Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

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recursive one
KVRAF
4314 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Post Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:08 am

I need more or less decent headphones approx below EUR 200 that would sound good without a dedicated preamp.

I currently have Akg k701 and they have really nice detalization and depth in the top end and midrange but they are basically useless for bass. The problem is that I have them plugged into a generic M-Audio USB audio interface which apparently has wrong impedance and can't drive them. I can't afford a preamp now - seems that the ones that would do the job would cost like EUR 500 or more (e.g. someone reommended me Pro-ject headbox ds2). So I'd rather get cheaper headphones that would be not so demanding on the preamp.

Shure SRH940 is said to have a nice flat sound and doesn't require extra amplification but many people complain that the build quality is very poor and they are extremely fragile.

On the other hand Audio-Technica ATH-M50X seems to have better build quality but some people say they are too coloured (too much bass, harsh high end).

I understand I can't ask for much in that price range (EUR 200 or below) but I can't spent more than that now, so I hope someone would recommend me something decent :)

I mix in speakers and my room has half-decent treatment so I need the headphones mostly to control the low end and catch the glitches/issues that aren't noticeable in the speakers. Won't do any actual mixing in the headphones.

Thanks :)
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pascual
KVRist
419 posts since 15 Jul, 2003 from costa rica / oregon

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:52 pm

Really happy with my new AKG371. About $150. Comfy, and to my ears pretty accurate sound range. Things that I’ve mixed with them translate pretty good on different systems.
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RexXx
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360 posts since 14 Jul, 2005 from Germany

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:35 pm

Mackie MC-250

Btw., Sonarworks headphone profile is available for the MC-250.
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recursive one
KVRAF
4314 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:50 pm

pascual wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:52 pm
Really happy with my new AKG371.
RexXx wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:35 pm
Mackie MC-250
Thanks guys, will look into these. How demandning they are on amplification?
RexXx wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:35 pm
Sonarworks headphone profile is available for the MC-250.
Good to know, I'm planning to get Reference 4 later on.
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RexXx
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360 posts since 14 Jul, 2005 from Germany

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:41 am

recursive one wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:50 pm
How demandning they are on amplification?
MC-250 are very easy to drive (32 ohm). Any mobile, computer or headphone device will work.

Bass is punchy, but not overdone.
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recursive one
KVRAF
4314 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:21 am

RexXx wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:41 am
recursive one wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:50 pm
How demandning they are on amplification?
MC-250 are very easy to drive (32 ohm). Any mobile, computer or headphone device will work.

Bass is punchy, but not overdone.
Cool, thanks! :tu:
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expecto
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8 posts since 15 Jan, 2019

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:54 pm

The objective 2 amp gets recommended a fair bit for the k701/q701 etc. I suggest you check it out first, it's cheap as.

recursive one
KVRAF
4314 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:39 am

expecto wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:54 pm
The objective 2 amp gets recommended a fair bit for the k701/q701 etc. I suggest you check it out first, it's cheap as.
Thanks, will look for more info about this amp (quickly googled, in my country they seem to be only available second-hand).
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Tom35
KVRer
4 posts since 4 Dec, 2019

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:36 pm

I would have gone with with the Audi Tehcnicas

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tehlord
KVRAF
7874 posts since 22 Sep, 2008 from Windsor. UK

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:52 pm

I just checked on Thomann and you can get an Audient ID4 and a pair of DT990s for €237 if you can squeeze just a little bit more.

I have the M50s here and I'm not a massive fan. They're not bad, just a bit dense. I think they're recommended a lot simply because they're recommended a lot and people that buy them don't have a lot to compare with.

I also have DT770s and DT990s here, as well as a couple of pair of AKGs. I used to have the 701s and I agree on the bass. The Beyer DT's offer all the benefits of the 701's, but with a much punchier and more robust bottom end. They are the best headphones I've ever used by miles.

The ID4 drives them easily too.

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chaosWyrM
KVRAF
1864 posts since 29 Apr, 2010 from NYC

Re: Headphones question: Shure SRH940 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50X? Or something else?

Post Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:11 am

tehlord wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:52 pm
I think they're recommended a lot simply because they're recommended a lot and people that buy them don't have a lot to compare with.
give that man a cigar.

i never did understand why the ath-m50xs got so much attention for studio use. they are not flat at all.

i went with akg q701s and i couldnt be more satisfied. i absolutely always recommend them to anyone who asks. though compare prices with the k702s as they are the same headphones (dont let anyone tell you they arent either cuz they are, differences are cosmetic only). you already have k701s....id say youre set and dont need new cans anyway.

also dont fall for that bass nonsense either...if you plan on using these for mixing/mastering you def do NOT want punchier bass. the akgs bass is plenty, its just not accentuated, which you def dont want anyway. these are reference headphones, they arent supposed to be punchy.
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