Please help, because I'm in quite the predicament most first posters have: buying a new set of cans.
Now, first of all, you see me asking about the M50s. Just bear with me please, I have read the reviews here, and I have scoured the interwebs and the YouTubes for some semi-accurate reviews. I have also seen/read the reviews on the M80s, though they have a lot less information on them. And finally, the Ultrasone Pro 550s. I have seen very little about these headphones, so I would like to learn a bit more about them.
I am currently using those $20 Sony ZX100. They're not bad, but they don't really clamp onto my head, as well as they have kinda bad leakage and noise isloation, not to mention that even though my ears aren't fine-tuned to sound, the music sounds kinda muffled.
For my types of music, I prefer the trance/electro/chillstep/dubstep (electronic) music, as well as some classic rock or anything else you could throw at me. Personally, I would like a pair of headphones that could serve almost any genre, but emphasize on the electronic genre. I will most likely be using them for on-the-go/gaming/laying-back-and-relaxing headphones. Also, keep in mind that I'm no audiophile, which means I probably won't be getting an amp anytime soon (mainly because of research and monetary issues). So, I'll try to make a little criteria list. I would like, but not limited to:
•Not extremely heavy, so has to be somewhat portable
•Balanced between mids, crisp highs, with a bass that's punchy, but not overpowering
I'll also give my listings on why I would like to buy each set, and why I wouldn't.
•Comfortable, since it's an circum-somethin' (over-ear)
•Pretty good noise cancellation and little leakage
•Cord too long?
This guys says it has terrible soundstage. Is it true?
•Some say better sounding than the M50s
•Lightweight and smaller
•Aarsa-somethin' (On-Ear) Is it going to be too uncomfortable?
•Cable-microsound. How noisy is it when it rubs?
•How much leakage?
•(Not really a con) How much noise isolation?
•Over ear, right?
•More bass than M50?
•Extremely short cord?
•Burn-in time: 500 Hours?
•IMHO, design is minda meh
So, those are my reasons.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, the only pair I could find that I could try out are the M50s. I'm not sure if I'll be able to test the M80s or the Pro 550s anywhere.
Also, another question. I think that I have fairly large ears, which makes me worry about using the over-ear headphones. So, odd question of the day, would my ears fit inside comortably? From other people's reviews, I see the most mixed ones on the M50s and the M80s, which are the two of which I would personally possibly choose from over the Pro 550s. Some love the comfort of the M50s, while they say the sound from the M80s are better. Then, some say they weren't impressed with the M80s' sound and thought the M50s were more balanced. I just got more and more confused the more I read. There was someone who said M50s are one of the best for the price. There was a thread here asking about why M50s are so recommended, and then in another post there was one review/poll which asked about the M50 vs M80, with the M80 winning in the end. I wasn't satisfied with the information I was left with in the end, though. There were quite a bit of unjustified answers from my perspective of reading unless I had no understanding of the different terms.
So, I'll put yet another list for the order of importance in the qualities in the headphones I would want, and also in my personal opinion where I think each one stands, unless it's strictly my opinion:
3. Pro 550
1/2. Pro 550?
2. Pro 550
Any input would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!
Edited by Kiyoflame - 12/22/13 at 11:32pm