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Audiotechnica M50's vs V-Moda Crossfade LP's?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

So, I'm considering one of the two headphones listed in the title. I know the M50's have a better "overall sound" while the Crossfades are more bass inclined (although good all-around). So if it were just a matter of sound quality, I would buy the M50's. But my issue is with the design and build of the M50's. I'm on the move quite a bit, and the case provided with the Crossfades would reassure me that they wouldn't get crushed by accident. That and the fact that they have a detachable wire (in case something goes wrong) is a plus to me.

 

So, my question is, are the M50's good enough that they warrent a purchase over the more travel friendly Crossfade LP's. And how is the quality of the plastic on the M50's? Are they durable?

 

My limit for spending on headphones right now is 130 dollars, so if anyone has any other reccomendations (of over the ear headphones) I would be open to that too. Thanks!

post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by TheReem View Post

the m50s trash all of v modas line up.

 

Woah there. Quite the bold statement- have you heard the M80s?

 

The M50s also come with a leather carrying pouch, and though that won't be as protective as the V-Moda's hardcase, it will prevent scratches at least.

post #3 of 17

I would also consider the M50 to be one of the most overrated headphones out there. tongue.gif

 

I haven't heard the M80s myself but there are a number of people here that seems to disagree with you- I believe there is another M50 vs M80 thread somewhere on this forum where the consensus was that the M80s sounded better.

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well if you don't like either, with a budget of $130 (£84?), what would you recommend?
post #5 of 17

The M50s are very rugged.  I  have

squished them in to my daily bag back and forth to work for years.

Very pleased with how they've held up.  Could well be a lifetime purchase

based on my experience.

 

I find the VMODA's very enjoyable, but weren't as comfy on my ears as the 

M50s.  I found the Audio Technicas to have better overall balance and

they do a job for many different musical types.  

 

But the Vmodas are  a fun, happy set of cans.  YMMV.

post #6 of 17

If I were to decide just on durability and style I would go for the Crossfades. From V-MODA's website :

 

Durability: Built to Last 

"Built like a tank. For when you need a pair of 'phones that not only play beats but can take a beating." -Thrilist 

M-100 Durability

  • Virtually Indestructible STEELFLEX Headband
  • Steel Frame and Interchangeable Aircraft Grade Metal Shields
  • Exoskeleton Form-Fitting Case
  • Tested Beyond Military-Level Quality MIL-STD-810G Test Standards
    • Kevlar Reinforced Cable/Plug Bend: Cables and 45-degree plug can bend over 1 million times (100x industry standard)
    • Concrete Drop: Survives 70+ drops on concrete from 6 feet (10x industry standard)
    • Headband Bend: Steelflex can bend 10+ times flat
    • span Environmental: High and low temperatures, humidity, salt spray and UV exposure

 

 

 

The M-50s may have better sound, but the Crossfades definitely win in durability and style.

post #7 of 17
I'm wondering which one has better sound quality. I own m50's and I feel that the layering isn't that great, and there is a lack of mids and lows. Other than that I love them, but do the v moda's sound quality beat the m50's highs
post #8 of 17
And it's for listening to rap on my iphone
post #9 of 17

I have the M50's, v-moda LP's, LP2's and M100's.

 

I don't like the sound of the LP's over the M50's. The bass is a bit too heavy on the LP's. It drowns out the mids.

 

I do like the LP2's over the M50's though. The bass is more refined and the mids are more forward. Very nice bass impact.

 

The M100's are great sounding, but don't believe the hype that they're basshead cans. They're not. They're the cleanest sounding of those mentioned and have tight, deep bass, just not a huge quantity of it.

 

So if you afford the Lp2's, those are the ones I'd go for.

They have some advantages over the LP's aside from the sound too; you get an extra year warranty and free customized shields (ordering from v-moda).


Edited by NiteWalker - 2/18/14 at 6:06am
post #10 of 17
That helps, thanks
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by NiteWalker View Post
 

I have the M50's, v-moda LP's, LP2's and M100's.

 

I don't like the sound of the LP's over the M50's. The bass is a bit too heavy on the LP's. It drowns out the mids.

 

I do like the LP2's over the M50's though. The bass is more refined and the mids are more forward. Very nice bass impact.

 

The M100's are great sounding, but don't believe the hype that they're basshead cans. They're not. They're the cleanest sounding of those mentioned and have tight, deep bass, just not a huge quantity of it.

 

So if you afford the Lp2's, those are the ones I'd go for.

They have some advantages over the LP's aside from the sound too; you get an extra year warranty and free customized shields (ordering from v-moda).

 

When people call the M100's "basshead" cans, I believe it means they're bass-heavy "audiophile" cans, hence their term "modiophile". They don't have the ultra up-front bass you'll find in the LP2, Beats Mixr, or phones like that, but what they do have is premium sound with a lot more bass than you'd normally find from a product of this type. 

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by viralcow View Post
 

I would also consider the M50 to be one of the most overrated headphones out there. tongue.gif

 

I haven't heard the M80s myself but there are a number of people here that seems to disagree with you- I believe there is another M50 vs M80 thread somewhere on this forum where the consensus was that the M80s sounded better.

 

I'd agree tbh. I've had the M80's for a week and really didn't wanna hand them back.

 

Such a good sounding & fun set of cans.

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Dalek-Zero97 View Post
 

So, I'm considering one of the two headphones listed in the title. I know the M50's have a better "overall sound" while the Crossfades are more bass inclined (although good all-around). So if it were just a matter of sound quality, I would buy the M50's. But my issue is with the design and build of the M50's. I'm on the move quite a bit, and the case provided with the Crossfades would reassure me that they wouldn't get crushed by accident. That and the fact that they have a detachable wire (in case something goes wrong) is a plus to me.

 

So, my question is, are the M50's good enough that they warrent a purchase over the more travel friendly Crossfade LP's. And how is the quality of the plastic on the M50's? Are they durable?

 

My limit for spending on headphones right now is 130 dollars, so if anyone has any other reccomendations (of over the ear headphones) I would be open to that too. Thanks!

Just a note that AT just released the M50x. they're pretty much the same as the original M50s but with slightly different pad material and a detachable cable. It also comes with 3 different varieties of the cable. They are currently a bit more than the M50s though, so that might put them outside of your price range depending on what you can find.

I can't speak to the comparison since I haven't listened to the V Modas unfortunately. 

post #14 of 17
The cables on the M50X are proprietary though; you can't use just any 3.5mm cable.
post #15 of 17

I still can't chose between the two... I want something with bass and durability, but it also can't sound muddy. Help?

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