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Audio Technica ATH-M50 vs AKG K550 vs Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii

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Hi, after a good amount of research, I am torn between whether to buy the Audio Technica ATH-M50s, AKG K550s, or Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii. I will be listening to music through my 4th genereation ipod and listen to mainly rock, electronic/ dubstep, and rap/hip hop. I also will purchase a relatively inexpensive portable headphone amp such as the headroom total airhead. I will be using these headphones for portable use.

 

Thank you!


Edited by BabySealClubber - 9/1/12 at 8:38am
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*bump*

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Question: When you say 4th gen ipod, is that the 4th gen ipod classic, or the ipod touch?

 

I have the AKG550 and I really like them, but I my ipod (touch, 3rd gen) did not have enough juice to power them. Running them through the Fiio E17 they sounded MUCH better. I demoed the ATH-50 and it sounded all right with an un-amped iPod.

 

I want to say that you'll definitely want to add an amp to the iPod for the AKG550.

You may be all right with the other two.... though I haven't tried the HD25-1 ii.

I really like the sound of the AKG550 with my HiSound Rocco P/Fiio E17. But I do not really consider the AKG550 to be much of a "on the go" headphone.... I use it at work.

 

I'd consider the other two as better choices if you are traveling with them.

The HD25-1 ii are supposedly amazing in terms of durability. =)

 

 

At this point you have probably already made a purchase. I hope you're happy with it. ^^

post #4 of 22
Not that I've listened to any of the headphones you've mentioned, for portability I would go with the sens
From what I've read the isolate miles more than the other two and are small headphones which is good for portability

I would secondly go for the M50s due to the music you listen to
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

I have a 4th gen ipod touch. Would listening to the m-50s with my ipod through an amp make a noticable difference from listening withought an amp?  Thank you both for the advice and sorry for such a late response.

post #6 of 22

i do think M50 is better than HD 25-1, but know nothing about k550....

post #7 of 22
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I have a 4th gen ipod touch. Would listening to the m-50s with my ipod through an amp make a noticable difference from listening withought an amp?

The M-50s are very easy to drive, and will work great directly from your ipod with no amp.
Edited by Snag1e - 9/30/12 at 8:26pm
post #8 of 22

Both are good,both have pretty small soundstage,M50 feels little heavier on my head.SQ wise I prefer the HD25.

post #9 of 22

in your case, i think K550 doesn't suit your taste of music.

as for M50 and HD25, i will prefer M50 for its easy-to-drive and over-ear comfort.

post #10 of 22

M50's are too bassy for rock and fast music genres. What about the HFI-580? 

post #11 of 22

Portable use, you can't beat the HD25-1 II, and they sound amazing for such a light-weight, rugged, and isolating headphone. Coming from my iPhone, they need a little extra juice to get them where I want, but the Total Airhead should work just fine for you.

post #12 of 22
The M50s have about the same quantity of bass as the HD25s except the HDs have a little more impact.
Both headphones are great but for your genres, I would also consider the V-MODA M-80. Big sound for a portable on ear.

The reason I recommend those is because for hip hop and electronica, I find both the HD25 and the M50 a little too hot in the treble. The M-80s have a more neutral, less fatiguing treble while having plenty of detail, good bass and mids, with good soundstage for such a small can. Defintely worth considering as they're a great all-rounder.
Edited by roma101 - 10/2/12 at 7:30pm
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Originally Posted by Amorgan View Post

M50's are too bassy for rock and fast music genres. What about the HFI-580? 

I disagree. Listening to the M50s right now and I find them just fine with all genres. One of the more natural-sounding cans out there. Their only caveats are they're not exactly balanced across the spectrum due to a bit of treble emphasis.
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Originally Posted by roma101 View Post

The M50s have about the same quantity of bass as the HD25s except the HDs have a little more impact.
Both headphones are great but for your genres, I would also consider the V-MODA M-80. Big sound for a portable on ear.

 

I felt that the M50's had more bass than the HD-25's. The sennheisers have just the right amount, tight and accurate. 

 

Equing/burn in helps on taming down the treble. 

post #15 of 22
The M50s extend lower but when it comes to quantity it's in the same ball park to my ears. YMMV.
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