Thanks for reading, and for the thoughtful comment!
I wrote the original article as sort of a half-joke, to demonstrate how much value the M50X has for its price, for the average listener. It seems like it’s become the popular headphone to hate in the last year or so.
I agree that the highs can become quite fatiguing on higher volumes…but I do most of my listening at a low to moderate level. As you’ve alluded to, that bump in the highs is what makes them valuable as a production headphone.
I’ve moved to the DT770 when I want an “M50X-esque” sound. They both have a similar sound signature, but I slightly prefer the fit and feel of the DT770s. I should probably update the original article to talk about that!
Have you tried any of Sennheiser’s stuff? A lot of their models have slightly more relaxed highs while still sounding relatively neutral and detailed. The HD 598Cs/569 sits in a similar price range to the M50X and might be a good one to check out. It still has a slight boost in the upper mids, but I find them less aggressive than the M50X.
It’s tough to find highs that are both detailed and relaxed…those qualities don’t usually go together. If you find something else that works well for you, please reply and let me know!
Thanks again for reading!