AKG K550 vs ATH-M50 - Vocals

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by malifact, Dec 27, 2017.
  1. malifact
    I have been looking for a pair of decent headphones for home use and think I have narrowed it down to one of these two. Which would be better for vocals, particularly female vocals? Also, do either of them have a generally energetic / lively sound as opposed to smooth? I believe they are both quite bright, but that doesn't bother me. I would be using them unamped with my computer and hifi system. Thanks.
  2. Smokescreen0623
    ATH-50Mx are more "fun" and energetic, in my opinion. And Audio Technica's house sound generally is tailored for female vocals.
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  3. narco dacunzolo
    Totally agree with smokescreen
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  4. Bla4444
    You should try them yourself, but for me the k 550 is a much superior headphone to ath m50x. Akg has better separation bigger soundstage, and has a very nice balance over the spectrum. The ath m 50x is a good headphone but in that price range you can buy better colsed ones like the sennheiser hd 569, (in my country the m 50x is int the focal listen price range). I think the m50x is muddy compared to k550.
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  5. malifact
    Thanks for all the responses
  6. FastAndClean
    k550 is the superior headphone in comparison to the m50x
  7. Bern2
  8. muffins
    While I dont have the K550, I do have the K553 and the M50x, and as far as vocals go, the K553 is the better headphone. It does lack some of the fun of the M50x, mainly in bass presence and sparkle, but is far more even tonally. The M50x have a noticible dip in the upper midrange starting at about 2,000Hz. This affects female vocals, and listening to Enya's Cursum Perficio, her voice is distinctly further away and darker sounding. Whereas on the K553 her voice has proper body and emotion comparatively.

    This isn't a deal breaker for me, but if you are really concerned with correct vocal response I would recommend the K550 (or K553). If you want a more energetic and fun headphone, I'd suggest the M50x. Imho the K553 sounds a bit flat and boring on some songs.

    But of course, ymmv :p
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  9. ayres
    the k550/553 are like lazy boys for your ears
  10. Palpatine79
    The k550/553 are much better on midrange than M50x (Vshape)
  11. Dulalala
    Well I don't agree... I think the M50X are horrid for vocals, sounds muddy.

    Audio Technica doesn't have a "house sound". They have a variety of headphones, all with vastly different sound signatures.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018
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