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So I recently hooked up my ATH-M50s to my Sony STR-K502 receiver and while I can feel the headphone moving a lot when I put my hand on them, the bass doesn't rattle and punch like I'd like it too. Is it that my receiver isn't good enough? I believe I have it set at the max bass of +6dB right now.

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Originally Posted by ARealHero View Post

So I recently hooked up my ATH-M50s to my Sony STR-K502 receiver and while I can feel the headphone moving a lot when I put my hand on them, the bass doesn't rattle and punch like I'd like it too. Is it that my receiver isn't good enough? I believe I have it set at the max bass of +6dB right now.

 

Hmm probably you were expecting a lot of bass from the M50? 

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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

 

Hmm probably you were expecting a lot of bass from the M50? 

Possibly, I'm somewhat of a basshead but I like how tight and controlled the bass sounds. I just wanted more of a punch, not sure if a receiver that has more bass boost will help.

post #4 of 16
Hi!

To my honest opinion, ATH-M50 will not benefits from amp. Any amp in general. While ATH-M50 have bass, it lacks control. If you are wiling/able to sell or return it, I would recommend the ATH-WS77 or WS70z. That is the real thing! Bass like never before.

Billson smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by ARealHero View Post

So I recently hooked up my ATH-M50s to my Sony STR-K502 receiver and while I can feel the headphone moving a lot when I put my hand on them, the bass doesn't rattle and punch like I'd like it too. Is it that my receiver isn't good enough? I believe I have it set at the max bass of +6dB right now.

I'm guessing it might be an impedance (Ohms) issue.

Normally (preferred) you would want the headphones to have at least 8 times (or more) the impedance of whatever headphone output your plugged into.

So the 50-Ohm ATH-M50s would sound best plugged into a headphone jack with an impedance of 6-Ohms or less, chances are the Sony's headphone jack is around 40 to 60-Ohm.

i'm guessing most receivers have a headphone jack with a high impedance

I'm guessing the ATH-M50s bass is bloated or losing detail.

Try the ATH-M50 with a quality portable audio player, usually they have a low impedance, see if the ATH-M50 sound better plugged into them.

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hi!

To my honest opinion, ATH-M50 will not benefits from amp. Any amp in general. While ATH-M50 have bass, it lacks control. If you are wiling/able to sell or return it, I would recommend the ATH-WS77 or WS70z. That is the real thing! Bass like never before.

Billson smily_headphones1.gif

I had already considered returning it and getting the Beyeydynamic COP or the DT 770 but the seller that I got them from was removed from eBay. I think the bass is controlled pretty well, unlike most bass heavy headphones i.e. Beats by Dre

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I'm guessing it might be an impedance (Ohms) issue.

Normally (preferred) you would want the headphones to have at least 8 times (or more) the impedance of whatever headphone output your plugged into.

So the 50-Ohm ATH-M50s would sound best plugged into a headphone jack with an impedance of 6-Ohms or less, chances are the Sony's headphone jack is around 40 to 60-Ohm.

i'm guessing most receivers have a headphone jack with a high impedance

I'm guessing the ATH-M50s bass is bloated or losing detail.

Try the ATH-M50 with a quality portable audio player, usually they have a low impedance, see if the ATH-M50 sound better plugged into them.

Any examples or ideas of which one I should get? I'm sort of an audio noob so I don't really notice small stuff like detail loss the way most experienced audiophiles do. 

post #8 of 16
If the seller was bounced from eBay - why? Are you sure these are even the real article? redface.gif
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by ARealHero View Post

I had already considered returning it and getting the Beyeydynamic COP or the DT 770 but the seller that I got them from was removed from eBay. 

 

Not a good indicator eek.gifconfused.gif

post #10 of 16
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The seller had over 6,000 sales and 99.8% reputation, not sure why they got removed, probably one really angry customer.
post #11 of 16

If you want the headphone to rattle from bass more, you should have gotten a headphone with more flimsy frame.  Beats by Dre are good at this.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

If the seller was bounced from eBay - why? Are you sure these are even the real article? redface.gif
Not sure why they got removed, seller had over 6,000 sales and a rep of 99.8%
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by ARealHero View Post

I had already considered returning it and getting the Beyeydynamic COP or the DT 770 but the seller that I got them from was removed from eBay. I think the bass is controlled pretty well, unlike most bass heavy headphones i.e. Beats by Dre

Good! Glad that you found something that you like! smily_headphones1.gif why not try Amazon? smily_headphones1.gif
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Good! Glad that you found something that you like! smily_headphones1.gif why not try Amazon? smily_headphones1.gif
I will smily_headphones1.gif My next pair of headphones will either be the DT770 or the ATH-Pro 700 MKII
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by ARealHero View Post

I will smily_headphones1.gif My next pair of headphones will either be the DT770 or the ATH-Pro 700 MKII

DT770 for sure since you already have a receiver that work smily_headphones1.gif
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