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Skullcandy Aviators vs. ATH M50

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

Please share with me your thoughts and input between the two before I buy one. I'm having a tough time choosing between them. I mostly care about soundstage and a base presence. I listen to rock, hiphop, electronic music, female vocals, and acoustic. I appreciate your help!

post #2 of 38

Well you're not going to get the combination of soundstage and bass presence out of those two.  M50 reaches lower and is more thick sounding, but has a clustered and confined soundstage.  The aviators-- of what little I've listened to at the apple store-- are very clear considering they're a skullcandy product, but dont' have as good of a sub-bass presence as the M50.  They have a very nice mid-bass and lower mid-bass, however.  They don't really punch your head off with every hit of a kick-drum, however.

post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 

Yeah I'll probably be really happy as long as they are signficantly better than my Panasonic rp-htx7

post #4 of 38

Save yourself some money and get one of these instead. It is just my opinion but these blow the doors off the M50s in every way. The Aviators I haven't tried but I can safely say these are crazy for the price. There was a headfier that had the Beats Pro that ended up getting one of these and is happy that these sound better in every way.. $400 vs $30 headphone.  Throw on some $20 velour pads and you got a serious contender.. Before you say you have no idea what you are talking about.. Read what Malveaux wrote on his take about how he prefers these over his HD650.. Try them out. The M50 is so over rated. They aren't worth the asking price if you ask me and yes I do own the M50..

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/571005/the-panasonic-rp-htf600-s-headphones-some-ultrasone-tech/270#post_7780299  read the beginning and the last few pages of Malveaux comparison. These will blow your mind.. Save the money for a good amp so you can have proper bass on these. A little E11 and your Mp3 with the Panasonics and you will thank me later.

post #5 of 38

I own the M50 and have heard the Aviators - it really surprised me with a fullish signature that lends itself to pop

music especially (big surprise there!)

 

Sound stage is not a virtue of either headphone though, neither is layering and separation.

 

The big distinction is in the build quality ~ M50 is built like a nuclear bunker and the Aviators feel like

something that comes out of a really big fortune cookie.

post #6 of 38
Thread Starter 

hmm, is their a noticeable difference in the clarity of the sound between the two? 

post #7 of 38

 

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Originally Posted by Dafunk1080 View Post

hmm, is their a noticeable difference in the clarity of the sound between the two? 


In a weird twist of events, the Aviators have better clarity than the M50s. The M50's have more robust low end. The mids are also leaner and nicer on the Aviators. Its almost as if Etymotic designed the Aviators.

 

Build quality however is a one sided contest. The Aviators do not really instill confidence in being able to withstand much abuse. I can probably use the M50's to severely injure you if used as a weapon....

 

post #8 of 38

On topic: Haven't heard the Aviators but the M50 isn't very bassy. Grados do rock and acoustic well, but I wouldn't use it for electronic and dub. I have a feeling one of the Ultrasones will fit you well. I've tried the HFI-580. It will satisfy your bass needs but it probably doesn't hold up well on acoustic music. The Panasonics Dsnuts listed are also worth a try. They've got pretty good reviews so far. 

 

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I know its a pretty arrogant stance... but this web site is all about top tier headphones.. and mentioning ibuds and 2$ sony budz is a visual mnental raping every time i see it. and Not having a sticky about **** headphones ... makes me f#cking want to vomit.


 

You've got some serious issues, lmao. 

 

 

post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by greenrolaids View Post

Can we seriously get somebody to create a block on SkullCandy and Beats, bull$hit threads?

 

Maybe if somebody enters Either skullcandy or Beats into a thread topic.. it automatically sends them to a search of 9999 other postings about skullcandy and beats crap threads.

 

I know its a pretty arrogant stance... but this web site is all about top tier headphones.. and mentioning ibuds and 2$ sony budz is a visual mnental raping every time i see it. and Not having a sticky about **** headphones ... makes me f#cking want to vomit.

 

 


So what headphones do you have?

 

Very best,

 

post #10 of 38
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post




So what headphones do you have?

 

Very best,

 

 

Bose AE2s, of course biggrin.gif
 

 

post #11 of 38
Thread Starter 

Cool, thanks for the advice. Right now I'm leaning toward ATHM50S. But honestly, I'll probably just be happy if anything I get are significantly better than my Panasonic RP-HTX7. 

post #12 of 38
Thread Starter 

Was also thinking about Grado 225, but they leak to much sound. 

post #13 of 38

The M50s have impactful bass while Aviators have better treble and a wide soundstage. The Aviators are also very fragile while the M50s are pretty durable so its all about your preference for the sound.

post #14 of 38

I heard both of these headphones. I had to say that the Aviators had better bass impact than the M50s. Both are decent headphones and would be a good buy if you find some under $150. 

post #15 of 38
Thread Starter 

Hmm, I see. Posts like these conflict me ^. Which is better for acoustic music. 

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