Originally Posted by jupitreas
With all due respect to those who dislike the ATH-M50, what are the better full-size closed headphones out there for about the same price? I think I've tried nearly all of them and can't think of one that I prefer over the M50.
KRK KNS 8400 - nice detail but bass is seriously lacking in impact, sounds like someone is farting
Shure SRH440 - rolled off bass
Sennheiser HD280 Pro - harsh and somewhat hollow sounding with resonances from the enclosures
Shure SRH840 - good sounding headphone but not very portable and very uncomfortable. I also find the highs on them to be lacking
Sony MDR-7506 - harsh upper mids, unnatural bass, quite uncomfortable after a while
Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO - exaggerated bass response, not portable, harsh highs, very recessed midrange (way more than M50)
Fischer Audio FA-003 - huge, not portable, hard to get a hold of, bass could be better
Ultrasone HFI580 - S-Logic sounds artificial, particularly for people who have asymmetrical ears, upper-mids and highs are quite harsh
Sennheiser HD449 - bass is muddy and uncontrolled, very disappointing headphone
M-Audio Studiophile Q40 - nice, but has poor build quality and is not as detailed as the M50
Beyerdynamic DT250-250 - sounds better than ATH-M50 but is not portable, requires an amp to sound good and has poor quality control
Fostex T50-RP - ugly as all hell, not portable, rolled off bass and treble.
AKG K727 HD - rolled off bass, not portable
Have I missed some other M50 competitor that is out there?