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Audio Technica M50 - Overhyped or Decent For Price Range?

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I recently purchased a pair of Audio Technica M50 headphones due to various recommendations from other friends who have the same model. I think  these headphones are great, but I've seen a number of other posts that compared these headphones to Sennheiser HD 558's. I am aware of the open circumaural design, ( how sound will leak out and act as speakers if the volume is high enough ), but how do the ATH M50's perform in comparison to other headphones in the same price range? Were the reviews I read overhyped? If another member has a pair of HD 558's, are they reliable pair to listen to if you don't have any concerns for the open back design? The M50's are the first pair of headphones I've dropped serious money on.

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I recently purchased a pair of Audio Technica M50 headphones due to various recommendations from other friends who have the same model. I think  these headphones are great, but I've seen a number of other posts that compared these headphones to Sennheiser HD 558's. I am aware of the open circumaural design, (how sound will leak out and act as speakers if the volume is high enough ), but how do the ATH M50's perform in comparison to other headphones in the same price range? Were the reviews I read overhyped? If another member has a pair of HD 558's, are they reliable pair to listen to if you don't have any concerns for the open back design? The M50's are the first pair of headphones I've dropped serious money on.

My two cents.

I see the ATH-M50s as headphones for those that like a lot of bass in their music.

There are folding so are decent for carrying around and they are easy for a portable audio player to drive and work easily with desktop and laptop computers.

Mids are a bit recessed and they are not considered the best for surround sound gaming.

Where as the HD558s have just enough bass to say they have bass, but should be better then the ATH-M50s for all other audio qualities.

The HD558s are open and do not fold, so not as good for out in public.

ATH-M50s have sold new for as low as $120, so those that paid $160 may feel they over paid,

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M50 rules for a closed headphone.  HD558 rules for an open one under $200, haha.

Having both might not be a bad idea.  :evil:

 

I like DT770Pro and HD380Pro better as far as full-sized, closed-back headphones under $200.  Consider that there's a few vocal haters of M50 and DT770 around here when reading impressions.

M50 also has the advantage of being more portable.

 

M50 has a bassy, punchy, and fun sound while HD558 is more serious, peaceful, and accurate to a degree.  I think that they're both just so different, which is better depends on you.

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I recently purchased a pair of Audio Technica M50 headphones due to various recommendations from other friends who have the same model. [. . .] how do the ATH M50's perform in comparison to other headphones in the same price range? Were the reviews I read overhyped?

 

Both. That's my answer to the title question. They are good in many respects such as general sound quality, performance with certain genres, and build. But they are over-hyped so that other worth models in the $100-200 range don't get as much attention. KNS8400 is much more resolving and SRH840 is more versatile. 

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I bought mine about two and a half months ago on amazon for $100. At that price they are well worth it. I, too have recently gotten interested in the HD 558's and intend to really look into them.

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