I have a pair of Sony MDR-7506s that I used for just a few months until the plug got slightly bent. I've yet to have it repaired, an am exploring some other options. The Audio Technica M-50 seems to be the perfect headphone for my needs, but I just want to be completely sure.
Info that might be useful: I listen to a lot of different types of music, I like bass (but nothing stupid, like, I'm not the guy that drives around with his car all shaky and muffling), and I like accuracy as well. Comfort is a big plus too. My 'phones will be used primarily (like almost 100%) at my home desk, plugged into my iMac, and unamped.
Now, I went to my nearest Guitar Center a few weeks ago to compare the MDR-7506 and the M-50 and here's what my amateur ears heard...
(note: the pair of Sonys seemed pretty worn in, and therefore most likely burned in a good amount, while the M-50s seemed almost (if not) brand new. The salesperson plugged them into something that I would assume would be more powerful than an iMac, so take my home source into account when making your recommendations.)
The M-50s sounded more "real" than the 7506s. Like, it was as if you were listening to an actual song, not just a collection of sounds and instruments. They also seemed to have better bass. Another thing I think I noticed (or my memory could be deceiving me) was that the soundstage (right word?) seemed to be more spread out on the M-50s, and more cramped on the Sonys. But idk.
(I also tried some Beyer Dynamic DT 770s, the Pro model I believe, not sure which ohm version. While they were great, unless I can get them brand new for under, around, or slightly over $100, they're a little out of my price range . I'd also like to know more about them, if that price is possible, but it's not looking too good lol.)
So, I'm looking for better, more knowledgable opinions than my own on what I should do.
Is the difference between the 7506s and the M-50s small enough that I should just get my Sonys repaired?
Does the difference justify the extra money I would spend if I decided just to sell the Sonys and get the M-50s? I'm guessing I could probably sell them for around $40, they're in really great condition, just with a bent plug. Someone with more do-it-yourself knowledge than me could get a pretty good deal.
Help me Head-Fi!