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ATH-M50's or no?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I am new to pro audio. I want to save up for m50's because of the amazing reviews they have gotten, but I want to see what Head- fi thinks. My criteria is:

 

Under $200

Reasonably good looking

Preferably without need of an amp

Reasonable warranty and company reputation

 

Good with these genres of music:

Electronic (Pegboard Nerds, Tristam, Some Zomboy, Rogue, Flux Pavillion)

Rock/Pop (Alex Goot, The fray, Chris Clouse, Stroke 9, Walk off the Earth)

Soul (Alex Clare, Adele)

Acapella (FourFront, Pentatonix)

 

Also, A detachable cord is ideal, because I tend to be ruff with headphones (one reason I'm considering headphones other than m50's)

 

Comfortable

Not to bulky

Easy to buy (Amazon, no ebay)

 

I've listened to V-Moda's, and I'm really dissapointed with their sound. Very bland and comparable to my earbuds ( JVC Riptidz) (Sorry if I sound unknowledgeable)

 

So any suggestions?

post #2 of 11

T Phillips Citiscape Uptowns are cheaper and are comparable to the m50's. I am not sure of all the differences but I know they have better mids and a bigger soundstage and are much more comfortable.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by Supertoaster View Post

T Phillips Citiscape Uptowns are cheaper and are comparable to the m50's. I am not sure of all the differences but I know they have better mids and a bigger soundstage and are much more comfortable.

I second this. I was on the M50 bandwagon and they still are great but check the Philips out.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

They look alright. Yet the brown and black thing going on is just really ugly to me. Also, they don't have a removable cable, which is one of the things I was looking for that the m50's didn't have.

 

They also don't fold, which was kind of an essential for me.

 

I do like the non-tangling flat cord with mic and volume adjustment, though.

Will the 45 mm drivers in the m50's be noticably better than the 40 mm on the Philips?

 

Thanks for your input by the way.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by RevinNerd View Post

They look alright. Yet the brown and black thing going on is just really ugly to me. Also, they don't have a removable cable, which is one of the things I was looking for that the m50's didn't have.

 

They also don't fold, which was kind of an essential for me.

 

I do like the non-tangling flat cord with mic and volume adjustment, though.

Will the 45 mm drivers in the m50's be noticably better than the 40 mm on the Philips?

 

Thanks for your input by the way.

I thought they both had 50mm drivers =o

 

you learn something everyday

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

I dunno, the amazon descriptions said 45 and 40 mm drivers.
 

But would the diffrence be noticable?

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by RevinNerd View Post

I dunno, the amazon descriptions said 45 and 40 mm drivers.
 

But would the diffrence be noticable?

 

Driver size is not a big issue, it depends on the design. 

 

What about Ultrasones? like the HFI-580. 

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

A good pair of headphones that could make the shortlist. Yet, comfort looks to be a problem in these, by the small amount of padding on the headband. Also, I can't tell by the description on the amazon page if there is a detachable cord or not.

 

what about the Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2? They look really nice and seem to be a step up from the m50's, and about 10 bucks more than the ultrasones.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Decided against them because of comfort issues. Back to the drawing board.
 

post #10 of 11

Heya,

 

Shure SRH840

KRK KNS 8400

Ultrasone PRO 750 (it's $25 over budget, but really worth it if you want everything you can get).

M-Audio Q40

 

Meets all your criteria, including the cable aspect. All on Amazon with return policy.

 

Very best,

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank You! These all look great!
 

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