One reads the attribute “Bass XL” suspiciously often in connection with Tascam’s new release TH-06. This can make one fear and anxiety 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” on Tascam’s inexpensive studio headphones and what else there is 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.
The Tascam TH-06 is a closed headphone with circumaural auricles and dynamic transducers designed primarily for studio use. The construction and workmanship 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, but some competing products in this price range already have detachable cables, folding mechanisms or at least some a transport bag.
The direct comparison with the selection of closed studio headphones (Audio-Technica, Ultrasone, Adam Audio) in my studio reveals a slightly lower insulation of the Tascam headphones, which should be unproblematic under normal circumstances in sensitive studio applications (miking).
The TH-06 has no folding mechanism but a very flexible headband. The headphones cannot be folded more compact than in this photo.
The good news: The bass (XL) sounds good! It is deep, powerful, and still allows sound assessments since it is not overly dominant and does not affect the adjacent frequency ranges – as the manufacturer promises!
In this respect, the complete reproduction/frequency reproduction 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.
Mild treble reproduction can be beneficial at high listening volumes, for example, and prevent listener fatigue during long sessions. When it comes to editing and critical decisions in the mix, it tends to be the other way around, so that the Tascam headphones offer an acceptable (and neutral) compromise.
For me personally, the midrange reproduction is too lifeless and bland for a recommendation as the ultimate “price-performance insider tip”.
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.
Exposed cables between the bracket and auricle can also be found in higher price regions, but a transport bag (not included) would be recommended to prevent damage.
The Tascam TH-06 is a solid and generally recommendable studio headphone, which does not excel in any sub-discipline, but does not allow any significant weaknesses that would disqualify the closed model for any kind of studio use.
From monitoring during recording to creative bedroom production and mixing, everything is conceivable and a check to see whether the TH-06 meets your personal requirements is definitely worthwhile.