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Does the ATH-M50 sound quality decrease over time or excessive listening?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I've had mine for almost a year and I'm noticing a slight decrease in quality. Is it just me or is this happening with other people as well?

post #2 of 6

If you notice a decrease in sound quality, you should look into some replacement pads as worn-down pads is the most likely cause.  Any degree of head-cold or hearing loss will also effect the perceived sound quality.  It's very unlikely that the drivers themselves have suffered any sort of damage.

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks. Do you also have any tips to preserve the longevity of the pads after I replace them?

post #4 of 6
I suggest making sure the headband is not too tight, as this will obviously put extra force on the pads. Perhaps pinching them from the side could help to "re-fluff" them.
post #5 of 6

I have had my ATH-M50's for two and half years and I haven not noticed any change in quality. I did find using a HRT microStreamer added subtlety to the bass strength and some refinement to the mids, if you are looking for a relatively inexpensive way to add new life to their sound.

post #6 of 6

If you notice a decrease in SQ you're doing something wrong, if the pads are the same condition, that is.

Headphones are relatively simple in construction, not much can go bad with normal use. Careless use could result in dust accumulating on the diaphragm, which could make the sound less clear, but unlikely this will be noticeable within a year.

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