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post #16 of 170

They do sound "like" $100 phones. But IMO they are not truly comparable to those headphones. You will notice slightly less clean bass/lower mids, slightly weak lower treble, and somewhat strong treble (which you already did). Note I used the word "slightly." They are kind of moderately well balanced. I can confidently say that they are comparable to any good, major-brand headphones retailing at $50 - $80 (e.g., AKG K518LE, Creative Aurvana Live, Senheiser HD 429, etc), basically telling that they can compete with things costing double their price.

 

By the way, if you can play with a good EQ software like Electi-Q or Rockbox built-in EQ, you will be able to obtain better tonal balance by slightly increasing the upper mids / lower treble (from 1.5 to 5 kHz) by 3 to 5 dB and lowering the treble from 8 to 12 kHz by 2 to 4 dB.

 

EDIT: Here is the EQ setting I use:

 

Filter 1

Center Freq: 3000 Hz

Gain: 4 dB

Bandwidth (BW): 2.5

 

Filter 2

Center Freq: 9500 Hz

Gain: -2.5 dB

Bandwidth (BW): 1.0

 

You will hear much better tonal balance. If you feel the treble still a bit too much (it sounds fine to me), you may adjust the gain of Filter 2 (e.g., -3 to -5 dB).


Edited by Jay_WJ - 11/8/13 at 5:01pm
post #17 of 170

If anyone's interested, the Tascam went down to $20 now, which is about the best price you can get:

 

http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-TH02-B-Closed-Back-Stylish-Headphone/dp/B00B1N06PO/

post #18 of 170

Spent more time with these. For $20, they are a steal.

 

I gave my second pair away to my uncle who was about to spend $100+ on a headphone. He was very impressed with them. He spent over an hour at a Best Buy trying all the expensive headphones, and couldn't find one he wanted to spend the money on. He couldn't believe these only cost $15 each.

post #19 of 170

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/canjam-rmaf-2013-tascam-th-02-low-cost-sealed-headphones

 

 

 

 

These don't distort. I guess with a bit of EQ you have a pretty amazing headphone.

 

Considering the price it seems too good to be true.

post #20 of 170

Nope, now that I know where that pesky peak is, this becomes an outstanding neutral headphone for very cheap. If you got in on the 2 for $30 deal a few weeks ago, even more so.

post #21 of 170

If you want more bass you should make sure you get proper seal and maybe cut the mids a bit, so that you get a downwards slow from 100 Hz to 1 kHz of a few dB. And a narrow cut at 10 kHz.

 

700

post #22 of 170

Tyll's measurement looks great! The graph matches what I hear. With minor EQing, these headphones become great sounding, neutral cans. A 2.5 to 4 dB boost around 2.7 to 3 kHz with large BW (about 2.5, i.e., a wide boost) and a narrow 3 to 5 dB cut around 9500 Hz (BW = 0.7 to 1.0).


Edited by Jay_WJ - 11/8/13 at 3:14pm
post #23 of 170

Indeed, the measurements best some $200+ cans.

post #24 of 170

Is it me, or they look a lot (to not say exactly) like the ultrasone Dj1? the th-2000 to be more specific...


Edited by squallkiercosa - 10/24/13 at 5:03pm
post #25 of 170

I'd love to get these but can't find a place in the uk that sells it. Anyone know of a place?

post #26 of 170

I have a feeling the upgraded model, the TH-2000, is getting low reviews because it looks like it could use a headphone amp. People are probably driving them off their phones. I might try those next.

post #27 of 170
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

I have a feeling the upgraded model, the TH-2000, is getting low reviews because it looks like it could use a headphone amp. People are probably driving them off their phones. I might try those next.

You may not want to. Take a look at my review. I used the TH-2000 with an amp. Not even close to the TH-02. Extremely bass-heavy to the point that everything sounds muddy and dull.

post #28 of 170

Hope Tyll will measure the other Tascams as well. I have my doubts but there may be more than just one gem.

 

If you're using EQ a boosted bass response doesn't have to be bad. It can be when it's distorted bass, or annoying resonances, ...

post #29 of 170

The MX2 comes out this week too. Supposedly even more neutral, and $39.

post #30 of 170

I also saw these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-TASCAM-HP-A9-High-Definition-Light-Weight-40mm-Driver-Over-Ear-Headphones-/231061636660?pt=US_Pro_Audio_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35cc58c634

 

Picked them up for $12, and they are also surprisingly decent for Supra Aurals. Not sure if this is an old model or not. No press releases on it anywhere.

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