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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

I don't know if this has been asked or not, but we've all seen the incredible hype about the ATH-M50's here.....I wonder how do the WS-55's compare to them? I spent $106 for my WS-55's and love them. The M50's I usually see from $140-$150 online, and I can't help but wonder are they really that much better? I don't plan on spending the money to find out, but i'm sure somebody here has heard them both.



 



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Because you ask. You shall receive..I can't do it today as I have a Hockey game I have to go here in a few , but I will do an A/B session tomorrow and report back here. Check back tomorrow. My short answer to you is not they are not a clear upgrade to the WS55..I say getting something like an Ultrasone HFI-580/DJ1  would be a worthy upgrade and something different.


Much appreciated! L3000.gif

 

post #302 of 458

I would stick with the Ws55  before the HFI580.  Those headphones are just sibilant to all heck.

 

The m50's while I dont have any first hand experience are not as compact as the ws55.  Also a little less sexy as well.  I know it sounds funny but in this price range looks mean a ton more since you are going portable.  The swivel cups make them easier to stick in a bag, purse and bookbag without sticking out.

 

If you dont mind wearing tanks on your ears, rather than the ATH-m50 check out the dt770 pro.  No swivel cups but their bass is stronger and better than the ws55. I found the 250ohm version to actually have a bit of rattle than the 80ohm which is odd considering the 80 ohm version was considered the basshead model.

 

Far as my WS55 experiences go, they are not bad headphones by any means.  Their sound quality is decent enough but what kills it for my is the lack of isolation.  No matter how I wear them they are just not creating a really good seal with my ear.

 

 

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I am A/Bing against my M50 and WS55.

 

Right off the bat the mids on the WS55 are more full and better balanced over the M50. The M50 has more of a V sound to them that some might like or dislike but it makes vocals sound somewhat distant. Timbre and highs on the M50 are more emphasized over the WS55. 

 

Bass level wise both are very capable. .The M50 has the better sub bass extension but not by much. Mid bass punch the WS55 wins.

Imaging and detail wise I actually prefer overall the more balanced WS55 over the M50.. The highs on the M50 are somewhat over emphasized. More of a robotic edge to the highs that some will be ok with but for me it just doesn't sound natural.

 

More coloration on the highs and good bass on the M50 with recessed mids..

 

WS55>M50  Plus these cost less. Sound stage on the M50 kinda sucks too. lol..

post #304 of 458
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I am A/Bing against my M50 and WS55.

 

Right off the bat the mids on the WS55 are more full and better balanced over the M50. The M50 has more of a V sound to them that some might like or dislike but it makes vocals sound somewhat distant. Timbre and highs on the M50 are more emphasized over the WS55. 

 

Bass level wise both are very capable. .The M50 has the better sub bass extension but not by much. Mid bass punch the WS55 wins.

Imaging and detail wise I actually prefer overall the more balanced WS55 over the M50.. The highs on the M50 are somewhat over emphasized. More of a robotic edge to the highs that some will be ok with but for me it just doesn't sound natural.

 

More coloration on the highs and good bass on the M50 with recessed mids..

 

WS55>M50  Plus these cost less. Sound stage on the M50 kinda sucks too. lol..



Then I am glad I resisted the M50 hype and trusted you about the WS55. beerchug.gif

After our opinions matched on the HAS600, I figured I could trust your preferences to be on point again.L3000.gif

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Ya truth be told I prefer my HTF600 which cost $30, over my M50.. Lol!. The highs are a bit too much on them combined that with recessed mids and a smallish stage and you get a very unnatural colored closed in sound.. The SQ on my HTF600 is better imo..

post #306 of 458

hey i just got my pair the other day...and i think i overdid it with the book stretching.is there a way to make it gain its clamp back?or is it irreversible

post #307 of 458
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Originally Posted by locker74 View Post

hey i just got my pair the other day...and i think i overdid it with the book stretching.is there a way to make it gain its clamp back?or is it irreversible



I was WONDERING if that would happen. Sorry it happened but thanks for the warning.

 

 

post #308 of 458
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hey i just got my pair the other day...and i think i overdid it with the book stretching.is there a way to make it gain its clamp back?or is it irreversible



It might start to clamp up a bit if you leave it hanging for a while. If not I would close them in a bit to see if they clamp in a bit more. I think those are strong enough that they will be able to handle a bit of stretching in or out.

post #309 of 458

Still looking for a case for these. Any other manufacturer make a case? I saw a Klipsch Image One case that looked like it would fit.

 

Loving these and want to protect them from my reckless nature.


Edited by Viktor Vaughn - 4/8/12 at 7:14pm
post #310 of 458
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Originally Posted by Viktor Vaughn View Post

Still looking for a case for these. Any other manufacturer make a case? I saw a Klipsch Image One case that looked like it would fit.

 

Loving these and want to protect them from my reckless nature.



i gave you a solution on the previous page, otherwise you can get genuine audio technica cases they are just very expensive

 

http://www.audiocubes.com/product_info.php?products_id=2287

post #311 of 458

I sometimes do miss the impact of the bass with my ws55 in some tracks it is there,but other tracks just lack the deep rumble of the bass too dry and it is not driven well with the Fiio e5 not a good match with the Fiio e10 it becomes alive but for portable use it needs something better then the e5 i think maybe the Fiio e11 will do the job or should i buy another portable amp...?

post #312 of 458
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I sometimes do miss the impact of the bass with my ws55 in some tracks it is there,but other tracks just lack the deep rumble of the bass too dry and it is not driven well with the Fiio e5 not a good match with the Fiio e10 it becomes alive but for portable use it needs something better then the e5 i think maybe the Fiio e11 will do the job or should i buy another portable amp...?



I use a E11. It is awesome. The E5 is a bit too weak imo. Or you can get something like a Z02 for a bit more which would really throw on the bass.

post #313 of 458

Yeah but that sucks it will cost another 60 euro's should better if i had bought the sony xb500 it's not hard to drive like the ws55 was cheaper and has more bass cause the ws55 seem to be made for dubstep it really comes alive then but with house the bass just isn't there enough for me too enjoy a lot of the time  and that sucks.......

post #314 of 458
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Yeah but that sucks it will cost another 60 euro's should better if i had bought the sony xb500 it's not hard to drive like the ws55 was cheaper and has more bass cause the ws55 seem to be made for dubstep it really comes alive then but with house the bass just isn't there enough for me too enjoy a lot of the time  and that sucks.......



You shouldn't need an amp at all....the WS55 is easy to drive. My Rockboxed Clip Zip will make the WS55 absolutely pound the bassbasshead.gifwith just  5db bump to the 100hz and below frequency shelf. And as far as house, I just fired up my Galaxy Player 5.0, and with the Digitally Imported app, the house channel, even at the 64k AAC stream with no EQ applied, has perfectly good bass. (and the WS55 don't sound all muddy and muffled like the XB500's I tried did.)

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i gave you a solution on the previous page, otherwise you can get genuine audio technica cases they are just very expensive

 

http://www.audiocubes.com/product_info.php?products_id=2287



Man, I COMPLETELY missed that post. That is exactly what I need, especially now that I know it fits. Thank you.

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