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Just got ATH-M50, harsh! Maybe Denon D2000 next?
Old 28th January 2009
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Just got ATH-M50, harsh! Maybe Denon D2000 next?

Just got these phones for a test. They seem harsh and sibilant to me and the bass wasn´t all "that" like everyone is saying. Just doesn´t seem nearly as good as the hype would suggest it. These remind of HD280, which to me was awful headphones, very very harsh (like putting a bucket on your head). These are of course much better, but not great to me.
I think also, that the stereofield in the ATH-M50 is a bit thin. Thinner than HD650 at least. So I´m gonna return these.

I use normally HD600/650, so maybe they are too soft then? (They have their own flaws of course).

But I have noticed that all the closed headphones I´ve tried have this same annoying "harshness", it´s hard to explain with words.

I really would need a closed or half closed headphones with great sound.

Maybe Denon D2000?
Old 28th January 2009
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Are you sure it's not just that the headphones are revealing flaws that your nearfield monitoring environment is hiding?

Have you listened to commercial mixes through them?
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i don't think they sound like HD280s at all, which i hate. for me they've been smooth, full and clear. anything but harsh.
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Maybe your headphone amp is harsh?

Jim Williams
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I just got the ATH-50's and they are not harsh to me at all, but rather smooth at the top as compared to the 7506's I've used for years.
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Upgrading all my headphones in the studio to the M50's. I think they are wonderful - smooth, not-harsh, and very good isolation. Compared to the 7506's I had used around here, they were better in every respect and they are much more comfortable too. In my searches since buying a whole slew of 7506's, I've bought two different AKG models, a different Audio-Technica Model and some Beyers. These are hands down my favorite headphone to offer people coming here. Odds are there is something wrong with your setup.
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Love the ATH 50's as well. My girlfriend loves them to she has a pair for her own. I have a pair of the ATH-PRO700 SV and love them almost more. They are like the ATH-M 50's but have a hyped bass response because their built for DJ's. I use them when I am tracking myself playing drums because the isolation and build is superb. They are the ones plugged into my main headphone jack. Not and neutral but I dig em.
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