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How do these two sets compare? I'm just in the buying mood and was looking at lots of headsets. I currently own a set of ATH-A700s and a set of Sennheiser HD-555s.

I listen to all types of music - classical, electronic, indie rock, etc. - so I'm just sort of wondering how they compare across all types of music and sounds. I also game.
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A700 as in the blue, closed set? If you need bassy cans I'd stick with them.

I have A900's, basically their big brother. I can honestly say for bass, they are the best cans you can possibly have, but that's just my opinion. I havn't heard M50's.

Maybe look into some portables? Senny HD25II or maybe AKG K518's on the lower end budget.

Hope that helps smile.gif
Edited by Reflux - 6/10/11 at 7:28am
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Originally Posted by Reflux;13821413 
A700 as in the blue, closed set? If you need bassy cans I'd stick with them.

I have A900's, basically their big brother. I can honestly say for bass, they are the best cans you can possibly have, but that's just my opinion. I havn't heard M50's.

Maybe look into some portables? Senny HD25II or maybe AKG K518's on the lower end budget.

Hope that helps smile.gif

What? What? What?

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.
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The M50s are great for bass and are also very comfortable (using them right now at work).

I also have the HD595 (not too different from the 555) and the two are drastically different. The HDs have next to no bass in comparison yet do better with jazz, classical, and games.

Get the M50. Between that and the 555 you'll be set for just about every genre you can come across.
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Originally Posted by Hyrox;13816063 
How do these two sets compare? I'm just in the buying mood and was looking at lots of headsets. I currently own a set of ATH-A700s and a set of Sennheiser HD-555s.

I listen to all types of music - classical, electronic, indie rock, etc. - so I'm just sort of wondering how they compare across all types of music and sounds. I also game.
You already have the A700 and want another one? Or do you just want to compare your A700 with an M50?
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I love my M50's. I listen to Trance, Hardstyle, and Drum n' Bass a lot though so they fit my needs. But honestly they are not that bad for gaming as some might think. I play a lot of mmos/fps and I have no problem with them whatsoever. Sure open backs would be better for gaming, but the M50's are by no means bad when it comes to it. I am looking to get some higher end set of cans soon though. Still deciding thinking.gif.
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Out of the two you own, which do you prefer and why?

Might provide some clues as to what cans people will recommend. smile.gif
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I own a pair of newer ATH-M50s's. I can't speak for the other pairs, but they sound very clear, and have good bass, but not overbearing bass.
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Originally Posted by DarthBaiter;13823422 
Out of the two you own, which do you prefer and why?

Might provide some clues as to what cans people will recommend. smile.gif

I actually prefer the A700's to the HD555's. The biggest thing is that I find the A700's to be a lot more comfortable. Also, while I do listen to a huge range of music, I spend more time on the electronic side of things. I also spend a lot of time listening to Folk, but I never really feel like switching headphones to listen to the Folk music; I only ever really use the HD555's if I know I'm going to be listening to classical, to be honest.

Would it be stupid to purchase the M50's whilst already owning the A700's?

The M50's look like they might be a better set to wear around noisy areas. They look really comfortable, someone smaller and less visibly intrusive than the A700's, and they look really good for the bassy electronic music I usually listen to while walking around in public.

How do they handle more calm music like country/folk?
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Originally Posted by Simca;13823237 
What? What? What?

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
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