Relative noob here, straight to the point. I've been using the ATH-M50s for about 2 weeks, loving it. I just got the DT 770 pro 80 ohm, been listening for about 12 hours and swapping between the two constantly. I think the M50s are just slightly clearer and sound "closer" but lack the bass of the 770 has. It almost feels like the M50s sound too "close" whereas the 770 is more leaned back and comfortable. The 770 sound like there's a thin bedsheet blocking the sound compared the M50, but it still sounds good (sorry trying to explain in layman terms), so I kinda prefer the M50 for clarity.
I've been searching for something in the middle, like a 770 with a bit more clarity or a M50 with more bass. The Ultrasone 580s seem like the best contender to fill the middleground, but after hours of reading threads I still can't decide, some say the 580s are lacking in bass and others say it's the best choice. I've looked into the D2000 but decided against it.
I will keep the 770s over the M50s if I don't get the 580s.
No amp. I'm listening on PC through an Audigy 2 ZS plugged into a Logitech Z-5500. I'll also be using this on a Roland TD-12. I only plan on using them at home.
I'm listening to mostly dubstep and nujazz (eg. Nujabes) and some rock, dnb and chillwave. Thanks to the bass on the 770, dubstep songs from Nero and Netsky sound orgasmic, it's like being transported to another dimension.. but I would like just a bit more clarity like the M50s.
Edited by Vicx - 5/22/12 at 7:24pm