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Poll Results: Which one would you suggest for all genres of music (I would prefer a better soundstage) as my first audiophile headphones?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 33% (1)
    Audio Technica ATH-M50
  • 66% (2)
    Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
  • 0% (0)
    Shure SRH840
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 

I have been doing a lot of research into MUSIC (yes! all kinds....all formats...best players...best earphones...best headphones). I came across these three pairs of headphones to go with my new Cowon C2 player:

1. Audio Technica ATH-M50

2. Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

3. Shure SRH840

 

I usually listen to soft rock, instrumentals (Yanni, Kenny G), alternative rock, pop but metal is always there on the table.......Some Indian classical as well! (So basically almost all genres of music). I love my music esp. the way it sounds on my Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision. But I do find its soundstage to be very narrow. I know the headphones above wont offer me much of a soundstage. But I need to fir something in the budget the above ones fit in. The Senns are the costlier ones than the other two. But I need all you Head-Fiers to help me with this decision! Let me know what pros and cons have you found with these models and which one should I go for (or I can eliminate completely!) from the list.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Happy listening!

post #2 of 3

I vote the M50 and here are my reasons.

 

1.)  They on not on-ear like the HD-25... and I find them more comfortable

2.)  They are less bright than the the others and more neutral sounding than the SRH840

3.)  They are more durable than the SRH840, but the same durability as the HD-25-1-ii

4.)  Both earcups swivel so the headphone can lay flat

 

With a little care the ATH-M50 will last a lifetime.

 

ATH-M50 CARE

1.)  Upon receiving the ATH-M50 the clamping force will be a bit much for most users.  To alleviate this simply place the headphone on a full-sized tissue box for a week and the clamping force will be greatly reduced

 

2.)  Apply a little hand / leather lotion to the earcups once per month and they will not dry out.

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for your response. Can u let us know if you have tested the soundstage on these headphones? Also M50s are known to have a muddy bass for some tracks..what do u have to say about it?
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