Description: Value for money is perhaps the most notable feature of the Audio Technica ATH-M35. Affordable, comfortable, and with excellent sound performance and build quality, the new folding construction makes it even more attractive for potential buyers.
Some people buy headphones just so they can listen to music or watch movies without disturbing other people. Others use headphones as a cocoon to shield themselves from the disturbances of the outside world.
And then there are those who use them for studio tracking and mixing, or who record videos when they’re out on the field. The Audio Technica ATH-M35 was built especially for this group of people.
But then again, those who just like to listen to music or to get away from their noisy surroundings will find a lot of reasons to like the ATH-M35 too.
Features of the Audio Technica ATH-M35
The Audio Technica ATH-M35 has garnered quite a lot of praise, and a quick look at the specs can give you some reasons why.
- Type: Closed-back dynamic with 40 mm drivers, neodymium magnets, copper-clad aluminum wires (CCAW) voice coils.
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 KHz
- Maximum Input Power: 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
- Sensitivity: 100 dB
- Impedance: 65 ohms
- Weighs 7 ounces (200 g) without the cable
- 11-foot (3.4 m) OFC litz wire cable, with left-side exit
- ⅛” (3.5 mm) connector with screw-on ¼” (6.3 mm) adapter
If you’re familiar with the Audio Technica ATH-M30, then the specs should be familiar to you. That’s because it’s basically the same thing. After all, why should Audio Technica mess with a winning formula? The ATH-M35 is just a newer version of the M30.
But there’s one crucial difference—the fold-up design. I guess the people at Audio Technica paid heed to all those complaints about how inconvenient it was to store and transport the M30. Now the ATH-M35 comes with a folding construction so that it becomes much more compact. Audio Technica managed to add an extra hinge that makes this possible.
So let’s talk about the folding design first. Because of this small change, the Audio Technica ATH-M35 becomes much more convenient to use when you are going out. For example, DJs, will love this additional feature.
What’s more, Audio Technica was able to add this feature without sacrificing build quality. The Audio Technica ATH-M35 is just as sturdy. And what’s more, if you go to the right website then the price isn’t all that much different.
This is what you have to look forward to:
- It comes with excellent sound quality. This is especially true especially when you consider the price. This is a professional-grade set of headphones, so if you are a typical consumer then the sound will be nothing short of astounding for you. Play any type of music, and the quality will be the same—they all sound good. That goes for the sound from your movies and video games as well.
- If you listen mainly to mp3s, then it may not matter much. But if you like listening to higher quality tracks like from CDs, then the sound quality will be truly out of this world if you are new to high-performance headphones.
- The build quality is excellent, and you won’t be needing a replacement anytime soon.
- It’s also very comfortable. The padding and the headband cushions do their job well enough.
- The closed design does a good enough job in reducing the noise from outside. Unless it’s extremely noisy, you won’t be disturbed.
- Now unlike the M30, it comes with a folding design that makes it easier to store and transport.
Obviously there will be some things you can complain about here:
- The 11-foot cable is perhaps the number one feature that receives the most complaints. This cable is this long because the headphones were meant for video recording in the open or for studio mixing. But if you just want to use it for your smartphone, then this cable will be very annoying. This is especially true when you consider that it’s non-detachable. You really will have to live with it.
- The padding also can be an issue, especially on warmer days. You will have to expect some sweating discomfort when the temperature rises.
- The headband isn’t as thick as what you’ll find in more expensive models. I guess this is one area where Audio Technica cut costs to justify the low price.
- Of course, when you compare the Audio Technica ATH-M35 with the higher end models its features will not match. Its sound quality won’t compare to those headphones.
On Amazon, the reviews are extremely in favor of the Audio Technica ATH-M35. There are 91 five-star reviews but only 3 (three) one-star reviews. That’s essentially a 30 to 1 ratio. Take note that there are very few items on Amazon that has received at least a hundred reviews and this approval ratio.
The words may be different in the reviews, but the high points are the same. They rave about the high quality of the sound and the comfort level that allows then to wear it for extended periods of time. Some of the newer reviews brag about the build quality that offers relief from constraint replacements, as they are based on the headphones they bought years ago.
And of course, if there’s just one thing that will be commented on, it’s the length of the cable. Many have bought the Audio Technica ATH-M35 because of the quality and price, and have learned to live with the cable length.
Just about everyone has said a lot of nice things about the superb value for money of the M30. Now the M35 is the upgraded version, but there isn’t really much of a price difference at all.
So in essence this particular model offers you more bang for your buck. If you still want to get a larger discount, you can always get one that’s slightly used. For less than $80, you won’t find anything else that’s better than what you’re getting with the Audio Technica ATH-M35.