Would you guys recommend the Vmoda M80s more or the Audiotechinca ath-m50 more? Price is not an issue, and I'm looking for the better sounding of the two. I also would prefer a more portable headphone, so Which one is more portable? Sound does come first though. Alos, I am confused about the difference between open and closed cans. Can somebody enlighten me about the difference?
V-MODA M-80s are smaller with a shorter cable and come with a carrying case. Much more portable that the ATH-M50. Also, I think most here agree that the M-80 is better as it's more balanced with good mids and nice punchy bass. The ATH-M50 is more V-shaped in its sound and the mids are slightly recessed.
Closed cans mean that the driver is sealed up within the earcup and so sound doesn't come in or leak out to others around you. This results in closed cans having a smaller soundstage(in your head sound).
Open cans have the drivers housed in a way where they are exposed to outside noise and can leak sound out quite a bit. Not good for public listening where you can disturb other people or need isolation, like on a bus or airplane. Open cans have a wide, spacious soundstage.
Oh, forgot to mention that the M-80s are semi-open, so they have a larger than normal soundstage compared to most "closed" cans. Because of this semi-open nature, they don't isolate as well as fully-closed cans, but I've noticed barely any leakage unless listening at dangerously high volumes.
Edited by SpiderNhan - 6/5/12 at 6:58pm