Exactly my friend.
Exactly my friend.
I completely disagree with the M50's being considered the "hype of the century", just a silly statement. Most of the time the recommendation for the M50 is going out to people looking at buying their first quality headphone. They get recommended a lot, that is true, but are they being recommended as something they are not? Most of the time, no they are not. I don't see people throwing out the suggestion that these are the be all, end all of headphones.
The M50's have a newbie friendly sound signature, which is V shaped. They have embellished highs, and even more embellished bass, and recessed mids. Anyone coming into the headphone game without audiophile ears loves this sound signature. It's the sound signature that make headphones like Beats popular. The M50's aren't high end headphones, and they are rarely suggested as such. But they are a solid choice at their price point, they take a popular sound signature and do it with more quality then the competition. This is why they are widely recommended, because people like the way they sound. There are now other headphones in this price range that are great headphones, with more audiophile friendly sound, even better quality sound. But that V shaped sound signature is going to continue to be popular, it's what people like, so the M50's I'm sure will continue to thrive.
As for an amp for the M50's, I'd go as cheap as you can for a simple bass fix that you want. The Fiio E6 is only about $25 and has some simple EQ settings that work well with the M50 for tightening up the bass and adding some punch.
This post was extremely informative. The thing is, i'm NOT an audiophile, more so i'm trying to become one . For previously not owning any 'good quality' headphones, these are in fact great. I really do love the sound they produce, i just feel like they are missing a little something I can't quite place my finger on. Maybe I should look into another pair around the same price range? I was also considering the SHR-840's but from reading reviews, the M50's were overall better quality cans. Also, my audio controller is a "Conextant 20672 SmartAudio HD". Personally I didn't think that having a low/mid end integrated audio controller would really make that big of a difference in the sound of the cans... More so the song quality you're dealing with. Like I said, I'm listening to mostly FLACs with ~1000kbit/s bitrates which means I would be getting the best sound i could possibly get from these things. Would anybody have any opinions on what cans would rival these M50's in the same price range? With maybe a bit more bass?
The HFI-580 at similar price/sometimes cheaper. It does things better than the M50.
@Obobskivich, an honor. That's the most interesting man in the world's voice
I will do some research on these cans, thanks for the recommendation fabio
I'm going to hope my sound card is adequate, since I don't plan on buying a desktop anytime soon, and This is the only PC I own at the moment. I do like that the M50's are easy to drive, because I WOULD be using any headphones I buy both indoors and outdoors on the go (which would be driven by my iPhone 4s) and If I do end up buying different headphones, I'd be afraid my poor little iPhone wouldn't throw enough power to the cans.
Also, I guess the main thing is the bass. I do listen to quite a bit of pop, rap, dubstep, D&B and I would love to feel a bit of thumping in those situations, but I also listen to a lot of alot/pop, indie. And too much bass with those genres would not be desirable. I noticed the HFI-2400's are semi-open backed, which means they would deliver a better soundstage correct? I wouldn't mind a bit more sound stage, as I feel like the closed backs do degrade that.
Let us know how the search goes, the HFI-2400 is also an interesting pick.
Sorry, decade. I wasn't jabbing at you, I was commenting on something I don't agree with. Most people replacing them isn't a direct result of the headphones being bad, it's a result of getting caught up in the whole headphone obsession. Most people who continue to move up the ladder would quickly replace any entry level headphone. I agree that the M50's don't sound like the Beats, because they have a similar sound signature that focuses on embellished bass and they do it much better. I never said everyone likes that sound signature, I said it's popular among non audiophiles and many people enjoy it - If your going to quote me, do it properly please
I've never seen anyone say the M50's could replace flagship headphones, because they obviously can't, and people don't make that statement, ever. The M50's don't set anyone up to fail, that's just another completely ridiculous statement.
I've always been an impulsively acting, never completely satisfied person, which makes me wonder If I'm seeking something new 'just because' there's better headphones out there. I guess It's best if I use these for a few weeks and reconsider things then. After all, I've only owned these headphones for a day now . I'm going to take notes of the genres I listen to most, and take that into consideration when i reconsider in a few weeks. I will definitely look into some ultrasones' as possible alternatives, they seem like they manufacture some pretty solid cans.
How do Shures and Sennheisers stand up to the ATH-M50's in terms of a little extra bass response, and extended sound stage? It's important to note that i LOVE LOVE LOVE listening to music like trance, and chillstep where I can lay in my bed and be lulled by the soft, tight bass and smooth transitioning mids / highs. So If i were to look into some new cans, I would love for them to have a great sound stage and punchy lows, without the highs giving me a headache.
These look pretty awesome, but are WAY out of my price range in canada, as they are going for about $370 on amazon.ca.. and they won't ship to canada from the .com site
It makes sense that in order to learn to appreciate a new type of sound, it would take time. To be quite honest, I could definitely see myself beginning to appreciate these headphones more given a few extra weeks, but yesterday something happened.... Here's my other thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/647022/my-day-at-long-mcquade-dt770-pro-250ohm-vs-kns-8400-vs-hdj-1500-vs-dt770-32ohm-le
In a nutshell, I tried on a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250Ohm. They absolutely blew me away and the whole way home I couldn't stop thinking about how much I wanted them. They are better than my technicas in almost every way possible. Now after experiencing the 770's, I feel like I won't ever be able to appreciate these as much! Which is why I am now selling my Audio-Technica M50's and trying to score myself a pair of the DT770 Pro 250's