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M-Audio Q40 vs. V-MODA Crossfade LP vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M50

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NOTICE: To those that have been in my "Best Headphones for Dubstep and Trap: Under $165" or know that I already have the Crossfade LPs, don't think that I'm going to buy new headphones soon. Don't think anything negative. I am planning on getting another set of headphones this Christmas. I'm not saying the LP's are bad, but in general, I want one more pair redface.gif

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Hello, friends. I am looking for a good pair of headphones to get this upcoming Christmas. I mostly listen to Dubstep and Trap, but I also listen to Electronica in general. What I'm looking for is a headphone that has excellent comfort (meaning there isnt any discomfort for 3-4 hour listening periods). Also, I want the sound quality to be great, with deep and vibrant bass, warm mids, and shiny highs. An overall excellent sound quality, only leaning towards the bass-heavy side. My budget is $150.

I have narrowed it down to the Q40's and the ATH-M50's. I already have the SkullCandy Hesh 2's and the V-MODA Crossfade LP's. Would the Q40's or ATH-M50's fit my needs? If so, which one?
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First off, I'll give a disclaimer: I don't own any of these headphones (but the Q40s should be here tomorrow). Now, being an EDM fan myself, I've done a lot of research on all these headphones and this is what I know...

 

The Q40s are supposed to have great bass, detailed mids, but slightly lacking highs. For me, this isn't an issue, but I HATE trap. If you like trap, you are going to want to listen to all those high hats and from the review I've read, the Q40s just don't have the V-shaped curve you are looking for. The M50s, while being a huge recommendation on head-fi, seems to have changed design/sound in the past couple years and I've read that the change is not for the better.

 

Now, I just recently purchased DT770s for $165 as shipped (link below). These cans have a fun V-shaped curve with huge bass extension and crisp highs. These headphones took a bit of burn in to mellow out just how crisp the highs were to begin with (some sibilance). If you are interested in saving some dough, the Ultrasone Pro900's are supposed to be an EDM fan's delight.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Beyerdynamic-DT-770-PRO-80-Studio-Headphones-FREE-Priority-Mail-NEW-/121093207086?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item1c31b7b42e

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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

First off, I'll give a disclaimer: I don't own any of these headphones (but the Q40s should be here tomorrow). Now, being an EDM fan myself, I've done a lot of research on all these headphones and this is what I know...

 

The Q40s are supposed to have great bass, detailed mids, but slightly lacking highs. For me, this isn't an issue, but I HATE trap. If you like trap, you are going to want to listen to all those high hats and from the review I've read, the Q40s just don't have the V-shaped curve you are looking for. The M50s, while being a huge recommendation on head-fi, seems to have changed design/sound in the past couple years and I've read that the change is not for the better.

 

Now, I just recently purchased DT770s for $165 as shipped (link below). These cans have a fun V-shaped curve with huge bass extension and crisp highs. These headphones took a bit of burn in to mellow out just how crisp the highs were to begin with (some sibilance). If you are interested in saving some dough, the Ultrasone Pro900's are supposed to be an EDM fan's delight.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Beyerdynamic-DT-770-PRO-80-Studio-Headphones-FREE-Priority-Mail-NEW-/121093207086?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item1c31b7b42e

 

That's pretty interesting. Can you PM me a review about the DT770's with Dubstep once you get them?

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I actually just received my Q40's last night. While the stock pads are decent, I found them a little too shallow and not very comfy. So, after putting DT770 pads on the Q40's... I'm in love. The bass is INSANE to say the least and the best part is, the mids are still clear as day. These cans struggle a little with the highs, but not as bad as what I've read. I will say though, the DT770 pads make a HUGE difference. I got my Q40's off of B&H for $89 and the DT770 pads used from a head-fier for $20 = $110 total. Retail is $130 for that set, and even at retail price, these cans are amazing... I HIGHLY recommend these bad boys.

 

Still though, I think you should seriously consider DT770s as well :D


Edited by Thujone - 4/19/13 at 5:03am
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Have you listened to them with Dubstep?

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Have you listened to them with Dubstep?

Of course! Basically it comes down to how much bass/highs you want. If you want to rattle your brain, go Q40's with DT770 pads. But, the DT770's themselves are great for bass while not being overpowering and they also have clear highs (chirps, highhats, and other really catchy synths used in dubstep songs). Q40s cannot compete with DT770 highs

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Q40 is the best sounding of the three. M50 has a bit less bass, harsher treble and peakier mids. LP is darker and boomier. Q40 sounds very balanced and smooth with amazing bass. The treble could use a bit more sparkle, but I prefer it to the M50 which are articificially bright.

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