Originally Posted by CurseTheSky
It might just be the fact that I'm not used to wearing headphones quite this big. They're nice in the fact that they're light, and the head support at the top is wonderful. Something about the way they feel around my ears just doesn't work for me though. They itch a bit, after even just a few minutes of use. I figured that by going with something that is on-ear rather than around-ear, I might avoid that problem.
I guess what it boils down to is, if I was completely blown away by their sound quality, I would just forget the comfort issues and deal with it. Don't get me wrong, they sound good, I'm just now blown away. I guess if I could find something more comfortable with similar (or especially better) sound quality, I'd be happier.
It also depends on what sound signature you'd prefer. As Bossatiger said, they're very different and the AD700s just as he has described.
If you enjoyed the AD700's airy sound, you most likely won't enjoy the M80 sound. At least that is my guess, because they are completely different signatures. M80 is closed, less soundstage, more bass and lower end emphasis and less high end sparkle.
The M80's do have noticeably more bass than the AD700's. For me, the M80's were lacking a bit of bass so the AD700's even more so. But the M80's have great sound quality if that's the signature you're looking for.
Back to comfort, I think you should spend a little more time on the AD700's, as you'll probably get used to them. They're very comfortable. I'd say they were more comfortable than my Pro 900's that I love so much.
The M80s gave me issues. They clamp a bit tight and even when you stretch the headband out a little, they would still hurt my ears after about 2 hours of listening. Others say that they're fine. Go on here and search "comfort" to read about other people's opinions.
I would suggest the HFI-580's. It seems that everyone here loves them or is strongly considering buying them. I love mine. They're also about $118-$124 online! They're slightly less comfortable than the M50's because they clamp a little harder, but I can say they're more comfortable to me than the M80s. Maybe I just don't like on-ears. If you haven't seen the M80's in person yet, they're a lot smaller than I thought- too small for me. Coming from the AD700's is a huge difference. But if you're looking for something that's very portable on-the-go, the M80's are wonderful.
Now, if you do end up getting the 580's and they're still not comfortable enough, you can always spend $20 to replace them with velour DT250 which are VERY comfortable. SUBMIT
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Edited by MrNurse - 1/27/12 at 9:46am