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 > FiiO L9 > 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 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: The internal sound card in my laptop can't power these headphones adequately. Whenever the song hits a bass note, the volume goes down. They work very nicely with my X-Fi HD USB, but they sound perfect when connected to ALO's "The National".
I like the sound of the ATH-M35 so much that I wish I could get a version with more noise isolation and I'd be prepared to spend twice or even three times as much and still be happy with my purchase. I listen to almost exclusively jazz, and when at home, I often forget that I'm wearing the headphones and reach for the volume knob on my home theatre receiver. When I mix sound for events, this is the only set of headphones I use. I've tried others, but there isn't a comparison.
Other notes: I also own a pair of DT1350 which seem popular to pair with ALO's "The National". As far as my listening goes, I didn't notice a difference with the DT1350s amped vs. plugged directly into my iPod Classic. I do however notice a difference when I plug the ATH-M35 into the amp vs. directly in. The ATH-M35 & The National combination is by far my favourite. The $300 DT1350 don't sound anywhere near as good as the ~$70 ATH-M35 headphones.
Another thing I would like to add is that I used to have a silver cable connected to this amp, but the 30-pin connector on the cable broke, so I ordered another L9 instead. I haven't noticed the slightest difference between copper and silver.
Edited by nbohaychuk - 1/10/14 at 9:38pm