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My birthday's in about a month and I'm looking to get some new headphones. I really like bass-heavy music like dubstep and techno, but I also listen to alternative and rock. I'm considering the Audio-Technica ATH-M50S's. Any other suggestions for some good headphones?

Also, would I need an amp for them or are they good without one? And would something like the FiiO E5 or E7 work? (I'd prefer something portable)
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They are fine without amps, perfect headphones if you like base and best bang for the buck

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...5g-added-04-07

reference

do a ctrl+f "(A6) Audio-Technica ATH-M50"

Has a review of the m50's impedance is low enough to be driven portable without amps.
Edited by lilraver018 - 4/9/11 at 11:26am
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They are fine without amps, perfect headphones if you like base and best bang for the buck

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/...5g-added-04-07

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Would I see any sound improvement with the amp over without?

Wow, that's an extensive review!

Thank you.
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Would I see any sound improvement with the amp over without?

Wow, that's an extensive review!

Thank you.
38 ohms, you should be able to drive them just fine without an amp.
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I have them; they are perfect for music. The bass is perfect. I thought I was missing bass at first, but that's was because they were not broken in, and my previous headphones were way too bass heavy. The bass is only strong only when the song wants the bass to be strong, so you will hear every nuance of an acoustic guitar, and then your head will be blown off by dubstep.

I run them off my ipod touch, and they are completely fine. They're uncomfortable at first, so I stretched them out by placing a few books between the 2 cups.

They're not good for gaming, though. I can hear all the compression in the audio
Edited by ____ - 4/9/11 at 5:09pm
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38 ohms, you should be able to drive them just fine without an amp.
Alright, sweet!

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I have them; they are perfect for music. The bass is perfect. I thought I was missing bass at first, but that's was because they were not broken in, and my previous headphones were way too bass heavy. The bass is only strong only when the song wants the bass to be strong, so you will hear every nuance of an acoustic guitar, and then your head will be blown off by dubstep.

I run them off my ipod touch, and they are completely fine. They're uncomfortable at first, so I stretched them out by placing a few books between the 2 cups.

They're not good for gaming, though. I can hear all the compression in the audio
How long is the burn in period? And fantastic, I am a bass whore.

Haha ingenious, I'll keep that in mind if I find them too tight.

And gaming I'm not too concerned about, these will purely be for music
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i have them too. i did a 3 day burn in just because the cymbals on the music sounded like crap until the 4th day. lol. these thing really are amazing, and they dont look weird that people will laugh at you in public
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My birthday's in about a month and I'm looking to get some new headphones. I really like bass-heavy music like dubstep and techno, but I also listen to alternative and rock. I'm considering the Audio-Technica ATH-M50S's. Any other suggestions for some good headphones?

Also, would I need an amp for them or are they good without one? And would something like the FiiO E5 or E7 work? (I'd prefer something portable)
Whats your budget? Are you dead set on the M-50's?
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yeah, depends on budget. the M50 is good for ~$100 but better can be had with more money.
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i have them too. i did a 3 day burn in just because the cymbals on the music sounded like crap until the 4th day. lol. these thing really are amazing, and they dont look weird that people will laugh at you in public
Thanks, I'll be sure to give them a nice burn in.
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