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Audiotchnica ATH-M50 Vs Vmoda M-80

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Can't decide between the two. no local stores to go demo equipment either. Will be paired with an unamped ipod classic initially, amp/dac hopefully will come after tax return. This will be my first portable setup. Really excited to pick up the hobby. Anyone here have either or both? thoughts and opinions?

 

At this point, leaning more towards the M-80 as they have removable cables, seem more durable and are a bit "funner" sounding. Should I be looking at something else?

 

Just stumbled upon the M-100, seems like a decent set of cans also.


Edited by Spillages - 1/2/13 at 10:47am
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If you have a Radio Shack near you, they carry the V-Moda M80.

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Originally Posted by bubsdaddy View Post

If you have a Radio Shack near you, they carry the V-Moda M80.

Can confirm this. Unfortunately they were wired down so awkwardly I couldn't put them on and listen.

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I have both- get the M-80s. Much more portable and look terrific! The M50s are good for the home and office but not for being out and about. Also they do not sound as good as the M-80s under most circumstances but do offer somewhat better noise isolation. 

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So ordered the m80s yesterday and chose 1 day shipping for $4 from amazon. Here are my first impressions.

I plugged them in and put them on and was instantly disappointed as i could hear tons of static/hissing. Later i found that this sound was present while they were completely unplugged. It is just a resonance from the headphones themselves, sort of a seashell effect.

Started playing some tunes and was mildly pleased with the unamped sound being pushed by my galaxy nexus. Though they don't feel as well balanced as people say they are. The bass is definitely not overpowering at all as some people say. Definitely need some burn in. I would not say these are noise cancelling at all though. Had some background music that someone was listening to so i had a good judgement of this. It felt like the background music was amplified if anything.

Being new, i didn't know the difference of on ear. I guess i like my big poofy cans all too much. As these seem way too small and stiff. I cannot get them positioned on my head just how i like.

Given all that, i still really like these, I'm just not sure what about them i like so much.



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