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Upgrading: m50s, SRH440/840 or what?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Seeking advice from friendly head-fi'ers

 

I'm pretty bored with my hd215's... planning to upgrade but I don't know which one to get (I'm content with the hd215's bass but sometimes it's a tiny bit insufficient). I've been hearing a lot of good stuff about the m50s but I'd like to hear other voices.  smily_headphones1.gif

post #2 of 10

I see the Shure SRH840 for $150 over on Amazon right now.  These also seem to get spectacular reviews, just to give you some other options to research.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH840-Professional-Monitoring-Earphones/dp/B002DP8IEK/ref=sr_1_15?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1293551262&sr=1-15

 

At work I listen to music with the following setup:

 

Android HTC EVO phone > MOG Music app with 256 or 320 kbps streams > HeadRoom Micro Amp > M50s 

 

The M50s will do the job for most people.  The clamping force is quite strong, especially for those with a larger head.  My hat size is only 7 1/8, so my head is rather small, and the clamping force is not too bad for me.  The pleather earpads do seem to get a bit hot after a lengthy listening session, but this is a minor issue for me as it does not seem to be too bad or much different from any other similar type of headphones. 

 

I will say that the mids on these are definitely recessed.  For some songs this is ideal, in others it may not be the best solution.  I did a test using the song "Crazy on You" from Heart.  The vocals in the song were very quiet compared to the driving bass line and the hi hats and cymbals.  It was almost as if the singing was being performed from a greater distance.  It did not sound bad, but I was comparing this to a listen through a pair of Grado SR80i's, which seemed to place the vocals more evenly with the sound level of the lower and upper frequencies.  So, if you prefer music that focuses more directly on voices and other sounds within the mid-range, the M50 may dissappoint, as it does not seem to have a particularly flat response compared to other headphones I have had the opportunity to audition recently.  (Denon D5000, Sennheiser HD-595, Grado SR80i)

 

If you can get the M50 for a good price, they are very good cans that seem to be the right choice for many people.  They are very good with wide variety of music genres, with few weakness, and none that most would consider to be major.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply mate. How long have you had them ath-m50s? I've heard they benefit greatly from burn in.

Recessed mids are a big problem for me as I'm almost an opposite of a basshead. I like how deep the bass of the hd215's go without overpowering anything (well they are really anemic as people say... but, well, I like it that way).

 

SRH840's frequency response is 5hz-25khz... hmm how does that sound? I've read that they're very detailed - it falls under my preferences but I wouldn't like bass that's overpowering. I've also read that the SRH440s are more detailed than the SRH840, that for real?

 

post #4 of 10

I'm not sure if the 440 is more detailed than the 840--I hear the opposite, in fact. It's definitely more neutral than the 840, though, which is warmer. The 440 doesn't really have a ton of bass, but what's there extends decently and is of good, punchy quality. I like mine, even if the treble can be a wee bit bright sometimes. They're quite detailed, to be sure. The mids are definitely not recessed on the 440, and they're pretty nicely resolving. Overall I think the SRH440 is a nice set and more than a match for the M50 that gets rampantly recommended around here. IMO the 440 is better balanced, but the M50 is still a fine headphone.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

How about open cans? m50s are all the rage right now that it's so tempting to just experience it

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

if only akg k701s weren't so expensive :(

post #7 of 10

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Originally Posted by sp4c3 View Post
SRH840's frequency response is 5hz-25khz... hmm how does that sound? I've read that they're very detailed - it falls under my preferences but I wouldn't like bass that's overpowering.

It's not overpowering at all. It feels really nicely balanced. It's not incredibly "punchy" or boomy and the bass doesn't overwhelm the gorgeous midrange. It's about the best bass treatment I've heard personally in headphones though. The bass in Black Queen Acid by Menomena, for instance, sounds full and weighty without being abrasive and has a warm, musical feel that none of my other headphones produce.
 

post #8 of 10

shure have flat balance sound signature, bass is so light unengaging. they are monitor cans

post #9 of 10

I really like my Shure SRH750DJ's. I was between them and the 840's, but read good things on the 750's. You can get them on eBay from an authorized Shure retailer with a full warranty for $110 shipped brand new.
 

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by sp4c3 

if only akg k701s weren't so expensive :(


I was looking at these and sometimes I see them at 240$ on ebay... i dont think they are that much expensive for the kind of quality u get...


Edited by musiclife - 1/14/13 at 9:25am
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