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post #16 of 18
Well I think you would be happy with either headphone, especially at that price point. A couple things I have noticed...

The Beats are more comfortable than the M50s. Those new pads on the Beats are extremely soft and they apply the perfect pressure for my somewhat small head. The removable cables with the Beats is also a huge plus. They come with a regular cable and one with a remote and mic on it and they both seem well made.

Now in the looks department, it's no contest. The matte black Beats look incredible. The M50s look like they belong in a studio. The only down side, people may view you as a snob for wearing them in public.

For mastering music the M50s have the edge BUT I wouldn't say either has a completely neutral sound signature. The Beats are obviously "heavy handed" and they have this hiss from the active noise canceling that can't be turned off. For normal/active use you don't notice it so much, but in quiet passages you can definitely tell it's there. The M50s also have a slight bass emphasis, not nearly as much as the Beats though. Also, to my ears the M50s aren't exactly neutral up top either. They are a bit bright, and while it may bother some, I kind of like it.

For casual listening I find the Beats more pleasing out of these two headphones, but I recently bought a pair of Sony MDR-1R MK2s and I haven't been able to put them down. In my opinion, they best the Beats in every category except maybe looks.

EDIT: I don't master music, but maybe consider the Sony MDR-7506 or the headphones FiioforMeOh mentioned. I no longer own the MDR-7506s but I remember them being the most neutral out of the headphones above. Hope this helps!
Edited by ZedsDead - 7/8/14 at 8:02pm
post #17 of 18

I had a chance to listen to the new Beats Studios today.


Man, they are pretty good. Mids and highs are clear but obviously the bass sounds great.


Comparing them to my M50's... the Beats Studios just sound a lot more fun. Maybe I'm just a sucker for bass. Or maybe its the noise cancellation?


Can anyone suggest headphones that match thew new Beats Studio sound, but are in the M50's price range? (Or am I asking too much? :etysmile:)

Edited by jeepwrangler - 9/30/14 at 7:25pm
post #18 of 18
I have had my studios since Jan and can say they have been fun to listen to. I was concerned that the "beats bashing" would get to me and it would influence my listening but it hasn't at all. I have the M50x as well and while I like them and they are inexpensive I prefer the studios in almost every way.

The hard case Is great for mobile listening. The studios are super comfy and clamp just right on me. I use them on the driving range while working on my golf game and never get in my way. They sound great! The bass is perfect for me, the mids aren't too recessed and the highs aren't harsh.

The ANC isn't BOSE quality at all but thankfully the sound quality isn't BOSE quality either. These sound way better than the BOSE offerings.

I'm totally satisfied with this purchase.
Edited by Minarets - 10/26/14 at 2:17pm
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