Pieces of crap + good = DOES NOT COMPUTE
Since you made your argument:
The CAL doesn't do bass very well without starting to distort. Actually, it's bass sounds pretty horrible. The M50 has a lot more quantity and punch on the bass.
Never found it to distort any more or less than the M50. The CAL however focuses on sub bass, while the M50 has a stronger mid bass. Two different types of bass. In any case, opinion.
The CAL has just as recessed mids as the M50.
I agree with this, except the stronger mid bass on the M50 drowns out mids more than the CAL which focuses on sub bass which doesn't bleed into the midrange the way the M50's does. I'm just nitpicking here, since both headphone's do a good job not bleeding into the midrange as much as typical bass bloated cans.
The CALs treble sounds ****ty, whereas the M50 has pretty clear treble.
Again, opinion. Lots of people HATE harsh treble. Again, enhanced treble =/= clarity. That's just a trick to let us think it is. A trick both you and I agree on. It SOUNDS clearer because it is ramped up, whereas the CAL is actually closer to NEUTRAL treble. Just because the M50's treble is spiked up, doesn't make it beter than the more natural treble of the CALs. Surely not to where it's ****ty. But whatevs. For example: The HD650 has a soft treble, whereas a K701 has a spiked treble. That doesn't make one better than the other. They are different, is all. Not everyone can take a spiked up treble like the M50s, which is why headphones like the CAL, HD650, and others exist.
The CALs build quality is laughable, wheres the M50 is built like a tank.
100% agree that the M50 is built like a tank, while the CAL is more fragile. This is a case of rugged functionality vs aesthetics. However, the M50 couldn't begin to come close to the comfort on the CAL, IMHO of course.
The CAL does not improve with amping, the M50 comes up to another division - and it already was on another division to begin with.
Pure hyperbole of an opinion. Again, plenty of people who directly compare the D1001/CAL vs the M50 (they were both priced usually in the same range for a long time). Different strokes for different folks, as their signatures are different. I think they belong in the same "division".
In the case of amping, that argument is usually the most overused and unnecessary. ALL headphones improve in varying degrees by amping. Not to discredit your claim, but lots of people on this very forum will tell you that the M50 doesn't make enough of an improvement by amping, that it doesn't come with that overused disclaimer of "AMPING will improve it, lolzor". In my opinion, neither improve much by amping. Just tightening here and there.Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 12/20/11 at 6:41am