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Audiotechnica ATH-M50 vs Grado SR80i for gaming and some music

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by paradoxeternal, Aug 3, 2012.
  1. paradoxeternal
    Hi, I'm new to the hi-fi audio scene and have recently bought an ASUS Xonar DX soundcard for my computer. I'm using Astro A30 headset I bought last year at the moment, when I had done little research into the product. Now I want the most out of my audiocard and wanted to buy a good pair of headphones. 
    These will be used primarily for gaming but also for some music as well. I was thinking the Audiotechinca AD700s but i've heard they don't have good bass response at all, which is something i want for good sounding gun blasts and explosions in games. 
    I listen to a variety of music -- rock, blues, some classical and EDM and some alternative stuff. These headphones will be my go-to every day listening device for everything i do on my computer. I don't know if this is important, but i'll be using dolby virtual surround sound with them. 
    My choice right now is split between the ATH-M50 and the GradoSR80i -- i like the SR80i's price but it seems it's not too good for gaming; the on-ear style doesn't appeal to me because these astros are on-ear and get uncomfortable after an hour or so of use. At the same time, the ATH-M50 is more expensive and i think uses vinyl, which i've heard makes your ears sweat, and i have a tendency to sweat; these cover my entire ear though so i think they would also be more comfortable. 
    Knowing my needs, can anyone on here use their headphone knowledge to suggest which would suit my needs better? thanks in advance. 
  2. sneaglebob
    The headphones you mention do not have surround sound built in, so use stereo sound with them. (I'm not good with gaming systems) Both headphones are not impactful as far as I know (other head fiers can correct me) but will sound very well. When I mean impactful I mean that the sound will not sound with an "OOMPH" sound signature that bass heavy cans do. (again head fiers can correct me)
  3. valerianaoff
    Ultrasone HFI 580 / 780 ... i think you will like them for your purpose. 
    Cheerz ! :)
  4. axedbydax
    Based on the reviews I have read for the ATH-M50, this baby rocks for music lovers. I'm getting huge positive reviews on this headphones and many are saying that you get excellent sound from it.

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