I was there my friend...
|I've grown tired of my sony mdr-v700's, they actually are starting to hurt. I need to find a extremely comfortable pair of open air headphones. They will be used mostly for gaming (Counter Strike mainly), some music and some movies, but games for the most part. I don't have an amp, nor do i want one. $150 is my budget. Thanks in advance!
Two months ago I was in your exact position.
I went with the 580's after I returned the 280's.
Funny thing about these phones though. I've been listening to music more than playing games=read UT2K3 instagib. They're VERY comfy. They completely surround my ears, whereas the Beyerdynamic 250's touch my ears, but you want open air anyway. The soundstage is large and the stereo imaging rocks. I play MUCH better with these cans on than I do with my Klipsch 4.1's.
They sound good out of anything (exception being underpowered portable stuff ~ weak and my audigy card ~ OUCH, bright) and only get better as you grow into them. They sounded better after I broke them in. They sounded better from my cheap consumer amp and my Klipsch headphone jack. Then I went to the Chicago meeting...
I heard my boys out of an amp. I purchased an amp from a fellow head-fier, FCJ. Altoid amp for $40. That's not bad at all. Newegg has the 580's for $120. They're not in stock now, but keep checking here.
Bottom line ~ I was impressed with them from the beggining and as one head-fier put it, you can really grow with the 580's.
P.S. To get around that ULTRA bright sound card deal, just use anything with a line in and a headphone jack that's loud until you find a nice starter amp. It was flawed, but until I heard it out of an amp...well...ignorance is bliss
I ALMOST FORGOT...why get the 580's when you could get the 590's and go without an amp!?! Apparently the 590's can be overly bright at times...match that with a sound card and...