Originally Posted by MrViolin
._. ferrari of headphones. Brotha you haven't seen the big picture yet. The ferrari of headphones are like the flagships of stax, sennheiser, auduez'e, etc. But don't take this (and the other comments) to heart. You've just taken a small step into the big world of audiophilia, the place where your wallet could possibly burn.
Absolutely. Nobody could rightfully say that spending $150 or so on a first headphone is a bad idea just because there are better options out there in far off price categories. It's a solid stepping stone and will get you a lot of the way there. Once you hit that wall, the differences between headphones become more subtle, like the differences between a Ferrari or a Porsche. They'd both be dream rides for a lot of people (not me, personally; I'll go with a CTS V or G8 GXP) but they each have traits that make them more desirable to certain people.
If you've done your research, which I assume you have since you're going with a strong favorite among many headphone communities, jump on them and see how you like the experience. You'll be in good company. Keep your expectations realistic and they'll likely please. Don't expect them to sound like a top notch stereo system but they should be a very noticeable jump from the cheap stuff you find stocked in big box stores in the sub $50 category.
As I read it back, I realize that I may have sounded harsh in my first post, which I did not intend for. I guess I'll blame my tendency of wanting to keep expectations realistic so people aren't disappointed immediately because they don't live up to hype. The hype is pretty strong on the M50s but they can back a lot of that up with their performance. I don't think anybody should be ashamed of using them and they could be a solid end game 'phone for a lot of users.
Edited by LarryKingsShoes - 2/22/13 at 12:09pm