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What source are you going to be using? If your computer, do you have a sound card? Which one? Are you willing to get one? What type of music? If you're already set on one of those 3, here's what I know: ATH-M50 - Pleather pads, not super comfortable for long periods if you have glasses, can feel hot/sweaty. Great sound, though. Custom One Pro - See above with the pleather pads. No experience with the sound. Custom One Plus (the new version) has a removable cable,...
Provided you can drive them, the Beyerdynamic DT990-250 Pro are on sale for ~$170 on Amazon right now. https://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-990-Pro-250-Professional-Acoustically-Applications/dp/B0011UB9CQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466697964&sr=8-1&keywords=beyerdynamic+dt990
Should be able to grab a Sound Blaster Z or Zx in that price range. That should do what you need, and have all of the features (like Dolby Headphone or virtual surround) that you'd want for gaming.
Pretty sure the red dot is there to differentiate the posts for signal and ground.
What sort of music? What source? You mentioned the M50s, do you want to stay similar to that? One I know of with a coiled cable (when I personally was looking, I considered them more comfortable than the M50): Beyer DT770 250 Ohm - Closed cups. Only the 250 Ohm version has the coiled cable. The 80 Ohm, while having a more V-shaped signature, has a straight cable. I thought the DT990 had a coiled cable version as well, but I don't see it on Amazon.
It will definitely improve the sound quality in addition to the volume.
Soundblaster Z will be plenty sufficient for the DT770. I run mine off of an ASUS Xonar DG (since my FiiO E09K/E17 combo is having major issues with Windows 10) and it works just fine.Homemade amp could also be good enough, depending on how it's made; but you'll want to be certain to use the Line Out from the Z rather than the headphone out. Otherwise you end up in a double amping situation that could result in damage to your amp, headphones, hearing, or all of the above.
Any particular reason you want ANC? It adds artificial sound to the cups and can distort your music. I'd go for noise isolation rather than noise cancelling.
250 Ohm:http://europe.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/spareparts/system-12.html600 Ohm:http://europe.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/spareparts/system-19.htmlEmail them to see how much they cost. I know when I broke my DT770, the replacement driver would have cost $53.
Or at least open the cup to see why the driver isn't working? Break in the cord? Voice Coil wire damaged (harder fix, but still possible)? Definitely at least try to see why they stopped working before giving up on them.
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