Originally Posted by mystaku
Even when my source is a pretty mediocre on-board sound card?
And like i already said I do not notice much of an improvement over my previously owned Senn HD203 (which cost just $40) and if you're saying I'm not going to notice much improvement by using the E10, so does that mean the M50s are totally worthless?
With my M50, I find that its sound signature varies greatly depending on who is listening to it. To me, with my relatively medium size ears, they sound about right. But to some other people I know with bigger or more extruding ears, they sound very closed-in. That's something to take into account.
And also your laptop's DAC isn't much of a factor, but your music quality is. Typically, I find that the M50 sucks a lot with pop/rock/indie. It does awesome with classical/electronic/jazz/r&b or otherwise generally music that is not too busy.
Another factor is that the sonic performance of the M50 seems to vary. You can be lucky and get one that sounds really good, or you can get one that's about acceptable. That's a true story as I have experienced it.
Not to dismiss it as being completely useless, since I can tell you that I enjoy my pair even more than my dad's DT880, but just to say, I agree that there are some M50s that don't perform that well.
Edited by Bill-P - 2/26/12 at 3:12pm