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AD700s vs ATH m50s

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Hi guys! I'm relatively new with headphones, my current ones being some cheap $10 ovanns which I use for listening to music on my desktop. You may have heard 50 m50 threads but please, hear me out! For the past month or so I've been doing research on various headphones and these two come to mind with my current budget which maxes at $130. What I want in these earphones is song clarity, portability and if possible...great bass. A few days ago, I met a fellow who lent me his AD700s. The "soundstage" (i think that's what it's called) is great, the headphones are right on the borderline between portable and "full size" but there was not enough bass. I really want to get the ATH m50s however I heard that they were a lot larger than in the pictures, larger than the AD700s. I do have a large head but I am relatively short standing at 167cm so I'm worried that I might look silly if I walked around my college campus and onto public transport with them. Are ATH m50s overrated? Should I just go for the AD700s?

 

Also how do the VMODA LP and phillips uptowns compare to these?


Edited by boy1234 - 9/3/12 at 9:08pm
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M50s are definitely not larger than the AD700, and they will have the bass and portability you're looking for.  The main reasons why I let go of my pair were lack of comfort and soundstaging, though. They clamp decently hard, so your ears will become sweaty over time.

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But I heard that they were really comfortable as the ear muffs are soft and cover the whole ear.

post #4 of 9

Heya,

 

The AD700 is huge, the M50 is smaller in diameter in terms of cup size. The M50 is rather overhyped though. Both of these two headphones in particular are massively hyped.

 

Some alternative suggestions:

 

Ultrasone HFI 580 - All the bass you want, comfortable, good sound stage, portable.

Shure SRH750 DJ - Bassy, comfortable, portable.

Brainwavz HM5 - Neutral, but bass capable, very clear, comfortable, great sound stage, tank-like.

M-Audio Q40 - Bassy, relaxed treble, clamps, sturdy.

 

Very best,

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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

The AD700 is huge, the M50 is smaller in diameter in terms of cup size. The M50 is rather overhyped though. Both of these two headphones in particular are massively hyped.

 

Some alternative suggestions:

 

Ultrasone HFI 580 - All the bass you want, comfortable, good sound stage, portable.

Shure SRH750 DJ - Bassy, comfortable, portable.

Brainwavz HM5 - Neutral, but bass capable, very clear, comfortable, great sound stage, tank-like.

M-Audio Q40 - Bassy, relaxed treble, clamps, sturdy.

 

Very best,

 

Also, if I plugged any of these earphones into a Galaxy GIO phone, would I need an amp? Would a Fiio E6 be sufficient? Or should I just save up for an IPhone?


Edited by boy1234 - 9/4/12 at 3:13am
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Heya,

 

They would work from your phone. However, it would probably be nice to have the extra little bump from the Fiio E6 (at $20, it's a good little device). Plus it has a bass enhancement hardware option which has less distortion than equalization, it's fun.

 

Very best,

post #7 of 9
The M50s are an 11/10 in comfort after you stretch out the headband. Literally the most comfortable closed back headphone I have ever owned. Better in comfort than the D7000, DT770, CAL, etc.
post #8 of 9

It's not even about the clamping pressure of the M50 that's bothersome.  Their headband is easily prone to pressure points, and the earpads themselves are so small that the headphone's more of a supra-aural fit.  Your ears have to be jammed inside the pads so that they're sandwiched between the driver cloth and the pads.  I can agree with you on some things, but your notion on comfort with M50 being tops and AD700 being bottom is just weird.  biggrin.gif

 

As for the M50 pads being soft, it's only partially true.  Audio Technica chose a very poor-grade pleather for the M50 earpads.  They soon harden over time, and are often prone to cracking within a year, but that shouldn't matter too much considering you can get replacement pads for only 20 bucks.

post #9 of 9
Considering I think the AD700 is one of the worst headphgones in terms of comfort, I guess we're just too different. Lol.

I don't like the balancing act and drivers that shock me every once in awhile. They were horrible.

Also, I didn't mean the M50's pads being soft. That was for the CAL. I LOVE that the M50's pads are a little firm. They don't stick to the side of my face like typical pleather.
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