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I have a pair of DT 770's and a ASUS Essence STX sound card. Lately I've been feeling unsatisfied with the Beyers. I can't listen to anything too loud without the the treble being extremely harsh and uncomfortable. it's an extremely overpowering hissyness, especially in the "S" sounds. I've turned down the treble on the card's mixer, but then it just sounds muddy, and it doesnt really fix the issue that much. Everything I do to correct this just makes the headphones sound like crap. I was actually warned about this problem before I bought the headphones. I thought they were exaggeration.

Anyways, I've been wanting to upgrade to something else to fix this issue. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50's seem to be a really nice set of headphones with a similar performance. but what I'm wondering is, would it be worth upgrading to something so similar in quality. I hear they are very close in sound quality, and the beyer's actually beat them in certain areas. I really don't have the cash for anything better at the moment. which is why Im wondering if it would even be worth it. It would be great to hear some feedback from anybody who owns either set of headphones. biggrin.gif
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1st time i ever heard the DT 770 are uncomfortable, i wear my more then 5 hours or more and feel weird without them since they keep my ears warm. The 770 are better headphone the problem is that the 770 are picky. You already have a sound card which is helpful now look for a AMP to push those 250 Ohm. I use a receiver for my and trust me this thing will blow me and the M50 out the water, the bass really pound hard
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I have an amp, the problem is that I cant turn them up loud or the harsh treble hurts my ears. Every little "S" sound in the vocals makes me cringe. It can't be me, because a lot of people have had that issue with these.
and they definitely sound great at lower volumes, or songs that are easy on the treble.
they are extremely comfortable to wear for me though.
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I wouldn't say the M50's are an upgrade over the Beyers, more a sidegrade..a different sound.

How much are you willing to spend on another set of cans? are you gaming? how important is accuracy? bass?
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Originally Posted by Casman View Post

I have an amp, the problem is that I cant turn them up loud or the harsh treble hurts my ears. Every little "S" sound in the vocals makes me cringe. It can't be me, because a lot of people have had that issue with these.
and they definitely sound great at lower volumes, or songs that are easy on the treble.
they are extremely comfortable to wear for me though.

Sounds like what your describing is sibilance, if you have an EQ, try cutting around the 6khz range and see if that helps.
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I wouldn't say the M50's are an upgrade over the Beyers, more a sidegrade..a different sound.

How much are you willing to spend on another set of cans? are you gaming? how important is accuracy? bass?

^ I've listened to both and if I could only buy one I might choose the M50 (previously owned it) for it's isolation but it's mids bother me a bit or there lack there of (almost tongue.gif ) so for actual sound I would pick the DT770's . If you want to try something else I would recommend my current Denon D2000's (out of production) as I consider them the perfect headphone under a reasonable price.......though I guess since they're out of production price will vary but I've seen a few people sell them for $200-300+ with and without mods like Jmoney pads, wood cups, ect.



But yeah, like MusicPC said it's a sidegrade at best.
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Thanks for the info. Yeah I know its more of a side grade. I've just heard the ATH-M50 are one of the best pair of headphones you can get for the price. I've heard nothing but good things about them, and they're around my price range.
I tried lowering the EQ in the 4K-8K range (I have no 6k slider). It kinda helps, but it eventually starts to sound like crap as you might imagine. Maybe it's just me or something, or I'm trying to listen to these things too loud.
but then again, my previous AKG K240's didn't have the issue. I wan't to love these headphones. I've been trying to get over it for a year now. sad-smiley-002.gif
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Thanks for the info. Yeah I know its more of a side grade. I've just heard the ATH-M50 are one of the best pair of headphones you can get for the price. I've heard nothing but good things about them, and they're around my price range.
I tried lowering the EQ in the 4K-8K range (I have no 6k slider). It kinda helps, but it eventually starts to sound like crap as you might imagine. Maybe it's just me or something, or I'm trying to listen to these things too loud.
but then again, my previous AKG K240's didn't have the issue. I wan't to love these headphones. I've been trying to get over it for a year now. sad-smiley-002.gif

That's understandable, sibilance is tough to deal with, because its very harsh on the ears. It sounds like your sold on the M50's, I hope you find those cans more enjoyable biggrin.gif.
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you can't fix resonances, ringing or sibilance with eq.
    
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you can't fix resonances, ringing or sibilance with eq.

It depends on the cause of the sibilance, but none the less, I did not suggest that he could "fix" it, I was merely suggesting that cutting the highs a bit may help. In this case, it did help a bit, but it also made the audio sound bad as well.
Edited by Mattb2e - 3/22/13 at 5:44pm
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