Tascam TH-06 Review

Tascam TH-06 Review

The attribute “Bass XL” is read suspiciously often in connection with Tascam’s new release TH-06. One can get scared when, as a tester, one knows about the completely exaggerated expression of the low frequencies in some headphone models.

How to evaluate the term “Bass XL” for Tascam’s inexpensive studio headphones and what else to report about the new model from the American manufacturer, which has not yet been noticed as a headphone specialist, you can find out in our review.

PROS:

  • Excellent Sound Quality.
  • Great Comfort.
  • Sturdy Build Quality.
  • Superb For Studio Monitoring.

CONS:

  • Slightly Bulky.
  • Uncomfortable With Glasses.

Details & practice of Tascam TH-06

Features and peculiarities

The Tascam TH-06 is a closed headphone designed primarily for studio use with circumaural auricles and dynamic transducers. The construction and quality seem simple and pragmatic, in line with the price, and there are no defects in the test model. In addition to the remarkably flexible headband made of manganese, black plastic and synthetic leather (upholstery) dominate the material mix, which gives the Tascam headphones a serious, if not high-quality, studio look.

Apart from the gold-plated screw adapter from 3.5 to 6.35mm of the permanently installed cable, the TH-06 offers no further features or equipment features, which is not a big deal. Still, some competing products in this price range already have detachable cables, folding mechanisms, or a transport bag. Moreover, my studio’s direct comparison with the selection of closed studio headphones (Audio-Technica, Ultrasone, Adam Audio) reveals slightly lower insulation of the Tascam headphones, which should be unproblematic under normal circumstances in sensitive studio applications (miking).

Sound Quality

The good news: The bass (XL) sounds good! It is deep, powerful, and still allows sound assessments because it is not overly dominant and does not affect the adjacent frequency ranges – as the manufacturer promises! In this respect, the complete playback/frequency playback can be described as useful so that, in addition to being used for tracking, it can also be used for creative programming and mixing. In direct comparison to the widely recognized all-rounder ATH-M50X from Audio-Technica, which admittedly costs a few more bills, there is a noticeable roll-off of the TH-06 in the high frequencies, which can be assessed as either positive or negative, depending on your taste and the specific application situation. For example, mild treble reproduction can be advantageous at high listening volumes and prevent listener fatigue during long sessions. Editing and critical decisions in the mix tend to be the other way around so that the Tascam headphones offer an acceptable (and neutral) compromise. For a recommendation as to the ultimate “price-performance insider tip,” the midrange reproduction is too lifeless and bland for me. This is tolerable and not an exclusion criterion for technical and creative processing in the studio, but there are already models in this price segment, 

Conclusion

The Tascam TH-06 is a solid and generally recommendable studio headphone, which does not excel in any sub-discipline. Still, it does not allow any significant weaknesses that would disqualify the closed model for any studio use. Thus, everything is conceivable, from monitoring during recording to creative bedroom production and mixing, and a check to see whether the TH-06 meets your requirements is worthwhile.

Tascam TH-06 Review
Tascam TH-06 Review

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