This is my first post on head-fi (loooooong time lurker) and I figured this was as good a thread as any to make my entrance. I just got my pair of M50s and am quite disappointed in them, as it was all the hype that made me choose them and I don't feel they live up to that hype at all. Sure they're decent, and maybe if they weren't so hyped my disappointment wouldn't be as strong as it is, but I was expected to be blown away (talking value here) and came out of it completely underwhelmed.
A little history on me- Home audio professional for 15 years, guitar player, huge metalhead. I currently own Shure e5c and se530, Yuin PK2 with Yurbuds sleeves (best idea I ever had), B+W P5, AKG k240 and my pride- the mighty Sony z1000 which are absolutely amazing in every regard and are my primary set of cans. The Sony's are my newest addition and didn't really consider myself an audiophile until I got them . I guess I still don't consider myself an audiophile, I just like good sound. But I digress. I listen to music from my iPhone5 with a Fiio E11. All my music is 256aac or higher, most being 320mp3. I do have some lossless files as well. My problem is I travel for work now, and with each trip I realize more and more that I need something that folds, so I bought the M50s hoping they would be the solution to my problem. They're not. I do realize they haven't been broken in, and I am naturally comparing them to the Sony's, but they just don't wow me at all and they actually bother me with how bad they sound compared to the Sony's. I can't really pinpoint what the exact problem is but the easiest way for me to describe it is that they sound cold, hollow, and not very musical. There is such a disconnect it seems between the bass and midrange, and the treble is so harsh at times (comparatively) that they aren't fun to listen to at all. Also, while I didn't expect any soundstage at all do to them being closed, I did expect somewhat decent imaging and I can hardly call it that. Clean passages and acoustic recordings (Alice in Chains Unplugged) admittedly sound pretty great, but with heavier stuff it all becomes a muddy mess. These things were just not made for metal. I know I am comparing them to a pair of cans that cost 5 times the price, but I have much fonder memories of my long gone Sony V700DJs that were in the same price bracket. I guess I just expected too much.
All that said, does anyone have any recommendations for a folding, closed, circumaural set of cans that won't disappoint? I'd spend up to $300 if that's what's required to get passable sound quality.
Happy new year everyone!
Check out the Koss dj100 thread. I just picked my son up a set today. And I'm Amazed. For $80 bucks no less, hell they are even cheaper on amazon. I have them on right now, ROCKING Ride the Lightning....Hold on boys, it's gonna get crazy!!! Their really Good, is what I'm saying.