I hope I can get some good advice, although I feel a bit skeptical about a thread with so much traffic and so many replies. But anyway I'll cut to the chase:
I am interested in buying a closed back headphone to use at work. I'll be using a portable amp (E10) to drive it, mainly because of the built-in DAC, but also because it sounds better than plugging directly to my MacBook Pro.
I don't want to spend a lot, something around 125 dollars tops. I looked up the ATH-M50, since it's one of the most hyped here. But I'd like to know if you have any good recommendations around the price of the ATH-M50.
I'll be listening to classical, rock (lots of classic rock, but also some indie and hard rock), folk, a bit of jazz, bossa nova and samba. I'll still listen to some pop, RnB and others genres but not nearly as much as the genres mentioned before.
It doesn't need to be super portable and collapsible but I don't want anything bulky. A detachable cable would also be nice, although not essential. Oh, and if I get the ATH-M50 should I get the coiled or the straight? I'll be sitting in front of the computer and I'm thinking the straight is better because I don't want to have a heavy coil hanging from my headphone and weighing it more, but I'm not sure, what are your opinions?
So it's something like this:
-BUDGET: $ 100.00 ~ 130.00
-MUSIC PREFERENCES: CLASSICAL, ROCK, FOLK, JAZZ, SAMBA, BOSSA NOVA
Oh and one more thing, how do you think the Noontec Zoro compares to the ATH-M50 or ATH-M30? Just want to know if it's worth the money or not.
I've heard the ATH-M50, and did not like it. U might want to consider Shure SRH440, which i liked better.
Sound Quality Comparison (from memory of last week. Do not own any high ends but heard them for quite sometimes)
Ath M50 is bassier, 'hyped' or ag
gressive, but smaller soundstage. While its a fun headphone, its not fun for me as i hate bassy headphones, and small soundstage, not natural to me.
Shure SRH 440 is not so bassy, which i liked. Clearer Vocals and more laid back. Somehow i felt sound comes out from a layer of wall, so its kinda one dimension to me. Never heard anyone making that comment so it can just be me.
Btw im going to get my first set of audiophile headphone. SR 60i vs SRH 440. What u guys think? My genre is J-Pop,and mostly Hatsune Miku if it matters. Preferred for her sometimes bright voice to be the focus. Heard both SRH 440 and SR 80i, but SR 80i is $20 more expensive than SRH 440, so I can't buy them. Have nor heard the SR 60i
Edited by xiujk71 - 11/13/12 at 7:04am