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Mid-range headphones. ATH-M50, Sennheiser PX-360, Shure SRH840, what to buy?

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Hey, I've been browsing head-fi.org for about two years now, particularly when I'm buying a new pair of headphones. I started off with a pair of Sennheiser eh350s (which I am currently using), graduated to a beautiful pair of Denon AH-D1100s which have since broken :(


I'm looking for a pair of around-ear/over-ear headphones in a similar price range as the Denon's, or slightly more (100-200 euros), to be used with my iPod on a daily basis. This means they need to be fairly sturdy, or at least not rely solely on one flimsy 'U hinge'. I mostly listen to Rock and Metal and Acoustic guitar pieces. I also play guitar and will likely use these with my modelling amplifier. Research has led me to these three headphones;

 

Audo Technica ATH-M50

Highly regarded by some on these forums; they are available for me to try out in a local store and are reasonably priced, but I kept finding mixed reviews, or ones that were not very helpful in deciding how they would work out for me.

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Sennheiser PX-360

Being relatively young headphones, there are few reviews on the PX-360. They are the cheapest pair of the three at just 100 euros and I have had many good experiences with my dad's sennheisers in the past (he still has a pair of  HD560 Ovation II headphones). However they seem portable and structurally sound.

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Shure SRH840

Another pair of headphones that are frequently recommended, but their prominent high-end is worrying me as I like bassy, chunky sounds without shrill/piercing highs. Also they are reported to leak sound.

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I will be using these headphones on small public transport, in school and at home so I don't want a pair that leak sound like my open eh350s, and I am going on a trip to New Zealand this summer which will include some 55 hours or more on aeroplanes so isolation would be a good feature too. I don't have a problem with carrying around headphones of this size, so long as they aren't too weak. I have researched some on-ear headphones, and tried several on, but they don't seem as comfortable or as good at sound isolation as my Denons.

 

Soon I'll be going down to my local guitar store to try out the ATH-M50s and the SRH840s but from the look/reviews I get the feeling that they won't be what I'm looking for. I was hoping the helpful community here might be able to point me in the right direction.

 

Also, on a sidenote, would it be worth investing in a portable headphone amplifier (not an expensive one, preferrably <€40) to carry with my iTouch? Something like the Fiio E6.

 

Thanks, Arn


Edited by Arnolox - 5/29/12 at 7:30am
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Of the few listed here, for portable use, the M50s get my recommendation(they fold flat on the neck) if you are using them around. I sold them off though for the SRH-840 as I wanted something I can use at home along side my speakers(the 840s has a more "neutral" sound to me). M50s headband needs to be stretched naturally because they really clamp the head.

 

Though they do go on the neck nicely, the SRH-840s can't be folded flat so I have the driver facing outwards sometimes.

 

If you do consider on-ear headphones, the HD-25 originals get my firmest recommendation for portability and sound, the sennheiser Amperiors are said to be better though. Another headphone if you can fine one too is the Aiaiai TMA-1 which also sounds pretty good for the money. Both though flimsy looking are actually pretty structurally sound.

 

As for the 840s, the key is getting a proper seal IMO. 

post #3 of 12
All the models you specified are huge for portable use. Plus they all have a wire. Take a look at the Sennheiser PX210BT. Small and truely portable the sound coming from these will compete with oter $150 headphones. All this without a wire. This alone will change your life and how you listen to music. These have bigger bass and fuller mids than the M50s. Take a look at this review

http://www.headfonia.com/sennheiser-px210bt/
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies :D

I should mention I have no issue with carrying around big headphones, my Denons were fairly big and I didn't really mind, I always have space. If I am tight for space I'll take apart my 

eh350 and bring it instead.

 

I did notice some reccomendations for the HD 25s actually, I'm pretty sure my dad has a similar pair that he got when he went on the concorde a few years ago. They're Sennheiser HP25BAs . Through using them and other on-ear headphones I've found that, despite the HP25BAs being very soft, they are uncomfortable on my ear for long periods of time and I dislike how they move on the ear easily. Listening to the HP25BAs now they're surprisingly bassy but mids and highs seem to be compromised :/ I'm listening to Periphery who have some pretty treble-heavy distortion on some of their tracks and the guitar seems compressed. I also looked up the aiaia TMA-1s, and they look like pretty sturdy headphones at a reasonable price. I checked out what they come with and that looks pretty comprehensive too so I'll look more into them. But again they're on ear and I have trouble getting sound isolation with any of my on ear headphones :<

 

I looked at your recommendation musubi, and those do look really portable, but I prefer around-ear headphones personally. What you said about sound is interesting too, as I got the impression the M50s had big bass, certainly compared to smaller headphones. I will definitely bookmark those though, in case they become a better option for me. 


Edited by Arnolox - 5/29/12 at 7:28am
post #5 of 12
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Went down to my local guitar store and tried out the M50s and 840s and the M50s blew the Shures out of the water for my ears. Since I saw how comfy they are and what they come with, I think i'll be getting them rather than any on-ear headphones. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Arnolox View Post

Went down to my local guitar store and tried out the M50s and 840s and the M50s blew the Shures out of the water for my ears. Since I saw how comfy they are and what they come with, I think i'll be getting them rather than any on-ear headphones. Thanks!

Congrats and sorry about your wallet! :)

post #7 of 12
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Haha! I know :'( But I'm starting work soon so I'll earn the difference! :D

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Originally Posted by Arnolox View Post

Went down to my local guitar store and tried out the M50s and 840s and the M50s blew the Shures out of the water for my ears. Since I saw how comfy they are and what they come with, I think i'll be getting them rather than any on-ear headphones. Thanks!


If there's a best buy store near you that has a Magnolia, or a standalone Magnolia home theater store, you should be able to demo the 360s there. The one near me had them on display. I found them a bit too small for my ears.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

I wish I was in the USA for things like this! I live in Malta and our electronics stores are really nothing special :/
They do seem smaller than the others, but something about them is sexy :L

post #10 of 12

Dont fall to the m50 hype 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

What makes you say that?

post #12 of 12

I like the M50s. Enjoy!

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