The Audio Technica ATH-M35 headphones are a great pair of starter headphones or to use for the grind of gigs and nightclubs because you don’t have to spend the whole night worried about what’s happening with your expensive headphones. Despite the affordability, the M-35s do their job and are exactly what you’d expect from a lower grade model from Audio Technica.
Some of the features that you love about the ATH-M50s and other more professional headphones aren’t here, but it’s also what makes them remarkably affordable. The sound clarity is excellent and you’ll be comfortable wearing them for long periods of time. As an added bonus, there is a folding mechanism to increase general durability and makes them easier to carry.
Audio Technica ATH-M35 Performance Review
In general, the sound the M35s produce is transparent with crisp bass and smooth mids and highs. There is no harshness of the treble that comes with lower priced headphones. To be critical, the low mid range could be more pronounced. The frequency response is 20-20,000 Hz, which is a smaller range than you will find with headphones at the next price level.
The maximum input power is 1,600mW so pay attention to not overdrive the headphones by sending a high line level signal from the mixer, but in general they will handle most setups. The sound clarity is increased by earpads that rest completely around your ears to help with isolation.
Long gigs and extended listening sessions are no problem when wearing these headphones. The earpads and headband are surprisingly comfortable, unless you’ve become spoiled by velour or soft leather alternatives.
The cable length is nice and long so you can move freely about your rig with ease, but it is a double edged sword. The length of the cable can get bulky at times and weigh you down if you are moving about in a tight space.
Despite the affordable cost, Audio Technica did not cut corners on the craftsmanship. The bells and whistles may not be here, but all of the components are of quality construction to ensure a longer lifespan.
The M35s have a simple folding mechanism that provides for a compact portability. They fit easily inside the included leather carrying case so they will be protected from most common problems that arise.
The only downside is that its not a detachable cable, but for the price it’s a worthwhile investment even if the cable breaks. The cable is reinforced and should be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear before breaking in the first place.
Additional Features & Accessories
What the M35s lack in features, they make up for tenfold in price. Listening to exceptional sound quality for as little as $60 should be a feature in and of itself. You may not find features like swivel ear pads that click securely into place or a detachable cable, but you will hear pristine sound for a fraction of the cost you’d expect to pay.
The Audio Technica ATH-M35s have a built in gold plated stereo 3.5mm plug and are packaged with a screw-on ¼” adaptor and a leather carrying case.
Final Thoughts from Best New Headphones
For the price, the Audio Technica ATH-M35 headphones are an excellent choice for beginner DJs or to economically handle the wear and tear of carting your cans around to gigs. Be prepared for them not to be perfect, but they are going to do the job every time.
If you are comparing them to more expensive, professional headphones you will be disappointed. However, when you compare them with the other headphones in their price range, you will be amazed at the sound quality, comfort and overall durability.