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ath-m50 vs srh440 vs srh840

Poll Results: ath-m50, srh840, or srh440 with e6 amp

 
  • 48% (17)
    ath-m50
  • 42% (15)
    srh840
  • 8% (3)
    srh440 with e6 amp
35 Total Votes  
post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

these are three headphones that appeal to me 

i use apple ear buds now and think they sound fine

i like having the vocals the focus and some deep punchy bass when nessesarry in hip hop and stuff

i listen to hip hop pop and a little rock

comfort is important and islolation, i will be using these in loud cars or buses and stuff like that

i use an ipod touch 4 and if i got the srh440 id get the fiio e6 amp with it too

my price range is i really dont want to go over $140

 

 

ps i made a form asking a similar question a while a go but it got too long and no one really answers me anymore on it. And ive narrowed my decisions down a lot


Edited by ilikedonkeys39 - 7/28/12 at 9:36am
post #2 of 29

these are all good headphones, but you really should get the Ultrasone 580 ( IMO best headphone under $200 ) I to own the M50;s and 580's. IDK about the Shures but I have heard the m50s are better than those. And the 580's are better than the m50's. The 580s are more clear, much better lows, and mids, tighter controlled bass. Only problem is that the highs can be very high pitched at high volume. Break in will change that though. But definitly get the ultrasone 580, AMAZING for electronic music, acoustic guitar, jazz, and classic. Only thing that does not sound amazing is power chords in songs...... but other than that! They are amazing! $120

post #3 of 29

Of the three headphones you've mentioned - the SRH840 would be my pick.

 

M50 is V shaped with more emphasis on bass and highs (has good extension at both ends) - comparatively the mid-range (vocals) can sometimes seem a little recessed.

 

SRH440 is very articulate and clear - but a little bass light (especially if you are looking for punch)

 

SRH840 has slight emphasis (and forwardness) on mid-range, but also has a mid-bass hump which will give you the 'thump' you want when it's required.  Also has a nice sparkle to the highs without going over the top - I personally found the M50 too bright in this area.  It doesn't extend quite as well as the M450 at both ends - but IMO is a lot more balanced.

 

I also found the SRH840 more comfortable than both the SRH440 and M50 - pads are better IMO.  The only issue you may have with the SRH840 is the headband.  Some people have found it uncomfortable.  I personally could wear them for hours.  Seems to be a like them or don't issue - best to demo if you can.

post #4 of 29

+1 for M50.

post #5 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emospence View Post

+1 for M50.

 

Curious - given OP's preferences:
 

Quote:
i like having the vocals the focus and some deep punchy bass

 

Why would you recommend M50 over the SRH840?  What did you find better between the two?  Genuinely curious.

post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pichu View Post

these are all good headphones, but you really should get the Ultrasone 580 ( IMO best headphone under $200 ) I to own the M50;s and 580's. IDK about the Shures but I have heard the m50s are better than those. And the 580's are better than the m50's. The 580s are more clear, much better lows, and mids, tighter controlled bass. Only problem is that the highs can be very high pitched at high volume. Break in will change that though. But definitly get the ultrasone 580, AMAZING for electronic music, acoustic guitar, jazz, and classic. Only thing that does not sound amazing is power chords in songs...... but other than that! They are amazing! $120

thanks!! ill look those up and see what the reviews say too! I will probobly have questions about them for you

post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

Of the three headphones you've mentioned - the SRH840 would be my pick.

 

M50 is V shaped with more emphasis on bass and highs (has good extension at both ends) - comparatively the mid-range (vocals) can sometimes seem a little recessed.

 

SRH440 is very articulate and clear - but a little bass light (especially if you are looking for punch)

 

SRH840 has slight emphasis (and forwardness) on mid-range, but also has a mid-bass hump which will give you the 'thump' you want when it's required.  Also has a nice sparkle to the highs without going over the top - I personally found the M50 too bright in this area.  It doesn't extend quite as well as the M450 at both ends - but IMO is a lot more balanced.

 

I also found the SRH840 more comfortable than both the SRH440 and M50 - pads are better IMO.  The only issue you may have with the SRH840 is the headband.  Some people have found it uncomfortable.  I personally could wear them for hours.  Seems to be a like them or don't issue - best to demo if you can.

yeah i heard good and not so good bout the m50 and how about isolation how are the shr840 at blocking noise?

post #8 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by ilikedonkeys39 View Post

yeah i heard good and not so good bout the m50 and how about isolation how are the shr840 at blocking noise?

 

They have a good clamp without it being excessive.  The soft pads definitely help with even fit.  M50 has good (stronger) clamp.  IMO both isolate similar.  They'll be good for moderate ambient noise (depending on the volume of your music), but not as good as IEMs for travel.  Saying that though - for car, they're pretty good.  Hadn't ever tried on trains.  For air travel (I do a lot of long distance 10hr plus), I prefer IEMs.

post #9 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

 

Curious - given OP's preferences:
 

 

Why would you recommend M50 over the SRH840?  What did you find better between the two?  Genuinely curious.

 

Because when I read it, my mind bolded it like this instead:

 

Quote:

i like having the vocals the focus and some deep punchy bass
post #10 of 29

As what others say, best if you can demo...seriously...

 

Both M50 & SRH 840 are excellent...no doubt about that. 

 

Try them out at the local store with your favourite FLACS / 320 bits MP3z and just get whatever pleases you. You won't go wrong.

 

I am not sure which isolates better though...

 

Cheerz !

post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by valerianaoff View Post

As what others say, best if you can demo...seriously...

 

Both M50 & SRH 840 are excellent...no doubt about that. 

 

Try them out at the local store with your favourite FLACS / 320 bits MP3z and just get whatever pleases you. You won't go wrong.

 

I am not sure which isolates better though...

 

Cheerz !

yeah there arnt any places that i can preview them near portland wa except best buy which dosnt have these headphones im considering

post #12 of 29

ATH M50: Boomy Bass (has thicker vocals compared to SRH 440)

SRH 440: Musical

SRH 840: i haven't tried this cans but according to some reviews between them and the 440's. 440's are worth the price ;)

 

i've got an SRH 440 w/ SRH 840 pads ;D

post #13 of 29

Here's my thoughts.

 

I've owned the m50's and I think they will fulfill the deep punchy bass just fine.  When I tried on the 840's at a store it was clear to me that the vocals were much more detailed and sharp, which I really liked.  The bass on the 840's were there but definitely not as present as the m50's.

 

A large part of the reason I decided to sell the m50's was comfort.  I have a relatively big head and the m50's just clamped too strongly that it got uncomfortable for me quickly.  I have not owned the 840's so I can't comment much on that.

 

Isolation was very good on the m50's and 840's as I wore them in a semi crowded environment.  On a plane, the m50's blocked out as much as it could I suppose, but jet engines are indeed quite loud and as Brooko said, iem's will be much better here.

 

I have the ultrasone 580's right now and the best way to describe them imo is that its a bassier more detailed m50.  I had to stretch out the headband on the 580's too though, darn my big head.

post #14 of 29
ATH-M50 is the best choice among three headphones.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

ATH-M50 is the best choice among three headphones.

 

Please explain why ...... rolleyes.gif

 

And also please go into detail about the difference between all 3 headphones .... that is assuming you have heard all 3 .....?


Edited by Brooko - 7/28/12 at 5:52am
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