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Upgrading from HD25 SPs to ATH M50?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I've been using my Sennheiser HD25 SP mk1s for a while now and although I really do enjoy the sound quality (especially coming from a £50 pair before) I'm finding the build quality/headband design is too flimsy and the headphones don't seem to sound as nice unamped through my phone. I use my headphones mostly plugged into my computer with a Asus Xonar DG soundcard 

 

I've heard the M50s can be quite bass heavy and I'm not sure if this will affect the clarity of the mids or clarity in general. I find my HD25s great and I think that they sound very clean and pure (at least in comparison to cheaper "street" style headphones). Will I lose anything in terms of sound quality or clarity swapping them for the M50s? The biggest drawback sound-wise on my HD25s is the lack of bass in some songs, some songs sound great, but some songs have very lacklustre bass even though you can tell that that bassline should be impact-full... if you know what I mean.

 

Would the M50s be a good step up? or are there better headphones around the same price that would serve better?


Edited by JWK3 - 3/12/14 at 6:39am
post #2 of 7
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**bump**

post #3 of 7
I am not familiar with the HD25 MK1 (or the MK2). But I would wonder if you would be getting an upgrade with the M50s given the reputation of the HD25 MK2 version.

Also, the M50s do have some extra bass emphasis. Anytime you have bass emphasis (vs. a neutral response), it has to be emphasized compared to another part of the frequency range, which is generally going to make the mids recessed.
post #4 of 7

M50 is a downgrade from HD25-1, so it's probably a side step at most from the HD25 SP.

If there was a list of most overrated headphones the M50 would be number 1.

 

The M50S would be number 2 and M50X would be number 3 on the list.

post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by JWK3 View Post
 

Hi all,

 

I've been using my Sennheiser HD25 SP mk1s for a while now and although I really do enjoy the sound quality (especially coming from a £50 pair before) I'm finding the build quality/headband design is too flimsy and the headphones don't seem to sound as nice unamped through my phone. I use my headphones mostly plugged into my computer with a Asus Xonar DG soundcard 

 

I've heard the M50s can be quite bass heavy and I'm not sure if this will affect the clarity of the mids or clarity in general. I find my HD25s great and I think that they sound very clean and pure (at least in comparison to cheaper "street" style headphones). Will I lose anything in terms of sound quality or clarity swapping them for the M50s? The biggest drawback sound-wise on my HD25s is the lack of bass in some songs, some songs sound great, but some songs have very lacklustre bass even though you can tell that that bassline should be impact-full... if you know what I mean.

 

Would the M50s be a good step up? or are there better headphones around the same price that would serve better?

 

I think you would actually be downgrading.  The M50 is not bass heavy at all...the only thing you might improve is the comfort. 

 

If you like lots of bass, which remains controlled and does not affect other frequencies, you could try the Ultrasone HFI-580.

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses all. I actually tried on a couple of Sennheiser headsets (as I'm looking at either a decent headset or preferably decent headphones + ModMic) and realised that my head is too small for the large earcups of the PC350 and 360s, which for reference is about the same size as some 558s, there's a gap at the bottom of the pad where my jawline is and I can't get a good seal. oh the joys of having a small head!

 

I do like the idea of the Ultrasones suggested but I'm not a huge fan of the shiny outer. Do you know of any similar suggestions? price can go up if you like as I'd prefer to buy something that I'll definitely satisfied with. Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it.

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by JWK3 View Post
 

Thanks for the responses all. I actually tried on a couple of Sennheiser headsets (as I'm looking at either a decent headset or preferably decent headphones + ModMic) and realised that my head is too small for the large earcups of the PC350 and 360s, which for reference is about the same size as some 558s, there's a gap at the bottom of the pad where my jawline is and I can't get a good seal. oh the joys of having a small head!

 

I do like the idea of the Ultrasones suggested but I'm not a huge fan of the shiny outer. Do you know of any similar suggestions? price can go up if you like as I'd prefer to buy something that I'll definitely satisfied with. Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it.


You could try the Momentum or the VModa M100.

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