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Bigger jump in sound quality: amping the m-50 or audio technica ws-99
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Hey guys! For the upcoming holiday season I was wondering whether I should get the Fiio E17 amp to power the m-50s or a new set of audio Technicas all together, the ws-99. I mainly listen to EDM but I also like rock. I appreciate bass in my music but I don't want bloated bass. Any suggestions?
I've never listened to the Audio Technica ATH-WS99 and have only listened to the ATH-M50 for a short period of time.
But I say to sell off the ATH-M50s and buy the ATH-WS99.
What sources are the headphone (and DAC/amp?) going to be used with?
The WS99 should work decently plugged straight into the computer and the iPhone 4.
If you feel you would want an amplifier.
You could get a Fiio E11 head amp. (Micca combo, extra battery), $59.
The E11 could be used with both iPhone 4 and computer.
Also maybe get a Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $27.
So, I think Im set to get the ws-99. But the bass of the ws-99 over the m-50 still bothers me.... But how does the ws-99 have a better bass? I like speed but is it any deeper or impactful? I think i need some more clarification on the bass compared to the m-50s because ive been reading that the "solid bass" title still retains some clarity which i really like, but the bass isn't as involving ("solid") or powerful as advertised. Is that true? Speed and balance are definitely a plus, but for EDM is it deeper/richer?? The bass on the ws-99 has be so much better than the m-50 that i want to slap down ~$250 for it. Worth?