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ATH M-50 vs HD 25-1 ii; Ipod headphones for ska, metal, electronic and classical music

post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone,

 

I've recently gotten fed up with my headphones, a cheap pair of Coby's from Walmart.

 

I go down to the nearby Starbucks, jack into my iPod Nano, and listen to music while getting work done.  The Coby's just sound awful.

 

I'm looking to upgrade, did a lot of reading on this site, and narrowed down my options my to the ATH M50 and HD 25-1 ii.

 

I'm hoping to keep the price between 100 and 200 USD.  

 

I listen to all sorts of music, but most of it tends to be ska, punk, metal, electronic, and classical.  Additionally, I have a larger head, and wear glasses.

 

I think comfort and quality are the first of my concerns, and could be talked into spending more if I could get both.  Also, I don't much really care if the sound leaks either, so long as my top two concerns are met.

post #2 of 7

As an owner of the ATH-M50s I say go for them but i have not tried the sennheisers so i cant say. The M50s have an odd Treble peak so Electronica may sound harsh but it has a fun V shape to it so they are bassy enough for electronica but not too Sub bassy, as for Ska, I listen to Sublime and have to say these are perfect because of the nice mid bass and Treble so they get pretty groovy, Metal is great because its not usually vocally centered most of the time so these things can definitely rock with any metal. Classical will be a dissapointment because of the excessive mid bass and lack of openness giving it absolutely zero air to the various instruments. Lets wait and hear from the Sennheiser part of town and you decide. I apoligize for crappy Grammar. These cans get pretty tight and hot sometimes, and the pads will crack after a while of use.


Edited by TheJosablo - 11/17/13 at 8:50pm
post #3 of 7
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Are the parts on the ATH-M50 user replaceable, as I've heard they are on the Sennheisers?

post #4 of 7

yes they are, replaceable and modifiable.

post #5 of 7
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I may have lucked out.  My dad is an engineer, and runs his own hi-fi repair shop.  Apparently he can get PSB stuff for cost.  How do the M4U1 and M4U2 stack up against the ATH M50 and HD 25 ii?

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I may have lucked out.  My dad is an engineer, and runs his own hi-fi repair shop.  Apparently he can get PSB stuff for cost.  How do the M4U1 and M4U2 stack up against the ATH M50 and HD 25 ii?

whoa at cost! I'd see what else he can get... ask him about Beyer Dynamic Sennhesier and AKG. As if he can get AT COST then he might be able to get you a REALLY nice headphone for very VERY little 

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I asked about that.  Among those brands, just PSB.  Most everything else is for home audio.

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