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Upgrade/replacement from ATH-M50

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey guys

 

I've been using an Audio Technica ATH-M50 for a number of years now. It's been OK. I like its sound a lot, but there's a few things that I'm not a fan of:

 

- Can get very uncomfortable at 3+ hours of use (I do have a large head)

- The pleather earpads are pretty horrible (I definitely want a fabric one, or whatever its called)

- Coiled cable is annoying, but this is not a big deal

 

I use headphones extensively so whatever I get next must be super duper comfy. I'd say this is my primary concern.

 

I'm pretty happy with the audio performance, the strong bass is awesome for movies and it's also decent for gaming which are my two primary uses. I'd like something that is at least on par with the M50s.

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated up to US$250. (at that price however, **** better get mind blowing.)

post #2 of 14
Hello!

Have you looked into the UE6000? It's a clear upgrade from ATH-M50.

Billson biggrin.gif
post #3 of 14
Get the ATH WS99! The ws99 is a great upgrade from the m50. (Upgrade to the 1r too IMO)
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hello!

Have you looked into the UE6000? It's a clear upgrade from ATH-M50.

Billson biggrin.gif

 

I don't need noise cancelling at all, I'd rather get something without that as it just needlessly drives the price up.

 

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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

Get the ATH WS99! The ws99 is a great upgrade from the m50. (Upgrade to the 1r too IMO)

 

From pictures I've seen, the earpads seem to be covered in the same or similar material as the M50, which makes it a big nono. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know much about headphones!
post #5 of 14

Consider a Grado? SR 225 maybe?

post #6 of 14
Its not the same material. They don't crack off like the m50's pads.
post #7 of 14

Audio Technica ATH-A900Xs are selling for as low as $170.

I do prefer Velour ear pads myself, but the leather ones on the ATH-A900X are nice.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions so far, but I definitely do not want any leather / pleather covered earpads or anything like that. 

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Megatetrahedron View Post

Thanks for the suggestions so far, but I definitely do not want any leather / pleather covered earpads or anything like that. 

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250-Ohm headphones.

Spend the leftover cash for a headphone amplifier.

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250-Ohm headphones.
Spend the leftover cash for a headphone amplifier.

Agreed. I think the DT770s are a step up from the M50s, and the velour pads are very comfortable.

They do benefit from amplification, and may even really need it depending on what you are using to drive them.
post #11 of 14
Well that crosses out pretty much every closed can except for the dt770, srh940, and some ultrasones... Id say the dt770 then.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 

Alright, the DT770 looks pretty nice!

 

Would there be any noticeable difference between the 250 and 80 ohm versions to a non-audiophile? Going through my computer with standard onboard sound.

post #13 of 14
Standard onboard audio will do better with 80 ohm headphones. 250 ohms would likely need an amp.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Megatetrahedron View Post

Alright, the DT770 looks pretty nice!

 

Would there be any noticeable difference between the 250 and 80 ohm versions to a non-audiophile? Going through my computer with standard on-board sound.

Adding a sound card like the Asus Xonar DG ($25, PCI) should improve audio quality over on-board audio.

The Xonar DG can easily drive the DT770 Pro 80-Ohm.

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