwhile, at the cashtill-shaking end of the market, how do you fancy a new AT4060a tube microphone? Well you’ll need a cheque for £1599 inc VAT. Yes, you read that right.

The 4060a has a “warm, round vintage tone with a dynamic range that far exceeds that of other tube microphones” says Audio Technica. It also has a new power supply unit (yawn)

Audio Technica AT4060a
Audio Technica AT4060a

And if you thought rare earth metals in the headphones were exotic, wait until you read about the microphone’s “vapour-deposited gold diaphragms” which “undergo a five-step aging process”. Sounds like a fine wine or beer to us.

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