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What headphone would be a logical progression from the ATH-M50 (the next step up, if you will)?

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Thread Starter 

Just wondering what I should be aiming for for my next pair of cans :)

post #2 of 13

(Prices are based off of amazon)

Open headphones:

Sennheiser 558, $120, neutral sounding

HiFiman HE-300, $150, warm and bassy

Audio-Technica AD700x, $150, detailed and light on bass

 

Closed headphones:

V-Moda LP2, $200, very bassy and great for electronic

Logitech UE-6000, $100, great lows and recessed highs, noise cancelling

Beats by Dre Solos, $150, no speakers, sprays feces out of earcups

 

I got the info off of Head-Fi reviews, check them out


Edited by PraiseGabeN - 8/19/14 at 8:59pm
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

What are your thoughts on the ATH-PRO700MK2, Beyerdynamics Custom Pro One and the Yamaha Pro 500 in comparison?

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Firstly, how much are you willing to spend on an upgrade? Secondly, are you looking for a headphone with a different or similar sound signature? What about your headphones do you like and not like? What genres do you listen to?

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Thread Starter 

Well I haven't decided on a budget yet, but likely less than $750. I'll be running it off of a Fiio E17, and I listen to more electronic than anything else but I do enjoy different varieties so I don't want to be limited. I'd like a little more punch, something that can really get my head moving. 

post #6 of 13

I'd go with the either the HD 650 or the HiFiMan HE-500, and use a digital equalizer to make them suit you

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Originally Posted by chromecarz00 View Post
 

Well I haven't decided on a budget yet, but likely less than $750. I'll be running it off of a Fiio E17, and I listen to more electronic than anything else but I do enjoy different varieties so I don't want to be limited. I'd like a little more punch, something that can really get my head moving. 

 

Honestly, that's a lot of money.  You could get the Fidelio X1 for edm (you don't know it yet, but those are the headphones you really want), and then you could get something far more neutral for other genres (Cel and others have recommended the SoundMAGIC HP series on more than one occasion - I would trust what they have to say on those).

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Originally Posted by chromecarz00 View Post
 

Well I haven't decided on a budget yet, but likely less than $750. I'll be running it off of a Fiio E17, and I listen to more electronic than anything else but I do enjoy different varieties so I don't want to be limited. I'd like a little more punch, something that can really get my head moving. 

 

Right now my preferred headphone is the Audio Technica ATH-W1000X ($530).

Only 42-Ohms, very easy for your E17 to drive.

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Originally Posted by chromecarz00 View Post

Just wondering what I should be aiming for for my next pair of cans smily_headphones1.gif

It depends. There is no "logical progression" that fits everyone. You should describe

(a) what you like about the M50s
(b) what you would like to improve upon
post #10 of 13

Fostex TH-600 should be most similar to the M50's within your budget, as a clear upgrade (all IMHO, of course). Same slight V shape, more open sound, easy to drive, good looking.

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Thread Starter 
The one i had my eyes on were th eATH-PRO700MK2, Beyerdynamics Custom Pro One and the Yamaha Pro 500. Are these better in any measurable way?
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If you want to go closed, the Alpha Dogs are nice, but you might find them a little light on bass. The TH600 or the HD700 are both good. 

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Originally Posted by chromecarz00 View Post
 

Well I haven't decided on a budget yet, but likely less than $750. I'll be running it off of a Fiio E17, and I listen to more electronic than anything else but I do enjoy different varieties so I don't want to be limited. I'd like a little more punch, something that can really get my head moving. 

With a budget like that, you oughta dedicate half for headphones and the rest for an amp and source component to upgrade from the e17.

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