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I'd also like to add that comfort level is important. I never thought I'd be a "snob" about comfort, and that music quality is all that matters, but boy I was wrong. My first headphones were HD 201s, then I went to HD 555s when they went on sale. A few months later, I try on my old HD 201s and good god, they are awful. Not just about comfort, but the build quality. Whenever I see headphones that don't have decent padding and are ON EARS instead of AROUND (Look at images of HD555s, and compare them with those Ultrasone Ka suggested) and you can see the difference in the way they are worn. I could never get something so small again.

And while the HD 555s are probably the most comfortable set around, when I picked up my AKGs, my concern was the comfort, and I actually haven't noticed much. I prefer the AKGs now, because they're still over ear and have good padding. So it's all preference. You'll be surprised what you like/notice/prefer once you start getting decent headphones. I was.
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I'd also like to add that comfort level is important. I never thought I'd be a "snob" about comfort, and that music quality is all that matters, but boy I was wrong. My first headphones were HD 201s, then I went to HD 555s when they went on sale. A few months later, I try on my old HD 201s and good god, they are awful. Not just about comfort, but the build quality. Whenever I see headphones that don't have decent padding and are ON EARS instead of AROUND (Look at images of HD555s, and compare them with those Ultrasone Ka suggested) and you can see the difference in the way they are worn. I could never get something so small again.
And while the HD 555s are probably the most comfortable set around, when I picked up my AKGs, my concern was the comfort, and I actually haven't noticed much. I prefer the AKGs now, because they're still over ear and have good padding. So it's all preference. You'll be surprised what you like/notice/prefer once you start getting decent headphones. I was.


The hfi-580's are the same size as the Ath-m50's. They definitely fit around my ears and not on top of them. The hd555's look to be a little taller, but not by much as you can see in this pic.
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The hfi-580's are the same size as the Ath-m50's. They definitely fit around my ears and not on top of them. The hd555's look to be a little taller, but not by much as you can see in this pic.
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I'm confused. Are you saying that the m50s fit your ears, and that because they are similar to the 580s that they would too? Before I was talking about AKG 271 mkii, not m50s.

Here are some higher-res pictures (click to enlarge. open in new tab to zoom even farther):

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I've only ever had the HD555s (pictured) and the 279 mkiis (not pictured), but the HD 555s look bigger to me. Even if the other two can fit around my ear, it looks like they cramp them, whereas the 555s go over my ears and don't push on them, and the padding is much nicer too. Unless you like to change pads (Idk how to do that) in which case it might not even matter.

Update: I tried to look up what the m50 and 580 earpads are made of (they look the same but I can't be sure) and I couldn't find out. They look standard to me. Whereas the 555s have Velour earpads (google it) and it's much softer.
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I'm confused. Are you saying that the m50s fit your ears, and that because they are similar to the 580s that they would too?
kind of. I was trying to find a pic that had both the 580's and 555's for comparison, but I could only find one that had the 555's and m50's. the m50's are very similar to the 580's in size. found this over on head-fi
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Before I was talking about AKG 271 mkii, not m50s.
Oh I see. I thought you were saying the 580's were on ear headphones and not over ear headphones.
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I've only ever had the HD555s (pictured) and the 279 mkiis (not pictured), but the HD 555s look bigger to me. Even if the other two can fit around my ear, it looks like they cramp them, whereas the 555s go over my ears and don't push on them, and the padding is much nicer too. Unless you like to change pads (Idk how to do that) in which case it might not even matter.
Update: I tried to look up what the m50 and 580 earpads are made of (they look the same but I can't be sure) and I couldn't find out. They look standard to me. Whereas the 555s have Velour earpads (google it) and it's much softer.
I don't feel that the 580's cramp my ears, but it might cramp the ears of someone else. The velour ear pads definitely look more comfortable and I look forward to trying out some beyer's because of them.
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