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post #121 of 176
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Originally Posted by Bren View Post

... 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
 

for the genres you mention,,,,forget all the audophool lingo and get a pair of Grado SR60i

post #122 of 176

Back to the point. The ATH-M50 S/LE is no different than the standard M50 in the sonics department. The chassis is just colored differently. They use the exact same drivers.

post #123 of 176
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post

Back to the point. The ATH-M50 S/LE is no different than the standard M50 in the sonics department. The chassis is just colored differently. They use the exact same drivers.

I read in an interview with the CEO or President or something when AT were here in SG that the limited editions are actually different. 

post #124 of 176
Final assumptions no need to be confused:
Bottom line is the LE ARE THE limited edition.
LE look amazing...
LE sound better than early generation m50..
LE paint does not show any scuff or wear after months of use.
LE are better in that they take advantage of ALL placibo ways .
LE sound is spectacular . They are the choice of many.
LE enjoy latest manufacturing dates,
which result in better more modern tolerances of the same process.
Manufacturers never have to tell or state to consumer ANY minor changes or improvements in manufacturing... READ YOUR PACKAGING.
This avoids consumer confusion .

Last and not least, the LE have special majical properties,
that cause memebers here to rant an rave how they are just the same,
as if that could stop anyone from buying what they want.. haha.
Edited by Maxx134 - 10/14/12 at 9:14pm
post #125 of 176

One other difference I noticed, but forgot to mention in my earlier post, is that the headbands are a different shape. One (I think the LE) was narrower and higher. This could affect comfort and sound through a different clamping effect, depending on the shape of your head. 

post #126 of 176

Sorry to revive a dead thread but I really want to know, would these be worth it to buy when compared to my S4 buds? I would also probably buy the LE's since there seems to be really doubt that they do for some reason sound a lot better than the regular ones.

post #127 of 176

I would not suggest the ATH-M50 or any variant of it for anything but your first "real" headphone.

post #128 of 176
Thread Starter 

I've since moved on from the M50, but I'd say... for the "first" experience with "good" sound quality, I think the M50 is decent for what it does. Other offerings are just "different". Not necessarily "better".

 

To get "better" than the M50 requires quite a bit of dedication (better amp, source, or a more expensive cans), and I don't think splurging for high-priced components as a "first dip" is a good idea.

post #129 of 176

Well I got them a week ago for $145 shipped off Amazon, loving them. I like my S4 earbuds but these are on another level. My dad liked them so much my mom ordered a pair for him for xmas. So far I have maybe 20hours of burn in time and have had a noticeable change in the sound. Just the other night the last hour of use I amped them with my Fiio E6 and it helped to bring out the bass a little more but probably because it made them quite a bit louder. 

post #130 of 176

Hey guys, this is my first post here and I actually joined just because of this thread.

I'm going to be doing a combination of multi-genre listening, mixing, referencing, and playing guitar through these cans, and after a good month of pondering and comparisons, I'm dead-set on getting the ATH-M50's. I just placed an order through The Sound Professionals for the original black M50's with the modded, coiled, removable cable, and then I run into this...

I don't want to start another world war over the topic, but is there REALLY a difference between the two or is it psychological? Oddly enough, I actually prefer the simplistic black/silver look to the LE's more flashy, girly (in my opinion) look, but if the sound quality is as better as some say, I would still gladly change my order to the LE's.

Is the metal logo plate enough to change the sound? What about the tighter fit/differently-shaped headband? This is my first audiophile-rank pair of headphones, so I want it to be an amazing experience. I've heard that using a FiiO amp with these cans really lets them shine, so I also purchased a FiiO E17 (which is great because then I can use it with better cans later on. Q701's are next on the list smily_headphones1.gif)

Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie.

post #131 of 176
Thread Starter 

After hearing better headphones, I wouldn't even call the ATH-M50 "audiophile-rank" to be honest.

 

It's just a good pair of cans compared to whatever else you can grab from "name brands" like Beats by Dr. Dre or such... but I think you still have quite a way to go before you reach "audiophile" level.

 

As for the sound, I believe now that the "difference" was more due to the way I listened to music through the LE (burn-in process), plus a number of other factors like ear pads (M50's ear pads harden and stiffen over time). The regular pair that I compared my LE to was old... and had been used by my dad for a long while. The ear pads were pretty stiff, and he listened to a different genre of music than I did.

 

So I think the difference may or may not be there in a completely new M50. It's hard to tell since I never got the opportunity to compare two new M50s side by side.

post #132 of 176

What sort of music is M50 good for?

post #133 of 176

^I play everything on them and nothing sounds bad, at least in IMO

post #134 of 176
They do well with any genre,but not the best at anything. Still good at what it does at it's pricing point. It's a good set for entry headphone that you can't really go wrong with.
post #135 of 176
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

After hearing better headphones, I wouldn't even call the ATH-M50 "audiophile-rank" to be honest.

 

It's just a good pair of cans compared to whatever else you can grab from "name brands" like Beats by Dr. Dre or such... but I think you still have quite a way to go before you reach "audiophile" level.

 

As for the sound, I believe now that the "difference" was more due to the way I listened to music through the LE (burn-in process), plus a number of other factors like ear pads (M50's ear pads harden and stiffen over time). The regular pair that I compared my LE to was old... and had been used by my dad for a long while. The ear pads were pretty stiff, and he listened to a different genre of music than I did.

 

So I think the difference may or may not be there in a completely new M50. It's hard to tell since I never got the opportunity to compare two new M50s side by side.

 

Better headphones that cost more?  Or, better headphones for the price?  At the moment, the M50s - not limited edition model, can be purchased from the Guitar Center for about $105.00 (after a $15 coupon and before taxes.)  I've heard plenty of great headphones and didn't find the M50 repulsive in any way.  For the price of the M50, I think one could do worse for the money.  Possibly, not better though.

 

I don't consider myself an audiophile.  I consider myself an audio enthusiast as "audiophile" is such a sterile term.

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