Audio Technica ATH-M50XGM £109 Amazon Gun Metal Grey inc Hard case £109 @ Amazon
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Audio Technica ATH-M50XGM £109 Amazon Gun Metal Grey inc Hard case £109 @ Amazon

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Found 19th Dec 2017
ATH-M50XGM; 1.2m and 3m cables; Screw-on 1/4” adapter, protective carry case



The most critically acclaimed model in the M-series line of monitoring headphones, receiving praise from top live and studio engineers and reviewers alike, year after year.
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My choice until I found Bose
zed683 m ago

My choice until I found Bose



Bose don't make monitoring headphones.
Copperface9 m ago

Bose don't make monitoring headphones.


Just a troll or an idiot. Ignore either way.
ja6864 m ago

Just a troll or an idiot. Ignore either way.


No name calling, it is my opinion, respect it, or gfy
Great deal op.
zed6850 m ago

My choice until I found Bose


Other way round for me. Had the QC35 and they were pants.
zed681 h, 19 m ago

No name calling, it is my opinion, respect it, or gfy


No worries troll.
Absolutely brilliant headphones! I also have the AKG K550 but these are always my initial go to set
I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud enough for me with YouTube. I'm unsure if its my hearing or a combination of source and files. As it also is low on my iPod classic as well. I will require a amp/dac it appears. I still need to test long periods as I only had a quick test and they felt like they crushed my ears a bit after a hour or so.
I'm hoping I don't have to return them for either reason as I don't have the funds to get a DAC yet and I'm more convinced I like it loud than them being faulty.
excellent!! cheers!!
These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and enjoy both - hsh
K9KOD8 m ago

These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and …These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and enjoy both - hsh

​Just waiting for the 770s 250 to drop in price a bit before I bite then I'll have both too
K9KOD1 h, 7 m ago

These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and …These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and enjoy both - hsh


Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? Thought I'd take a shot at asking someone who owns them. I suspect the answer to be a yes though. I am currently researching USB sound cards but there isn't to many options.
Thanks in advance
Gunner4Life2 h, 18 m ago

I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud …I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud enough for me with YouTube. I'm unsure if its my hearing or a combination of source and files. As it also is low on my iPod classic as well. I will require a amp/dac it appears. I still need to test long periods as I only had a quick test and they felt like they crushed my ears a bit after a hour or so.I'm hoping I don't have to return them for either reason as I don't have the funds to get a DAC yet and I'm more convinced I like it loud than them being faulty.



Gunner4Life2 h, 18 m ago

I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud …I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud enough for me with YouTube. I'm unsure if its my hearing or a combination of source and files. As it also is low on my iPod classic as well. I will require a amp/dac it appears. I still need to test long periods as I only had a quick test and they felt like they crushed my ears a bit after a hour or so.I'm hoping I don't have to return them for either reason as I don't have the funds to get a DAC yet and I'm more convinced I like it loud than them being faulty.


I can only comment on 2 pairs of sennys - and the DAC was required for the older (monitor-ish) pair - the sound was very quiet for them. The DAC made a big difference for them, the second pair was momentum 1.0 and it was not really needed but did make a good difference there too.
discussions.apple.com/thr…690
Gunner4Life2 h, 44 m ago

I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud …I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud enough for me with YouTube. I'm unsure if its my hearing or a combination of source and files. As it also is low on my iPod classic as well. I will require a amp/dac it appears. I still need to test long periods as I only had a quick test and they felt like they crushed my ears a bit after a hour or so.I'm hoping I don't have to return them for either reason as I don't have the funds to get a DAC yet and I'm more convinced I like it loud than them being faulty.



discussions.apple.com/thr…690

Eu volume limiter how to turn it off
Gunner4Life7 h, 22 m ago

Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? …Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? Thought I'd take a shot at asking someone who owns them. I suspect the answer to be a yes though. I am currently researching USB sound cards but there isn't to many options.Thanks in advance

​I only use mine on my pc, but I have a dedicated soundcard with a built in headphone amp. I will try them on my phone and let you know.
Gunner4Life9 h, 25 m ago

Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? …Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? Thought I'd take a shot at asking someone who owns them. I suspect the answer to be a yes though. I am currently researching USB sound cards but there isn't to many options.Thanks in advance


The 50's are easy to drive and fine straight off most portable devices. Like most, they do respond well to a quality dac/amp setup. I use a Dac 64/Schiit combination and they sound great.
Gunner4Life9 h, 25 m ago

Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? …Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? Thought I'd take a shot at asking someone who owns them. I suspect the answer to be a yes though. I am currently researching USB sound cards but there isn't to many options.Thanks in advance



Gunner4Life9 h, 25 m ago

Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? …Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? Thought I'd take a shot at asking someone who owns them. I suspect the answer to be a yes though. I am currently researching USB sound cards but there isn't to many options.Thanks in advance

Gunner4Life9 h, 52 m ago

Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? …Do you believe these require a DAC/amp to improve quality and volume ? Thought I'd take a shot at asking someone who owns them. I suspect the answer to be a yes though. I am currently researching USB sound cards but there isn't to many options.Thanks in advance


Just tested with my phone... Volume seems loud enough.. and that is with thicker pads fitted to mine.
daverob11 h, 5 m ago

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5873690 …https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5873690 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5873690Eu volume limiter how to turn it off


Thanks, I will double check but I'm confident I switched it off when I first got it.
asl33122 h, 18 m ago

Just tested with my phone... Volume seems loud enough.. and that is with …Just tested with my phone... Volume seems loud enough.. and that is with thicker pads fitted to mine.



asl33124 h, 48 m ago

​I only use mine on my pc, but I have a dedicated soundcard with a built i …​I only use mine on my pc, but I have a dedicated soundcard with a built in headphone amp. I will try them on my phone and let you know.


Thanks for checking, that's greatly appreciated. I'm not concerned its quiet as such. I am only worried as I think a cheap £4.99 pair of Bluetooth in-ears are as pound if not louder. It's mainly when the source is quieter that there is a problem but I'm maxed out all the time so have no play. The Bluetooth in ears have just turned faulty so now have to use these on the move. They are planned for in door use at a computer long term.

Thanks

P.S the colour is better than I thought it be.
K9KOD2 h, 50 m ago

The 50's are easy to drive and fine straight off most portable devices. …The 50's are easy to drive and fine straight off most portable devices. Like most, they do respond well to a quality dac/amp setup. I use a Dac 64/Schiit combination and they sound great.


Thanks I fear I'm going deaf or maybe just like higher volumes. I will continue to look but I'm undecided between a portable dac or a external USB soundcard such as a creative sound blaster. ( stuck choosing between the xfi HD and the omni. I am struggling to choose as I'm not sure which is best for music and with the option of using with 250ohm headphones in the future a consideration it makes it harder to choose without more research as one is 99db the other 114 I think and I don't know how it compares yet)

Thanks for all the replies
asl33126 h, 35 m ago

Just tested with my phone... Volume seems loud enough.. and that is with …Just tested with my phone... Volume seems loud enough.. and that is with thicker pads fitted to mine.


Forgot to ask do they help with comfort and pressure on the ears at all ? The bigger pads that is as I find they start making my jaw slightly ache after only a short while and am worried they are to tight fitting for my head.
Thanks again.
Gunner4Life40 m ago

Forgot to ask do they help with comfort and pressure on the ears at all ? …Forgot to ask do they help with comfort and pressure on the ears at all ? The bigger pads that is as I find they start making my jaw slightly ache after only a short while and am worried they are to tight fitting for my head.Thanks again.



I've been using these for 2 years amazon.co.uk/Bra…ads

Much thicker and more comfortable than the stock pads.

I am tempted to get some of their hybrid pads too.
Edited by: "asl3312" 20th Dec 2017
asking some questions to experts here
I am in for a nice set of a headphone and struggling between a qc35 and a sony 1000x2m that I hv bought but not contented with
I listened to an audio technica nc yesterday at Currys that sounded great.
can someone please guide
K9KOD19th Dec

These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and …These and the DT770's are the best cans at the £100 ish mark. Have and enjoy both - hsh


i have Dt770 and they feels like im wearing pair of clouds around my ears. Extremly comfy and sounds fantastic
vickyindelhi10 h, 41 m ago

asking some questions to experts here I am in for a nice set of a …asking some questions to experts here I am in for a nice set of a headphone and struggling between a qc35 and a sony 1000x2m that I hv bought but not contented withI listened to an audio technica nc yesterday at Currys that sounded great. can someone please guide


I am using the sony now and the noice cancelling is very nice however they feel a bit tight but nothing that I am not use but I expected a bit more comfort at this price.

Definantly go for comfort first over sound imo.
asl331220th Dec

I've been using these for 2 years …I've been using these for 2 years https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brainwavz-Replacement-Memory-Foam-Earpads-Black-Velour/dp/B00MFDX4YO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513786485&sr=8-1&keywords=brainwavz+padsMuch thicker and more comfortable than the stock pads.I am tempted to get some of their hybrid pads too.


Thanks I will consider some as I'm worried they are to tight. My jaw starts aching pretty quickly and my the top of my ears where I guess they don't fit great. Will have to do some research as these are the first over head headphones for mein a while and other than the low sound level or lack of sound for me to freely choose other than max on any number of 4 devices. (Sansa clip has bit more sound level)
I guess my next option if the comfort isn't there is some dt770 or 990 but will need to dig deeper for which versions.
Gunner4Life18 m ago

Thanks I will consider some as I'm worried they are to tight. My jaw …Thanks I will consider some as I'm worried they are to tight. My jaw starts aching pretty quickly and my the top of my ears where I guess they don't fit great. Will have to do some research as these are the first over head headphones for mein a while and other than the low sound level or lack of sound for me to freely choose other than max on any number of 4 devices. (Sansa clip has bit more sound level)I guess my next option if the comfort isn't there is some dt770 or 990 but will need to dig deeper for which versions.

​the M50 + new pads is pretty much the same price as dt770 so maybe worthwhile you sending them back? the 770 don't have detachable cables though which may or may not be an issue for you. as soon as I see the 250ohm version reduced I'm gonna snap up a set
asl33128 m ago

​the M50 + new pads is pretty much the same price as dt770 so maybe w …​the M50 + new pads is pretty much the same price as dt770 so maybe worthwhile you sending them back? the 770 don't have detachable cables though which may or may not be an issue for you. as soon as I see the 250ohm version reduced I'm gonna snap up a set


Thanks I'm going to see if they get better but luckily amazons return window is the end of January so no rush to decide. Its the sore ears and jaw pain makes me think my head may be to big with the ears being the worse thing (I'm talking 30 mins or less not 4 hours+ here) I've only used a few times as they are for Christmas.

Thanks I guess I will have a better look at them to see as someone above mentioned its like clouds on their ears !

Detachable cables are not a deal breaker, I was gutted the 3m straight cable was sacrificed in this bundle. I think it would of been best suited at a standing desk over the coiled.
Gunner4Life12 h, 6 m ago

Thanks I'm going to see if they get better but luckily amazons return …Thanks I'm going to see if they get better but luckily amazons return window is the end of January so no rush to decide. Its the sore ears and jaw pain makes me think my head may be to big with the ears being the worse thing (I'm talking 30 mins or less not 4 hours+ here) I've only used a few times as they are for Christmas.Thanks I guess I will have a better look at them to see as someone above mentioned its like clouds on their ears ! Detachable cables are not a deal breaker, I was gutted the 3m straight cable was sacrificed in this bundle. I think it would of been best suited at a standing desk over the coiled.

​They are a tight clamping headphone (I have a large head too!) that's why I got the replacement pads.
asl331221 h, 39 m ago

​They are a tight clamping headphone (I have a large head too!) that's why …​They are a tight clamping headphone (I have a large head too!) that's why I got the replacement pads.


Thanks, I will consider that. I'm not sure I want to add another £20 to cost when I'm already confident I need a amp/DAC to increase volume. I don't see how new pads will help with jaw ache after not even 10 minutes. I'm going to consider trying to stretch them over night but I'm unsure if its worth the risk. It be a shame to have to send them back but if they are this uncomfortable for me I have no choice. Thanks for your input ! Did you buy any hybrid ones yesterday as I think they was on offer at £20 on a lightning deal. Angled hybrid ones I think you said before without looking.
Gunner4Life4 h, 3 m ago

Thanks, I will consider that. I'm not sure I want to add another £20 to …Thanks, I will consider that. I'm not sure I want to add another £20 to cost when I'm already confident I need a amp/DAC to increase volume. I don't see how new pads will help with jaw ache after not even 10 minutes. I'm going to consider trying to stretch them over night but I'm unsure if its worth the risk. It be a shame to have to send them back but if they are this uncomfortable for me I have no choice. Thanks for your input ! Did you buy any hybrid ones yesterday as I think they was on offer at £20 on a lightning deal. Angled hybrid ones I think you said before without looking.

I did not see the lightning deal unfortunately. I still in 2 minds whether or not to get the hybrids or whether just to buy the 770s.

Honestly the memory foam Brainwavz velour pads really do help, they are much much thicker and softer, I could wear my M50s all day. But as you say they are an additional £20 on top of the cost of the 'phones already.

What DAC / Amp have you been looking at? The XDUOO XD-05 looks like a budget friendly decent one.
Edited by: "asl3312" 24th Dec 2017
asl331224th Dec

I did not see the lightning deal unfortunately. I still in 2 minds whether …I did not see the lightning deal unfortunately. I still in 2 minds whether or not to get the hybrids or whether just to buy the 770s.Honestly the memory foam Brainwavz velour pads really do help, they are much much thicker and softer, I could wear my M50s all day. But as you say they are an additional £20 on top of the cost of the 'phones already.What DAC / Amp have you been looking at? The XDUOO XD-05 looks like a budget friendly decent one.


To be honest I haven't looked at DAC options. I was looking more at a USB external sound card. Such as the few creative models as that would have a dual purpose then.
I'm really trying to persist with wanting to keep them and have been trying different band length to see if I had it adjusted wrong. I am holding out on trying to help them stretch a little overnight on a box or other item. I picked them up at £99 and know from watching the past 18 months and with inflation I doubt they will come up cheaper and it could be a year plus before even the same price again.

Do you have the £15 ones and do you happen to have a light colour ? Only asking if they mark or discolour quickly. I may take the risk but likewise I may cut my losses and try again in the future when I can get pads headphones and a DAC. Would be disappointing but I'm struggling with comfort in the jaw and the top of the ear pressure/irritation after use.
Thanks
Gunner4Life19th Dec

I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud …I'm struggling with volume output. IPod classic phone are just not loud enough for me with YouTube. I'm unsure if its my hearing or a combination of source and files. As it also is low on my iPod classic as well. I will require a amp/dac it appears. I still need to test long periods as I only had a quick test and they felt like they crushed my ears a bit after a hour or so.I'm hoping I don't have to return them for either reason as I don't have the funds to get a DAC yet and I'm more convinced I like it loud than them being faulty.


Use an app like Power amp it has an head amp on it that way you get more volume out of the phone I've got these headphones and I use them on my Galaxy S5 and S7 Edge with no problems.
Gunner4Life6 h, 3 m ago

To be honest I haven't looked at DAC options. I was looking more at a USB …To be honest I haven't looked at DAC options. I was looking more at a USB external sound card. Such as the few creative models as that would have a dual purpose then.I'm really trying to persist with wanting to keep them and have been trying different band length to see if I had it adjusted wrong. I am holding out on trying to help them stretch a little overnight on a box or other item. I picked them up at £99 and know from watching the past 18 months and with inflation I doubt they will come up cheaper and it could be a year plus before even the same price again.Do you have the £15 ones and do you happen to have a light colour ? Only asking if they mark or discolour quickly. I may take the risk but likewise I may cut my losses and try again in the future when I can get pads headphones and a DAC. Would be disappointing but I'm struggling with comfort in the jaw and the top of the ear pressure/irritation after use.Thanks


I have the black velour pads, I could wear them all day they are that comfortable. The pads were £15 just before Xmas but it looks like they have gone back up to £19.99.

I luckily bought my M50s in Dec 2015 when the price was super low (less than £90!).

Amazon are now selling these Gun metal Grey ones with a case for £159, so £109 is a steal tbh. Even the regular black headphones which I have are £118 now.

An external soundcard = DAC. They are the same thing, just marketed at different buyers.
Edited by: "asl3312" 31st Dec 2017
asl331233 m ago

I have the black velour pads, I could wear them all day they are that …I have the black velour pads, I could wear them all day they are that comfortable. The pads were £15 just before Xmas but it looks like they have gone back up to £19.99.I luckily bought my M50s in Dec 2015 when the price was super low (less than £90!).Amazon are now selling these Gun metal Grey ones with a case for £159, so £109 is a steal tbh. Even the regular black headphones which I have are £118 now.An external soundcard = DAC. They are the same thing, just marketed at different buyers.


Thanks I must of seen the prices during the lightning deal. I am still trying out band adjusting. Was a little better today, that was a good time to buy them. Likewise this likely was as well. Sorry I meant a USB sound card which is USB powered and can take optical so it can be used with speakers also. I haven't looked to see if there is a portable version as most DACS are battery powered and need charging I'm guessing. I will check the one you mentioned. I was looking at a creative fxi hdi think it was. It was down to low £60 the other week but I didn't bite as I'm unsure as I would like to improve the z906 speakers too.
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