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Audio Technica ATH-M50 vs Shure SRH840 vs Brainwavs HM5

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I'm going to buy my first "good" pair of headphones soon but I'm not sure which ones to buy.  I mostly listen to a lot of metal and occasional dubstep.  I would also like to use these headphones to record and mix metal songs with. I want a good clear sound. 

 

I've read reviews on all of these and I'm not sure which to get. 

 

These are so far my three choices but I'm open to suggestions. 

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Originally Posted by derian7 View Post

I'm going to buy my first "good" pair of headphones soon but I'm not sure which ones to buy.  I mostly listen to a lot of metal and occasional dubstep.  I would also like to use these headphones to record and mix metal songs with. I want a good clear sound. 

 

I've read reviews on all of these and I'm not sure which to get. 

 

These are so far my three choices but I'm open to suggestions. 

Tried Shures, own HM5 and owned ATH M50. IMO if you are going for metal and dubstep, I would stay away from the HM5, as they probably will not have the "fun" factor of the other two. The ATH M50 I find to sound very bloated in the lows (uncontrolled), recessed mids, and very odd highs. Personally, I'd go for the 840 out of the three. Best and clearest sound, with still a pretty nice impact in the bass. I'd also look at the Ultrasone HFI 580/DJ1 or the Shure SRH750DJ if more bass is wanted.

 

Good luck!

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The HM5 are amazing headphones for the price (even with the Brainwavz branding), but they are not suitable for metal and dubstep primarily. They are neutral headphones, and they do amazingly with it. They will not feel "fun" enough for you.

 

I also don't think the ATH-M50 are a good option in this case. I find that the M50 do better with something a little slower, less colored than things like dubstep, and though they have decent punch, the lows are still somewhat sloppy.

 

The Shure are the best chance there and if you want some more bass, I echo the suggestion of the 750DJ above. It just has some comfort/build quality issues, in my experience.

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