"Both the headphones are Over-ears and are great entry level studio monitors. The Sennheiser HD 461 delivers serious audio quality. It also comes with an in-line mic and remote, however, is bulky, making potability an issue.
The ATH-M30X from Japanese brand Audio-Technica has a high impedance. Thus, it is best driven by an external amplifier."
The Sennheiser HD 461, flaunts a design that is proudly Sennheiser. The over-ear earcups sit on your ears to completely cover them. The black design is devoid of any frill and fancy. The silver ring on both the earcups does good and adds a little quirk to the otherwise boring design.
The ruffled texture on the earcups, are welcome and do Save the headphones from looking like utterly boring studio monitors.
The large circum-aural headphones are built entirely from plastic. Clearly plastic through and through, they do look a little cheap. We wish Sennheiser had taken more efforts into making these over-ears look more expensive and durable. All being said, the headphones are very lightweight, thus taking away from the pressure you feel while listening to music for long hours.
A good feature, the headphones come with a detachable cable. Considering that most headphones become useless over time due to damaged cables, with the HD 461, the cord has to be merely replaced.
SENNHEISER'S DETACHABLE CABLE VS AUDIO-TECHNICA'S COMFORTABLE OVER-EAR DESIGN?
The ATH-M30X is an upgrade to the ATH-M30 and thus sports a slightly upgraded design as well. The black ATH-M30X is mostly made of plastic and has oval-shaped earcups unlike its predecessor, the ATH-M30, which has a distinctly round shape.The M30X has all that can grab the attention of budding audio enthusiasts in a budget.
On the design end, the ATH-M30X features a stern design true to its aspects and does not aim at turning any heads. We can't help but love the placement of Audio-Technica's logos on each Ear-Cups though. A rather large Audio-Technica logo runs along the headband which is quite putting off. The rexine cushions on the earcups are soft and cover the ears completely. Even the flexible headband has the same rexine material. Making them wearable on hours to go.
The Sennheiser HD 461 and the Audio Technica ATH M30X are both flexible, thus, you can easily port them wherever you go. The latter also comes with a nice little pouch to put them in. The only thing you miss is being able to take the cable out of the bottom, which you can easily wrap around the headphones themselves instead.
The Sennheiser HD 461 comes with an impedance of 32 Ohms, lower than that of the ATH-M30X, and hence it can easily be driven by you smartphone of any other low-end devices. This is great of you do not want invest in buying an additional amplifier.
When it comes to the fitting, the HD 461 gives you the best fit. The headphones sit on your head like they are crafted for perfection. The earcups and the headband are heavily padded and completely engulf your ears. The ear cups also twists just the right amount, making them fit very smoothly.
The cable features a smart in-line mic and remote. This means that you can take calls and control your music with ease. The headphones also come in two variants, one that is compatible with android devices and the other that is compatible with iOS devices.
SENNHEISER'S 2 YEAR WARRANTY VS AUDIO TECHNICA'S 1 YEAR WARRANTY
We need to consider that the ATH-M30X is being made as professional monitor headphones, and hence have a high impedance rating. While such high impedance rating can help increase clarity, it is not easily derivable with low-end devices like your smartphones and iPods. Thus, you will need a suitable Amp to power it in full capacity.
The 3 m long cable has a thick outer covering, that covers the copper aluminum wire, making it quite sturdy. Audio-Technica also bundles a 6.3 mm adapter which snaps onto the 3.5 mm jack making the ATH-M30X work with a wide range of audio equipment. The M30x is also flexible, and the ear cups can be swiveled 90-degrees, allowing forsingle-ear monitoring.
When comes to warranty, the Sennheiser HD 461 comes with 2 years of warranty, while the ATH-M30X comes with a standard 1-year warranty.
BASS DRIVEN CLEAR AUDIO VS A LARGE SOUND STAGE
When it comes to the sound, the ATH-M30X sounds very soft and muffled when not used with an Amp or any other high-end device. Amp it up and you will immediately notice a stark difference.
Considering that they are made with studio monitoring in mind, ATH-M30X is not meant for folks who like drama in their sound definition.In fact, it produces a flat sound with absolutely no distortion. When used perfectly, the headphones get really loud and produce crystal clear sounds. They are also able to handle bass and treble perfectly.
The sound stage is good, but do not expect the level of that of high-end professional grade studio headphones. Owing to the fit, the passive noise isolation is enough to suppress most ambient sounds with ease. Bass is nice and punchy and does not overpower the vocals and instruments, which are also well reproduced for the most part.
The Sennheiser HD 461 are classic headphones that have been built to primarily do one thing- produce great sound. If you are looking for a more serious audio experience, these over-ears make the cut.
Whereas, Audio-Technica ATH-M30X is for someone who wants entry-level studio monitoring along with being portable and sleek.
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