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Sol Tracks HDs vs. ATH-M50s?

post #1 of 12
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It's Black Friday, and I'm trying to buy a decent pair of headphones to take wherever I go. I have narrowed it down to the Sol Tracks Hd and the ATH-M50s. I went to best buy to try them on, but the Sols were the only ones there. I really like that the Sols are comfortable, portable, have detachable cables and they have a removable cable. The one thing I don't like is that the bass and instrumentals REALLY overpower the vocals (I'm not by any means an audiophile, btw). Aside from that, I'm in love with everything else, especially the style.

So let's say that I make up my mind and get the Tracks HDs, but use an equalizer to get more out of the vocals. Would an EQ be helpful to make the vocals stand out more? If someone with the Sols could tell me, that would be really helpful. (the vocals are great on any song that doesn't have much instrumental parts if that helps)

If there's no possible way to get the Sols to sound more balanced, I'll probably get either the M50s or something else that you guys rrecommend. But only if the answer to my first question is no.

I losten to rock, rap, hip hop, some electric, and a lot of alternative.

On more thing: the Sols are $70 on amazon right now, and the M50s are $102. I would prefer the less expensive pair.
post #2 of 12
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Anybody???

post #3 of 12

I personally love the M50's. They have a great sound its deep and warm, but not over-powering. I don't find it ever gets muddy or too pronounced.

I haven't really listened to many Sol Republic products, only one to be exact.. but I don't remember what model it was. I remember being surprised but I wasn't a fan, as you mentioned seemed a little to bass heavy.

Just my two cents. Hope I was but a little helpful.

Cheers

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by DJPixcell View Post
 

I personally love the M50's. They have a great sound its deep and warm, but not over-powering. I don't find it ever gets muddy or too pronounced.

I haven't really listened to many Sol Republic products, only one to be exact.. but I don't remember what model it was. I remember being surprised but I wasn't a fan, as you mentioned seemed a little to bass heavy.

Just my two cents. Hope I was but a little helpful.

Cheers

Thanks. I am leaning more towards the Tracks because they're less expensive and they look great. I'm trying to figure out if an EQ would help with the sound of the Sols

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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by kinger2005 View Post
 

The M50s are the superior V shaped cans. 

 

Where do you live?

 

I know they're better, but the Sols are $30 less. I live in Midwestern US.

 

I would like to know if the Sols sound better with an EQ

post #7 of 12

I don't know if you have considered this but take a look at the noontec zoro hd. Has the sound of the m50 but with better aesthetics IMO and it's more portable.

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by hd800op View Post
 

I don't know if you have considered this but take a look at the noontec zoro hd. Has the sound of the m50 but with better aesthetics IMO and it's more portable.

I took a look at those, but the build quality is not nearly as good as the m50s or the Sols. I want a pair of headphones that will last for a long time

post #9 of 12

well then id add the ue 6000 and v-moda crossfade lp / m80 on a good sale to the list. I wouldn't keep the sol republics in though, they're decent but... eh

post #10 of 12
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I listened to the UE6000 at Best Buy and they seem just about as bass heavy as the Sols. I'm not in love with the light blue, either. Also, the v-moda m80's are $170 now. I'd rather go for $120 or less. 

post #11 of 12

yeah they're just as bass heavy but IMO they have a better overall sound, plus they have the option to turn off their bass boost/noise cancelling things. OVERALL if durability is what you need in a bassy headphone go for the crossfade lp/lp2 or ath m-50. The m-50s really are great even if I find they are a bit overrated, just be sure you get the straight cable version.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U

post #12 of 12
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The crossfade lps supposedly break in the plastic part mentioned in this review. I want to headphones that'll last a long time. The lp2s are too expensive.
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