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post #16 of 37
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post
 

You probably would find them a little uncomfortable, as I did.  However, at this price range, you can't do any better than the UE6000, unless of course you're willing to go with an on ear headphone, which you said you didn't want.

I agree, the earcups are not exactly large. They're a pretty cozy fit on me, but the earpads are very comfortable, even if they brush against my ears occasionally.

 

I can't remember if the earcups are any larger, but I briefly had the Phillips CitiScape Uptown headphones. They were definitely not as refined, with a big midbass bump, but were very comfortable and fun.

 

The Sennheiser HD 380 can probably accomodate larger ears better, and also isolates well and can fold flat for transport. It has a more neutral sound than the other two headphones I mentioned. It benefits a bit from a portable amp, but doesn't strictly need one. I never looked into it, but the stock coiled cable can be replaced with a straight cable. I had a pair that I used for travel for several years.

 

JakeMnz, if you have your heart set on the ATH-M50, I don't think you'll go wrong. Having never tried them myself (but I have tried a few lesser AT models), I can't compare how the fit or sound, but they have become sort of a classic, probably in part because they don't really do anything wrong.

post #17 of 37
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Sadly I need headphones that are as comfortable as possible as I'll be wearing them for 6-7 hours just about everyday. So if they're too tight for me, it will eventually develop into a problem, which I've experienced with other headphones in the past.

 

Odds are unless I find a different pair sometime soon, I'll end up going with the ATH-M50 and putting on SRH840 or 940 pads to make them even more comfortable. They just seem like the perfect match for my current needs. In the future when I have a more flexible budget, I'll definitely be looking to get something much much better. And like I said, if I don't like them, I can always send them back or resell them.

Yeah when you first get them the clamping force is a little bit much, but over time it goes away.  Completely fine after a month or so I'd say of just wearing them.  If you want to speed up the process, stretch them over the box they come in overnight, every night.  I wore mine for the same 6+ hrs a day, and they weren't uncomfortable but if you are, those pads should help a lot. The M50x are the exact same SQ with the ability to swap out cables, imo not worth the +40$ they're asking right now.

post #18 of 37
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Originally Posted by SDBiotek View Post

 

The Sennheiser HD 380 can probably accomodate larger ears better, and also isolates well and can fold flat for transport. It has a more neutral sound than the other two headphones I mentioned. It benefits a bit from a portable amp, but doesn't strictly need one. I never looked into it, but the stock coiled cable can be replaced with a straight cable. I had a pair that I used for travel for several years.

I just looked into them and they're definitely nice, however they aren't exactly my cup of tea. From what I've read and seen in videos, the 380's have a little less "oomph" to them I guess you could say, whereas the M50's deliver the strong sound I'm looking for without having the bass overpower everything else.

 

I suppose this concludes the search, I'll be jumping on the ATH-M50 bandwagon within the near future. I appreciate all of the help and suggestions and I'll definitely look back on this thread to see some of the other higher end headphones that were suggested when I'm ready to upgrade again.

post #19 of 37
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that right,I think I'll go with them though and I can always send them back if I don't like them.thanks

That's what I plan on doing, but I doubt I'll have any serious problems with them.

post #20 of 37
Have a look at the Harmon Kardon CL. They are in the same range as the UE6000 and they tick all your boxes.
post #21 of 37
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Have a look at the Harmon Kardon CL. They are in the same range as the UE6000 and they tick all your boxes.

Only thing about those is that I really don't want an on-ear headphone. Around-ear is what I find most comfortable.

post #22 of 37
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Originally Posted by JakeMnz View Post
 

I just looked into them and they're definitely nice, however they aren't exactly my cup of tea. From what I've read and seen in videos, the 380's have a little less "oomph" to them I guess you could say, whereas the M50's deliver the strong sound I'm looking for without having the bass overpower everything else.

 

I suppose this concludes the search, I'll be jumping on the ATH-M50 bandwagon within the near future. I appreciate all of the help and suggestions and I'll definitely look back on this thread to see some of the other higher end headphones that were suggested when I'm ready to upgrade again.

I must warn you that the m50 is not as good as it's competitor, the UE6000.  Look into the ES FC300.  It's kind of over ear.

post #23 of 37
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Look into the ES FC300.  It's kind of over ear.

They aren't bad, in fact I only see good things about them when I read reviews. I would probably put a lot more consideration into them if it wasn't for the fact that they are on-ear. Once again, I'll be wearing them for very long periods and on-ear headphones will get less comfortable to wear much quicker, especially when you have ears that are a little larger than average.

 

On a hunt for the perfect replacement pads for the m50's, I came across the Denon DN-HP700. I found that a lot of people compare them to the M50 and it's a 50/50 split between which one gets more praise on most comparison reviews/threads. Would anyone have any opinion or thoughts on which of these two will be better for me?

 

Essentially what I want to know is out of the two, which one will provide a more punchy and aggressive sound and a prominent bass that isn't too overwhelming?


Edited by JakeMnz - 6/4/14 at 1:08pm
post #24 of 37
They're on ear in the way the M50 is on ear. Trust me, the m50 will touch ur ears.

I would go for the beyer velour pads, the DT250 pads I believe. It worked wonders for the MDR 7506.
post #25 of 37
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They're on ear in the way the M50 is on ear. Trust me, the m50 will touch ur ears.

I would go for the beyer velour pads, the DT250 pads I believe. It worked wonders for the MDR 7506.

I know they'll touch a little, but the oval shaped design of the m50 will definitely be more comfortable. If I was to go with a circular design on the headphones, I'd want the headphones to be large, like the AKG K550.

 

Speaking of large circular headphones (I just keep finding things..), I just noticed the Pro700mk2 and now I'm stuck. They're a bit pricier, but I'm not 100% sure they're what I want. I know the pro700 is meant to give a heavier bass to add to the sound isolation, but is the bass too powerful and does it make the headphone seem cold? I like the fact the the m50 provides bass while remaining warm and I know that I can just turn the bass up with an EQ, but would it be better to buy a bassy headphone and tone it down when needed? I definitely like bass, just so long as it isn't overwhelming. Lastly, how is the clarity between the two? For some reason whenever I search for info on the pro700, no one says anything about the clarity and if it is at all affected by the bass.

 

Hopefully this will be the last headphone I find, I'm starting to annoy myself :P

post #26 of 37

I may be wrong, but I think that in general EQ works best when you are trying to boost a frequency range. If the headphone was designed to be bass heavy, it may not sound too good when you try to tone down the bass. Adding a few dB of bass to headphones with a more balanced presentation may be a better route to follow.

 

All this talk about the M50 makes me think about trying out a pair, but I already have too much gear and one set of ears!

 

This will be my last plug for the UE 6000; it is my favorite go-to travel headphone, comfortable, and has just enough extra bass to help overcome airplanes and other noisey environments. If the excellent passive isolation isn't enough, you can turn on the noise cancelling and have more bass (not my cup of tea, but it it is fun to use sometimes). They also are pretty easy to drive, have a removable cable, and fold down pretty compactly. At it's current price on Amazon, I think it is an amazing value. The K550 is definitely better in terms of soundstage and clarity, but it will not have the extra warmth or bass you're looking for. Whichever, pair you decide on, best of luck, and let us know how you like it!

post #27 of 37
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Originally Posted by SDBiotek View Post
 

I may be wrong, but I think that in general EQ works best when you are trying to boost a frequency range. If the headphone was designed to be bass heavy, it may not sound too good when you try to tone down the bass. Adding a few dB of bass to headphones with a more balanced presentation may be a better route to follow.

 

All this talk about the M50 makes me think about trying out a pair, but I already have too much gear and one set of ears!

 

This will be my last plug for the UE 6000; it is my favorite go-to travel headphone, comfortable, and has just enough extra bass to help overcome airplanes and other noisey environments. If the excellent passive isolation isn't enough, you can turn on the noise cancelling and have more bass (not my cup of tea, but it it is fun to use sometimes). They also are pretty easy to drive, have a removable cable, and fold down pretty compactly. At it's current price on Amazon, I think it is an amazing value. The K550 is definitely better in terms of soundstage and clarity, but it will not have the extra warmth or bass you're looking for. Whichever, pair you decide on, best of luck, and let us know how you like it!

I would get the UE 6000 if there were larger replacement pads on the market, but I haven't had any luck finding them.

 

Now that I put more and more thought into it though, the m50 really is best for me. On top of listening to music, I'll be using it for FL Studio as well as in guitar amps and portable mini amps like the Vox amPlug. Something that is more on the neutral side of the sound spectrum with the ability to be opened up with an EQ and added effects will work best for me and from what I've read, that's exactly what the m50 is and does. I'm not sure when I'll get the money to buy these, it all depends on a few sales I've got going on, but when I get them and the replacement pads (I plan on getting HM5 pads or SRH840 pads), I'll let you guys know how they are from a guitarist's point of view.

post #28 of 37
You can try the UE6000 & K550 at best buy.
post #29 of 37
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You can try the UE6000 & K550 at best buy.

Half of the problems with this thread could be solved by that, but the only Best Buy in my area is an extremely small one that only sells TV's, Apple crap, and cameras. I've already checked there.

post #30 of 37
Are you completely sure? A best buy with a magnolia center may be 30 min away or something.
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