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V Moda M100s worth the upgrade from Audio Technica ATH-M50s?

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I'm looking for a new pair of headphones, as I'm returning the defective pair of modded ATH-M50s from SoundProfessionals. Would the VModa M100 be worth the $120 upgrade (I purchased my modded ATH-m50s for $180) considering the following?

 

Budget - $180 to $300

Source - Computer/iPhone

Requirements for Isolation - This isn't a big deal. I'll be using it primarily at home, and -occasionally- on the go. Maybe a few times a month at a Starbucks/library or something.

Preferred Type of Headphone - Full size/over ear

Preferred tonal balance - Balanced would be nice... maybe a slight emphasis on bass.

Past headphones - ATH-M50s. Solid pair of headphones, still one of my options.

Preferred Music - All sorts--mostly EDM and mainstream though. Also will be using moderately for video games.

Location - US

REQUIREMENT: Must have removable 3.5mm cable, as I want to use the VMODA BoomPro microphone.

post #2 of 11

Short answer: Yes!

 

Actually, I was working under the assumption that you were looking for something similar to the ATH-M50 sound. I wouldn't call either headphone balanced. They both have a v-shaped signature, with the M-100 having a little more emphasis on the bass and less harshness on the trebles. The mids are more recessed on the M-100, but they have better clarity across entire spectrum and they respond very well to EQing.


Edited by SpiderNhan - 4/20/14 at 6:01am
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I had the M-100 for about six months and the M50 for several years. The M50 sounds a little flatter - some may say a little more boring - but I thought they were overall the more well-rounded set of headphones. Of course, YMMV.

 

For what it's worth, I don't think the M-100's are worth their asking price of $300 at all. They would be a good value in the ~$200 range, but don't hit well for their weight above that. If you are willing to buy used, Amazon Warehouse is offering the M-100 for as low as about $180 right now. For that price, they are a good set of cans and are very deserving of a chance.

post #4 of 11

Evening,

 

I've owned both the M-50 and currently the M-100. (Just for reference so I'm not talking out of my ass, I also own fischer audio FA-002w, ATH-A700, Beyerdynamic 880 Prem. 250 ohm,)

Comfort: M100's have significantly less clamping force, They fit snug, but it doesn't destroy your earlobe. The pads are definitely softer on the M100, (would highly recommend moving to the XL pads). The comfort with the XL pads is one of the best I've experienced with headphones, second only to the audio technica wing system and beyerdynamic 880 velour pads. I've been able to pull 4-5hr sessions with no comfort fatigue. 

Sound: Bass is definitely the strongest point in these. It's tight, super punchy, and has some of the best impact I've heard. More unique is how clear the bass and treble is. The mids are recessed and the treble rolls off a bit. They are not a neutral headphone, but they're one of the most unique and engaging headphones I've heard personally.The sound signature all attribute towards saying a literal, "Ahhhh yeah." when you hear it. Since the mids are recessed and the treble rolls off, it makes for a very smooth experience aka not sound fatiguing. Recommended music is EDM and modern. Classical is not it's strong point.

Build: They're built like a damn tank. These things are meant to take some serious abuse. Hinges feel great, they fold up and I can throw them in a bag without worrying they'll break.

Are they worth the $310? Abso-f***ing-lutely. (2) cables, a compact carrying case, custom engraving/color customization, and they sound phenomenal. 

 

Cheers!

 

-Matt

post #5 of 11
Tbh no.
I semi own both now, clarity wise I think M50 have it slightly over the M100. The greater treble response just adds more clarity
Bass wise M100 def have more impact, they almost make the M50 sound anemic but they are similarly tight
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by hahahigh View Post
 

I had the M-100 for about six months and the M50 for several years. The M50 sounds a little flatter - some may say a little more boring - but I thought they were overall the more well-rounded set of headphones. Of course, YMMV.

 

For what it's worth, I don't think the M-100's are worth their asking price of $300 at all. They would be a good value in the ~$200 range, but don't hit well for their weight above that. If you are willing to buy used, Amazon Warehouse is offering the M-100 for as low as about $180 right now. For that price, they are a good set of cans and are very deserving of a chance.

Do you know if the M-100's in amazon warehouse are new or used? I've looked and cannot find new for that price. Thanks!

post #7 of 11
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Do you know if the M-100's in amazon warehouse are new or used? I've looked and cannot find new for that price. Thanks!

By definition, everything that Amazon Warehouse sells is used. But I've gotten stuff from them before and they looked basically like new so don't let that good you back!
post #8 of 11
I had the M50 for about 3monghs and a good listen to the M100. It's not really an upgrade I found the bass to be a bit boomy and are into the mids a bit too much on the M100. At better can be had. I got my mad dogs 3.2 for about $220 and it is by far a better can
post #9 of 11
I found the M100 more veiled than and less clear than the M50. Both didn't present much details in the music as I would have liked
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by hahahigh View Post


By definition, everything that Amazon Warehouse sells is used. But I've gotten stuff from them before and they looked basically like new so don't let that good you back!

Thanks for the info! This was the first time I've heard of amazon warehouse and I buy stuff on there weekly. I scored a pair of like-new M-100's for $175! Thanks again

post #11 of 11

If you like the M50 sound, then I would just stick with them. The m100 sounds about the same. Both phones are not to my taste.

 

For a real upgrade for ~$300, I would consider ZMF modded Fostex T50RPs, or Mad Dogs. They are leagues better than the M50s/m100 in comfort and sound quality.

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