- Dec 4, 2007
What OP was experiencing was what I went through too...
After a while with the M50, people tend to go "Man, this is a good headphone, but something's... lacking..." At this point, these people ditch the idea of getting all rounders and get 'specialists' for their favorite genres. Mine was the HFI-580s
I second the Ultrasone route. I went with the 580 as well and haven't looked back. Demoed my buddies m50s for a while and there were missing something, Ultrasones, while not perfect (but damn close for the cost), were pretty damn close to my ideal sound. Sometimes I wish for a more spacious sound, but for 90% of what I'm listening to, the 580's do what my ears want.
My first pair of "semi-audiophile" headphones were Ultrasones HFI-700. Before I ever heard of head-fi, I head a read a glaring review from CNet. It felt congested, were seriously lacking in bass. I'm not bass head either, but there needs to be a substantial presence. The other thing I didn't like was that whole s-logic thing. While it gave a surround sound, it was very artificial sounding from what I recall.
I've never heard them, but you should be aware that I was strongly considering them as apparently they sound great and for me they look awesome and seem to look extremely comfortable but I read that they had the same headband cracks issues that the HD 595 had....that was enough for me to give them a wide berth and go for Beyerdynamic instead.
I haven't given up on beyer completely, I'm just worried about them, being overly bright, and the cost is a bit for the 600/250ohms. I read at one point it was 230, which I would've already snatched by now, but $300 to $320 is a bit steep for more. And then I have to add the cost of decent ampage. I'm in disarray.