Improvement will depend on your taste in music. Some versions of the M50 are pretty bassy, and if you like that amount of bass, the Mad Dog will have way less of it. The Mad Dog has way better frequency balance and clarity though.
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What prompted you to want a closed headphone in the first place? Keep in mind that there are closed headphones, open headphones, and then there's open planar magnetics.
Because planar magnetics project sound equally in both directions from the diaphragm, they don't just leak sound, they might as well be speakers to anybody around you. If noise leakage is even the slightest concern, then I wouldn't think about the open planars.
HE-400 and LCD2 have more quantitive bass than the Mad Dogs. HE-400 are polarizing because some don't like their upper-mid recession and treble spike. I personally don't mind the relaxed upper-mids and EQ down the upper treble.
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I can't compare to the mad dogs, but I have the HE-400s. They don't add bass to recordings, but oh baby, they have beautiful, deep, textured, snappy bass when it's in the song. The mids are one of their relative weak points, but keep in mind that's relative to what they do well. If you experiment with pads (especially jergpads, but also the velours), the funny coloration in the mids mostly goes away. But their mids are still somewhat recessed compared to the bass and treble. But they are still quite good IMO. Very detailed and fast mids with a lot of body, just slightly less emphasized compared to headphones with more forward mids.
If you want closed headphones though, the HE-400s are the polar opposite of closed. They block 0 noise, and they are just as loud on both sides of the earpads like TMRaven mentioned.