Hello, I just got myself a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50. I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile. I don't like hobbies, I've watched all the episodes of Star Trek and Dragon Ball Z/GT (several times in that case) and I never considered myself a fanboy of anything. I'm a hard worker but I wouldn't call myself a workaholic.. I just wanted headphones that sound better than what I've gotten before. I've used cheap Sony, JVC headphones and Skullcandy for a long time, my last one being Skullcandy Hesh 2.0. I wanted new headphones NOW and I've been eyeing these for a while. I didn't have time to stop and try on other headphones since I was at work so I had my mom pick up my order. The questions I have are:
1. After warranty and taxes, this cost $200 (that's 25 hours of work for me). Is this really the best I could've gotten in my price range?
2. I don't have an amp and I've never had an amp before. Do I need one for these headphones? Would it make much of a difference?
3. I took my Bose QuietComfort 15 back the other day because I realized maybe $300 is a bit much. Was this a mistake?
4. Should I be turned off that the cord isn't replacable? I've replaced my SkullCandy headphones' cord many times (cat likes to chew it and I've dropped my laptop before). This cord is obviously thicker though..
5. (Edit: I read this incorrectly. I thought he was saying ATH-M50 was king in 2007 but is no longer. That's not to say there isn't a 10+ page thread debating whether M50 is still king.) In an earlier thread, a user named ssrock64 said "The ATH-M50 is certainly better than the DT1350 at dubstep, but it's comparing apples and oranges. Honestly, there's a lot better cans you can get for the same or less money than the ATH-M50 in today's market. It was king in 2007, but now others have taken its place." I didn't really see a challenge to that statement. Is this true?
6. I've been a lurker in this forum for a while. Is ATH-M50 pretty much the Linux or Libertarian of headphones? In other words, are the positive reviews just coming from loyal, Conservative users and they're actually overrated?
7. I've heard that higher-end headphones need burning in. This cost $150 (It's sad because I could've gotten it cheaper on Amazon) so I wouldn't know where this fit.. either way, is this true?
8. I've seen Amazon reviews of these headphones going back to 2007. Have these headphones changed with the times or have they never changed? Technology improved since 2007, although not significantly unfortunately, (see Fermi Paradox). If no, should I be concerned?
9. Other headphones require batteries and have an on/off button and some have a hi/lo button. Why does this not have one?
10. If you wanted to recommend something else incase I go to Guitar Center to try on other headphones tomorrow, what would you recommend? I listen to all types of music. I find it horrifying that there are people that are stuck on one genre. I like a lot of bass but only on songs where it fits.
I may have more later. I'm asking instead of googling because this is more specific.
Edited by joeywreck - 3/10/13 at 9:17pm