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Audio Technica ATH- M50 vs M30

Poll Results: Which headphones?

 
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    Audio Technica M-30's
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    Audio Technica M-50's
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post #1 of 5
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I'm looking at getting one of these pairs of headphones since they both are highly recommend by this community it seems. However, is it worth the ~$70ish bucks more to upgrade to the M50's? (M30's are on Amazon for $42 right now and M50's for $107 :o) Would I be better off getting M30's and a basic amp like an E6 or E11? Thanks! 

 

P.S. How thick is the 3.5mm input? Would it fit through a phone case?

post #2 of 5

Go the M50 route. The M50s are looked upon as sort of a first step into expensive headphones. As for an amp, you could live without one, as they can be driven by most devices just fine. An amp can make the sound a bit better, give it a bit of oomph, however don't expect miracles. If I were to choose between my M50's and my HD25's, I'd probably pick the M50's to be honest. The M30's is a step down from that.

 

It's thick, and I'm uncertain it would fit through a phone case (it probably would with some cases, but others not) - your best option to answer that question is to go down to a shop and try it out. If you can't try it, try to find a pair of HD25-1 II or some of the older Denon DX000 series and try them. The 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm jack adapter is interchangable among the three, so I'm guessing the thickness is about the same. Actually, I suspect most headphones have the same thickness to the screw part on the jack, so if you see threaded jacks, it's probably the same size as the M50. This is what my HD25-1 II threaded jack looks like, and how the M50's threaded part of the jack looks like:

 

 

All my cases are open at the top and bottom (for ease of use with docks and headphone jacks), so I can't try it out on one of my own, sorry. Hope it helped a little.

post #3 of 5

Many of the advocates for M50 are less experienced members who might not have heard much else. I really like the build quality . . . There might be better choices for you depending on what music you listen to.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Many of the advocates for M50 are less experienced members who might not have heard much else. I really like the build quality . . . There might be better choices for you depending on what music you listen to.

...and some of us are more experienced. 

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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post
 

...and some of us are more experienced. 

 

That's why I wrote "many." It still depends much more on the buyer's favorite genres.

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