Originally Posted by Simca;13823237
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The A900s have better bass than A700s at the cost of sound stage, but they're nowhere near awesome bassy headphones or the best you can get.
The M50s are more bassy than both by a long shot. They excel in dubstep and electronica genres or anything with bass, but are aweful for gaming since they have no sound stage. The new M50s have tighter bass and have fixed some of the harshness in the highs that the old M50s used to have. If you have the A700s you're on one side of the spectrum. The M50s are on the other side. They're completely different headphones.
Search around, HD25II's are bassier than M50's and they're portable. I've heard HD25's (cousin has a pair, amongst others) and I know for sure my A900's have much more bass to them. Hell, I mean, M50's are recommended as rock cans, they're not audiophile grade they are studio level cans, whereas the A900's are recommended for classical music, booming drums and vivid strings, they have a much more refined level of sound and much more powerful bass (over the HD25II).
The A900 sound stage isn't that bad for most games, the only game I've had problems adapting to with them specifically is CoD4, because the sounds in that game are 'closer' than they actually are anyway, so it makes it quite confusing and hard to adapt to sometimes, usually get in the zone about 10-15 mins in though.
To be honest, it's impossible to compare headphones like this, it depends what you're listening to and how you like to listen to it. Go to a hifi store, music shop or even a local radio station and ask to use their headphones. The only way to find the right pair is to have all the possibilities in front of you and listen to them. Being a bit of a hypocrite here as my A900's are Jap imports, but I had heard AHD2000's prior to buying which they are occasionally pitted against (usually it's just an oranges and oranges situation).
Still yeah, try and get hands on with some of the cans you are interested in. Personally, A700's for me, they do have more bass.
Hope that helps some.Edited by Reflux - 6/11/11 at 11:53am