Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Or Sony MDR XD1000

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by OmidelF, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. OmidelF macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    Hi Guys

    I Want To Buy A great Headphone For Listening To House and hip hop Songs

    I Want to Know Which One Of These Headphones Are Better For Hip Hop And House Songs :

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Or Sony MDR XD1000 ?

    And I Dont Care About The Price I just Want to know Which One Is Better In Playing House And hip hop Songs
    And Which One Is More comfort ?

    And If you have a better headphone That is Better than these headphones For House and hip hop songs and its below the 300$ plz Let me know !

    Tnx To All :X
  2. jj48 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    I can't comment on the Sony MDRs but I have the Audio Technica - and while they're great headphones, if you like a lot of bass then there may be better options out there.
  3. Waffl3s macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    I got the Sony MDR-XB500 Extra Bass with my MBP. They suction to your ears but that could be due to me not having a small head. I like them besides that.
  4. asknone9, Feb 14, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012

    asknone9 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones are studio grade headphones, designed to be "flat." This means that no part of the frequency spectrum is boosted or cut, so you get an accurate representation of what is being heard. This is useful to a mixing engineer, but may be a somewhat lifeless sound to someone who listens for enjoyment.

    I cannot comment on the those particular Sonys, apart from the fact that the price difference between those and something near the top of your $300 range is huge. Of course, that doesn't mean a cheap set of headphones can't be a good one. I just think that something is bound to be lacking if you go that cheap, especially since Sony alone makes so many "higher grade" headphones.

    If I had to suggest anything for a hyped bass sound in particular, I would suggest you try the Sony MDR-XB700, Sony MDR-V700DJ, or Dr. Dre Beats, which, despite their "studio" label on some models, are not "flat" headphones.
  5. OmidelF thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    Tnx all For The Reply

    So I Guess The MDR XB-1000 Is Better !

    Now I Have Another Question :

    Do I Need an Amp For XB1000 ? Does it worth to buy a Amp ?
    and if yes which amp do you Suggest me to buy ?

    and do i need to buy a sound card for using this headphone ? or my onboard soundcard is enough ?

    My System Is This :

    M.B : AsrOck Extreme 3
    VGA : 6870 x2 Crossfire
    Ram : 6gig TeamGroup 2000Mhz
    Cpu : Corei7 950 , 4Ghz
    OS : 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Monitor : Asus 23 Inch Full HD
  6. asknone9 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2009
    Oh you meant the XB1000s? In your first post it says XD1000, which I took to mean XD100, since XD1000s aren't really sold any longer. The XD100s are $20 heaphones though, so XB1000 certainly makes more sense.

    Yes, the XB1000s will give you all the bass your heart desires. Given they have 24 ohm impedence, you should be able to get more than acceptable volumes without an amp, but you still may acheive a more balanced sound using an amp. Still, get the headphones first, see what kind of sound and volume you are getting, and then consider an amp. In most cases, the amp will act as your DAC (sound card), so just think of them as one in the same. I cannot recommend any heaphone amps myself as I do professional recording, and the DACs I have driving my headphones all serve purposes beyond the heaphones themselves. They are more than you need, basically.

    This site should help a lot, however. Have a look:
  7. OmidelF thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012

    What about my soundcard ? do i need to buy a good PCI soundcard ? or my onboard soundcard is enough for this Headphone

    And Does the Amp's only increase volume , or Does it effect on sound quality too ? and if the answer is yes , does it worth it to buy an amp only to increase the sound quality ? [worth the price ?]

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