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post #106 of 176
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Differences due to cable can still be legitimate physical events considering:

 

1) Different cables can be made of different materials. I'm sure you will find that many people swear by the difference between silver and copper audio cables.

 

2) Electrical interference from outside sources. We live in an age where some sort of wave (which is a signal in itself) is always constantly passing through. It's possible that even if you have not changed the system, an interference from outside sources may hit the system somewhere and cause the changes. That's why we have shielding for our electrical components. 

 

I'm not sure how you conducted your tests, but there are surely variables that can cause physical differences to occur beyond your control (like the interference).

 

I actually went and did a lot of reading and research after perceiving the differences between these 2 headphones myself, and realized that there were way too many variables to list. Still, I maintain that there is a difference between them, and it's not as big a difference between, say, the M50 versus the DT770, but it's surely as big as the difference between the DT880 250 Ohm and the DT880 600 Ohm.

post #107 of 176

I thought the ATH-M50S/LE used the same driver as the standard M50...

post #108 of 176
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Well, they do. But apparently, it's not the first time that the M50 has had manufacturing differences. I'm sure you can find more on this subject when you do a search for "M50 blue box vs white box".

 

And also apparently, their impressions are exactly like mine regarding blue box M50 vs white box M50.

post #109 of 176

Can I just ask what's considered to be around the normal price for these? Where I am (Singapore) I have to pay ~ US$200 lowest for these.

post #110 of 176
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Can I just ask what's considered to be around the normal price for these? Where I am (Singapore) I have to pay ~ US$200 lowest for these.

 

~$110-$120 in the US

post #111 of 176

Damn you import tax... Seems like I can get much better quality headphones for the money if I go to the US then?

post #112 of 176
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Originally Posted by waywei96 View Post

Damn you import tax... Seems like I can get much better quality headphones for the money if I go to the US then?

 

Yes. At that price point, you can buy a new Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, which, in my opinions, is leaps and bounds above the M50 in quality.

post #113 of 176
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Yes. At that price point, you can buy a new Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, which, in my opinions, is leaps and bounds above the M50 in quality.

Thank you. Thank you so much! I cannot bear to think what would have been if I spent the odd $200 I saved up on the ATH-M50s instead of the Beyerdynamics! Thanks!

post #114 of 176

... confused.gif I only came here for feedback on what 'phones to get for around $200/£130 that would best compliment my rock collection

(Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, V.A.S.T, Linkin Park among others)

 

 Now it's all ..."different colors change sound/cable length changes sound, whether I'm drinking Budweiser or Kronenbourg changes sound, now I'm really lost...confused_face.gif
 

post #115 of 176

Cables do not create any audible difference in sound unless they are truly terrible. Most headphones over $100 have good cables. You don't need a $2k recable.

post #116 of 176
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Cables do not create any audible difference in sound unless they are truly terrible. Most headphones over $100 have good cables. You don't need a $2k recable.

 

Clearly you haven't listened to silver or copper audio cables. They sound very very different.

 

But I agree you don't need a $2K recable. You just need a "different" cable.

post #117 of 176

After having read through this thread, I'm still torn. Please give me a one word response...Should I get the LE's over the standards? Yes or no.

 

(Sorry to be blunt, but I'm just so confused as to which pair to get!)

post #118 of 176
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After having read through this thread, I'm still torn. Please give me a one word response...Should I get the LE's over the standards? Yes or no.

 

(Sorry to be blunt, but I'm just so confused as to which pair to get!)

I would say yes. Same driver, same acoustics, same sound, but different, more unique look.

post #119 of 176
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I would say yes as well... if the difference is not much. I think the LE looks better than the regular version.

 

That aside, the "difference" that I heard is actually not by much. Now that I have scaled up higher and looked back, I think I exaggerated a lot of things.

 

If you are tight on budget, the regular version would do just fine.

post #120 of 176
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Originally Posted by RcasMavs View Post

After having read through this thread, I'm still torn. Please give me a one word response...Should I get the LE's over the standards? Yes or no.

 

(Sorry to be blunt, but I'm just so confused as to which pair to get!)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

 

Clearly you haven't listened to silver or copper audio cables. They sound very very different.

 

But I agree you don't need a $2K recable. You just need a "different" cable.

 

Get the regulars in either straight or coiled cord, which ever fits your needs best.

Ignore all advice regarding cable coloration and such nonsense.

Find an amp with an output impedance of 2 ohms or less if you want slightly firmer bass (something like a cheap FiiO E5 will work fine)

That's it, enjoy

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