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The sound quality of the wireless ear buds is not as good as the over-ear Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones?
You’re not coming across as a douche, but understand this isn’t gonna change - ever.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black [link]
I’d never heard of the brand before, and I always prided myself on having good headphones - but these are amazing.
Before I let you go... I assume you want a microphone with the headset, right? If you're just after a headphones, you can't go wrong with [link] as they're regarded as the best all around headphones.
Also note what /u/EdChute_ said about headphones/sets not working properly with the newer controllers.
These go on sale to 100 or thereabouts every once in a while, best headphones I've had. Don't buy Beats, they are cheaply made and overpriced. Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Noooo! It's always around 9.5k.
Lightning deals come up for around 9.8k. During sales, it goes down even more and you'll have 10% discount/cashback on cards.
> The point I'm trying to make is if you remove arbitrary "console generations" and shovelware PC and Console have the same creme de la crop.
League of legends is nowhere on consoles. Same for DOTA 2.
Strategies like total war series, and paradox gaming ones, and I would argue strategies in general are not on consoles.
Console shooters are very different than pc shooters. Counter strike community tends to be very adamant about that.
Best argument you have in this case is that console games tend to come with disc. And that means you can prominently display disk packages. But even then, who does it signal the status? People who generally don't care about games, don't consider large collections much of a status symbol, and a genuine player gets impressed by steam accounts with over 200 games, without ever visiting your house.
Your first argument about compression is not in support of your chosen systems, as portable systems have worse quality audio and video. If you use good quality headphones (if you are an audiophile, would highly recommend audio technica, ATH M 50x), larger audio devices create better, and deeper sound, and pc monitors are objectively better than portable screens.
if you want portable gaming, phone is a more affordable alternative. PC gaming+phone gaming should serve the same purpose and be better in both domains on their own. Why have one world that encompanies both, when you can have two worlds that each do one better?
I really like the Audio-Technica M50-x personally.
I'd see if there's somewhere around you that has a decent selection of headphones you can try on before buying. I don't know if you're head is the same size/width as mine so I can only speak to how they feel on me.
I think you'd probably be happier with closed back headphones. They don't let the sound leak out the back and bass is usually better than open back headphones like the 598s. I've been using Audio-Technica ATH-M50's for years and I love the way they sound. The M50x is the current model but they're essentially the same. I actually just upgraded to the Beyerdynamic DT880's, and while the bass isn't as prevalent in these new ones they're definitely much clearer sounding in my opinion.
Yeah these are it. I almost went with sennheiser but chose audio technica based on looks and reviews. I got the blue and tan color m50x but they don’t sale that color anymore
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones, Black [link]
I've had B&O and Bower & Wilkins wireless models (ranging $200-$500) and they were a lot more durable than any of Sony's offerings. Also, another thing to throw out there... The Audio Technica m50x is wired, but they released a snap-on bluetooth adapter for another $40ish that I've heard is pretty descent.
What is your budget? And what kind of torture do you plan to submit them to? I'm just an office dweller so my cans don't see a lot of action.
Hey man, thanks for all the info. I really appreciate it. I looked at the BT headphones you linked and the reviews on them pretty much state what you already told me.
I guess what I want to know is, would I be disappointed by a BT headset if the only thing I've ever used are $20 earbuds?
I think I could maybe handle wired headphones as long as they're portable. I don't know if I would be able to deal with cables is the only thing. I'll be walking around a lot and getting on/off crowded buses is the only reason I was thinking BT/wireless. Do you have any input on that aspect?
I looked up some wired headphones and saw these mentioned multiple times on reddit.
Thanks again for all your help with this!
Hey guys. I have zeroed on Audio-Technica ATHy-M50x as my new cans . what are your views on it? is there some other pair I should look at or are they good? getting a deal of USD 140 on amazon India ([link]). we dont get huge choices here in India in headphones. so if u suggest something else, please keep that in mind. also am a little basshead so bass heavy cans preferred
EDIT: Budget USD 150 max
Hey guys. I have zeroed on Audio-Technica ATHy-M50x as my new cans . what are your views on it? is there some other pair I should look at or are they good? getting a deal of USD 140 on amazon India ([link]). we dont get huge choices here in India in headphones. so if u suggest something else, please keep that in mind. also am a little basshead so bass heavy cans preferred
I'm looking into getting an Audio Technica ATH-M50x, and I want to make sure that I get all of the proper gear to maximize audio quality. I've read that getting an amplifier and DAC is recommended to achieve this. Any recommendations?
Well it wouldn’t be true surround sound just virtual. I’ve heard that having virtual surround sound is great if you play mostly Single player games. The thing is at least with multiplayer games such as FPS’s, virtual surround just bunches all the sounds together, and can sometimes throw you off by making footsteps harder to track. It really comes down to the games you play. If you’re not liking the headphones and you don’t play FPS’s somewhat competitively then I would give the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x a try they offer more bass. If you want even deeper bass then maybe some beats or the sony headphones.
I'm seeing it at $149.99 new on Amazon right now. Am I missing something? Link
Camelcamelcamel says the lowest it's been is $111.75 via Amazon in July.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xs ($150)
I've used a ton of other headphones and I always find myself going back to these for mixing purposes. Go to your nearest guitar center and ask to try a pair on. They're really good about letting you try before you buy. These headphones are super comfortable too and I'm able to wear them for many hours at a time.
Yo! I just bought my first pair of nice headphones: Audio-Technica M50x's. I absolutely love them, the sound quality is great, I wear them at my work desk for HOURS and get no discomfort. Plus it's got a removable/replaceable cable. Big fan o' these. Worth the investment.
Hello guys I am looking to replace my Philips SHP8000s because i keep breaking the jack off, i already had 4 pairs of them because I find them to be absolutely great cans for their price and my use, (very confortable, and bass-heavy for lots of bass music needs), so I'm looking for headphones with audio cable that comes off like in those ones from Audio Technica : [link] anyone has had any experience with them and is willing to share ?
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x! They are $149.99, but I was able to get mine during the holiday season last year for like $110 on Amazon, I believe. They aren't specifically made for gaming, but they work well for it imo. They have the removable cable like you were looking for. They come with 3 cables, so you can throw on the short cable if you are just going to keep them at your desk plugged into your keyboard (same as I do). They are also insanely comfortable, especially if you have a larger head or wear glasses. The ear pads are pretty big, which I really like. They are closed back. They don't have any active noise cancellation, but they are pretty decent just naturally due to the large ear pads. The only thing that might be a problem for you is that they will have a lot less bass than Astros, if Astros are like any other gaming headsets I ever used. I know some people like the bass for stuff like FPS's, but I haven't missed it myself.
I use them for gaming as well as music/movies. Granted, I mostly play mobas/mmorpgs, which aren't as demanding in the sound department, but when I have played stuff like Overwatch or CS, I was able to hear footsteps and what not more clearly than I have on any gaming headset I've had in the past. Plus, if you do watch any Netflix or listen to music on your PC, you will 100% notice a difference imo.
Also, I would stay away from the AD700x's since they do not have a detachable cord and are open backed, meaning they will basically have no isolation whatsoever.
These are clones of them as far as I know (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
I actually found a pristine set of V700's in my storage I had forgotten about from almost 20 years ago. Was trip using them again as they were the standard fare in the day.
ATH M50X is on sale for $111 on amaxon along with a few other Audio technica headphones today.
I'm using Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones for transcription work, which has a lot of low quality dialogue (garbled words, constant hum in the background, sometimes low volume and sudden high volume, etc). What headphones should I 'improve' to, if any?
Doesn't necessarily need to be more expensive, either, as long as it's a better fit for the type of audio I'm listening to (constant static-y background noise, low volume dialogue, people too far away from mics, generally anything else you can think of for low quality audio files of dialogue...).
This is what I currently have. It seems good [link] but I was wondering if there was something better out there because I'm still struggling.
Or if there are any other ways to help my problem.
Ok, so I want to upgrade my mic from a 2007 webcam to one that actually makes my voice sound decent for gaming and talking to people on discord. I want a mic that I can either attach onto a studio headset like this or put on top of my monitor. I don't really like mics that you have to put close to your face. My budget is about $50
I have been thinking about getting these ATH M50x- they seem to have a really good review from CNET as well as from people on amazon. What do you think?
Audio Technica ATH-M50x are great. Comes with 3 cords. 1 Short, 1 long, and 1 coil cord.
I'm thinking of getting these after the Astro headset I was interested in had way too many cords and wires I had to run for my setup: [link]
Getting this to use with my Xbox One and as I'm not too familiar with headsets for consoles, do I just need to get that Microsoft Xbox One stereo headset adapter for it to work? I know it can be used on it just not sure what is needed.
I use Audio-Technica's ATH-M50x for most of my home listening. They're a flat response headphone designed for monitoring so they give you an incredibly accurate representation of whatever you're listening to. I find them to be the best route for me to go when it comes to listening to albums for reviews and whatnot. Also, Michael Bay movies sound great in them (excluding the dialogue).
For general use, I just use my iPhone earbuds. They sound fairly decent and they're easy to wear without my much physical/listening fatigue.
I saw in your video that your headset can support some headphones, but the pair that you were using looked particularly large. Would it be able to support a pair of ATH-M50x's?
Should I pull the plug on the M50Xs? They have been slowly going down in price so I'm tempted to wait until they drop to their lowest a year ago at 90GBP, but I can't foresee the future so I'm unsure.
If you're just looking for thick headphone cords, but not as stiff, then you'll probably want something like a studio set, like these which will more than get the job done. The cord is thicker, but still able to bounce around! Look for headphones that have a 1/4" input, and will need a 1/8' adapter to work on the phone. Means the cord should be thick. AFAIK.
Hi all. Hopefully you can help me out here. I have some Audio-Technica ATH-M50xs, and I love the sound quality, but does anyone know of anything that gets louder than 99dB, and has more of a bass kick (not sure exactly what to call it)? I can hear tons of bass in my ATH-M50x's but I want to FEEL it a little more if you know what I mean. I don't want anything that sounds worse than my current headphones because they sound amazing. I'm just looking for something that gets louder and has more kick. Doesn't matter if they're over-the-ear, IEMs, whatever. My budget is $150. Thanks in advance.
If the numbers are all over the place, it's quite likely your battery is failing. I've used it for years and never seen the numbers vary, ever, on half a dozen devices. Sorry people are knocking your taste in headphones. Some of the latest Beats are actually not bad, but you can get much better sound quality for the money from something like this: [link]
However that doesn't take into account personal preferences for the look of the headphones, which is certainly something being considered if one were to purchase beats.
Buy the Audio Technica MX50 headphones. Save money, get a better quality product. Win/win.
These are on sale constantly and are basically the best price to performance headphones you can find. [link] May be a bit over budget for you, but they constantly go for less. And are just excellent in every regard.
Get the legendary Audio Technica ATH-50. They're relatively "cheap". Sound amazing. Easy to drive. And close backed so sound won't bleed into your family's ears. Pros use them if you need that kind of validation. Done and done.
For sims, on the Mac/PC, try S-Gear, Revalver 4 and Bias FX. For ipad/iphone, try Tonestack and Ampkit+.
So you're looking for the best headphones (no mic) for ~400$? I haven't used these myself, but i've heard only good things about ATH M50x's and they are only 140$ + shipping.
I've finally decided to invest in a pair of decent headphones. I'm a bit new to all of this, so I'd appreciate any help you can give me.
I'm thinking about buying the Audio Technica ATH-M50X head phones because they seem to have a decent price and some very good reviews online. Do you guys think this a good pair of headphones who is just starting to take audio seriously?
wow those look nice. That price though. I used to only listen through cheap earphones before I finally went and bought a pair of these a couple of years ago. They're fantastic, if not the flashiest looking things in the world.
I'm a long time Audio-Technica fan, so if you liked your M30-X i would just stick with Audio-Technica.
Jump up a couple models to the ATH-M50x. It is a very highly praised closed back headphone with a definite bump in the bass region. It's also the cheapest in the Audio-Technica lineup that feature a removable 3.5mm jack at the earcup, that way you can use short cables, or coil cables. It fits very similar to the ATH-M30x with similar earpads, so it should be easy for you to adjust to.
Check it out here on amazon, there's reviews all over the internet for these
For under $200 honestly I'd suggest Audio Technica ATH-M50x. These have been praised by many for having superb sound quality for a sub $200 pair of headphones. New on amazon they are like $145 but you can get them certified refurbished for under $120.
I don't even own the M50x since at the time I bought new headphones they were out of budget. But even the M30x (got for like $60 or something) that I bought instead was miles ahead in sound quality and reproduction than any "gaming" headset I have ever bought. Only real downside is there's no mic and if you have an older PC you might need a sound card to make them run well as they are higher end headphones.
I used to think my pair of $200 Razer Tiamats with "real" 7.1 was a good headset. That's my fault for buying into razer but really any "gaming" branded headset is junk. Even with being a stereo headset my M30x reproduces surround better than the Tiamat that actually had all the distinct separate drivers. It's too bad they are over $100 but well worth it in my opinion.
Amazon link for reference: [link]
I would go for the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x They are a little over your budget but I think it is worth it for the quality. I've had them for 3 years and they are a top notch headset.
That's pretty good. I actually bought a pair of ATH-M50x on Amazon last weekend but have already returned them. I have this weird issue where I can't stand headphones that are too tight on my head (and no, my head is not oversized). I realize they would probably "break in" over a period, but decided to return regardless.
I'm currently using these and really like them.
They come with 3 different cables that you can change anytime you want and I think they're pretty good for portable use as well, since you can fold them and put them in the bag that comes with them. Plus they aren't too bass heavy imo.
I thought you said you wanted GOOD headphones... :p
I'd recommend these, although I haven't tested out how great they'll stick to your head while moving around. I just know they're great all-around headphones. They're a bit more expensive than $100 but so worth it.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Not sure where you are shopping, but you can get some pretty good Sennheiser or Audio Technica headphones between $100-$150. M50s are pretty amazing for their price.
Trying on those other brands, I can see why you didn't like them. Beats are more of a fashion accessory, and Skullcandy is the cheaper fashion accessory. Can't speak much for Sony because I stay away as most of their products are way overpriced. I've never heard anything decent from JBL.
There's no vendetta. I just don't buy products from companies that spend their money trying to convince you their products are good rather than actually making their products good. Beats and Bose are the worst offenders in that category.
I've been wearing my Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones every day, several hours a day for over 2 years now. I recently replaced the pads but other than that they are still in brand new condition. They've been dropped, stepped on and tossed down more than a few times in anger but still work great!
I don't know if this is a common sale or not but 50% off doesn't sound bad at all. ATH M50X for $119
Hi all! Pretty new to good headphones as I still use Apple stock headphones. I am going on a few plane trips over the next month totaling over 80 hours on a plane in a month! I am fine with the sound quality I have now but I can't hear at all over the engine noise. I also have another problem - if I wear noise cancelling headphones I instantly get dick, I mean instantly! If I wear earbuds that totally enclose the year canal I will also feel sick but at least I won't throw up. I have g35 gaming headphones for the computer and feel fine wearing those so I think I want over ear. Have any recommendations for around $200? Thanks!!!
Sorry ... I should learn to read...
Budget - Flexible at 200
Source - iPhone and laptop headphone jack
Requirements for Isolation - Use on plane - need some but don't mind if I still hear some engine noise
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? Yes
Preferred Type of Headphone - Not in ear
Preferred tonal balance - Balanced would be nice
Past headphones - Apple in ear - they are fine but not loud enough on the plane
Preferred Music - 90s alt and video gaming
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - volume on airplane. Also, should I go wireless?
I think I'm going to go with these - Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones [link]
ATH-M50X are hands-down the best over-ear headphones I have ever used. I wear them every single day on the bus and they do a great job isolating noise. You could buy two pairs for the price of Bose QC25.
They image excellently – even better than cans two or three times their price, such as AudioQuest Nighthawks, Bowers & Wilkins P7, or Sennheiser HD700. ATH-M50X are high-efficiency, too, so they don't need a preamp to make the magic happen (although they do sound better with one).
Their build is quite nice. They don't interfere with my glasses and don't feel heavy. They're at least as comfortable as Bose QC25.
For quality, isolation, and price, ATH-M50X are unbeatable. They're so good they make me want to upgrade to the new M70X.
these are great, you don't have to take my word for it just do a quick google search about the brand and that particular model.
Just here to throw in a vote for the AudioTechnica m50x They are highly regarded as one of the best sub $200 headphones by many in the audiophile community. They offer a pretty flat sound signature giving you the sound that is closer to the source, are super lightweight and comfortable and pretty durable aswell.
Take your BF out. I heard Paradise Scramble on Fates is pretty good
Okay in all seriousness, if you're into music then I recommend buying these headphones. They are the best headphones I ever had
I've very happy my ATH-M50x. They're very well reviewed and currently less than $120 on Amazon. [link]
The new version is even better, as you can remove the headphone cable for easier storage replacement. While I own the model lower than them, I've used the M50x before and they sounded incredible (mine are a very slight step down from them)
The biggest thing is you'll need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). This is where the magic happens. I could go into plugins for it, but that would be a wall of text. There's a bunch of different DAWs to choose from such as Logic Pro, FL Studio, Ableton, Cubase, Reaper...it goes on and on. As far as hardware goes, a MIDI keyboard is helpful, but not needed right at the beginning as you're still learning how to use your DAW. The best piece of hardware to invest in would be either some studio monitors, or monitor headphones. These allow you to hear everything very clearly with a very even EQ, and hear every little detail. Check out these Audio Technicas. [link] They're generally regarded as the best monitor headphones for beginners. I have a pair and I love them. I'd also recommend checking out the r/edmproduction subreddit and check out their FAQ. A lot of good info on that subreddit for just all about all levels of producers.
Late to this topic but in case anyone else is in the same boat, a lot of people recommend the Audio Technica ATH-M50x's. It's the headset that I'm going to buy for myself soon to upgrade from my G930's.
If anyone has personal experience with ATH-M50x, let me know!
edit - forgot you already have a mic.
Yes, a lot can be changed: replace titan Z with SLI GTX 980Ti OR Titan X (or wait for new HBM/Pascal cards)
Dual-SLI 980ti>Titan X>Titan Z
Replace Raxer headset and mic for an M50x and Blue Yeti for 267 (price of mic on Newegg)
And as others have mentioned that MOBO doesnt support that CPU
get DDR4 Memory instead of DDR3
Get an SSD and a 7000 RPM HDD
these meet you requirments
They're quite balanced (A little bit bassy but it sounds clear and nice) and should work well with your devices
Over ear, closed and lots of Bass?. Consider the ATH-M50x. In order to fit it in your budget of course you'd have to either wait for it to drop price( was $120 new two weeks ago) or get it off Amazon warehouse deals(what I did).
EDIT: I take that back, it can be had at $150 now.
<strong>Here</strong> is a link to the item, it's currently sold out.
I like to only buy from sellers with thousands of reviews and a good rating as well. This price for the headphones was such a good deal I purchased it before I had a chance to do research on the seller. The combination of only 15 reviews and the fact that they were being sold for about 40 bucks under what they usually are is what got me worried.
Anyone could recommend closed headphones for gaming, youtube, movies and general use, I know absolutely nothing about audio, I know my corsair vegence 1500 had equaliser and it made it sound cooler with more bass in games. How will I do it with simple analogue connector?
I was thinking about these: [link]
I like how they look (yes, I am willing to pay extra for brown colour). But it feels like I wouldn't know hot to set em up. I have Maximus 5 Gene which is supposed to have some fancy sound card built in, I'd like to finally take advantage of it.
M50x are a good bet. These are often recommended here on this subreddit and for good reason, they sound great at the price. They also happen to be on sale often, the blacks being 140$ right now on amazon (link above)
Budget - Up to 200 dollars if buyable through Amazon, 100 or less if not
Source - Ipod touch 5th generation
Requirements for Isolation - Main use is walking on university campus and at home with large/loud fan on
Preferred Type of Headphone- Full Sized/circumaural
Preferred tonal balance - Honestly not sure so balanced is probably best
Past headphones - Been using Bose OE2s which I've been overall happy with but my dog chewed them to crap so I decided I investigate what else is out there since they were given to me as a gift.
Preferred Music - Both Rock music (along the lines of Queens of the Stone Age) and indie music (modest mouse) as well as some lighter music.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I Spend a decent amount of time with them on so comfort is important in addition to sound quality. Also I have a dog and I occasionally slip up and he gets at them for a second, so headphones with replaceable cords/pads is a plus so I can only replace what he messes up.
I'm definitely looking for headphones that can stand on their own, and I'm pretty inexperienced with buying headphones. A friend recommended these [link] . Would that be a good fit for what I'm looking for?
Hi! First time posting in this subreddit, so sorry in advance if I break any rules. I recently purchased a pair of these: [link] , so excited for them to show up! But anyways, I think I need a sound card for my PC to get the full experience with them. What do you guys recommend? I don't really want to spend to much, but still want decent sound for a pair of cans like that. Thanks!
Here are some headphones around your budget that are incredibly popular: [link]
Yes definitely never going back to beats after this experience. I'll probably get a pair of sennheisers or these: [link] which are quality according to Amazon.
Some good stuff mentioned already, but if you prefer closed driver headphones (better for listening around people and closer to what you are likely used to) the Audio Technica M50x is a great over the ear headphone in that price range. I've seen them used in all types of applications from audio engineering to gaming and everybody I've talked to loves them. Plus this year's limited edition color is a gorgeous hunter green.
Another company to check out is Grado (www.gradolabs.com) The SR-80 is consistently praised by audiophiles and comes in right at $100
I have these headphones, and i would totally recommend them to trippers who are in search of headphones. this song sounds crazy good on it!
Headphone quality and the quality of the source both play a big part, but listening to badly mastered/mixed music on good headphones does make a big difference.
I use around a $400-$500 audio setup. DT880 premiums with an E17k amp, and I listen to a lot of black metal. If you think that Structures Divided By is mixed bad you should hear some of the black metal I listen to, it is horribly mixed/mastered.
If you're looking to get a nice entry level pair of headphones, that don't need an amp I would suggest:
I swear you will notice a massive difference.
Also, if that is too much to spend pop on by /r/headphones and feel free to post in our daily purchase thread. Someone will happily recommend a headphone for your budget and style. In ear, over ear, etc. We love pulling people down the road of high quality audio!
They are considerable less money but if you're looking for heaphones to use in public that are easily portable and sound good, I've heard nothing but good things about the ATH-M50x. I plan on buying them myself at some point.
Budget - ~$150
Source - My PC and my Nexus 5
Requirements for Isolation - none
Preferred Type of Headphone - over-ear, closed
Preferred tonal balance - Overall Balanced, having good bass is a must
Past headphones - Skullcandy Crusher
Preferred Music -Rock, Rap, Hip-Hop, bass heavy music
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Something that is comfortable. I will be using these for gaming and music.
I am interested in the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x's. Would these be good?
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are generally considered the best sounding headphones for under $200, and they're currently sitting on Amazon for $159.
I own a pair, and they're the best sound experience I've ever had. Definitely worth a look.
DJ Controller is used last. You'll load your tracks onto the controller after they are mixed down most likely. You can DJ with a controller with audio coming from Ableton but I'm not very experienced in that department.
If your budget limits spending 600-700 dollars on monitors buy some monitoring headphones. Like these.
Monitor speakers are to be used for production ONLY. They are near-field speakers which means they do not work very well at long-range distance. If you go to a venue or club you'll see that they have line-array speakers which are far-field (long-throw) speakers. i.e. effective at long range.
Monitor speakers are not powerful enough or effective at long range to be used for performing. I wouldn't recommend moving your monitors from your studio unless you absolutely have to. They're not designed to be dropped/hit/kicked like line-arrays are.
Along with the other suggestions I also would recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. They barely touch your ears, sound great and are probably the best headphones you can get for under $200. The ear foam is incredibly soft. I'm a bit bias because I'm an AT fanboy. I use the AT2020 and M50X for my stream.
Keep in mind these are open back headphones. So if you're in a noisy environment or you want to take these out of the house, these may not be the best for you.
If you're looking for closed headphones the popular Audio Techina ATH-M50X will be better suited towards you.
Take a look at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xs, they have bass that while muddy at times, provides great sub bass: [link]
The Sennheisers will definitely be better than the Bower & Wilkins, also take a look at the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, which is great for bassier music: [link]
Search for "ATH M50x" and "ATH M50" on Reddit and see how much positive results you have.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x are comfortable, have great sound, and have held up pretty well for me for the last year.
Looking for some advice...
I previously owned a pair of generic Sony wireless headphones which I really enjoyed listening to with a glass of wine.
I don't remember falling asleep in them, but the left bin is totally bust now :/
My budget for replacement is £100.
Are these Audio Technica a good buy or could you point me in the direction of a better pair?
I sit 3 metres from the PC with a soundblaster card.
I am looking to buy new headphones for around the £100 ($150) mark. I'm looking at the Audio-Technica M50X which I've heard is good. What do you folks have to say about it? I currently use a Sony MDR-XB700, so would this be an improvement or not worth it?
In general I use either my PC or Smartphone as a source, and use headphones for games, movies and music (predominantly classic and radio shows).
Failing this, are there any good alternatives for between £100-150 that are a similar style?
You wont find a better price on really really good headphones. They aren't the most aesthetically pleasing cans on the market, but the sound is spectacular. You won't regret buying these at all.
I hate to recommend them but the Audio Technica ATH-M50x might be a good choice for you. Sound is good, if a bit bottom heavy, decent isolation so you won't be bothering other people in the library or have street noise bug you while you're walking around. I find the band to be a little uncomfortable for long term use but I think I'm the odd one out there. Bang for buck I'm not sure you can do better for your purpose. I think you would be unhappy with open back for the situations you're describing, but I think there are some decent options there for under/around $200.
They're really very comfortable. Super high quality. I can wear them for hours and not feel any discomfort.
Amazone is selling them for $160.
If you look hard though, you could probably cop them for $140, which is how much I paid.
I've been peeping these for a while, I think they might be an alright investment.
Why is this cheaper then just the headphones? I just ordered from this listing [link]
What are the chances of these not being the genuine thing? I read some the reviews/answers to questions that they only came with one cord even though they're supposed to come with three.
If at some point she wants to return those, if the sound isnt working out for her, these are a good place to start and they will still have strong bass which is what people look for with beats:
These are by far the best headphones in their price range
Also, let me know if you need any other rap-album suggestions, it's a great genre to explore while lifted :)
Budget : Around 150$ CAN, lower is always appreciated.
Source : PC, TV to watch Blu-Ray or playing console.
Isolation : The most isolation possible. I have noisy neighbors.
Preferred type : Full-sized.
Preferred tonal balance : I don't really know. I'd think I would prefer balanced headphones.
Past headphone : Logitech G35. Broke on me two times. I need well-built headphones, I'm sick of replacing my headphones every 6 months.
Headphone Usage : I will use the headphones a little bit for music (mostly video game/movie soundtrack and older rock-ish music like Beatles, Queen, Styx, etc...), but mostly for movies (action, sci-fi, fantasy), video games (mostly Nintendo stuff, sometimes games like Batman : Arkham City or Dishonored), and video editing.
Location : Canada.
Headphones I've looked at : The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x They look strong-ish and they advertise it as having good isolation. Is this a good choice? Can I have something similar for cheaper?
I tried to include as much info as possible. I use my headphones for pretty much anything, I don't have a specific use for them, it's hard to pin point a specific headphone I suppose... The most important for me is isolation and built quality.
Thank you very much! :D
I'm looking to get my sister a pair of headphones, and I've been looking at the ATH-M50x. These look perfect except ... She'd rather have on-ear headphones instead of over-ear ones. But if nothing else at this price range ($200ish) is nearly as good, I think this is a very good option anyway, so ... thoughts?
Are the Audio Technica ATH-M50xBL any good? I'm thinking about picking up a pair... Also why are the Blue ones $40 more on Amazon? Is there any difference other than the color that I don't know about?
I have them. One of the best purchases I have made, If you get them you won't regret it. Link
The most recommended headphones in the universe, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. Closed, neutral, and will survive abuse.
Kísildalur hefur öfugt orðspor. Aftur á móti hef ég öfuga reynslu af báðum fyrirtækjum. Ég bara keypt góðar vörur hjá Tölvutek. Aftur á móti finnst mér eins og Kísildalur hafi reynt að pranga upp á mig drasli þegar ég vissi ekki betur.
Mig grunar samt að hvorugt fyrirtækjanna verðskuldi þetta álit.
Þegar ég hef farið í tölvutek veit ég nákvæmlega hvað ég vil kaupa og ráðfæri mig ekkert við starfsfólkið (góðar mýs/lyklaborð/hljóðnemi/músamotta/heyrnatól/skjár).
Þegar ég hef farið í kísildal fór ég þangað vegna þess að ég vissi ekkert um málið og þurfti ráðleggingu. Vandamálið reyndist mér það að Kísildalur valdi oft ódýrari (og no-name) íhluti en ég hefði valið (eftirá að hyggja).
Kannski er það evil plot hjá þeim, til að tölvan mín bili fyrr og þeir fái meiri viðskipti. En miðað við fáránlega solid orðspor - og ótrúlegan metnað í þjónustu sem ég hef persónulega fengið pro bono, er ekki sennilegra að þeir hafi bara verið að hugsa (of mikið fyrir minn smekk) um sparnaðinn minn?
Mér finnst reyndar úrval Kísildals á jaðarbúnaði með endæmum furðulegt. Kann einhver skýringu á því?
Sharkoon mýs? Bloody mýs? AIM E-Sports leikjamús? Wut?
Somic hljóðnemar og heyrnatól? Sharkoon? Thunder? Sades?
Af hverju ekki BenQ XL 2546 / 2540 (240 hz) skjáina?
Zowie mýs eða Logitech G Pro Wireless?
Fyrst þeir eru svona mikið í sjaldgæfum vörumerkjum mættu þeir a.m.k. tileinka sér söluréttinn á Modmic sem enginn á Íslandi er með. Og e.t.v. skella 1 eða 2 tegundum af alvöru budget audiophile heyrnatólum eins og Audio-Technica. 50x betra en hvaða overpriced headset combo sem er.
I still recommend those two. Check out the stand-alone reviews at amazon for the M50X and M40x
I know someone who still uses his M40X since it was released in 2014
I had a pair of audio technica ath-m50x and they were amazing. great highs punchy bass and decent mids. I cant speak for the m40x's but if i had to do it again i would grab the m50x. they are baout $40 more expensive than the m40. I used them for the same listening, mostly metal and some edm. never had a gripe with them.
Here's a link for them on amazon. they are on sale right now actually. https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=audio+technica+m50x&qid=1564764183&s=gateway&sr=8-3
ATH-M50x with a FiiO Q5 amp is the best portable sound I've heard and is my go-to for MiniDisc listening. I also use them at home with my NAD reciever for vinyl and MiniDisc deck listening. Sounds great.
However, it's a lot of stuff to carry around for portable listening. I'm swimming in a mess of wires. Also, the M50x sound pretty empty without an amp - I'd never recommend them without one.
IMO Sennheiser headphones sound good without amps - particularly the wired Momentums. The over ear ones are comfortable, offer nice bass (but don't sound good with amps). Because they're cushioned, they're a little bit noise blocking (no active tech though). The wireless ones have noise cancelling which I believe can be used wired as well, but they're super expensive.
Honestly my reaction was really no better.
My reaction was honestly a little more harsh.
Yeah, this sucks pretty bad, but that's OK. As Jake the Dog says, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.
Here's what I'd recommend you do. Go pick up "Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio" and study the shit out of it. Some of the most basic lessons from it are:
There are many more lessons that you will learn from this book. He's great! Definitely worth the money.
Get some decent studio monitors if you don't have some (I use Yamaha HS5).
Pick up some good monitoring headphones. I'd recommend either ATH-M50x (what I use now)
or Sennheiser 280s (what I used to use), I vastly prefer the Audio Technica ones though.
I limited my feedback to mixing stuff. In my opinion you have composition issues too, but that can be a little more subjective.
Currently using these https://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50x-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUR86/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=at+m50x&qid=1562361429&s=electronics&sr=1-3
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black [link]
Brainwavz Replacement Memory Foam Earpads for Large Over the Ear Headphones, Red Velour [link]
In ear and on ear are not good options, as you said. In ear will work fine (without the hearing aids), but then of course your dad won't have his hearing aids in. On ear headphones tend to be of not great quality anyway. The bone conductive headphones are interesting, I've never tried them. They have to be pretty tight to work, though, so your dad may or may not like them.
Personally, I'd recommend over the ear headphones (commonly called "cans"). If you get the right size, they will fit over the hearing aids as well as the ears. I have three different headphones like this, and none of them make my hearing aids feedback or anything.
If you're set on Bluetooth, you'll need something that can receive audio and pair up to the headphones. Remember that you may get some lag with this kind of setup, so make sure both the headphones and the transmitter support the latest low-latency formats like APTX and APTXII. The QC35 does at least APTX, not sure about the M50X-BT.
Good luck! I'm happy to answer other questions if you have them.
I agree with /u/darkworldaudio
If you want a standard recco which is a bit cheaper you could look at this - [link]
Prinzipiell sollte onboard reichen, kann aber sein, dass du beim onboard Störgeräusche hörst. So ist es jedenfalls bei mir. Einen Verstärker brauchst du nicht.
Ich benutze das mit dem. Sound einwandfrei, keine Störgeräusche wahrnehmbar.
Über deine Kopfhörer kann ich nicht viel sagen. Sind offen, d.h. dein Umfeld wird sie mithören drüfen. Das Design find ich furchtbar, aber jeder wie er mag.
I use these and I love them. I also read they were rated the #1 headphones for music production.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black [link]
no mic its a studio headset meant for producing/recording music
you can always pick up a non-"gaming" pair of headphones (for eaample the Audio-Technica m50x (these are going to be about 150 as is, but they're gonna sound a lot better then most "gaming" headphones in that price range
and then you can pair it with the mod mic(there are mutiple interations of these the one i linked is ~$50) so for this instacne the total is ~$200 with better audio, and the mic isn't to bad either.
Since you need them to be closed-back for isolation, I would suggest these (in ascending cost order):
Audio Technica mx50 ($150)
V-MODA Crossfade M-100 ($250)
Meze 99 Classics ($300)
The Audio Technicas are a good all-rounder, which a slight emphasis on the bass. The even cheaper mx40s are more neutral. The V-Moda Crossfades are the most "exciting" in that the frequency response is going to be more v-shaped with emphasized bass and sparkly treble. The Meze 99s are, honestly, a big step up and are some of the most universally-acclaimed closed-back cans around. But I know they're a bit out of your price range. Just read the reviews of these models and see which one you think is the best fit.
I can't comment on noise suppressing headphones as I haven't used them, but ultimately, it will be up to your preference. Do you want in ear, or over the ear? Noise suppressing? Wireless? Budget? etc. I have Audio-Technica ATH-M50h's and they're amazing headphones (although the fabric came off after a couple years :/ , they're great for the bus. No noise cancelling needed. If you want something cheap, just get an in ear headphone with the suction cup insert as that will block out outside noise.
You don't need to spend a lot of money on headphones just to hear your music on the bus. Don't forget that wireless and noise suppressing headphones both require power and will have to be charged. Therefore, they have a built in expiry date (battery life).
Check out Headfonia Buyer's Guide for some good headphone recommendations.
Don't get wireless in ears. They basically all suck right now except for Apple's Airpods, and those won't help you on the bus at all. Overall, keep the the volume down with over the ear or in ear and save your ears for life!
It’s around $50 above your budget but if you get a pair of ATH-M50x from Audio-Technica they’re perfect and they’ll last you forever. No mic but they’re seriously good, MKBHD uses them daily!
He says in this review that they are $189 but the price has dropped significantly since then, they are $149.99 now :)
amzn: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, Black [link]
> Your first argument about compression is not in support of your chosen systems, as portable systems have worse quality audio and video. If you use good quality headphones (if you are an audiophile, would highly recommend audio technica, ATH M 50x), larger audio devices create better, and deeper sound, and pc monitors are objectively better than portable screens.
Usually I do hate compromises. Handheld consoles I make the sole exception for because it has been, and most likely always will be impossible for them to compete in terms of quality. If something is just physically impossible then it would be stupid of me to be intolerant of it. I just have to choose which flaws on which systems I'm willing to tolerate. I'm not willing to tolerate PC's flaws.
> if you want portable gaming, phone is a more affordable alternative. PC gaming+phone gaming should serve the same purpose and be better in both domains on their own. Why have one world that encompanies both, when you can have two worlds that each do one better?
Mobile gaming has never, and if current anticonsumer business practices continue, will never be better than gaming on a handheld console. I hate the flaws and weaknesses of mobile gaming more than PC gaming. PC may be better than home console. But handheld console is better and mobile.
> Best argument you have in this case is that console games tend to come with disc. And that means you can prominently display disk packages. But even then, who does it signal the status? People who generally don't care about games, don't consider large collections much of a status symbol, and a genuine player gets impressed by steam accounts with over 200 games, without ever visiting your house.
I am an archivist and a preservationist. It is my self-cursed burden to preserve media so that it may one day become history. We are all over the lost media wiki and we have found more physical media and converted it to digital than we have found lost digital media and just uploaded it to the internet. One day video games will be universally recognized as art and retro game collectors will be look up to by historians as heroes who preserved and protected the rare obscure and valuable when others found it worthless. I'm trying to impress no one but the historians of the future and the objective fact is that you can't collect digital games because you don't own them making them worthless.
Hi, so I recently got a PS4 Pro and I want to take my PC audio output and my PS4 audio output and get them into the same set of headphones.
I current have audio technica m50x and an audiobox usb that I use for my PC audio. I aso use the DAC for my mic input so I would like to keep it.
MY problem is that the PS4 only has optical output.
So my plan was to get another DAC that has optical input and connect my first DAC to output to my headphones.
I think it would something like this
Does this make sense with using what I currently own?
If so what second DAC would you guys recommend?
Yes, I tried using the 1st party Xbox One over-ear headset+mic first. Then, I plugged my AudioTechnica ATH-M50xs and Sony ECM CS3 clip-on mic into an aux splitter and then into the controller. Same issue.
I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x last year after reading many excellent reviews on Reddit and elsewhere. They're great, and they come with three or four different connector cables.
If you're in the market for new headphones, I would definitely check out r/headphones and r/audiophile; both have great suggestions for headphones and other audio gear in any price range.
Edit: u/koalaroo also uses the ATH-M50s.
Is there a combination that'd be significantly better just a little higher (say, <$500CAD), or perhaps other options that I should consider? Would moving from the K553 to the M50x sound at least different enough to provide some novelty value to justify the move or should I just stop being a lazy fuck and instead open up my K553s to replace the shitty cable and resolder whatever shook loose?
Any thoughts at all would be appreciated, even if you just want to reassure me that buying those two things would be a decent enough idea. Or if you think that me doing more research past just looking through the purchase assistants would be a good idea.
Anything that's closed and sealed, like an over-ear/circumaural headphone or a well-fitting in-ear headphone is usually fine. I personally use either CIEMs (these ones) that are really good at isolating noise, or my trusty over-ear Fostex TH-X00 Ebony which are also pretty good at isolating. But there are a lot of good options out there, depending on what you like. These are a favorite among tech workers because they balance noice isolation, cost, and decent sound quality.
Some people go for active noise-canceling headphones, but I honestly can't stand them and they usually aren't good anyway for cutting out the types of sounds that are frequent in an office (sporadic dynamic pitch/volume talking, your co-worker's Cherry MX Green keyboard, etc.). I find they are much better for consist and low outside noise, like the sound of a jet engine.
Hello, friend. In these threads, there are usually about two types of answers, so I'll summarize them for you.
Get the ATH-M50x if you want to pop more. What I mean by that is that with some music, it will sound more energized, lively, and carry a greater presence. The keyword, however, is that it is with some genres of music. With other kinds, the tuning toward bass-heavy, instrumental music might become a little obvious. Still, if that is the type of music you listen to, all the better!
But if you prefer something with a little more harmony, then you might consider getting the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs. These are a bit more balanced throughout, and are more fitting to a relatively dynamic sense of music, focusing on the relative balance throughout. The sound has been tamed on all ends pretty well, so you get a better sense of what to expect from them.
As a final note, these headphones can be additionally tuned through the use of an equalizer on your phone or computer, so I encourage you to look into that; they can turn decent headphones in to the sound you need!
Ah I gotcha. In that case, I recommend you just do buy-n-try from Amazon.
Sorry I don't know how far you'd need to schedule or if he'd have anything closed back in stock around your price point. I guess it depends on his schedule. They're a pretty high-end shop.
Here are a few suggestions all at around the same price point:
HD 598 Cs [link]
HD 569 [link]
Innerfidelity review of HD 569 (Directly compares to M50x)
Honestly, I own the M50x and like them, especially with the Brainwavz pads even though they change the sound a bit. The comfort is worth it.
But, if you were to ask me today, I'd probably go with one of the Senns. I LOVE my HD 598 open-back cans. They are insanely comfortable. The closed back version should be pretty similar. Unfortunately, I can't find any direct head to head reviews of the 598 Cs vs 569, but that's where you demoing comes in.
Also, I'll remind you that Sennheisers usually go on sale at Black Friday and you can probably get one of the two for around $99 so it may be in your best interest to wait a week and see. That way you come in way under budget and can just return to Amazon if you don't like.
Let us know what you end up with and how you like them!
how would you compare these to the 518's or similair drivers?
Thanks for the advice, just to check you mean these ones? [link]
For that price range I'd recommend headphones, They will be more accurate and have deeper bass. Something like this:
I’ve decided to go with these: [link]. Downside is that there is no mic with these ones.
Budget - Maximum of £150($200), I don't mind only spending £20 if the quality is good enough, but I am willing to spend more if I will notice a difference in the sound quality or comfort. All about value for money here.
Source - Android phone, PC, stereo.
Requirements for Isolation - Using at home, need only slight isolation, but don't mind more in case I use them at the gym or outdoors more, not sure of the disadvantage to more isolation other than price.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized only. In ear are uncomfortable, and over ear hurts my ears, I have a large head - 65cm, I get headaches, and too hot if the headphones don't fit loosely. I would prefer something that can be used with and without a pre-amp, but obviously sound quality will be better pre-amped.
Preferred tonal balance - Prefer highs, but require something balanced.
Past headphones - Koss K6, Koss 727B (50 year old headphones). The audio quality was good, however the headphones were too small and uncomfortable, they are the old 1/4 inch large jack. The ear cups are plastic, and uncomfortable, sweaty, and not good for long sessions. Also I have to use a 1/4 to 3.5 adaptor which isn't compatible with a lot of devices, and can be dangerous and too quiet.
Preferred Music/Usage - I play guitar, and drums, would like headphones I could use with my Boss GT-8 if possible, I also do amateur audio editing on PC with Reason, etc. Although jack may need an adapter and amp. I listen to metal mostly, rock, electronic (IDM), jazz, classical, some Reggae and hip hop. I also play games, so something which suits CSGO, etc would be nice. I think I need something that's well rounded, and balanced.
From this, to this, this, and so on
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Better quality, and comfort. I'm currently using a Logitech headset with mic which I picked up from eBay for $10, that should say enough.
What are you looking for going into your next headphone? Better quality, comfort. ^
If you live outside of the US, please also provide:
Location - UK, EU.
Hoping to find a store where I can try things out first, because I don't like the idea of buying 'deaf' (blind).
I was looking at these, as my favorite so far, but only seen online Hoping to find a store where I can try things out first, because I don't like the idea of buying 'deaf' (blind).
Budget 160$~ looking at
But if I do lean towards the Sennheiser, should I get the open backed HD-598 or closed HD-598's?
Budget - Up too 200 usd.
Source - PC
Requirements for Isolation - Some, will be using them at home.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full Sized
Preferred tonal balance - Balanced
Past headphones - Logitech G430, They are alright, don't know what I don't like about them in particular but I want something better sounding for both games and music.
Preferred Music - Metal, Punk, Rock, Alternative
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - More detail and more bass
Thanks so much for the help! I figured I may point out some headphones I have been looking at to give you better detail of what I want.
Well, it's important to distinguish between headphone types and headphone brands. There are many brands that offer earbud style headphones similar in style to the ones that Apple offers with better sound quality. For example:
Personally, I prefer closed back over ear style cans. I've had a pair of Audio technica ATHM50's for years and love them - they sound amazing:
Headphones have been making a big comeback, there are lots of choices. But, if you are listening to the Apple buds that came with your phone, your upgrade money is best spent on a better sounding pair berfore spending on a DAC.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
That's really interesting. I could have sword I read that you should keep the surround disabled on that game or something. I went with this pair:
I doubt there's a definitive best setup for headphones, but I really really like my AudioTechnica ATH-M50x plus an Antlion Modmic 5. The headphones come with many cables of different lengths, so I never have any problems with it being wired.
I have m50x's + blue snowball and the combination is amazing. The m50x's have sound quality better than any gaming headphones and has good surround sound.
Looks good! Get these headphones
2nd monitor would be cool too. Also get a mechanical keyboard.
Hyper x clouds are probably the best bang for buck when it comes to being able to use them on all systems.
Alternatively you could pick up something along the lines of the audiotechnica m50x with an Antlion Mod Mic this will give you top notch audio quality with superb recording for chat usage and you can use this setup with all three platforms as well.
The cloud is about $100
The m50x/modmic setup is about $200
This is where things get slightly complicated.
I feel that when it comes to having a reliable pair of headphones, not keeping in mind any other aspects of a headphone, you come to an interesting crossroad: durability vs. replacability.
While the m50x are rather durable, you're screwed out of luck if the headband brakes. You'd then be looking towards headphone repair which not only takes money, but time.
The customizable AIAIAI introduce a level of modularity uncommon in any other headphone. I wouldn't say these are as durable as the m50, but the parts on this headphone are REPLACEABLE and EASILY so. If a part brakes, just buy a new one at not that steep of a price point.
M50s are built tougher and will last longer but only the cable is replaceable. However, they also fold for easy storage when not in use. The AIAIAI don't fold and aren't built as well, but the build quality is pretty good and all of the parts are easily replaceable. Look at both (links provided at end of post), make the decision.
In terms of sound, I don't really like either of these headphones. I prefer the m50, but it's picking between two different rotten apples. Also, I'm jaded. Every YouTuber loves the m50 (SO: MKBHD). If I had to pick, I'd go with the M50, but I also take care of them sorta well. I will use them in the rain to listen to podcasts and they work fine. I will throw them in my bag casually and carelessly (usually folded) and they work fine. I've not owned the AIAIAI but a close friend has. They felt cheaper, but of still good quality. Probs better if you're concerned about braking shit often.
Best Price sold from Audio Technica: [link]
Make your headphone at AIAIAI: [link]
Budget - £100 to £200 (UK).
Source - Desktop PC, possibly a laptop too.
Requirements for Isolation - Not much, will be using at home which is a quiet environment, won't want much leakage either.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? - No.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized over ear.
Preferred tonal balance - Neutral/Balanced.
Past headphones - Haven't had a 'proper' pair of headphones before, currently using the Logitech G430.
Preferred Music - Diverse tastes, however I'm particularly a fan of classic rock (Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd etc).
I have noticed that the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X is widely recommended as a first step on the serious headphone user ladder, and seems to match my requirements. They are available for £125 on amazon here.
However, the AKG K702 (which I understand is a few tiers higher than the M50X) is also available on amazon here for £129, which seems like a very small price to pay for such an upgrade. I would have to get an amp to run these to their full potential of course, but would I be stupid to get the M50X instead?
As a side note, I have also been interested by the Sennheiser RS165, which is available on amazon here for £149. Are these at all comparable in terms of quality to the two headphones above?
Thanks in advance for any help, sorry if I'm so obviously a n00b!
budget- 150-210$ usd (flexible).
source- a gaming/software design computer.
isolation- yes please.
Only for desk use.
over ear headphones, full size.
midrange to balance.
i listen to edm, trance, classic rock, old rock, and some heavy bass. plus i play osu (mania) a lot so the typical genre of music on there.
i need a mic. i herd the v-boom mic is good. so something that can use a mic.
this will be my first real pair of headphones.
Ive been looking at
i need help deciding or an even better recommendation please. i have a hard time picking since i will be using these until they break.. so hopefully a few years.
Ah, that's different then. I'm very happy with my ATH-M50x's, but I'm also more focused on overall audio, since I'm listening to music all the time.
I can tell you the AD-700x is often recommended for gaming, as it's comfortable and has a good soundstage for gaming purposes. I have no personal experience with it though.
> I'm not that much into audio quality to go buy another pair when I already have a perfectly fine pair of ear buds.
airpods... which are bluetooth and have nothing to do with the DAC/amp/aux setup :/
Do you even own a pair of headphones or are the Bose earbuds too?
These will blow you away if you've never had a pair of decent over-ear headphones and the passive noise cancellation is plenty good for most scenarios.
$120 is a small investment to make if you listen to music even semi-frequently. Bose earbuds retail for $99-300 and will sound like garbage in comparison. I strongly encourage you to give them a shot.
Here's a video on Beats headphones and why they're overpriced, it applies to Bose/Skullcandy/airpods and other well known headphones as well (although Beats is by far the worst offender). Just buying expensive earbuds/headphones doesn't mean you "gave it a shot"
Best pair I've ever owned, not sure if they're sold locally though
I use ATH-M50x's with Brainwavz earpads
Literally the most comfortable you can get IMO, I mean it just feels like two pillows on your ears. It's amazing, completely wraps around your ears with more cushion than you could ever need
Here are pics of my headset (dBrand skin + Better earpads)
Spend $25 more. You will not regret it.
Try [link] excellent quality, surprisingly good bass, replaceable cord, foldable I had those after my Bose broke and I'm extremely happy!
Yea that's why, I always suggest staying away from turtle beach/gaming headphones but if you enjoy them then there's no reason to not get them. I always suggest a headphone +modmic combo. I always suggest Ath M50x plus the modmic, and if you do end up getting them it's always good to get this Sabrent if you don't have a sound card, it's needed for the mod mic to reduce the interference from your mobo, and has a chance to make headphones sound even better. In the end it's up to you, but I have a feeling you will enjoy this combo. And if you ever do end up playing on console, you can pick up an Astro mix amp and listen to console and PC at the same time.
I'd like to recommend these.
While these are more bassy than another popular choice at this price point, the HD598 cs, it should be suited for listening to hip hop. But if you want a more neutral experience, I hear the HD598 cs is a better choice. From my personal experience, you can always make the HD598 cs a bit more bassy with some equalizer changes, so it might be the safe bet for your genres.
What's your total budget? These are a good deal: [link]
these are a classic choice: [link] so are these: [link]
pair them with this guy: [link]
Audio Technica's M50x These are what i used for competitive FPS for a couple years, sound great on media and awesome in game. I personally favored the AD700 for long sessions and for FPS as i found the positional accuracy even better than the M50x.
if you dislike the stock earpads on the m50x These velour ones are marvelous.
I'm using ATHM50x headphones and a shitty Logitech Z150 speaker..
Using the headphones thru my PC audio jack but the cord positioning is inconvenient. Is there a difference in sound quality if I run my headphones through the speaker's audio jack? I've tested it and I feel it the bass is less clear through the speakers jack. I can't tell if it is a settings problem or an audio jack thing
I have these from Audio Technica:.
Best headphones I've ever owned.
But the thing is, as high of audio quality cannot be achieved with wireless headphones.
I would recommend Audio Technica ATH-50X Headphones and a Mod Mic. Together it will run about $210. However You can always get those headphones in combo deals with a case/headphone amp. I have this combo. It is the headphones with a Fiio EK11(A3) headphone amp that has on board bass boost.
Yes there will be wires, but that setup would sound better than any gaming headset could dream of.
I'd buy them separately. [link] these headphones with this [link] Mic. It's not as clean as a headset but the best bang for the buck. You won't come close to sound quality of headphone and Mic.
As another user stated ath-x50's are basically the best value for your buck headphones you can get. Although they are wired the cable is very long and the build quality is amazing mine has lasted me 3 years of constant wear and tear with only having to replace the little ear muff things once which costs like $10. And that's with like 5 hours a use a day every day for most of those 3 years.
Here's a video in which it's mentioned and given flying colors and what got me to buy them personally and I haven't regretted it in the slightest. Also there are two versions now one with detachable cable and one without. I would get one with the detachable cable so that if it breaks you aren't buying a new pair of headphones.
Here's a link to the amazon page of the new version which has the detachable cables. [link]
I use Audio Technica ATH-M50Xs. Get them from Guitar Center. They do price matching (just find a cheap pair on Amazon, Ebay etc) and a one year full replacement warranty. My headphones "break" once a year so I've had a pair for 4 years and only paid once.
Edit: Here is a pair of the M40Xs for $80
audio technica m50x
Beyerdynamic DT770 pro 80 ohm
Pay the little extra and have something that you won't feel the need to replace in a year
On my personal rig I use the audiotechnica ATH M50Xs and they sound amazing, I also use a blue yeti mic and it comes out clear crisp and clean. To keep my desk from lots of chaos I use a boom arm.
( I don't use that boom arm personally, but for someone who wants a good quality boom arm, that's the one.)
Now all this stuff will give you the best experience for a separate mic and headphone combo (well best experience that won't cost thousands of dollars) but if you don't want to use the yeti on a boom arm and just want a headset, get the M50Xs and get an attachment microphone instead. This mic has better quality than pretty much any mic built into headsets since the mic tends to be where they cut corners.
As a person who owns dozens of pairs of gaming headphones, I would choose my audiotechnicas with an external mic over them all. I have used Sades GW, Corsair Voids, Turtle Beaches 800Xs, Astro a40s, Logitech g930s, Tritton 720+s and many cheap headsets as well. Get the m50Xs, I would also recommend sennheiser hd598 headphones. The truth about all those gaming features (and this is my opinion, as an owner of all the aforementioned headphones) is that high quality sound is better than fake 7.1 surround.
Can't upvote this enough.
I use the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x studio headphones for my PC and PS4 with a portable DAC and gaming headsets can't compare.
I highly recommend the ATH-M50x headphones to anyone in the market for a $125-150 headset.
Audio-Technica M50x. Doesn't break the bank, has great sound, and they go all the way over even my relatively large ears. Plus they have replaceable cables if you run over one with your chair.
If you need a microphone, just grab a Modmic. Even with the $70 version, you're not breaking $200 combined.
Lol "keep the levels reasonable"
I think an xmas present to myself i'm gonna buy myself:
Get these or these if you can afford them. Both of them are super comfortable and reliable. You said you were in highschool in another comment so the first one should not break the bank. I personally use the first pair for commuting and they are phenomenal.
What are your thoughts on this one?
I have these 3 that all sound great in their own ways: ATH-M50x (closed), Sennheiser 598 SE (open) and Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 (in ear). I'm no audiophile but definitely appreciate the improved sound with any of these headphones and the V20.
I also have the free promo B&O PLAY earphones on their way. I'm curious to compare them to the Bowers & Wilkins.
kinda over-budget in canada-land
Granted I probably spent more than most people are willing to, but these headphones and a cheap mic will destroy any "gaming" headset.
I'm stuck between the Audio Technica M50X's and the new Sony h.ear Premium Wired Headphones.
I perfer a relatively neutral response with a slight edge towards the lows (bass). By this I mean that if a song has bass, it'll pop out but not distort the mids and highs.
Both of these headphones do seem to advertise this but I'm still split on the other qualities such as build quality and portability, etc.
Can anyone help me choose a winner?
hi, i'm looking to potentially buy a new headset / mic combination, mostly for gaming and just listening to music. my mates are complaining about crackling sound / voice quality all the time when we're on teamspeak / discord. i've read through this thread but still need some guidance
i currently have a xonar d1 soundcard and an old steelseries gaming headset. yea yea i know, gaming headsets suck. but that's why i'm here looking for an alternative.
do I just need a decent headset (was thinking of an Audio Technica ATH-M50x) + mic (maybe AntLion Audio ModMic V4 or is there a cheaper alternative?) or do i also need a DAC & Amp?
any input is appreciated. thanks.
Allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllrighty. "Gaming headphones" are a dangerous field to mess around with. So called gaming headphones are usually low quality and don't sound all that great. It is easier to pick up a set of gaming headphones if ease is more important than audio fidelity. For this see: [link]
However, Razer stuff is hit or miss, and can be, you know, a piece of crap.
I would recommend regular headphones and a microphone. I recommend these: [link]
And a little cheaper here: [link]
The massdrop link might go out of stock soon.
The Audio Technica headphones I linked are LOVED by headphone enthusiasts, I've heard nothing but good marks. I know it's a little overbudget, but it will save you money when they DON'T break within the next years.
As for a microphone, I personally use this: [link]
This mic is okay, but needs to be close to your mouth for passable audio to come through, right on your mouth. A mic for gaming is not too important, shop around, make sure the reviews say the mic is good for gaming. Don't get these: [link]
Oh no problem man.
As far as I know with monitors, don't worry too much about that 120/144Hz stuff, brands like Samsung, BenQ and Asus are safe bets.
I actually work/study in audio engineering, so speakers are my bread and butter. Personally though, a good pair of headphones while using my computer suffice for me, if he's talking to his friends online, consider maybe getting him a gaming headset? Only really saying this, as speakers are usually really low quality until you get into the upper £100 price range, and can take up a lot of desk space.
Usually I would recommend buying a standard pair of headphones, and buying an attachable microphone separate but it's only really worth doing if you're really into your sound.
Here's a 'gaming headset' reccomendation
Here's a desktop speaker reccomendation
Wi-Fi adapters you usually need to buy if you're building your own PC, but usually come in all Pre-built computers, so I wouldn't worry about that, however it is recommended even these days to use a wired connection if you can.
Maybe a mouse mat? Can pick any up from brands like 'Steelseries' for cheap-ish and last absolute years, he will need a Keyboard, but unless you want to splash out on a mechanical keyboard, the standard Microsoft keyboards are great.
I think that's everything? haha.
Some decent headphones and you are ok. If in doubt get the Audio Technica ATH M50.
I take it you are not in the US? The ATH-M50x is $129.95 at Amazon right now.
I've done some research and it's coming down to a two different headphones. Comparing them is becoming tough and would like a second opinion. Any recommendations are welcome as well.
I am using this mostly for gaming and I have used the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones. They are not bad, but, I have heard there are better. A nice quality sound is what I am going for as well as positional audio tracking so I can determine where enemies might be.
These are the best two I have found that are butting heads.
Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones
AKG Pro Audio K712 PRO Over-Ear Open Reference Studio Headphones
Absolutely this. Don't listen to anybody who suggests the Modmic, it's not worth the money or time spent realizing how fiddly, inconvenient and mediocre it is.
I modified my Audio Technica M50x headphones to take the Boompro (tutorial here) and swapped out the stock earpads for these and they're pretty much the best sounding, most comfortable gaming headset with the best mic I've ever used.
If you don't need a mic on the headset (you mentioned a blue yeti) then I would go with a decent pair of studio headphones. Personally I am using some superlux HD668Bs (around $40 USD), but I have heard great things about various audio technica headphones or Sennheiser headphones.
For some closed-back headphones I would reccomend the ATH m50Xs, or the M40Xs.
For open backed headphones I would reccomend the Superlux HD668Bs with the replacement pads, the AD700Xs, or the AD900Xs
I only really have experience with audio technica and my superlux's, but even for the same price plus a mod mic these absolutely shred any gaming headphones in sound quality, at least that I have tested.
Those are some of the most highly regarded headphones for your price range. I own a pair and love them, a little tight at first but they break in
ATH-M50x + Mod Mic
How much did you get them for? If it's within ~$150 then you should get a ATH-M50x & Antlion Modmic 4.0
I'd call that a blessing in disguise. Now its time for some quality and affordable pair of headsets.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x plus a Blue Yeti microphone on a stand.
She has the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.
This is the DAC/AMP setup we were considering but figured if we could get good enough onboard sound we wouldn't need it at all and would be happy enough, and it'd cost less overall. Her favorite kind of music is D&B and she has the headphones volume set to about 10% for the sake of physical comfort.
Wireless for under $120? Good luck!
My current headphones just broke, and I've been looking at a couple of different new ones. I don't really know so much about headphones, and what brands to buy.
Is the Audio Technica ATH M50x good for the price? Or is there another set I can get for that price, that is better?
Budget - 140 €, a bit flexible
Source - I'll mainly use them at home, so I'll just plug them into my motherboard. Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full-sized, over ear.
Preferred tonal balance - I would prefer a balanced headset
Past headphones - Roccat Kave, which has broken 3 times now. It's also way to heavy for me.
Preferred Music - Mainly rock, grunge, heavy metal (Black Sabbath stuff, not speed metal)
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - A lot lighter, maybe more comfortable, and just overall good sound quality.
Location - Denmark, [link] or [link]
I'm guessing these?
As /u/username1615 said, M50x.
Even better, currently on sale!
Direct Amazon link
Amazon has the newer version (M50x) for $124
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones [link]
I would prefer not to set up the amp and DAC, these headphones are a good replacement?
This rather unknown pair should fit your needs perfectly . The only one out the ones mentioned I have heard myself though.
If he offered 120 he'll go for 130. I would take that deal, and get these [link]
I'm in the states so I found the UK link. These will blow the Beats away.
If you're willing to shell out a bit of pocket cash, go with these [link]
They're what I have and they are beyond belief. Though, I can assure you the Audio Technica's are a huge quality upgrade over the Beats by every standard.
Most beginners are going to be recommended Audio-Technica's ATH-M50x. Fantastic headphones for the price. From there, I'd explore r/headphones and try not to spend too much money.
I have the Gold Headset is as well (after my Pulse Elite cracked at the hinge). Sometimes, I'll forget to charge and a nice alternative is my work set-up!
Audio Technica M50x + ModMic
Keep in mind, you'll need a splitter to combine the two and have it function with your DualShock 4 but it's definitely a worthwhile option to consider as you get a kickass pair of headphones!
Step 1: [link]
Step 2: [link]
^^^10 times better. Seriously
I'm sorry, here they are. [link]
Budget - $150 and below
Source - MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 (Laptop) and LG Escape 2 (Android phone), maybe LG G Pad F 8.0 (Android tablet) as well
Isolation - At home, some isolation
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? - No
Preferred Type of Headphone - Over the ear I guess? Not too knowledgeable of the different types of headphones.
Preferred tonal balance - Overall balance
Past headphones - Apple earpods
Preferred Music - I listen to varying genres, but headphones that can make [link] sound even more orgasmic would be great
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - Comfort. Something I can wear for extended periods of time and not be irritated.
I've looked around a little and so far I've been told by friends that [link] would be alright for me.
Could always shop used, the M-100 can be found for well below its MSRP. Can't say I've used the SR5. I'd probably go with the M50X, as it's more of a known quantity, and you can easily get it plus a cable for less than $150, though if you're outside the US that might be a problem:
quality headphones are actually pretty affordable.
I'm just going to copy/paste my reply from another thread.
So...here are a few suggestions at this price range:
Audio Technica ATH-M50x: $120 (Probably the most recommended headphone ever. Somewhat boomy bass at times). [link]
Ultrasone HFI-580 S-Logic: $132.98 (Tighter bass than the M50x, typical Ultrasone v-curve, and pretty fun). [link]
Beyerdynamic DT770: $137.58 (Another classic. Built like a tank. Probably the second "brightest" pair of cans on this list next to the Ultrasone 780). [link]
AKG K553 Pro: $172.99 (My office cans. These are fairly flat with slightly accentuated bass. Their mids are a bit veiled. They can be had for $120 on Massdrop sometimes and are probably worth closer to that amount than the $170+ they usually go for).
Ultrasone HFI-780 S-Logic: $173.85 (Currently wearing these right now while while listening to Hotel California. These headphones have a strong v-curve and can be fatiguing due to how bright their treble is. However, with the right music, they can be really, really fun). [link]
I almost always suggest Audio Technica M50x at this price range. That's not because I think they're the most fun or balanced. It's because they're a great entry level headphone for someone that doesn't know exactly what they want from their daily driver. If someone is sure that they like a nice v-curve, I'm not afraid to suggest Ultrasones or Beyerdynamics.
Add in a cheap desktop mic and you're good to go.
Im currently contemplating [link]
My friends aren't the biggest audiophiles so they were not very helpful in weighing the pros and cons of each. Thanks for the help!
I know it's a classic choice unfortunatly they are at 170€ in europe...and only in black.
In this price range do i have more options avalaible in Europe ?
"Fun" but not bass boost.
Edit : love the design of these ones but over-bugdet
In that case, just buy a good set of audio headphones. These are very well-regarded
The headphones in this meme look almost exactly like mine. Neat.
I have the Audio Technica M50x. Cable is 1.2m but I'm thinking I can find a shorter one.
Budget: ~$150, maybe $200 maximum.
Source: This is tricky. I recently broke the headphone jack on my phone, so I'm possibly looking into a budget-oriented DAC to use with my Nexus 6, or using an old Galaxy S3 as an mp3 player. Might also try to fix the N6.
Isolation: More would be preferred. I ride the bus a lot.
Type: Around-ear, closed headphones would be best.
Current: Nothing to speak of.
Balance: I definitely enjoy a good amount of bass, and I like a V-shaped response.
Preferred music: I listen to a good variety of music. I'm into a lot of house, but also enjoy some hard rock/punk stuff.
Basically I'm looking for a comfortable fitting headphone with good bass response. I'm not sure if springing for a DAC is worth it, especially as I'll be using these on the bus/on the go and I can't carry around a big DAC, but I'm very open to options (must work with Android).
So far I've looked into ATH-M50x's which seem to be a good fit for what I'm looking for. I tried on a pair recently and they didn't quite have the bass I'm looking for but I'm hoping to boost that a bit with an EQ or DAC.
As for a DAC, the Fiio K1 seems like a good idea but there's mixed responses on Android compatibility.
Thanks in advance!!
$117 on Jet and $119 on Amazon
(tfw bought my m50x's for $180)
If you're looking for a flat, neutral sound signature, I would say get the ATH-M50x. Currently $120 on Amazon. If the sale ends before you buy them, you could go for their smaller cousin, the ATH-M40x. These are about $90. Both are closed-back, fairly neutral, monitor headphones. They lean towards V-shaped, but they're flatter than many headphones.
Amazon has them at $120
E: The groupon listing has them at $99!
/r/Headphones will be instrumental to your search.
That being said, I would recommend any of the following:
AT-M50X ($129) – I have these and they're excellent. They whip cans two or three times their price. They're so good they make me want to upgrade to
AT-M70X ($229) – AT's new flagship monitors, or
ATH-MSR7 ($249), or
anything by AT. They have killer offerings at any price.
But outside AT, take a look at:
Oppo PM3 ($399)
Sony MDR1A ($299)
HiFiMan HE400i ($449)
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 ($299)
Sennheiser HD600 ($399) (if open back is your thing)
NAD Viso HP50 ($249)
For deciding between headphones, you might find this useful. With that being said, some immediate differences that jump out to me are, the 280 are stereo while the 558 are surround, the 280 have slightly higher impedance, and the 280 are closed-back while the 558 are open-back.
The last difference will be the biggest. I tend to prefer closed-back since it has better noise isolation and keeps your bass in, but at your price range (~$99), I would spring a little extra for Audio-Technica AT-M50X ($129).
XLR and TRS are functionally the same, with different connectors. TRS have smaller connectors which means lower profile and more cables in a smaller space. XLR, on the other hand, is usually latched, which makes the connection more secure. It just depends what you want.
Got a sweet pair of headphones for less than the sale price thanks to Amazon credit.
The Team GFB Play date was super AWESOME!!! Really enjoyed myself and enjoyed playing with friends. I was ElcaminoColt in game and feel free to add me on Xbox or PSN (same name).
Working on my back log of games before I get new ones. So Tomb Raider and SFV for me.
Had a fun time with getting set up for the play date. Had a Blue Yeti mic from a year ago but I didn't notice it didn't have XLR input so the mixer I got in was worthless. So instead I bought a AT2020 mic and received it that Tuesday. Well my stand I got for Christmas was for a small neck mic so off to the store I go. Got a new stand and put the mic on it and plug in the XLR to the mic and mixer but wasn't getting audio. Research showed that I was a idiot and I needed another cable and a power supply to supply phantom power to it. So went to guitar center picked it up and was good to go, thank goodness for tax return.
Was totally worth it. I am okay with it as I'm setting up my studio in my living room, I'll do light streaming but going in on Video and Audio Production, with heavy push in game programming.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Noise cancelling kind of sucks the life out of headphone quality:
I'd get this:
audio technica ath-m50x
With this: FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier
What like a buy link?
Well, I'm considering getting my first real pair of headphones and I can't decide between a couple. Comfort is a big one for me and I want something that is pretty balanced. Not too heavy on the bass, but able to deliver if needed. I also somewhat lean toward closed headphones.
NVX Audio XPT100
And I know that a DAC would probably be unnecessary for most people with these headphones I listed, but my soundcard is kinda fucked in my computer and has been acting up lately so what would a really good budget desktop usb DAC be? I know people mentioned the Fiio E10 in old threads, but it looks like they discontinued it.
I currently have a pair of Astro A40s (gaming headset) connected to their MixAmp Pro. The MixAmp Pro takes in AUX from a PC, USB from my computer and outputs AUX into the Astro A40 headphones. I'd like to purchase the Audio Technica ATH-M50x but I would need to purchase a new Mix Amp. The optimal setup would be a mix amp that allows me to input from USB, AUX and combine the two into an output of AUX for the ATH-M50x.
Any ideas of a MixAmp that could suit these needs?
EDIT: I should add why I want a new MixAmp: occasionally the headphones will get all static from my computer, and the solution is to switch inputs to speakers then back to MixAmp or restart the MixAmp.
The Audio Technica M50x might be a good fit for you. They have great bass, but not over the top. You would probably want to swap out the stock pads for Brainwavz HM 5 pads though, as they can get a little uncomfortable after long usage with stock pads. If you wait a bit you should be able to get a good price on the M50x's. I got mine for $134 or so.
and the pads: [link]
whats the difference between and amp and dac? or should I get these? [link]
Get these with a V-moda boom mic. It's a much better setup than using a gaming headset.
A little late but I have these and they're dope
Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-M50x — Nothing too special. Wish I knew about open-backed headphones back when I bought them.
Keyboard: Pok3r white w/ Cherry MX Browns with thick blank keycaps by GeekKeys — Really enjoying this, and a lot quiter than my previous keyboard.
Pen: Lamy Safari Clear Demonstrator with fine nib — Again, nothing too special. Gonna replace it with a Namiki Falcon at some point.
Watch: Void V01 MkI, sadly no longer available.
god daim, i need to get new headphones. i thought about buying the audio technica. * though i think i have a good stereo system
Beats and skullcandy are pretty bad tbh. This is a really good site for comparing the actually frequency response that different headphones have. If you add your pair of headphones along with the Audio Technica ATH M50x, Sennheiser HD 518, and the Sennheiser HD 558's you can get a clear visual representation of your headphones sound signature compared to others and you can see that the bass on the Shure SRH440's is extremely low compared to the others. Along with the headphones I mentioned you should also look at the Phillips SHP9500 which are very highly reviewed as you can see here. The Takstar HI 2050's are also great and a bit cheaper than the others, here is a review for those. Unfortunately headphone.com doesn't have every pair headphones for their graph so you can't actually see the curve for the Phillips SHP9500's and the Takstar HI 2050's. Those should all be much more comfortable as well.
100% these, you can find them for $15 less online if you look.
Get separate headphones and mic. That way you aren't sacrificing quality on anything just for the convenience of it being in one package. Great sound and build quality, probably has a bad mic. Great build quality and in your budget, bad sound/mic. I bought a gaming headset (333D 179.00 USD) phenomenal sound and quality mic, but the build quality and comfort is sub par. It's plastic and it feels like I'll break it if I'm too rough with it, plus after 2.5 years the mic is failing and the sound card has stopped working. Plus if the mic fails on a headset you need to replace the whole thing.
Onto specifics, if I have persuaded you on separate headphones and mic, I'd suggest the Mod mic from Antlion . As for the headphones, I am a slave to Sennheiser sound. But build quality sub 200 is plasticy, good plastic, but still plastic. I'd suggest nothing less than the 558 and nothing above the 598 for your price point (amazon has prices that better reflect how long they've been around). If you care more about heavy bass I'd suggest the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x look into each of those for what you're looking for and it's okay to let your wallet decide for you, they are all great headphones.
If you still desire an all in one the Sennheiser GAME ONE is 180 on Amazon and it is a very fantastic headset.
Also the M50X bring the bass pretty well. They've been on sale for around $120 almost weekly for the last month or so.
They're $140 now [link]
I am looking for headphones I can use for gaming, watching TV, movies, video editing. Really everything. Budget $100-$150. I was looking at the Audio Technica ATH-M50x, but they are closed. I haven't really ever used closed headphones before. I have worn Bose Quiet Comforts before, and besides the fact they are not super comfortable, I don't know if it was them being closed, or the noise canceling, but they gave me headaches. I work, game, ect in a pretty quit room. I have fans running, and a computer next to me that can get loud too though, but generally it isn't too bad. I currently wear very old Astro A40 That are not particularly good, but they were given to me from a friend and I have never thought to upgrade. If anyone has recommendations for me that are like the A40s, just maybe in better quality, or better sound, that would be great. It dosen't have to be a gaming headset or anything like that, If I ever need a microphone I can use a Mod Mic 4.0.
Edit: If someone could clarify if the difference between closed and open is what I had with the Bose, or if that was the noise canceling...
Hi Folks, looking for advice on my possible purchase choices, bare in mind, I'm not loaded-loaded.
a little disclaimer on this one, I am aware bookshelf speakers are better, I am aware an amp is considered better, and I am aware open headphones have better positional audio than closed. Those things considered my choices are based on my location - the living room, my desk is in the living room, and the desk speakers don't have to be amazing since they won't be the primary source.
Strix Raid Pro 7.1 PCIe
Built in headphone amp, can switch between headphones/speakers with the controller, raid feature, I like their take on simulated surround) Honestly, not looking to budge on the soundcard front, everything else needs to work around it.
Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Reasons - Space, sounds decent, mostly for casual music/tv/gaming use when others are around, not a big deal, but other similar level suggestions would be appreciated (Also, can these plug into that soundcard? am I missing something?... along with the headphones).
I imagine I could go abit higher on the headphones, need to closed otherwise the mrs would go nuts, and I would hear the TV too much anyway.
Not sure what to do here, mod mic? sounds abit poor... can you get desktop ones (with a stand holding it up) that have noise cancellation? I have a mechanical keyboard sooo ;).
Anyways, are these decent choices on a budget? many thanks
**Strix Raid Pro 7.1 PCIe
**Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II [link]
**Audio-Technica ATH-M50X [link]
They're only $135
I use a Ath-m50x headphones with a modmic and it's fantastic. There are alternatives to the m50x but it's down to personal preference at that point
Source- 90% Nexus 5 phone, 10% Gaming PC
Requirements for Isolation- Good isolation, Block out the London tube noise which can get quite loud. Also would like to lower the volume of my listening a little so I can enjoy music without damaging my ears. Also please note: Wear glasses
What they will be used for: 40% of the time on the tube, 40% of the time in the gym, 20% of the time at home
Preferred Type- Based off of what they will be used for, I feel IEM's would be the way to go. However I am completely open to any type of headphones. I was very pleased with my last set of On ear headphones (AKG K451)
Preferred Music- 60% top Forty music, 20% Dubstep, 20% Rap music, 10% Classical/ 50's music.
Sannheiser HD 202- Great noise isolation from what I remember and the sound in general was good. Hated the long ass cord. Not good for using in the gym
AKG K451- Loved the portability and sound. They hurt a little after extended use though. Died after year and a half. Had no trouble using in the gym as they mostly stayed on my head which was a big plus.
Plantronics BackBeat GO 2- They were alright, however I have a tendency to lose wireless IEM's, would be willing to consider any wireless bluetooth ones, as long as they have aptx. Good for using in the gym, but fell out sometimes which was frustrating.
Preferred tonal balance- Neutral I suppose, I am not an expert on this kinda stuff
Headphones I have considered:
Audio-Technica ATH-M50X, after reading this sub. It seems like they are the best choice for most people. However I feel like they are not a good choice for the gym, especially treadmill running, since they might move about a bit. However that would only make up maybe 10% of the total use of these headphones. Would like someone with experience with this headset to give me their view.
Betron RK300- On the other end of the spectrum, Have a ridiculous amount of great reviews on amazon. Cheap and will do the job for the gym definetly.
and like i said i can get the QC15s for 150
Is this the one?
I've heard good things about ATH M50s and they're like $120 right now.
Hey OP, get:-
Some nice budget headphones [£89] /
Or these, slightly better [£98]
A basic amp [£18]
All in all, less than £150 and far superior sound quality, both headphone and microphone wise.
Get a good quality headphones for music then get a modmic to make it for gaming. You can take it further and get a DAC for it to improve the sound and have high quality sound on the go
I personally got this as it suits my needs the best:
Got this for the mic and it works really well and hooks onto my headphones with a small magenet: [link]
This part is optional but works wonders as it makes my music just that much more better :[link]
No computer headset can come close to a good headphone plain and simple. You would be way better off getting a better headphones than 2. the ATH-m50x is one of a few choices at the $200 price range you should look at, there are others but i can't recall off the top of my head.
Update: Purchased a pair of Logitech headphones :D
~~I'm thinking closed headphones because I want to listen privately a lot, and I don't know if there's an advantage to using open headphones over speakers~~
I've been looking at Audio-Technica ATH-M50x as a possibility
DT770 30ohm if you don't have an amp. Look higher if you do
I would recommend the Beyerdynamics Custom One Pro but they're a little over your budget. Great sound, great comfort, good isolation, low impedance for use with phones/mobile devices. They have a bass port slider that allows you to adjust the amount of bass to your liking.
Otherwise, there are the infamous ATH-M50X, very famous for the quality/price ratio but less comfortable and cheaper build quality.
The low end is also less proeminent than COPs.
these ones specifically
Consider Audio Technica's ATH M50x
They're pretty much perfect for your use case, are similar to the example pair you mentioned, and most people (myself included) consider them to outperform cans that are much more expensive. I've had mine for 5 years and love them.
Good headphones like these (with high impedence) do benefit from a dedicated headphone amp such as this but such a thing isn't really required unless you need more volume.
The Audio Technica M50x is about what you are after, it is just over budget however, it could be brought cheaper off ebay if you fancy that risk. The M40x is cheaper but will likely have a sound not as close to what you describe.
There are likely other options, try /r/headphones daily advice thread.
EDIT: A good headset is the Qpad QH90 which is a massive rebrand but good quality, same the Hyper XCloud.
Sry I hadn't noticed your price request.
And why do your speakers just have to work? If you're playing CS:GO good speakers (good headphones) are essential
I'm actually planning on buying headphones within the coming weeks. I'll be spending around $150-$180 and I'm mainly looking at the Audio Technica M50X's. The other ones
I'm looking at are the Sennheiser HD598's. I think I'll be going with the M50X's for their noise isolation and portability. Let me know if you have any other suggestions. :)
Also, Magix isn't free but I just wanted to get a feel for making music so I'm currently on the 30 day trial.
The ATH-M50X from Audio-Technica. $154
By far best sound for the price, it also comes in bundles with a Bluetooth speaker or a Headphone amp. If you need a mic, buy the Antlion Modmic 4.0. $49.95
Together they are less than the $250 budget. Gaming headsets are usually pretty bass heavy and dont have good mics.
A chair with built-in Speakers will never replace a headset - i hope you know that.
But since you asked for it:
My Headphones : ATH-M50x
You can spend way less money on Headphones / Headsets
My Chair : Normal simple Chair
Pretty much. I have a pair of AT M50X's and needed a mic. I was looking at cheapy clippy mics but came upon that so :D.
Any reason you chose these vs Audio-Technica M50x? I'm in the exact situation as you and looking for some headphones for work.
Another vote from me. Looks like they're on sale, too. I think they're normally around $189.
>the headset cable regulary gets run over by the wheels of my chair, but this shouldn't ruin anything.
I disagree. Rolling over it with your chair can cause the wires inside the cable to break, causing the problem you desciribe. In any case, you should look into buying a pair of headphones and using a modmic, a much better quality solution than using a headset. If you tell me your location I can point you to the right shops, but here's a pair of headphones to consider, and here's a modmic
these the ones you talking about?
just asking since it says the prize is down from 240, thanks for the help tho.
Those are both great choices, have a look at the ATH-M50xs: [link]
Amazon will have a lightning sale on these tomorrow. Notice they have almost 2000 reviews and average 5.5/6.
You forgot these
I spent a while before boxing day on headphone forums and the subreddit, this is what I'd get once it goes down in price again.
Is it these?
ATH-M50x plus a Zalman clip-on.
I currently own a set of Audio Technica ATH-M50x. They're extremely comfortable and they audio quality is top notch, I often plug them into my laptop and I don't need a DAC or a ferrite bead to help alleviate any interferences.
Fuck those Beats by Dr. Durr they're garbage.
The ATH series is a great line up for the price on any of your games, the frequency response is great and I have the Sounds of Skyrim Mod installed on my own set up and getting lost in the wilderness is really really immersive.
the M50x's are obviously a little more expensive for what you get, but if you're not big on it the regular M50's are more than adequate aswell.
You'll still want to stick with closed headphones if you'll be wearing them out of the house. This buying guide is a good place to start. The ATH-M50x are a popular neutral-ish closed headphone around $150.
Don't buy refurbished, get the new mind blowingly sexy Dark Green edition :D
I have an Audio Technica ATH m50x for my home headset
and M-Audio AV40's
Work headset i use V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone
Using a Create Sound Blaster Zx as my sound card and mic at home. Humoring the idea of getting an Amp and or a DAC, but i dont know if it would end up making any difference or just be a placebo/waste of money..
Thanks man. The headphones are Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.
/r/pcmasterrace/wiki/headphoneguide <--- Created by our very own /u/SKiring
My recommendation, if your rig is loud like mine, is the ATH-M50Xs
If your rig is quite, then look into the open back headphones, they make a better overall sound but do note that everybody in the room will be able to hear the music being played.
And grab yourself a Modmic to go with it.
You can get AudioTechnica ATH-M50x or Sennheiser HD 598s, which I own and love, along with a Blue Snowball Microphone for like $200ish dollars all together.
With the adapter, you can turn virtually any pair of headphones into a headset. I personally use my Audio Technica ATH-M50x's with a Zalman mic hooked up. Works very well. If you have a comfy pair of headphones that you already own, go with those.
The most recommended headphone of all time, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. For your budget they do well enough as a starting point into good headphones.
Many other options here.
They seem like theyre decent, but I usually try to avoid things marketed as "gaming".
I use Audio Technica MH50x and theyre amazing.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: 145CAD (27% off) [link]
Unfortunately I can't give you a personal review, but if you want a suggestion check out these: [link]
If your budget is only 100 get a pair of headphones instead.
[link] try these
Audio Technica ATH-M50x are the cans for you
Best mid-range headphones right now?
$150 Budget not including amp/dac
I listen to all kinds of music. I also might use them for mixing/dj. So a balanced one, maybe?
What would you say about Audio Technica ATH-M50x?
Depends on what you're willing to spend. For all around good bang for your buck go with Audio Technica ATH M50, really solid for the price.
I am planing to use this method.
Currently I have a pair of Audio Technica M50x's paired with a Schiit Audio Magni 2 amp and will be getting the Modi 2 DAC soon to go with it. Although honestly I may hold off on the DAC because those cans with that amp already sound amazing.
I also own a pair of Audio Technica M40x's and can vouch for them as well. They are cheaper than the 50's and don't have as rich of a bass response but still sound great.
I am also planing to get a modmic to complete it all.
You do know that the Rift has M50x's integrated, nicely adjustable and not uncomfortable or sliding around?
I have a separate set and they are probably the nicest headphones I know, especially for that price. It's great for mixing too, so that's a huge boon in my book, but still: being able to cater to your audience so confidently, i.e. knowing exactly what the user is going to hear, that's a pretty overlooked aspect as well. People keep ignoring sound, but VR especially depends on it so badly.
Besides, I keep forgetting where I put my phones with the Vive. It's such a bitch to develop with sound if you have to separately put on the headphones. Rift? Slap on the headset. That's it.
Which is also true for its setup. You don't have to tell any of us that the Vive "isn't that difficult" to install, but it's still way more difficult to setup compared to the Rift that doesn't require you to leverage three additional outlets. Also something we will laugh about in the near future, but hey.
See if you can find these on sale/refurb: [link]
Otherwise these: [link]
Edit: wrong thread completely, my bad.
To answer OP's question: yes you can use the sansamp and skip having an amp. Monitoring is the problem then, but both wedges and inears can work out well. I don't own an amp and use my sansamp exclusively.
I know this is technically out of your price range but the ath m50s are some of the best all-around headphones you can buy. If you can get another $40 or so, these are some of the best reviewed headphones ever. They are referred to as the starting place for audiophile grade. I used these to play games like Bioshock infinite, etc and the guns in those games sound almost real with the volume up around 30 or so. Also these headphones don't need a amplifier.
 as per the people below, sennhesiers are nice too. But I vastly prefer my m50s to the sennhesiers I used to own. For music they can't be beat. Truly a nice eq'd set that is not too bass heavy or trebly. Just my honest opinion. You may even be able to find the non-x versions on eBay or so for around $80-90. They just lack exchangeable cords. I have the non x version in white.
Might wanna drop that a big since Amazon has it for 120ish for new. Most folks would want new pads anyhow so it'd be an extra $20-60 depending on quality also.
I'm also looking for a budget-sensitive pair cause the ones I got with my controller are pure shit...
I saw these with good reviews:
I will say that these aren't exactly the best option for on-the-go for reasons other than the noise leaking (which does happen). I'd point you to the Audio Technica m50 if you're going to travel a lot.
However, the 598s do technically sound a little better (especially in the highs, but the Audio Technicas sound very good). And the 598s feel very comfortable even when worn for 4-5 hours at a time.
I always had a soft spot for these [link]
Ive got a pair of ATs of a different model, planning to upgrade to them.
>looks good [and]... sounds great
You can't have both? You're very welcome.
Audio Technica ATH-M50/M50X are widely regarded as arguably the best sub $200 headphones on the market. You can sometimes grab them on sale for around $150. If you want a mic with them you can grab yourself a modmic. I have them myself and I love them. Very clean, crisp, balanced sound.
just tagging on some top results from google:
these are the top results.
also a #1 best seller on amazon
Regarding not using M50s for gaming. I don't see why not. They don't punch bass as loud but its still very deep and present. Explosions don't muffle everything around you but they still feel 'real' and present (regarding FPSs). I've been using M50s for gaming for a couple years now and wouldn't recommend anything else.
i have no experience with those headphones, but you might want to check out the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones if you have not already. They are considered the best headphones for the sub $200 price point. I know a couple of people who wear them for fps like csgo and love them. They are very highly regarded.
DT-770s I would put in a close 2nd, but they're a little more expensive and possibly require a headphone amp depending on if you get the 250 ohms model, so gets pretty hefty.
The Audio-Technica M50xs are great for EDM, and have a pretty decent sound stage for closed headphones: [link]
ATH M50's maybe? Pretty good, all around closed headphones. Not sure whether they'd be a huge improvement above the HD 215's but they're very well recieved. Fun sound, v-shaped, but it's pretty solid I'd think.
I am looking for a good amp that is portable (hopefully durable as well, though I keep good care of my stuff). I will be buying the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x unless you have any better solutions, as I am always open to criticism.
I am looking at the FiiO E6 Portable Headphone Amp. The wiki states the headphones will do better with an amp, but not as significantly compared to the higher-tier headphones. That is why I picked this amp. I do not need a portable amp to power $400 headphones, as I would not travel with those.
Ya ok, grats on paying $100 extra for your pair of $100 headphones.
What the fck?
I can not only pinpoint specials around me, I can hear specials ABOVE me all fine.
Buy better headphones, dude. I recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen to use them properly.
As these headphones don't have a mic included, I use a simple Shure SM58.
Yes, it's professional equipment, but it's a completely new feeling to play games with this setup.
I would skip the monitors for now and buy these and be done with it.
This ugly thing