Your best bet is to purchase one and try them out, or find a buddy to pick up a pair. You're comparing a closed-back to an open. Both essentially different.And it'll depend what you're using them for...
And I do second your opinion. I was fortunate to actually snag one last drop for a early shipment. Only thing now is a DAC and Modmic to complete my setup.As for the ATH-M50's, I read somewhere over at hifi.org ( very long thread regarding the k7xx); a properly amped k7xx will be better. And I did consider pulling the trigger on a pair of m50s, but after reading more into it I bought the k7xx and don't regret it.
I had this old Gigabyte Socket 775 mobo that would just bluescreened almost all the time. I had to RMA the board more than 4 times, and all at my expenses. I never bought a Gigabyte product since (2006)
Yes, you can do that. Honestly, you'd save a little more buying things separately imho. On top of that you'd be buying something fitting to your eyes than constantly upgrading the WC to fit your "needs". 7/16" x 3/8" tubing is a bit skinny to me, but thats my opinion.