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What's the next logical step in closed cans after the ATH-M50 ?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm a new head-fi'er and have enjoyed the ATH-M50 for only 2 months now, but now am wondering about what would be the next logical step to take in the realm of closed cans ?

I spotted these models:

- AKG K550

- Beyerdynamic DT 770

- Shure SRH940

 

I like plentyful bass, but tight and responsive, since i often listen to metal music. I also like bristle highs and long decays on cymbals. So i woud really like something with a wide FR, no significant drop across the frequency range and fast attack on lower mids, all for about 250$-350$.

Thanks


Edited by Sniper1 - 10/27/12 at 4:09pm
post #2 of 10

While I loved the DT 770, it's not that much of a step up from the M50s. Is it an improvement? Yes, as long as you like bass :P Is it in a new tier? No. While the AKG K550s are amazing headphones, they are closer to the neutral side rather than the basshead side. Don't get me wrong, the bass on those is nice and deep and very dark. They just don't have the punch you might be looking for coming from the M50s. (And even then the M50s aren't the punchiest in the world) So I guess the Shure SRH940? I've never heard them, but I love all of my other Shure products. 

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I'm a new head-fi'er and have enjoyed the ATH-M50 for only 2 months now, but now am wondering about what would be the next logical step to take in the realm of closed cans ?

I spotted these models:

- AKG K550

- Beyerdynamic DT 700

- Shure SRH940

 

I like plentyful bass, but tight and responsive, since i often listen to metal music. I also like bristle highs and long decays on cymbals. So i woud really like something with a wide FR, no significant drop across the frequency range and fast attack on lower mids, all for about 250$-350$.

Thanks

 

Heya,

 

Denon D2000

Modded T50RP (Mad Dog modded)

 

Very best,

post #4 of 10

Definitely the Denon D2000. 

post #5 of 10

Check out the UE6000.

 

Tyll gave it great reviews and put it up on his wall of fame.

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/surprisingly-good-logitec-ue6000-and-ue9000

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, i just lended the ATH-M50 to my wife. She's listening to them for the first time, on her iPad, surfing iTunes and buying Jason Mraz albums...

She looks very satisfied and i'm in heaven; what a great way to justify buying new headphones !!!

;-)

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey, what about Darth Beyers Terminator V4 ?
Are they just for looks or significantly modded for better sound ?
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

I just discovered the KEF M500. Although it's "on-ear", not closed.  People seem to like it. Reviews are very positive.

would that one be a significant step up from my ATH-M50s ?

 

BTW; i tried the Sennheiser Momentum, but i didn't feel it sounded much better than the ATH-M50s. They just more costly, more compact and prettier.


Edited by Sniper1 - 8/23/13 at 6:28am
post #9 of 10

Mad Dog, if you're amping.

post #10 of 10

Really depends on the source. DT770 if you want more soundstage and treble, D2000 if you want more warmth. Both need a good amp to shine, but don't need one to be fun. The DT770 is more neutral and revealing, so if you don't have a pretty solid source (ODAC/Modi/Xonar Essence STX level or better), I'd go with the D2000, they sound good even with just a FiiO, decent portable source, or passable sound card. The DT770 LE might be an option if that is the case, but I find them pretty revealing and the treble can be sharp, so be careful. The Mad Dogs sound really nice, I heard them at a meet, but you will need a substantial amp to get the best from them. They aren't as sparkly as the DT770s though, so if you really want shimmer, go with the Beyers.

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