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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey HeadFi, I am looking for a new pair of over ear headphones. I currently own a pair of Sony XB-700s. These have gotten a little beat up and aren't good for on the go use.

I was looking at 2 different headphones for under $200.

The first option would be the ATH-M50 Limited editions. I would get these from sound professionals because they have added a detachable cord.

The second option is Shure SRH840. I have heard mixed reviews of these. They seem to have a clearer mid than the M50s. They are .7 pounds which doesnt make me too sure on traveling with them.

The few deciding factors of my choice would be:
Portability
Good range
Sound leakage
Durability
Comfort

I feel my XB700s are a little punchy on the bass, considering I listen to mostly alternative music.

Im currently leaning for the ATH-M50LE

I would like some more clearness in the mids and highs. I have looked more at the ATH-M50s than the Shures. Which would your prefer, and why? I would use these at school, traveling, and home use. Also, if I were to get the m50s, would it be worth an extra $30 to have a Bluetooth receiver along with the detachable cable to make them wireless? Would wireless affect the sound quality?

Thanks.
-Noahjaws
Edited by Noahjaws - 1/8/13 at 7:11pm
post #2 of 6

Heya,

 

The way you're talking about bass, the Shure SRH840 would be the better headphone for you. And get the SRH940 velour pads from Amazon to swap out on them. I'd take that over the M50 for anything frankly.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Will the pads just help not leak the noise? Does it have any other benefits?
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Noahjaws View Post

Will the pads just help not leak the noise? Does it have any other benefits?

 

Comfort, isolation differences, slight coloration differences, it's worth checking out.

 

Very best,

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Comfort, isolation differences, slight coloration differences, it's worth checking out.

 

Very best,

i'll be sure to check it out, thanks.

post #6 of 6

It's unscientific but to give you an idea of how a pad might change the sound, listen to any headphone and while listening, grip the cans and push them into your ear a little so it really seals up, the sound completely changes. This is similar to how different ear pads can effect sound as they change how well they seal to your head as well as the distance between the driver and your ear drum which changes all kinds of resonances. In general, the better they seal, the more bass you will have.
 

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