A pair of monitoring headphones can now be had for as little as USD 70, thanks to TASCAM and its TH-06 Bass XL Monitoring Headphones. Known for democratizing home recording with a series of iconic portastudios, TASCAM is now launching a pair it’s touting as providing a balanced bass response, aimed at producers of modern EDM, Hip-Hop, Metal and R&B.
The cans employ custom 45 mm neodymium-magnet drivers and new Bass XL voicing for improved dynamic range, clarity and reduced distortion. Additionally, their ear cups rotate at 180 degrees and a special sewing process around the edge tightly stitches them around a stainless steel frame for extra cushion.
The headphones are also designed with a strong manganese headband, feature OFO oxygen-free copper wire core in their internal connections and come with a 9.8 foot (3m) cable that has both a 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) connector and a 1/4-inch (6.3 mm) adapter.
This year hasn’t really given us anything else new in terms of affordable monitor headphones. The market is saturated with affordable studio headphones by competitors like AKG, Audio-Technica, Shure, Beyerdynamic and pretty much all big players on the audio market. TASCAM is playing the monitoring headphones card, though, which is a bit different from the studio cans concept. That is, they are meant to let you hear sound and music as they are, rather than how you’d probably like it to be. Hopefully, this will be a meaningful differentiation and the TH-06 will do the brand name justice.
Price and availability
The TASCAM TH-06 headphones are expected in June 2019 at USD 70 a pair.