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I have a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50's and they are excellent headphones and sound very "accurate" but my main complaint is that they wear my ears out, even at relatively low volumes.  I would describe it as "ear fatigue" in which after about 20-30 min I have to turn the volume lower or take a break from listening.  I've heard the same thing described about Klipsch floorstanding speakers which are very "bright" and cause ear fatigue, but I'm surprised that this is less discussed with headphones. 

 

Does anyone else have this problem?  Or maybe have a suggestion for headphones with a bit softer sound, less bright, and maybe less fatiguing? 

 

thanks.

post #2 of 4

No idea what could be causing this "ear fatigue", only had such issues with some cheap headphones and their nasty resonance peaks and colored sound.

 

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Or maybe have a suggestion for headphones with a bit softer sound, less bright, and maybe less fatiguing? 

Budget, closed/open? Sennheiser HD650 comes to mind if you are looking for something relaxing ^^

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No idea what could be causing this "ear fatigue", only had such issues with some cheap headphones and their nasty resonance peaks and colored sound.

 

Budget, closed/open? Sennheiser HD650 comes to mind if you are looking for something relaxing ^^

 

Relaxing sounds great!  $500 is a bit steep.  <$300 US would be better.

post #4 of 4

It may also be to do with the source material / amp, any audio that is on the limit of clipping sounds uncomfortable at any volume.

 

I can 2nd that about the Sennheisers being comfortable, i can wear them for hours and hours without complaint.

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