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Old 11-14-2011, 12:39 PM
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What do you guys think about the ATH-M50 vs the Sony 7509HD(V900HD) vs the Sennheiser HD25-1 II vs the Sony MDR 7510 vs the Shure SRH840?

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:14 PM
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I had the shure SRH840's and the ATH-M50's at the same time. Liked the ATH-M50's more in every aspect, and I mean every aspect.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:05 PM
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I had the shure SRH840's and the ATH-M50's at the same time. Liked the ATH-M50's more in every aspect, and I mean every aspect.
Sounds good. I also forgot to mention open headphones such as the Sennheiser HD555.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:22 PM
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I have the M50, and I listened to a friend's Senn HD555 a few months ago. From what I remember of the Senns, they weren't as comfortable, obviously didn't isolate as well, and weren't as fun to me. They're more flat than the M50, and the M50 has better (IMO) bass. The Senns did sound good, though. Also, the foam removal mod on the Senns is supposed to increase bass, IIRC. But, I only had a quick listen.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:32 PM
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I like my V900HD's better than the V6, but the M50 was the better all-around bass performer. Still, I prefer the V900 HD slightly better, BUT I'm getting a set of ATH-pro700mk2 cans in a few days. I'll see if it kicks the snot out of my V900 HD's.

Now, the HD25-1 II's sound better than them all, but are only for on the go for me - they get kinda uncomfortable after wearing for extended periods. Still, these are my all around SQ favs, w/no amping,...HP out ONLY!!!

I also owned the Shure 750DJ's, and they personally are the second best sounding HP's I've ever heard - the HD25-1 II's being #1. I only hated the horrid fit of the headband & too fragile (for me) plastic build quality. The sound was EXCELLENT - bass, treble, mids,...SMOOVE!!!!
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:49 PM
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Ive been debating upgrading my otg cans to hd25-1 ii because of how easy it is to find them used for $100-150 and they are essentially the tank of cans lol.

I haven't used my M50 much at all due to speakers and not wanting to wear them outside since they can be quite warm, maybe ill start using them more in the winter like last year haha.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:37 PM
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I had the shure SRH840's and the ATH-M50's at the same time. Liked the ATH-M50's more in every aspect, and I mean every aspect.
Seriously? Have you tried to amp the 840s or boost the bass with an eq?
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Ive been debating upgrading my otg cans to hd25-1 ii because of how easy it is to find them used for $100-150 and they are essentially the tank of cans lol.

I haven't used my M50 much at all due to speakers and not wanting to wear them outside since they can be quite warm, maybe ill start using them more in the winter like last year haha.
SQ wise you'd love the hd25-1 II's, but the comfort isn't even half as good as the m50's.
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You talked me out of the HD25-1 II. I need comfort. I also just realized that I can't get it new for under $160. i am really curious about the Sony 7510. Besides being cheaper than the others at $109, I like the 108 db/mw efficiency, and the 24 ohms. With lower powered players, I have trouble squeeing out enought volume with the V6 for example. i may end up waiting before buying one of these $100+ headphones, as I already have some decent headphones i bought many years ago, so buying one more isn't a great priority.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:15 PM
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JK98, the sq on the hd25-1 II's is so good I feel it's worth a slight bit of discomfort, it's THAT GOOD. And, it's also worth the extra $10 for you to try it out.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:25 PM
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JK98, the sq on the hd25-1 II's is so good I feel it's worth a slight bit of discomfort, it's THAT GOOD. And, it's also worth the extra $10 for you to try it out.
What you said reminds me of what some women say when shopping for shoes. Yes its uncomfortable. Yes its expensive, but its worth it! The HD25-1 II looks like it is $195. I set $160 as the limit, but ideally I would like to spend less. For me comfort is very important. I think I'll wait until there is a good sale. I guess if something is discounted plenty, it might help determine what I buy. The Sony V900HD(MDR 7509HD) will be the standard I judge other headphones against. While I don't have that, I have some old Sony models similar to it. The Sony MDR 7510 looks interesting on paper, however its so new that there are few reviews of it. It is $109, but may get discounted more as it become more widespread.
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Well you could go for the HD25 SP then which are cheaper, more comfortable but have the same level of build quality with less complex components. Oh and if any anyone here goes into the "Oh they sound terribly muddy" argument you can go strait to hell and march yourself back to head-fi because that's just being sensationalist and hyperbolic :P Sure you can say the SP's are brassier then the HD25-1 but you can also say that the HD25-1 are harsh compared to the HD25 SP.

I personally don't have much experience with Sony products after my hand-me-down V6's and my only-lasted-a-year V700DJ's. It feels like Sony just doesn't try to push the envelope on anything anymore these days so unless those Sony's you listed were from over 20 years ago I'd skip them on principal alone.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:33 AM
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I agree 100% with Jack4L - I've used the SP model for 10 years now and think they're great. I also own the -1 II model, but find them a bit harsh and nowhere near as comfortable.

The SP is also more comfortable when temporarily wearing them around your neck.
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:41 PM
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The Sony DJ series has a bad reputtion. I wouldn't buy one of those. The Sony MDR 75XX series has a good reputation though. it looks like Sony is trying to reinvigorate its headphone line, and some of its newer models look interesting. i haven't had a chance to hear them yet though. Sony has made some great headphones, however they have also made some awful ones. With Sony headphones, it is important to choose the model carefully.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:26 PM
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The HD25 SPII looks interesting. It is only $95 at B&H. It is 85 ohms though. I prefer headphones around 24-32 ohms.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...II_On_Ear.html
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The HD25 SPII looks interesting. It is only $95 at B&H. It is 85 ohms though. I prefer headphones around 24-32 ohms.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...II_On_Ear.html
But w/a spl of 114db it'd be quite a loud set of hp's.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:57 PM
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It seems the set linked to are 60 not 85 ohm.
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  • Type On-Ear, Closed-Back,
  • Dynamic Frequency Range 30Hz - 16kHz
  • Impedance 60 Ohms Sensitivity 114dB
  • Maximum Input Power 200mW Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.4%
  • Connectors 3.5mm Stereo Mini Plug with 1/4" Adapter
  • Cable Length 10' (3 m)
  • Weight 4.1 oz (115g) (Without Cable)
At 85 ohms they might be a bit too quiet. At 60ohms they should have plenty of volume for just about every situation.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:48 PM
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Seriously? Have you tried to amp the 840s or boost the bass with an eq?
I was running them through my MOTU Microbook, which has a pretty decent headphone out. I tried them both with and without EQ.
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Some reviews claim the HD25 SPII is fragile. I think I want to focus on some open headphones, perhaps just for home use. Anyone here know abot ATH-AD700? It looks interesting. I wonder where I can get it cheap. I saw it was on sale a while back for $80 or less.
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Some reviews claim the HD25 SPII is fragile. I think I want to focus on some open headphones, perhaps just for home use. Anyone here know about ATH-AD700? It looks interesting. I wonder where I can get it cheap. I saw it was on sale a while back for $80 or less.
I think skip252 has them.
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