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post #1 of 20
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So I've been fairly interested in the ath m50 headphones and I listen to mostly indie and alternative rock with some heavier bands like Tool and some classical and jazz, with very little rap or hip hop

 

are these headphones a good choice for me? I'll be using an unamped ipod otuch 4th gen

 

If these arent good choices can anyone recommend something under 200 that would be a better choice

post #2 of 20
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post #3 of 20

I don't listen to even a smidgen of hippity hop and I like them.  It doesn't matter what music you listen to it matters what sound you like.  If you've read some of the millions of threads about them and they sound good to you then just buy them.  The only reason not to is if you want a bass-lite sound.  As the trunk rattling subwoofer bass-heads will say, they don't have that much bass.  It's actually fairly accurate. 

post #4 of 20

not a good match for your taste at all imo.  the m50s are great for electronic, trance, hip hop, and pop.  i dont listen to classical or jazz but i've listened to hard rock on the m50s and i was not impressed.  the main problem is that the guitar sounded distant...and thats a huge con for that type of music.

 

shure's 840 would be a better match for your budget.

post #5 of 20

I do not agree at all

post #6 of 20

with the type of music he listens to, mids are important and they are recessed on the m50s.  dont get me wrong, they're great phones especially for the money...i just dont see it being the best match for him.

 

grados would be great for tool but not quite sure how they would do for classical and jazz.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by socalguy124 View Post

with the type of music he listens to, mids are important and they are recessed on the m50s.  dont get me wrong, they're great phones especially for the money...i just dont see it being the best match for him.

 

grados would be great for tool but not quite sure how they would do for classical and jazz.


I do not find the mids on the new white box version to be recessed at all.  Of course, eq has a lot to do with how your headphones sound also.  If you bump the bass way up of course it's going to cover up the mids.  I personally do not find the mids lacking.

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Originally Posted by socalguy124 View Post

with the type of music he listens to, mids are important and they are recessed on the m50s.  dont get me wrong, they're great phones especially for the money...i just dont see it being the best match for him.

 

grados would be great for tool but not quite sure how they would do for classical and jazz.


I do not find the mids on the new white box version to be recessed at all.  Of course, eq has a lot to do with how your headphones sound also.  If you bump the bass way up of course it's going to cover up the mids.  I personally do not find the mids lacking.



the mids aren't as forward as the other two phones i mentioned.  but then again, not everyone hears things the same and to your ears and others, the mids on the m50 are good enough. 

 

what is your opinion on how the m50s handle the electric guitar? to me, it sounded really distant and it made it difficult to get into.  i couldn't listen to alternative/hard rock on these phones.  but then i switched to trance and thought they were fantastic. 

post #9 of 20

distant compared to what? 

 

It would kind of be nice if all these M50 questions were asked in the same thread...

post #10 of 20

distant compared to the grados and shure's 840...the two phones i mentioned in my post.

post #11 of 20

Yeah... well, I've got to agree with Rhythmdevils. It really is a matter of how you like to hear your music. They work fine for me for all the music he listens to. Sure they have slightly recessed mids, but I find them much more appealing than the SRH840. The 840 might make nice 'neutral' studio cans (with faults to be sure), but for actually listening and enjoying, it's the M50 for me. He might like them too...

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Yeah... well, I've got to agree with Rhythmdevils. It really is a matter of how you like to hear your music. They work fine for me for all the music he listens to. Sure they have slightly recessed mids, but I find them much more appealing than the SRH840. The 840 might make nice 'neutral' studio cans (with faults to be sure), but for actually listening and enjoying, it's the M50 for me. He might like them too...



he might...but if he's like me and he likes the guitar at a closer distant, he's gonna have issues with it.  but like you mentioned, it comes down to how you like to hear your music.  there are people who enjoy hard rock on their seinheiser 595s and others who enjoy electronic on their akg 702. it just goes to show the diverse taste us head-fiers have on the type of sound we like for our phones.

post #13 of 20
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So I see that the ath m50 wouldnt be the best option as there is no consensus

 

are there some options that might be better in the same general price range, a little above wouldnt be too bad

post #14 of 20
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So I see that the ath m50 wouldnt be the best option as there is no consensus

 


Whaaaaa?

You'll rarely get concensus on anything around here... and that means close to nothing as far as whether or not the cans will work for you. Trust me, I'm not trying to push you one way or another. I just don't think you should make up your mind based on 'concensus'... or other peoples opinions. Your ears will be your best guide. Try them out if you can and listen to your best known music on them.


 

post #15 of 20

The M50s sound excellent to me when listening to Tool or Rage Against the Machine, which both seem to favor heavy, driving guitar and bass lines.  These headphones are a great buy, and they do not really have any major faults, as they sound good across many genres of music.  A great, versatile pair of headphones.  The overwhelming majority of people that have purchased these are very happy with them.  The reviews, both from professionals and consumers, appear to rate the M50 very highly.

 

You will probably like them very much.  If you can find a good deal for them, at a reputable establishment, I'm confident that you would be very pleased.

 

The cord is very long with the straight-cable version. (11 feet/ 3.3 meters)  There is also a coiled-cable version available.  Just something to keep in mind if you plan on using your headphones on the move. 

 

Ideally, it would be preferrable to try out a few headphones, but I understand that this is not always a practical solution for eveyone.  I listen to a wide variety of music, with a bit of everything in my library, and I would highly recommend the M50. 

 

Good luck on your headphone search, and I hope that you enjoy whatever you finally decide upon.

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