This is my first review and I can't believe this will be the first review of the ATH-M35 on Head-Fi!
|DRIVER DIAMETER||40 mm|
|VOICE COIL||Copper-clad aluminum wire|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20-20,000 Hz|
|MAXIMUM INPUT POWER||1,600 mW at 1 kHz|
|CABLE||3.4 m (11'), OFC litz wire, left-side exit|
|CONNECTOR||3.5 mm (1/8") gold-plated stereo mini-plug|
|ACCESSORIES INCLUDED||Screw-on 6.3 mm (1/4") adapter; protective pouch|
In this review, I mention the ATH-M30, ATH-M35, ATH-M50, and ATH-M50S as a comparison, so here are some important things to take note of first:
The ATH-M50 = ATH-M50S other than the ATH-M50 having a coiled cable and the ATH-M50S having a straight cable
The ATH-M30 = ATH-M35 other than the ATH-M35 folding.
This review is based on the listening I have done with the following rigs:
Home: Creative X-Fi HD USB
[Old] Portable: Rockboxed iPod Classic 160GB > FiiO L9 > FiiO E11
[New] Portable: Rockboxed iPod Classic 160GB > OFC 24 AWG LOD by Chris_Himself & Ted > ALO The National
Sound Quality: Very well balanced. Mids and highs are crystal-clear. Quality lows when needed, but not muddy. Warmer than the ATH-M50.
Isolation: They leak a bit of sound. I had these headphones on in a quiet classroom one day and the person in front of me heard the trumpet from a Chet Baker song I was listening to. These aren't the best headphones to wear in noisy environments. They let a lot of sound through even though they are closed back.
Comfort: Extremely comfortable for long listening sessions. I've worn these for 3+ hours at a time without discomfort.
Cable: The ATH-M35 has a very nice cable. Thick, and it definitely feels like it was built to last! It's 11' long and only comes in straight, unlike the ATH-M50. The cable is also not detachable. It terminates in a 3.5mm gold-plated connector with an excellent strain-relief and comes with a screw-on 6.35mm adapter.
Build Quality: They are durable and I often skip the carrying bag when I take them to school.
Amping: These headphones don't sound the best straight out of an iPod or on-board sound card. They sound better when paired with my Creative X-Fi HD USB, but they really shine with my portable rig. They sound amazing with the ALO The National.
I like the sound of the ATH-M35 so much that I wish I could get a version with better noise isolation and I'd be prepared to spend twice as much and still be happy with my purchase. These headphones are great for jazz because of their warmth. When I run events, I prefer the ATH-M35 over the ATH-M50 because they are quicker to put on, weigh less, cost less, and I believe they actually sound more true to life.
Edited by nbohaychuk - 5/2/13 at 8:44am