I'm the proud owner of a Sennheiser HD555 which has served me well for movies, music, and games. But I'm off to college in the fall and as much as I love my HD555, its open cans won't serve me in a noisy dorm or a quiet library. So I need a new closed pair to take with me. I'm not an audiophile but I figure I might as well get good audio where I can afford it. I'm really close to pulling the trigger on the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. They're in my budget (<$200). They're semi portable (they fold). They've got stellar reviews. And they look pretty damn good.
The only thing holding me back are comments that the ATH-M50 are bad for movies and gaming, due to the poor soundstage. Usually the alternatives given are the DT-770 and open headphones (HD555 and the like). Clearly open headphones won't work for me. The DT-770 seem too large, are not portable, and are a little ridiculous looking to be seen outside with. So I'd prefer to give them a pass.
As an HD555 owner, I understand the importance of soundstage, but is this just a problem with the ATH-M50 or would all closed headphones have similar issues? If I were to buy the ATH-M50 and use them for mostly movies and games, would I be wasting my money? Are there really any closed headphones besides the DT-770 that offer a much larger soundstage?
Thank you, I look forward to hearing your advice.
EDIT: Would the Shure SRH840 be any better?
Edited by SystemsLock - 6/26/12 at 10:59pm