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ATH-M50s are very uncomfortable: alternatives?

post #1 of 12
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I realize I just created a thread in this forum about my recent acquisition of these headphones, however, this is a different issue.

 

These headphones are uncomfortable the moment I put them on. Fatigue is not an issue because I can't wear them comfortably for any time at all. The bottom of the earcups push on the soft area just below my ear and behind my jaw (I have mild TMJ issues) and cause me to have a headache. They feel like they sit too low (even with the earcups fully retracted). My cheapo pair of gaming headphones have been perfectly comfortable for me for the past few months, so perhaps a more open design with shallow earcups that was similar to them would be more appropriate.

 

I was interested in doing mixing work, so I'm looking for headphones with a fairly neutral EQ that I can use in place of actual monitor speakers. Can anyone with a similar experience with the M50s or someone who knows of a comparable set of headphones with a similar design to my cheap ones linked above lend me some recommendations? Thank you.


Edited by Joo52 - 9/24/13 at 6:06pm
post #2 of 12

A lack of comfort is the reason my own M50s are currently listed for sale.

 

Assuming you don't have a return/refund policy on your M50s, it's worth searching some of the M50 threads for pad mods that may help you out. For instance I have the Beyerdynamic DT250 velour pads, whilst others have had success with Shure 840s and different alternatives. You can also try stuffing foam, cotton balls or similar under the pads to add some more clearance between your ear and the driver to take the pressure off.

post #3 of 12

The Shure SRH440 or 880 are good alternatives. 

post #4 of 12
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The Shure SRH440 or 880 are good alternatives. 
Indeed! In case it's still not comfortable enough, I would say the AKG K167!

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post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cammerarian View Post
 

A lack of comfort is the reason my own M50s are currently listed for sale.

 

Assuming you don't have a return/refund policy on your M50s, it's worth searching some of the M50 threads for pad mods that may help you out. For instance I have the Beyerdynamic DT250 velour pads, whilst others have had success with Shure 840s and different alternatives. You can also try stuffing foam, cotton balls or similar under the pads to add some more clearance between your ear and the driver to take the pressure off.

I do have a decent return policy. I got them at Guitar Center yesterday, so I have options. I might be in the market for more of an on-ear design instead of over-ear.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I just returned them and didn't see anything else promising at Guitar Center, so I just left with my refund. The Beyerdynamic DT 770's were there, but I decided that I need open backs (due to the fact that I need to be able to hear possible ambient noise when I'm wearing them at home), so I'd be more in the market for the 990's. Because it's not possible to try things out in Guitar Center (they cite that it's for health reasons, thought it's perfectly OK to bring them home, do god knows what to them, then bring them back for a full refund) and there aren't really any stores in my area where you can, I have a feeling that getting a comfortable pair is going to be a huge trial and error pain in the ass.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Joo52 View Post

I just returned them and didn't see anything else promising at Guitar Center, so I just left with my refund. The Beyerdynamic DT 770's were there, but I decided that I need open backs (due to the fact that I need to be able to hear possible ambient noise when I'm wearing them at home), so I'd be more in the market for the 990's. Because it's not possible to try things out in Guitar Center (they cite that it's for health reasons, thought it's perfectly OK to bring them home, do god knows what to them, then bring them back for a full refund) and there aren't really any stores in my area where you can, I have a feeling that getting a comfortable pair is going to be a huge trial and error pain in the ass.

If that is the the case, I would say the AKG K167 or HD558

Both are comfortable and neutral

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post #8 of 12

Vote for the HD558. I can wear them all day. My friend also said they were incredibly comfortable. 

 

You can get them refurbished for $105. Comes with warranty I believe. I got mine open box for $130. 

post #9 of 12

I have experienced the 558s too, they are very comfortable. Do give them a try if you get the chance.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the recommendations. I'll let you guys know what I end up going with.
post #11 of 12

I sold my M50 and bought a Sony MDR-1R. 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
I went with the Beyerdynamic DT 990's. As far as comfort goes, they're like ear pillows. Thanks for the suggestions. If I decide that theyre not for me in the long term, I'll check out the sennheiser's.
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