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Audio-Technica ATH-M50S or Sennheiser HD448

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March 13, 2011 12:06:35 AM

Ok, so I'm looking to buy a nice pair of around headphones because I'm starting to get tired of the generic headphones that I've been using. Looking for something around $100 or less and I've narrowed it down to these two so far:

Either the Audio-Technica ATH-M50S or the Sennheiser HD 448.

Don't know if any of you have ever owned any of these, but I can't decide between the two. Oh and I'll be listening to mostly rock, hip-hop, r&b that sort of thing so bass is a necessity. Or if there's any other models that you would recommend feel free to post them here as well.

March 13, 2011 7:20:41 AM

I have the HD448's and I love them.
Are you going to be using a portable player or an amp? My Sony E-series is lacking the power to drive the headphones to their full potential so they are quite quiet with little bass. I'm not sure about other portable devices though. When hooked up to my amp for home use they output a very decent amount of bass and can reach a high volume setting. The mids and highs are very good and clear but the bass can be a little bit muddy or boomy at times which might be a problem for you if you listen to bass heavy music. I generally listen to rock and metal with a bit of reggae and the bass for me isn't a huge problem and the great mids/highs kinda help even it out. They are also very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

I've never heard the Audio-Technica headphones so I have no comment on them but I can definitely recommend the HD448's. Bear in mind though that it all depends on the person so if possible I would recommend having a listen to both pairs before making your purchase although that isn't always possible of course.