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post #16 of 137
Thread Starter 

Regarding the nad viso hp 50; i saw in a youtube video review that the headband was very weird on the head when you put it on. On that front, the m50x has 180 degrees swiveling and all that stuff. The headphones i buy i want to use them for both portable and at home purposes. I would like your opinion on whether it would look normal to put on the nad headphones and walk around in public. The impedance of the ath-m50x is 38 ohms and its sensitivity is 99db. The nad headphones have 32 ohms for the impedance and 100 db for sensitivity. i heard from many people that when you use headphones directly with a laptop or portable device like the iphone 5c , you will have a hard time since a high impedance or a very low impedance will cause problems with driving the headphones. the ath-m50x have a impedance of 38 ohms which people is a higher impedance than necessary since most laptop sound cards and smartphones require 32 ohms or something like that to drive the headphones with enough power. Also when you when you have an impedance of 38 ohms i wonder if 99 db is enough sensitivity for that. On the other hand , the nad's have lesser impedance and a bit more power but i more worried about the ergonomics here. When i been suggested is that the nad's have just the right balance but on the other hand there have ergonomic problem and on the other hand i wonder if the ath-m50x  can do the job without an amp. i wonder even if the nad's work well without an amp. I heard that the soundstage of the ath-m50x was compressed and congested and not great as it seemed all the band members were bunched together and the nad's seem to have a good one? So, i am confused as to which one to choose? can everyone tell me what choice to make if i were buy a headphone based on the above information!? Thank you once again for your help!!!!

post #17 of 137
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Originally Posted by Billheiser View Post

And avoid "paralysis by analysis". Make your best pick and enjoy music with them. If you wait until perfect perfection is achieved - well, it won't be. Listen to some headphones that you've mentioned and you'll be pleased with how good they are. You'll also learn that when someone's friend's uncle had a memory of an opinion of a perception - it's not always worth much. Listen and decide for yourself.

^ this ^
post #18 of 137
Thread Starter 

Okay, I will try to pick one of them. I was leaning quite a lot towards the nad viso hp 50 but its just that i am worried if i am going to look weird and attract attention from people when walking in public with these headphones! 

post #19 of 137
Impedance and sensitivity are nothing to worry about. If you think either looks not so conventional, the worst that could happen is that you start a conversation with somebody about headphones. I regularly see ugly ugly ugly headphones, but that's just in my opinion. Just decide if you need to spend twice the money to be happy.
post #20 of 137
You might like the polk audio ultrafocus 8000
post #21 of 137
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Originally Posted by Billheiser View Post

And avoid "paralysis by analysis". Make your best pick and enjoy music with them. If you wait until perfect perfection is achieved - well, it won't be. Listen to some headphones that you've mentioned and you'll be pleased with how good they are. You'll also learn that when someone's friend's uncle had a memory of an opinion of a perception - it's not always worth much. Listen and decide for yourself.


If this was shorter, I'd put the whole thing in my signature... amen, brother!

*cues Amen Break in head*

post #22 of 137
Thread Starter 

Well i have made my choice! This is the first time i am trying out a full size headphone and you shouldn't be throwing away too much money when you are just trying to test the waters! The headphone i am going to purchase the Audio Technica m50x. On a different note, you guys obviously know that head-fi goes on meets around the world and one of them is japan with its fujiya avic festival. I have seen some snapshots noticed that there are a lot of different headphone brands that i have never heard of before. And some of unknown brands are Asian and European manufacturers. Currawong and some other top head-fi bigshots make comments about how great some of these unknown brands are. When they do that, as full- fledged audiophiles yourselves does it tempt you guys get your hands on these headphones and if you did try to get these headphones , are they available to purchase in the United States or are they sold only in their respective countries!? Sorry if i asked this question in the wrong forum module. Just was kinda excited to get a headstart! That's all! I hope the moderators don't take action against me for this!:o 

post #23 of 137

BANNED

jk. I would probably only purchase a headphone I can audition... so when I hear of new brands, I wait for the hype to run out, and for them to be more common before even getting interested. Good question.

post #24 of 137
Thread Starter 

Everyone i don't plan to restart the entire discussion we had but do i need an amp or DAC for the Audio Technica ATH-M50x since i have decided to purchase it!? I don't want to have any issues when i plug in my headphone into my laptop and iphone? If you guys can put up with me and answer this absolutely final question, I would greatly appreciate your help! Have a great day everyone!

post #25 of 137

Nah. Most cans don't really get too much improvement other than volume, until you get to the more resolving cans... usually that $300 and above price point. M-50X's are meant to be used as a portable option if desired.

post #26 of 137
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help everyone!!!!! Now i will use the m50x and after using the m50x might become a bit more knowledgeable about headphones.! I am excited for this new journey and gaining new experience as i buy better headphones in the future.!

post #27 of 137
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Guys, regarding purchasing the M50x i found this product on amazon and the package they were offering seemed a bit suspicious as in they didn't include all the detachable cables and somehow it felt like they were taking pieces and putting them together! The link to the product is  http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-Professional-Headphones-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00JZRXWRW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1402547849&sr=8-5&keywords=Audio+Technica+ATH-M50x

 

Please let me know your thoughts on this! Thanks!

post #28 of 137
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Originally Posted by Theseeker7839 View Post
 

Guys, regarding purchasing the M50x i found this product on amazon and the package they were offering seemed a bit suspicious as in they didn't include all the detachable cables and somehow it felt like they were taking pieces and putting them together! The link to the product is  http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-Professional-Headphones-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00JZRXWRW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1402547849&sr=8-5&keywords=Audio+Technica+ATH-M50x

 

Please let me know your thoughts on this! Thanks!

I don't think I'd trust a bundle either if it isn't fulfilled by amazon via prime availability. Why do you need the E6? Sound improvement is going to be pretty minimal.

post #29 of 137

You could try out the ath m50s or the grados sr80i. I've heard they're pretty good for rock (grados) and the m50s are a reputable model. I've tried the m50s, they're quite neutral and are detailed. Just note that for either models, they are prone to sound leakage since they're open(?). More suited for home use than for outdoor use. Just putting my two-cents worth.

 

IMO, you should drop by a reputable headphones shop and test out the equipment yourself. What may seem beautiful to others may not be suitable for you, so go ahead and try the various headphones out. Reading reviews and suggestions can be one thing but testing them out is another. Enjoy

post #30 of 137

The OP hurts my eyes... I couldn't get through the first sentence...

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