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Audio Technica ATH-M50 vs Sennheiser HD595

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 

Your input is appreciated. I've 'perty much limited my search- ATH-M50 vs. HD595.

 

My use is unique- I wanna relax and fall asleep to music as I listen to my iPhone without disturbing my wife.  My preference is

1- Involving with

2- Accurate mid-range, a

3- 3-D sound-stage, and very

4- Comfortable

 

Any thoughts/insights are appreciated.  Also, should you have one of these for sale, kindly pm me.

Thanks from Seattle!

post #2 of 36

Open headphones like the HD595 leak sound out that could bother someone near by. Closed headphones are much better at preventing this. 

post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 

Thanks 1-Time, I understand that.  She's willing to let some sound slide past her earsbigsmile_face.gif

 

 Any thoughts on how these compare sound-wise?  Comfort?

post #4 of 36

Both are very comfortable. The 595 I would say has the edge. However, if you compare to a AD700...

post #5 of 36

I owned the HD595, but not the M50. Most would find the HD595 to be more comfy. To fall asleep with and for comfort, I would choose the HD595 without even considering the M50. But then I had the 120 Ohm version of the HD595 and plugged it into a Harman Kardon receiver.

 

FWIR, the M50 would sound more bass centric, and the HD595 would have a more open / bigger sound stage. How headphones sound can depend in large part on the equipment it's plugged into. 
 

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Any thoughts on how these compare sound-wise?  Comfort?


Edited by 1Time - 11/30/10 at 6:57pm
post #6 of 36

If your budget has the 595 I reccomend you get the 555 and the M50s (both of them)

 

The HD555 will sound almost identical to the HD595 with a simple 5 minute foam mod. (no cost, just remove a foam sticker thing inside the headphones) You can find more about it in these threads.

 

HD555+M50 should equal about 180-190. Which isn't too far off fromthe HD595 (which are a waste of money because of the mod I said above)

post #7 of 36

I say buy an HD555 and foam mod it, either that or get one of the newer Senns (HD558 or HD598). The M50 is very good though, and if quiet listening next to your wife is important then I'd say go for those, you can't really do much better for the same amount of money to be honest.

post #8 of 36

I have owned the HD595 and AD700 at different times. I found the HD595 to be one of the most comfy headphones that I've owned. I found the AD700 to be uncomfortable and to fit improperly - and others have as well. 
 

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Both are very comfortable. The 595 I would say has the edge. However, if you compare to a AD700...

post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 

Fenixdown 110 suggested the AD 700 which are reduced to under $90, new. on amazon. 

 

I can get a used HD595 for about $90  Complication... Where do the AD700's fit into the equation?

post #10 of 36
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I have owned the HD595 and AD700 at different times. I found the HD595 to be one of the most comfy headphones that I've owned. I found the AD700 to be uncomfortable and to fit improperly - and others have as well. 
 

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Originally Posted by fenixdown110 View Post

Both are very comfortable. The 595 I would say has the edge. However, if you compare to a AD700...


 


Bold = really bad sentence. Here's why :D

 

I've read lots of people who really liked the AD700 for comfort, they were bad on my head either. I don't own them but they were comfortable. Saying that you didn't like them and saying others thouyght the same means very little. You should at least say some people do enjoy their comfort or just not include the "and others have as well" cause it's a fallacy and I can't remember which fallacy it is.


Edited by SoSpecial - 11/30/10 at 7:20pm
post #11 of 36

You don't want AD700. It's very open and leaks a lot of sound. Your wife will hear it if you two are in the same room

post #12 of 36
Thread Starter 

Ah, sounds like the AD700 leak more than others.  Could be prblematic.

 

 

You folks are very helpful.  I'm leaning strongly toward the HD595.

post #13 of 36

Again like most of us said. The 595 is a waste of money. Get the 555. 

post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by always learning View Post

Ah, sounds like the AD700 leak more than others.  Could be prblematic.

 

 

You folks are very helpful.  I'm leaning strongly toward the HD595.



The HD595 leaks as much as the AD700, neither of these hold back anything. Maybe you should look at the AKG K240 Studio, it's a good medium between the M50 and the AD700.

post #15 of 36

Right, many post about the AD700 being comfy - including those who ignorantly boast about how loosely (improperly) it fits on their head. Its fatal flaw for some is its lack of vertical swivels for the ear cups, which for me (and others) caused the ear pads to be loose above the ears AND apply an uncomfortable pressure on the jaw line, below the ears.

 

Almost as popular as the AD700 once was - were the various mods that were posted about improving its fit and comfort, which included:  irreparably bending the over head bars to resemble an upside down V shape, using rubber bands to draw the over head "wings" together, and rotating the ear pads a quarter turn. Google "AD700 mod" if interested. I found the AD700 to be the most "bass light" of all the full size open or closed headphones that I've owned, and thus not worth modifying and sold it.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by 1Time View Post

I have owned the HD595 and AD700 at different times. I found the HD595 to be one of the most comfy headphones that I've owned. I found the AD700 to be uncomfortable and to fit improperly - and others have as well. 
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by fenixdown110 View Post

Both are very comfortable. The 595 I would say has the edge. However, if you compare to a AD700...


 


Bold = really bad sentence. Here's why :D

 

I've read lots of people who really liked the AD700 for comfort, they were bad on my head either. I don't own them but they were comfortable.

 


Edited by 1Time - 11/30/10 at 7:49pm
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