Wow, ljokerl, that's a thing of beauty there, a real tour de force. Thank you for that!
I haven't been on Head-Fi in ages, and recently decided I needed to upgrade my portable rig, which was ATH-ES7s--nice but not fantastic, fun but very colored. Based on your review, I just got myself the ATH-M50s, and so far, they're exactly what I was looking for as a cost-effective upgrade.
Thanks, glad you're enjoying your upgrade .