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Will long term use ruin the sound?

post #1 of 5
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On my very first auditioning, the first headphone I listened to was an ATH-M50 sample.  This display was obviously aged as I see the headband was already tattered.  I thought this was a good thing as burn-in wouldn't be an issue (if it exists), and it's tried and tested which shows how sturdy these headphones are (despite the tattered leather).  When I listened to it, my 10 minutes impression was bad.  Its got bass overwhelming everything else; I actually thought I was listening to an over sized Cowon CE1.  So I moved on.  On another shop, I ignored their sample of the M50 as I thought I already know how it'll sound like.

 

Due to frustration of waiting for my headphone of choice to arrive (DT770 250), I bought someone else's ATH-M50 LE.  It was the price along with finally having a headphone that got me.  The former owner claims he burned it in for about 10-15 hours (white noise along with normal usage).  I listened to the headphone through out the night and even today, and I found it's actually decent.  Quite lean.  And since my ears aren't trained, there's just a little bit lacking in it but I can't point my finger at it.  Probably the mids.  But the point is, it's definitely not the same sound I heard from the sample I listened to.  I read reviews about the LE vs the original.  Consensus say they're only cosmetically different.  But I'm hearing contradicting conclusions.

 

So I'm a bit puzzled.  I can only assume that perhaps the sample at the shop was just worn out?  Am I correct?

post #2 of 5

I think the sample was just abused by the tons of people who tried them. Stuff is probably stuck in the driver and people don't care to clean them up.

post #3 of 5
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I do remember some discussions here where a single strand of hair can affect the sound.  You're probably right.  I guess I should've listened to the other shop's sample.

post #4 of 5

it could be that you are listening to them in a shop vs. at home where the environment is quiet and your focus is better.

post #5 of 5
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I think I should bring it with me and listen to those samples again.  It's really strange that the sound I recall from the one sample I tried was far different.  So it's not the age or burn-in then.

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