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Truly listen to the details of your music and media while enjoying comfort and flexibility.

TASCAM spent a year comparing technologies, designs, and methods to come up with the design behind the closed-back stylish TH-02 headphones which deliver a sound you have to hear to believe at a low price that can™t be ignored.

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The sensitivity and frequency response of the TH-02 help deliver a clear balanced sound to fit all of your favorite tunes, regardless of genre or application. These high-powered headphones produce pristine highs, clear mid-range, and rich low end.

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Featuring plush cushioned ear-cuffs and a padded headband, the TH-02 can be put to work for hours of comfortable use. Both left and right ear-cuffs offer full 90 rotation making these headphnes flexible enough that they won't wear on your ears while listening to your favorite albums, tracking for hours or performing all night. You'll also look good wearing them. The folding design of the TH-02 also allows them to compactly fit wherever they need to go when you're not using them.

FEATURES
  • Foldable design for easy, compact transport
  • Tightly-stitched, padded headband and earpads for stylish comfort
  • Closed-back dynamic design with clean sound, rich bass response and crisp highs
  • Snap-on 1/8 (3.5mm) to 1/4 (6.3mm) adapter

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SPECIFICATIONS

TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black

  • Driver diameter: 50mm
  • Impedance: 32Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 98dB ± 3dB
  • Frequency response: 18Hz “ 22kHz
  • Max input power: 600mW
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TascamTH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black
 
3.9

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (31)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Durable (12)
  • Versatile (12)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (7)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (13)
  • Professional recording (12)
  • Performances (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yeah, for-the-price - but so much more

I bought the "for-two" special, since if at three Lincolns apiece these "cans" didn't live up to the reviews I'd read elsewhere (as I seem to be the...Read complete review

I bought the "for-two" special, since if at three Lincolns apiece these "cans" didn't live up to the reviews I'd read elsewhere (as I seem to be the first to review them here), they would still be well worth the cost. My main reason for buying them was for recording vocals in my home studio, since they supposedly covered the ears entirely (please, someone set a standard for clearly distinguishing between "on-ear," "over-ear" and "around-ear" headphones - or, "super-aural," "super-arual" and "supra-aural"), and reviews by people claiming acoustic expertise reported these headphones as having well-balanced frequency representation. My favored headphones are Sennheiser SD-570, which have really clear, balanced sound but have (semi-?)open backs, thereby making them unfit for recording vocals due to bleed.

When I opened the box, I thought, "These look like real headphones," as they resemble a pro studio model; smaller for the sake of portable-audio listening. I put them to the test by recording a vocal track with them, and noticed right away that the earpads required a bit of cramming for my ears to fit within them (designers, note: only a centimeter more in interior diameter would make these a lot more comfortable for most people), but I did appreciate the snugness in conjunction with the isolation they provided. Secondly, they sounded, to me, as good as, though not quite the same as, my Sennheisers.

Most ridiculously-inexpensive headphones tend to sound too "midrangey" for my taste, and/or too bottom-heavy for the sake of those who want a boomin' system out of their iPods, but I am still getting used to the fact of how well they represent sub-bass frequencies without being boomy, make midrange clear without over-emphasis, and make the highs available without being shrill or tinny. Any genre of music would sound good through these headphones.

My final analysis is that these headphones are perfect for home studios, DJs, casual listeners who appreciate sound quality, and portable listening by people accustomed to home audiophile headphones. I would give these headphones five, not four, stars if the interior diameter of the earpads were at least a centimeter greater.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Build Quality and Initial Impressions

At this time I will not get into specifics on the audio quality - I haven't had the time for valid comparisons. Suffice it to say, my initial impressions are that they sound pretty...Read complete review

At this time I will not get into specifics on the audio quality - I haven't had the time for valid comparisons. Suffice it to say, my initial impressions are that they sound pretty good - nothing stood out to me as being bad.

However, in many of the reviews I read prior to purchasing, people said that they were very comparable to professional headphones - and even likened them to the trusty Sony MDR-7506. Well, they aren't in that class for many reasons...

1. They don't fit great. Whereas Sony's start out almost too snug and need breaking in, these feel like they are barely holding on.

2. The feel cheap. Headphones are going to use a lot of plastic and man-made materials -- I get that. However, the plastic seems more flimsy and is even cheap-looking. Same with the vinyl padding.

3. The size. I love the way the 7506's fold up and protect the ear pads. These just flatten a bit (not that much) by swiveling the ear pads. They take up considerably more room when packed.

4. The plug. I thought it was nearly ubiquitous in quality headphones that they terminate in a gold-plated 1/8" plug and include a 1/4" gold-plated screw-on adapter. It seems like a great solutions that is simple and just works. These phones, though, decided on an even cheaper approach and cut another corner to save a few pennies. The adapter does not screw on, but merely plugs in. When plugging in, it did not produce a reassuring "snap" telling me that it is secure and will stay in place.

Final Synopsis:

Are they worth the crazy "two-fer" special and will the work for production? Yes.

Is the audio quality sufficient? I think so, but this will take more time (and is quite subjective).

Are they comparable to professional headphones? Only if you mean to compare them to see their deficiencies - they are not NEARLY equal.

Are they worth the regular price? Probably. Okay for light use or to give to a kid that wears out headphones, maybe.

If looking for professional headphones, get professional headphones instead. If look for a cheap pair of semi-decent headphones that look (from a distance) like professional headphones, these are for you.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yeah, for-the-price - but so much more

By Dewd

from USA

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Fairly Good Isolation
  • Flat response
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Tight On The Ears

Best Uses

  • All-around Listening
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ

Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

I bought the "for-two" special, since if at three Lincolns apiece these "cans" didn't live up to the reviews I'd read elsewhere (as I seem to be the first to review them here), they would still be well worth the cost. My main reason for buying them was for recording vocals in my home studio, since they supposedly covered the ears entirely (please, someone set a standard for clearly distinguishing between "on-ear," "over-ear" and "around-ear" headphones - or, "super-aural," "super-arual" and "supra-aural"), and reviews by people claiming acoustic expertise reported these headphones as having well-balanced frequency representation. My favored headphones are Sennheiser SD-570, which have really clear, balanced sound but have (semi-?)open backs, thereby making them unfit for recording vocals due to bleed.

When I opened the box, I thought, "These look like real headphones," as they resemble a pro studio model; smaller for the sake of portable-audio listening. I put them to the test by recording a vocal track with them, and noticed right away that the earpads required a bit of cramming for my ears to fit within them (designers, note: only a centimeter more in interior diameter would make these a lot more comfortable for most people), but I did appreciate the snugness in conjunction with the isolation they provided. Secondly, they sounded, to me, as good as, though not quite the same as, my Sennheisers.

Most ridiculously-inexpensive headphones tend to sound too "midrangey" for my taste, and/or too bottom-heavy for the sake of those who want a boomin' system out of their iPods, but I am still getting used to the fact of how well they represent sub-bass frequencies without being boomy, make midrange clear without over-emphasis, and make the highs available without being shrill or tinny. Any genre of music would sound good through these headphones.

My final analysis is that these headphones are perfect for home studios, DJs, casual listeners who appreciate sound quality, and portable listening by people accustomed to home audiophile headphones. I would give these headphones five, not four, stars if the interior diameter of the earpads were at least a centimeter greater.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not Recommended

By Greg

from Omaha, NE

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

    I needed some headphones for practicing when I don't want to disturb the family. At 2 pair for less than one pair of other brands, I ordered them. Within an hour the first pair was rattling and buzzing. I unpacked the second pair. Within an hour that pair was doing the same thing. I was not pushing a lot of sound through these, I could have doubled the volume I was playing and still not think I was pushing even an inexpensive set of headphones. If it happened to one, I'd understand, and not worry about it. But when it happens to both, and I wasn't remotely abusing them, I can safely say these are not worth having, no matter how low the price.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    good for the price in SDOTD

    By rmjstudio

    from planet earth

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Price

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

    As a retired Engineer I bought these for the price point. And for my Elderly Mother to listen to tv at night in bed.

    I would never use these in my studio.

    But if your on a tight budget, why not they will do fine for tracking, I would never use these for any kind of mixing-eqing..... as they are far from even near being accurate.

    For good studio cans I would look no further then akg 240's They have been around since the late 1970's and you can still get replacement parts for them! I have 5 sets and 2 sets of 270's My oldest set are from 1979 and they still work, but had to replace a few parts over the years- suspension - earpads ....!

    So if you want something that is REAL STUDIO, and will last your lifetime get AKG 240's! For singers, horn players, drummers I suggest AKG 271's as they are closed back, and will not bleed through mics.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not for listening to music

    By roger33

    from OKC, OK

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Price

    Cons

    • No Bass at All
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • None That I Can Think Of

    Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

    The price was right for 2 pair of these headphones. The only problem is they have no bass at all, nada. They are all midrange. That may be good for mixing and studio use but terrible for listening to music. There are plenty of headphones for half the price that blow these away for listening to music.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    recommended

    By gizmo

    from new york

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Price
    • Price Cant Be Beat

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

        these cant be beat for the price. sound great. both jack sizes included. only issue is the size of the head band. on the smallest setting they are still to big for my head. a hat helps.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Flat dull perfect

        By Bone Nut

        from Mount Holly, NC

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Flat response
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Low Sensitivity

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

        I got these on sale and am pleased with them. The response is pretty flat. The sensitivity is only 98db so they need a lot if drive. But, they won't color the sound much. Bass is tight and punchy not woofy and loose like a lot of phones.
        Plenty comfortable. Plenty of cable. Not for small heads though.
        Isolation is fair. Others won't hear what you are listening to and you will be able to hear someone talking to you.
        For a home studio this is a good headphone. I have an alesis multimix cue the drives these without problem.

         
        4.0

        Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black

        By buzz

        from pa.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

          Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black

           
          1.0

          Dont even stay on my head

          By Rachael

          from Tulsa, OK

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

              I got the 300 and LOVED them. I have my own professional recording studio and needed another pair for me while engineering the recording session, or the talent recording. I was HIGHLY disappointed with these. When I put them on, they didnt even cover my ears. They kind of just hovered a good half and inch to a full inch away from them. I have never had this problem with headphones before. Its like they were made with the fear that if they gave it some tension so they could hold onto the listeners head, they might break easier. But instead, ended up making a pair of headphones I sadly cant even give away. Waste of money :(

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Meh...

              By TXrocker

              from Austin TX

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                Comfortable to wear, but sound quality is poor. Bass and volume response is simply atrocious... Distorts waaaaay too easily. To get around it you have to be sure not to drive them very hard at all. So, for tracking in a loud setting (drums, electric guitar, BASS) they are pretty much useless. Mixing? Forget about it :(. Very disappointed that these are marketed by TASCAM as studio quality...

                 
                4.0

                TH-02 RECORDING STUDIO HEADPHONES

                By Shelby

                from CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Deal Sound Great
                • Greatt Deal Sounds Great
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                I would recommend these headphones for any occasion

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for Home

                By DoubleK

                from Sioux City, IA

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Look professional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ

                  Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                  These headphones perform better than one might expect, but they're not perfect. However, my review is based on the fact that they're inexpensive, and most would purchase these for a home studio, or some kind of small music setup.

                  The headphones look nice; decently similar to something you'd see in a professional studio. I also think the sound quality is great. I've read some reviews that complain about the fit of the headphones, and the only problem I have is that you can't really wear them toward the back of your head without them sliding completely backward. Other than that, they fit nicely over my ears, and do a decent job of keeping out the outside noises.

                  I think these headphones are perfect for a small home studio, or at least for someone just starting out. Not to mention you get two of them. I don't think you can really go wrong with these for the price.

                  For those interested, I've primarly used these headphones with the M-Track Plus.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent value at 30

                  By kazekaeru

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Excellent Sound For Price
                  • Fantastic Value

                  Cons

                  • Earpads Can Be Better

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Casual Home Listening
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                  These cans are a fantastic value at 30+tax for the 2-pack. They sound great and very similar compared with much, much more expensive headphones.

                  If you can catch them for that price, don't think twice and buy as many as you need....maybe more for backup ;)

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT HEADPHONES FOR THE PRICE

                  By Jimmy Page guitar tech

                  from Portland,Maine

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                      I bought 4 pairs of these. I love Them ! I have one for the studio.1 for My Mp3 player and my walking. The other 2 are for back up. For this price stock up on Them.

                       
                      4.0

                      Love the isolation!

                      By Tim A

                      from Boston MA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Good Isolation

                      Cons

                      • Good For Now

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                      I needed phones to shut out other sounds. These phones sound clear and they get loud if you need that. Someone is always playing the pianos and I need to hear mixes without being distracted.

                       
                      2.0

                      Plug end bent.

                      By Old Coot

                      from Central Illinois

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Breaks Easily
                      • Poor Sound Quality
                      • Unreliable

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                        The headphones worked great for a week. I would have preferred 1/4" tip but I had to use an adapter to get this to plug into the phone jack on my Tascam 2488neo. I'm sure the damage was caused on this end by someone bumping into the plug but now I have to pull it half way out of the adapter to make it work and then there's a lot of static. Gonna try the pair and cross my fingers.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Value!

                        By Christopher O'Connor

                        from ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ

                          Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                          i bought these to replace my broken american audio dj headphones. (back-ups for my pioneer headphones) there are no other headphones on the market (that i've tried anyway) at this price that sound this good. on top of that they are essentially BOGO. Mid and high clarity is great even compared to much higher end equipment, and while they don't have a heavy bass response, it is adequate and also very clear.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great for the price!

                          By MARKDRUMS

                          from MEXICO CITY

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Very Good Price

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                            I purchased them 2 for USD$29.99 for this price i think they are a very good option in this price and quality range. i was using AKG's M80 MkII which are great also but i fell this TASCAM TH-02 a little better except for the fact they are to large designed for big heads. Doesn't fit on small/normal heads.

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice Affordable Headphones

                            By MeOnCd

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Bang For The Buck
                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Sound Good

                            Cons

                            • Less Comfortable

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                            Surprisingly good sound for the money, especially if you can find these on a Stupid Deal of the Day. They are more accurate than my Sennheiser HD 202, but not as comfortable. Not as accurate as my AKG 240, but a lot less money. Very good isolation. If you need a truly professional set of headphones to use for extended periods keep looking. If you want a very good sounding set at an affordable price, these can't be beat.

                             
                            5.0

                            Tascam !

                            By Bigkenno

                            from SouthCarolina

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                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                              Bought these headphones on the stupid deal of the day, have used these headphones before so I figured it was time to get some more. I actually tried to blow up these headphones when the UPS guy delivered them, but to no avail, I only got a head ache ! these are good headphones for recording and listening to music, I have a home studio and record thru a zoom George lynch modular going into a Tascam us-366 , works for me ! buy these u cant go wrong !

                               
                              4.0

                              Solid cans for the money

                              By Scriz

                              from Portland, OR

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Good Isolation
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Loose Fit On Small Heads

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tascam TH-02 Recording Studio Headphones, 2-Pack, Black:

                                Work well as extra monitoring phones in a recording setting. Fairly good bass response and relatively smooth mids/highs. Can get a little harsh sounding after 3-5 hours, but very good value for the money. A steal for the SDOTD price.

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