The Tascam TH-02 are decent-sounding critical listening headphones, but sub-par for everything else. Their build quality feels a little cheap and plasticky and they do not have the most comfortable over-ear fit. The small earcups also do not seal the ears well enough to be a good option for commuting in loud environments. On the upside, they have a decent sound quality that may be worth their budget price for some listeners.
The Tascam TH-02 have a mediocre-at-best build quality and they're not very comfortable. They have a cheap feeling plastic design that won't be as durable as some of the other headphones we've tested in their price range like the Mpow 059 or Sound Intone CX-05. They have an over-ear design but sit somewhat awkwardly on the ears due to their relatively small earcups and shallow pads. This makes them somewhat uncomfortable during longer listening sessions. Also since they are more critical listening focused headphones, they have no control scheme, and they don't have the most portable design although they do fold which is nice.
The Tascam TH-02 have a decent studio-looking design but feel a bit cheap once in your hands. They have relatively small over-ear ear cups and a wide headband that's decently well-padded. Unfortunately, their all-plastic design doesn't look very durable, creaks a lot, and feels a bit cheap. Their understated look will work for most, but their budget price is reflected in their build quality.
These headphones have subpar isolation that won't be suitable for commute or travel. The earcups are fairly shallow and relatively small so they do not seal the ear well enough to block the noise of public transit or a busy office environment. They will easily let noise seep into the earcups. On the upside, they do not leak too much and won't be distracting to those around you in typical office environment.
These headphones do not have a control scheme.
These headphones are fairly breathable for an over-ear design mostly because they do not completely seal the ear like they are supposed to. They will still make your ears fairly warm after a couple of hours of listening, but on the upside, they do not get much hotter than typical over-ear headphones. The awkward fit will be of bigger concern than the heat over long listening sessions.
The Tascam TH02 are somewhat portable over-ear headphones. They fold into a smaller format which saves a decent amount of space, but they still won't be the easiest headphones to carry around on your person. They also do not come with a case, which is a little disappointing.
The build quality of the Tascam TH02 is mediocre-at-best. The all-plastic design looks and feels a little cheap, and not very durable. The hinges especially feel like they might snap under moderate physical stress. The cable is not detachable and hence not replaceable, so it gets worn down by everyday use, then you will have to get a new pair of headphones. On the upside, the cable is fairly thick, so the headphones are more likely to break than the cable. Also, the ear cups are dense enough that they won't get damaged from a couple of accidental drops.
The Tascam TH02 are not the most stable headphones. They will quickly fall off your head if you use them while working out or jogging. They also have a wired designed with a non-detachable cable that will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something. The headphones are somewhat tight enough on the head for more casual activities and critical listening, but they won't be stable enough for sports.
The Tascam TH-02 is an average sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a punchy and warm bass, an even mid-range, but great imaging. However, their bass can sound muddy and its delivery is quite inconsistent and could change noticeably from across users, and their mid-range is quite overpowering and prominent. Overall, they tend to sound boxy and mid-rangy and lack quite a bit of detail and brightness on vocals and lead instruments.
The Tascam TH-02 have a good bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 22Hz, which is very good. Also, low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music is within 1.2dB of our target. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums is within 0.7dB of our neutral target. However, high-bass, responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by almost 4dB. This makes the overall bass a bit boomy and muddy. Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.
The mid-range is decent. The overall response is very flat and even, but consistently overemphasized by about 4dB. This makes the overall sound noticeably mid-rangey and brings vocals/leads to the front of the mix.
The treble performance is sub-par. The wide +10dB dip around 4KHz has a significant negative affect on the detail and presence of vocals and lead instruments. The peak around 10KHz could make these headphones a bit sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and T sounds). This will be mostly noticeable on vocals and cymbals.
The frequency response consistency of the TH-02 is mediocre. They show a large and significant deviation in bass delivery across multiple subjects, especially if one is wearing glasses. However, they are very consistent in their treble delivery, most likely due to their small and shallow ear cups.
The imaging performance of the TH-02 is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.18, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response. This is important for the proper placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects), in the stereo field.
The soundstage performance is about average. The PRTF graph shows some pinna activation, but the accuracy of the activation is low and there's not a notch present around the 10KHz region either. This, and the closed-back design, suggests a soundstage that is relatively small and located inside the listener's head.
The harmonic distortion performance is decent. The overall amount of THD produced in the bass and mid-ranges are within good limits. Especially in the mid-range where the THD at 100dB SPL is lower than 90dB SPL. This is most likely due to the increased driver flexibility under heavier loads. However, the sharp peak in THD around 5KHz could make the sound of that region a bit harsh and brittle.
These headphones have subpar isolation that won't be suitable for commute or travel. The ear cups are fairly shallow and relatively small so they do not seal the ear well enough to block the noise of public transit or a busy office environment. They will easily let ambient noise seep into the ear cups. On the upside, they do not leak too much and won't be distracting to those around you in a typical office environment
The isolation performance is sub-par. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling (ANC) and don't provide any isolation in the bass range. Therefore, they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve less than 3dB of isolation, which is inadequate. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they reduce outside noise by about 20dB, which is decent.
The Tascam TH-02 have a decent leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage is between 500Hz and 10KHz, which is a relatively broad range. But the overall level of the leakage is very quiet. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 40dB SPL and peaks at 53dB SPL, which is just above the average noise floor of most offices.
These headphones do not have a microphone so the recording quality has not been tested.
The Tascam TH-02 do not have a microphone so the noise handling has not been tested.
These headphones have no active features and therefore do not require a battery. They also do not have a dedicated app or software support for added customization options.
The Tascam TH-02 are passive headphones with no active components and no battery.
The Tascam TH-02 do not have a compatible app or software support for added customization options.
The Tascam TH-02 are wired headphones that do not support Bluetooth. They have a simple non-detachable cable with a 1/8TRS connector and no in-line remote. This means they will only provide audio when connected your phone, console controllers, or audio devices. They have nearly zero latency since they're wired but will not have the convenient range of wireless headphones.
These headphones are wired headphones and do not support Bluetooth.
The Tascam TH-02 have a non-detachable cable with a 1/8"TRS connector. They do not have a mic or an inline remote so they will only provide audio when connected to most devices.
There is no charging dock or base for these headphones. For a good gaming headset with a dock, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
The headphones are wired. They are limited by the range of their relatively short audio cable.
The Tascam TH-02 are wired and have essentially no latency when gaming or watching movies but they will not have the convenient range of wireless headphones.
The Tascam TH02 are somewhat decent budget critical listening headphones but quite mediocre for everything else. They are not the most comfortable headphones, and their build quality feels a little cheap and plastic and not as durable as some of the models compared below. On the upside, they have a moderately balanced sound and a fairly decent soundstage which makes them a somewhat suitable option for critical listening although their comfort level might be an issue for some. They also do not provide a lot of isolation so they won't be the best headphones to use outdoors in a noisy environment.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M20x are better critical listening headphones than the Tascam TH-02. The ATH-M20x have a better-balanced sound and a more comfortable and stable design. They also block a bit more noise with their earcups than the Tascam. However, the TH-02 have the better soundstage and they're a bit more portable. If you have the budget, then get the Audio Technica, they are a little better overall. However, the Tascam would be a decent and cheaper alternative.
The Koss UR-20 are better sounding critical listening headphone than the Tascam TH-02 but they have a slightly worse design. The UR-20 are more comfortable than the Tascam and they also have a more balanced sound quality that isn't as forward with instruments and vocals or muddy and boomy in the lower midrange. On the upside, the TH-02 have a more portable design and the hinges are a lot more durable than the adjusting mechanism of the UR 20. If you often carry your critical listening headphones in you bag, then the Tascam maybe the better option for you but overall, the UR 20 sound a bit better.
The Superlux HD 681 are a much better critical listening headphone than the Tascam TH-02. They're more comfortable and sound a lot better balanced than the Tascam. They also have big decently spacious earcups you can wear for longer than that of the TH-02. However, like the Koss UR-20, the Superlux are not the most portable headphones so the Tascam would be slightly easier to carry around in your bag. The TH-02 also have a slightly better build quality with a denser plastic design although they still feel fairly cheap. If you have the budget get the SuperLux. They're a more balanced sounding and comfortable critical listening headphone.
The AmazonBasics Lightweight On Ear are slightly worse critical listening headphones than the Tascam TH-02. They have a slightly better-balanced sound quality but worse soundstage than the Tascam. They're also a bit more lightweight and slightly more portable than the TH-02. The TH-02, on the other hand, have a better build quality and they are slightly more comfortable. If you have the budget, get the Tascam, they're the slightly better headphone overall.