The cheapest of the three offerings from Audio Technica on test here, the M35s feel very sturdy for their price, with steel reinforcements at the joints. Though the earpieces feel like they’re pressing right up against your ears, there is actually a good stereo field and it’s easy to pick out certain sounds from left to right.
In terms of response we have no complaints either, with the midrange being particularly present and clear. In fact, the sound is flat and generally appealing all the way across the spectrum - there’s no hype occurring anywhere. We would be quite happy to use the M35s in just about any situation, be it travelling, songwriting or even checking a mix.
The earpieces themselves are a bit thin, so we’d be concerned about them wearing down overtime, but as it stands, the M35s may be the best all-rounder at this price point. Plus, they leak very little sound, which is a welcome bonus.