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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
After weeks of researching, I have finally narrowed down my headphone choices to a few select ones, and need help deciding on the final one! I am also open to new suggestions, mind you.

My requirements are that they:
1. Are closed back
2. Preferably over ear
3. Cost around £100 max. Prices here in the UK are a lot different so bear that in mind
4. I will be mainly using either unamplified sound or a FiiO E5
5. I listen to nearly all types of music, especially dance/rock/piano/classical/RnB
6. I will also use it to watch the odd film
7. I will use it when playing games, so good ability when gaming is a MUST.

So, the contenders:

Shure SRH440 £69.99

Ultrasone HFI-580/680/780 £100/£120/£140

Sennheiser HD280 PRO £80

Denon AH-D1001 (Creative Aurvana Live) £60

Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO (80 ohm version) £130

Audio Technica ATH-M50 £120

Audio Technica ATH-A500 £110

Sony MDR-XB700 £70

Can someone please help me choose one?!?!
post #2 of 12
My vote goes to the Denon and Shure.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post
My vote goes to the Denon and Shure.
Any particular reason why?
post #4 of 12
I'll comment on the Ultrasone HFI-780's. I never really got to try them for gaming but from what I've read they have a good soundstage. They are definitely the bassiest cans I've tried so far. They are absolutely incredible for bass heavy and electronic music. They seemed to do pretty well with other genres. Ultrasone's do tend to be a love them or hate them can though. Some feel that the bass is overpowering and the highs harsh but I didn't experience these problems. If you want toned down bass the 680's would probably be a good bet. I would recommend the Pro 750's though. I found them to be all around more refined than the 780's and had wonderful sound quality. They can be had in the FS forum for sub $200 used (not sure how that translates across the pond).

I have a pair of HD280's and really liked them. They were a good first can for me. The sound at least to me was very good. The only complaints I have with them is the bass is light and they can be uncomfortable. They can be modded for more bass fairly easily though. They do get uncomfortable. Heat builds up and they have high clamping force which creates a lot of pressure. I have to take them off after around an hour and take a break. The soundstage is narrower than my D2000's which apparently have great soundstage for a closed can (this is probably an unfair comparison). I used the 280's for gaming and they seemed okay but can't match the D2000's.

With all that said my vote would probably be for the M50's or D1001's. If the D1001's sound anything like the D2000's I don't think you can go wrong. Though FWIR they don't isolate particularly well.
post #5 of 12
My vote goes to anything but the Sony's and the Shure's.
post #6 of 12
denon d1001. comfy and passable sq
post #7 of 12
I have the DT770 Pro 80 and I sold the M50s to my roomie. Both are awesome, but the DT770s are more fun in sound, and have a bigger soundstage. They are an absolute blast with gaming, moreso than the M50s. The M50s have a really small soundstage, that just wont cut it for gaming, though they are pretty much as good as the DT770s with everything else.

As much as I loved the XB700s, they are a horrible choice for gaming, as the bass overwhelms other finer details, which is a huge negative for gaming.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. As you can see, I've now put prices to make comparisons a bit easier.
A couple of questions:
Are the DT770s worth double the price of the creative, sony and shure phones?
Which is the better ATH phone, for the prices listed above?
At the moment im leaning towards the creative (denon) or shure cans because they are so much cheaper than the alternatives
post #9 of 12
DJ style and bassy phones aren't exactly known for their gaming ability - as in poor soundstage. And most are closed.

The DT770 are going to need something better than a Fiio - and a decent source too. They might be 80ohms, but so are my DT250, and they do better with an amp than without - and they're supposed easier to drive. If you're not going to do that, then no, they aren't going to be worth the extra over phones that are less demanding of source and that don't require an amp. IMO

A really good phone needs good back up, they don't do it all by themselves.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by ashikamlani View Post
Any particular reason why?
Hi, both the Denon (which I have) and Shure (which I don't have) offer very good sound quality for a closed can for the money and are easily driven by a DAP and with modest amps such as the Fiio. You won't go wrong with either choice.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by baka1969 View Post
Hi, both the Denon (which I have) and Shure (which I don't have) offer very good sound quality for a closed can for the money and are easily driven by a DAP and with modest amps such as the Fiio. You won't go wrong with either choice.
Thanks. Any idea on what they're like when used for gaming?
post #12 of 12
I have to add that I use the Mixamp for all my gaming purposes to game with Dolby Headphone. I wouldn't game any other way. There's no way the DT770 Pro will do good without an amp of sorts.
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