Originally Posted by 2714silas
Okay, have you heard the HD 439 compared to the ATH-M50? :-)
I have both and like both, but for different reasons.
The HD 439 is more comfortable (on my head) and weighs less. Thus it's easy
to add to your pack and carry about. Comes with a long cord and short cord. Sound
is warm with a prominent mid bass gives a full and musical experience.
I found the top end a bit damped down, but that seemed to improve over time, IMO.
It's a 'smoother' listen compared to the M50. Did I say comfortable? Very.
The M50 are by far the better choice for monitoring and hearing detail in the music. The bass
goes deeper... which might be a consideration for movies and organ music. And considering
movies, I have a feeling these might do a better job with dialog due to their clarity and precision.
On the other hand, the mids are overshadowed compared to the highs and lows... so in practice
certain voices are not as well defined as you'd like. These have very good
construction overall, but well known that the surface of the earpads break down losing their
smooth finish. The pads are replaceable, but I've never bothered. Very long cord means that
you're always rolling up an extra meter's length and stuffing it in your pocket if you're on the go.
Both are pretty decent at isolation. My teenagers prefer the HD 439 for sonic (engaging) warmth, light weight and short
cord. I think they are kinder to your average, hypercompressed mp3 pop music.
I turn to the M50 when I want to very carefully listen to something (opera), but always take the HD 439 if I'm listening in