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Solo 2, ATH M50X or Mdr 1a?

post #1 of 33
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Hey guys, i want to buy a headphone mainly for hip hop and i got to a point where these 3 are my options, i know the solos are On-ear but i really liked how they sounded. So should i buy the solo 2? Are the other much better? how about comfort?

 

Thank you

post #2 of 33

i really enjoy the solo 2 they are comfy pretty bassy for hip hop and they are overall fun sounding headphone that i enjoy

post #3 of 33
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From listening to Lachlan and tyll i started to get that idea, but i would like to know how are they compared to the other two soundwise and comfortwise
post #4 of 33

I have all 3. The Solo 2 is louder than the MDR-1A and the ATH-M50. M50 has the least amount of bass out of the 3. MDR-1A has the best soundstage. M50 is the most balanced out of the 3, but probably has the worst soundstage out of the 3. 

 

I would suggest MDR-1A if you don't need max volume, but if you do need it, get the Beats. 

post #5 of 33
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I will try to find a pair of MDR 1a to listen i hope they convince me
post #6 of 33

If you wanna budget money I highly recommend the ATH-M50x. The Sony 1A is much expensive here is North America than Japan, China, etc, and will be cheaper in the future.

post #7 of 33
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Here the m50x is 150€, the MDR 1a 180€ and the solo 150€
post #8 of 33
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The diference is very small
post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by inthere View Post
 

I have all 3. The Solo 2 is louder than the MDR-1A and the ATH-M50. M50 has the least amount of bass out of the 3. MDR-1A has the best soundstage. M50 is the most balanced out of the 3, but probably has the worst soundstage out of the 3. 

 

I would suggest MDR-1A if you don't need max volume, but if you do need it, get the Beats. 


THis isn't even true anyway, the MDR-1A get plenty loud from any device and are sensitive headphones.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Bruno Almeida View Post

The diference is very small


 Nope, not true.  I'd rank them, for the particular genre you want to listen to, MDR-1A>Solo 2>M50x.  I own the MDR-1A, and have listened a good bit to the other two.  The MDR-1A are teh best of the three by quite a margin, especially for rap or hip-hop if that is what you will mostly be listening to.  The bass is punchy and visceral, you can really feel it, but it isn't overdone, and the overall detail throughout all the frequencies is done better than either of the other two headphones.  THey are also the most comfortable of the three.  And they are built more sturdily than the Beats.  You may run into some slight problems with one or the other of the earcup hinges creaking in an annoying way, with the MDR-1A, but if that happens you can just buy a five dollar tube of dry graphite-powder lubricant at a hardware store, apply it to all the hinges on teh headphone, and it'll fix the problem.

Basically what I'm saying is, if it's between these three, get the MDR-1A, seriously, don't even hesitate.  The Solo 2 is a great headphone, but the MDR-1A is better.


There is one exception to what I'm saying.  If you're going to be listening at VERY LOUD VOLUMES most of the time, the Solo 2 is better, as it has less audible bass-distortion at very high volume levels.  HOWEVER, this would be a terrible idea anyway, as you will damage your hearing over time.  So I'd just go with the MDR-1A and listen at reasonable-to-moderately-loud volumes.


Edited by goodyfresh - 9/14/15 at 9:31am
post #10 of 33
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i was talking about the price difference :D but i loved your explanation anyway im going to try the mdr this week probably

post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by goodyfresh View Post
 

There is one exception to what I'm saying.  If you're going to be listening at VERY LOUD VOLUMES most of the time, the Solo 2 is better, as it has less audible bass-distortion at very high volume levels.  HOWEVER, this would be a terrible idea anyway, as you will damage your hearing over time.

 

 I listen at max volume all the time and there's nothing wrong with my hearing. 

 

 

If everybody didn't whisper all the time I'd have no problem at all. 

post #12 of 33
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 I listen at max volume all the time and there's nothing wrong with my hearing. 

 

 

If everybody didn't whisper all the time I'd have no problem at all. 


Please don't joke around man, this is an audio forum where we're trying to give a new guy some serious advice :p

You know as well as everyone else in these forums that anything over 90 decibels for extended period of times is dangerous and will cause damage.

post #13 of 33
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I loved the sound of the solo 2 now i just need to try the mdr to compare them, anyway i know i will be happy with the one i will choose, thanks guys

post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by Bruno Almeida View Post
 

I loved the sound of the solo 2 now i just need to try the mdr to compare them, anyway i know i will be happy with the one i will choose, thanks guys


Ah, you know of somewhere you can demo a pair of the MDR-1A?  If so, that's perfect.  Although it's hard comparing headphones "from memory," so if you can, see if you can SOMEHOW find a way to compare the Solo 2 and the MDR-1A side-by-side.


Either way you can definitely rule-out the M50x, it's most certainly not as good as either of the other two.  Not taht it isn't an excellent headphone in its price-class and category, it most certainly is, but the Solo 2 and MDR-1A are both steps-up from the M50x.  As I said my personal-preference is for the MDR-1A over the Solo 2, but, I can definitely see how some others would like the Solo 2 the more out of the two.

post #15 of 33
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I think not, here in Portugal i only have seen the MDR 1aa to try in lisbon, and the solos in Almada ;/ its hard
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