I'm getting into the music stuff lately (well actually I've been making electronic music for about a year now) and I need some studio monitor headphones, because I've been monitoring only on my Koss PortaPros that broke recently. I heard that the Audio Technica ATH-M50 are great. I know a guy that sells headphones like these and he told me that I should rather buy open-back headphones like the AKG K240 MKII, or if I absolutely need closed ones, he would recommend the AKG K271 MKII over the M50s because the M50s have over-emphasized bass. I couldn't try them right now so I don't know how they sound, but I have a strong sympathy for the ATH-M50 because they looks good, seen them in some studio videos and even on the NVidia website in an ad which had nothing to do with music (it was about Windows 8). I also know about other options like Shure SRH-840 and M-Audio Q40 but I didn't hear that much about them. What I like about all AKG headphones is that the cable is removable (I guess you also get both coiled and straight) and that they pack pleather and velour pads with them. The PortaPros of mine actually had the cable defected. No cable replacemant on the M50's.
Also, is there any difference between straight and coiled cables in music production (e.g. ATH-M50/ATH-M50S) and the limited edition ATH-M50S LE? What is better open, semi-open or closed-back headphones for monitoring purposes. I will be plugging them straight into the 3,5mm jack on my latop, no amps or DACs (I do play to get a DAC later next year). I also don't have monitor speakers so these headphones will be my only monitoring medium.
Edited by Perox - 12/22/12 at 12:56am