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Replacing ATH-M50s, Brainwavz HM5 or Senn HD558?

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My setup is very mediocre. Cheap Asus Xonar DG sound card with its built-in "headphone amp".

 

I've been using the M50S for about 2 years. Right off the bat I found them uncomfortable after about an hour of use but I endured it because I liked the sound coming from my cheapo Panasonics that I had at the time and I figured they would stretch over time. 2 years later they are still as uncomfortable as day 1.

 

I am looking for upgrade and this time comfiness is #1. Right now I have my eye on Brainwavz HM5, their "clone" NVX XPT100, and the Senn HD558s.

If I could maybe keep the sound quality on par with the ath-m50s or better but increase comfiness by a lot that'd be the best, I could probably spend up to $150 on headphones like that.

 

According to my last.fm I listen to a lot of downtempo, vamporwave, dreampop, classical. I play CS:GO as well as random MMORPGs.

Please respond ;_;

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My setup is very mediocre. Cheap Asus Xonar DG sound card with its built-in "headphone amp".

I've been using the M50S for about 2 years. Right off the bat I found them uncomfortable after about an hour of use but I endured it because I liked the sound coming from my cheapo Panasonics that I had at the time and I figured they would stretch over time. 2 years later they are still as uncomfortable as day 1.

I am looking for upgrade and this time comfiness is #1. Right now I have my eye on Brainwavz HM5, their "clone" NVX XPT100, and the Senn HD558s.

If I could maybe keep the sound quality on par with the ath-m50s or better but increase comfiness by a lot that'd be the best, I could probably spend up to $150 on headphones like that.

According to my last.fm I listen to a lot of downtempo, vamporwave, dreampop, classical. I play CS:GO as well as random MMORPGs.

Please respond ;_;

 

I own the Brainwavz HM5 and HD558s.

The HD558s are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use, some might think the sound is slightly "detached" (It well with in my "like" zone), and I think it makes it a little easier on the ears for long term listening.

I never use my HM5s.

The HM5's are good sounding headphones, not much in the way of bass, but they feel a little "overbearing" when wearing them, too much grip(?).

I like a loser seal from closed headphones, otherwise I think the ear drums get pounded a little to much from the pressure.

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Beyer COP's are supposedly more comfortable than the ATH-M50's from what I've read.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDBWrSENTps there's a great review on Youtube of a guy that previously loved the M50s. They are 220 on amazon right now so that's a little above your price range but that's what I got. You mentioned you played CS:GO. For that if you'd be using headphones to play then open backed headphones are a must. Any FPS will be a better experience with open backed headphones. So you're two preferences are right on target for that usage. Open backs have a much larger soundstage. I own M50's myself and there is almost no sound stage whatsoever. So anything you upgrade, or sidegrade too, that is open back will be light years away from the M50's

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