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Advice: Upgrading from ATH-M50

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone,

 

So, I am looking to purchase a new set of headphones, and I was hoping I could get some advice from the knowledgeable members of Head-fi.org.

 

Here are the details:

  • Iv had the ATH-M50 headphones for 1.5 years, and I love them. They are great.

  • A need another pair of headphones. Since this is the case, I wouldn't mind upgrading if there is something good in my price range.

  • I am hoping to spend less than $300

  • I primarily want to use my headphones for PC music listening. I mainly listen to Dubstep, drumstep, electronic music, sometimes rock.

  • do have a Asus Xonar DG that I am using for a headphone amp. I will be happy to buy a new one if needed.

  • I mainly want to upgrade because I want better sound quality. AKG isnt really an option because I want good bass, but not overpowering bass.

  • Oh, and they also must be closed headphones due to sound leakage.

 

Iv been considering getting a Denon AH-2000, would that be considered a good upgrade?

 

post #2 of 21
As awesome as the D2000 are, there are three things you must consider with those:
1. Unless you get them used, you will probably need to stretch your budget a little.
2. They sound fine unamped, but need an amp to reach their full potential.
3. They're closed, but they leak a bit of sound.

Other than the above, they are truly amazing cans for their price range. If the things I mentioned are an issue, see if you can secure some Sony XB1000s. Cheers

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus.
In MalVeauX we trust.
post #3 of 21
post #4 of 21
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros are a phenomenal choice if you're looking for bass. 80 ohm and 250 ohm versions can be found for $150 area, but will need an amp for full potential. The 32 ohm version can be had for $249
post #5 of 21

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250-Ohm headphones $155-$180.

Muse 6N11 tube amplifier $48 at Amazon.

post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

So how much so the D2000's leak compared to the M50's? And how good is the XB1000 sound quality compared to the m50's?
 

post #7 of 21

Get it before its gone, D2000

 

Stretch a little => sennheiser momentum

post #8 of 21

Consider the D2000 semi-open headphones.  They leak.

post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250-Ohm headphones $155-$180.

Muse 6N11 tube amplifier $48 at Amazon.

This is another great idea.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus.
In MalVeauX we trust.
post #10 of 21

I am new to the Denon 2K's and just love them.  Came from a pair of Sony MDR's and Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's.  The Denon's so much better, they sound great and are just "fun".  I use a Galaxy Nexus and no amp and they sound spectacular.  I am looking at picking up the Fiio E18 when it becomes available.  The cans sound great unamped but I have always wanted an amp so.....  :-)

-gl
 

post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post

Consider the D2000 semi-open headphones.  They leak.

Yes... the "closed" label is misleading. They are way more open than closed, in regards to their sound and function. That's probably the main reason why I don't like them, other than their recessed midrange. 

post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

Iv decided to not get the d2000's, i need headphones that don't leak, i'm trying to decide now what ones to get now from the list below

 

esw9
DT770 pro80
K181DJ
SRH-940
HFI-680
HFI-780
AKG K550
ATH-A900X
AKG k271 MK II
 

Does anyone know which ones sound the best? and which ones sound the worst so i can remove them from the list?

post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by shane67 View Post

Iv decided to not get the d2000's, i need headphones that don't leak, i'm trying to decide now what ones to get now from the list below

 

esw9
DT770 pro80
K181DJ
SRH-940
HFI-680
HFI-780
AKG K550
ATH-A900X
AKG k271 MK II
 

Does anyone know which ones sound the best? and which ones sound the worst so i can remove them from the list?

 

Heya,

 

ESW9a - On-ear, with a very short skinny cable. I would avoid for your use.

DT770 - Excellent for your needs, good passive isolation, comfortable, bassy but not overlly bassy.

SRH940 - Avoid, bass shy, not what you're after at all.

HFI680 - Not quite what you want, bass won't be where you want it.

HFI780 & 580 - More what you're after with strong bass.

K550 - It could be ok, but if you can get a seal, without a good seal the bass will seem shy.

A900X - Excellent for what you want, good strong bass, great mids, nice treble, overall excellent in all ways and no issues with seal.

K271 - Nope, you listen to dub, so really just avoid AKG in general for this kind of stuff.

 

I would suggest you focus in on: Beyer DT770, Ultrasone PRO 750, AudioTechnica A900X, and M-Audio Q40, and a modded T50RP (Mad Dog or Paradox) for your needs.

 

Very best,

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the answers, iv increased my budget now and im thinking about getting some in the 400-500 price range. Any recommendations on what ones i should get around that price? what about the t70's?


Edited by shane67 - 9/19/12 at 2:15am
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