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Denon D1000 vs Ultrasone HFI-550?

post #1 of 17
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Hi, I am going to be running these cans off an X-fi XtremeGamer sound card. I mainly play FPS games and such. Which set of cans would run best on my sound card and which would be better for gaming?

 

Thank you!


Edited by tipsycoma - 7/8/10 at 5:04pm
post #2 of 17
Thread Starter 

Sorry to bump within 24 hours, but no one has any advice to give me regarding these cans?

post #3 of 17

if you only need one for gaming , why not add AD700 into your considerations ? it is a good choice as it is famous for WIDE SOUNDSTAGE


Edited by blueyan - 7/9/10 at 9:44am
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

I already tried the AD700, and hated them because they sounded very tinny. It's hard to explain, but they sounded like the treble was always tweaked to the highest setting. No EQ changes helped really.

 

I also tried the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro/80's, which I thought were the best closed gaming cans out there. But unfortunately I didn't like them too much either because the mids were really recessed and I feel like they had lack of detail (like footsteps in games and such) because of that.

 

So I'm looking into some new cans that are closed and have good bass for gaming, as well as good detailed sound and a decent sound stage.

 

Have you tried the HFI 550s

 

Thank you!

 

post #5 of 17

Check out the Ultrasone HFI 580 or the Proline 550.  Amazing headphones for the price.

post #6 of 17
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Check out the Ultrasone HFI 580 or the Proline 550.  Amazing headphones for the price.


Thanks for your reply, man!

 

I can get the HFI 550's for 70 dollars. I'm not really looking to spend more than that right now. 

 

Also, aren't the HFI 580 and Proline 550 basically the same thing as the HFI 550?

 

Thank you!

post #7 of 17
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WOW. I'm done with this forum. I can't even get a single response in regard to my original question. It's been six days already and I've been waiting to order my headphones with false hopes of actually receiving some advice.

 

Eff this.

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by tipsycoma View Post

WOW. I'm done with this forum. I can't even get a single response in regard to my original question. It's been six days already and I've been waiting to order my headphones with false hopes of actually receiving some advice.

 

Eff this.

Dude be patient... I was going to respond but I have midterms dude.  Anyways, I'm sure the search function has your answers...  It seems the HFI 550 and the HFI 580 might be the same with different body.  The PRO 550 is a different class
 

post #9 of 17

sorry, impatient one.. I haven't heard the 550, so I can't comment.

post #10 of 17
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sorry, impatient one.. I haven't heard the 550, so I can't comment.

Do you blame me, honestly? It's been a week since I've gotten a relevant response.

 

And I don't take for granted that you are responding. I actually REALLY appreciate the fact that the two of you are posting in my thread. It shows that people somewhat care enough to type something and state their mind, with intentions of trying to help.

 

I really need to order these cans soon. I am trying to figure out whether I should get the HFI 550 (or 580 for that matter, they both have the same drivers apparently) or the Denon D1000.

 

I don't want to recable my headphones, so how are the D1000 with out recabling? Would the HFI's sound better at stock?

 

Thank you a bunch!

post #11 of 17

HFI 580 have some of the best bass impact out of almost any headphone while still be detailed for that level of bass impact. Surprisingly the bass doesn't encroach on the mids and highs as much as it should. It is certainly clearer than Monster Beats Studios or Sony XB700 while have bass that rivals them both.

 

The Denons are more balanced.  However, I prefer Ultrasones for bass by far. Denons have slower bass. Ultrasones are fast and thumpy.

post #12 of 17
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HFI 580 have some of the best bass impact out of almost any headphone while still be detailed for that level of bass impact. Surprisingly the bass doesn't encroach on the mids and highs as much as it should. It is certainly clearer than Monster Beats Studios or Sony XB700 while have bass that rivals them both.

 

The Denons are more balanced.  However, I prefer Ultrasones for bass by far. Denons have slower bass. Ultrasones are fast and thumpy.

Thank you for your reply.
 

 

Which would you choose for FPS gaming straight out of a sound card?

 

I'm leaning towards the Denons just because I've heard from anyone who owns them that they're great. But the HFI 550's I can get for 70 USD, while I can get some Denons for around 62 USD. Which would be the better buy?

 

Thank you!

post #13 of 17

They are simply different in my opinion. The Denons probably have a more balanced sound and some people think that is "better." It is not better to me.

post #14 of 17
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They are simply different in my opinion. The Denons probably have a more balanced sound and some people think that is "better." It is not better to me.


Okay, I understand what you mean.

 

Would they both be driven equally as well from a sound card?

 

Thank you, man!

post #15 of 17

Yes.

I may add that the HFI 580 has a very upfront sound character. Sounds in the Denons may sound further away and more spacious. So for your needs, the Denons may be better for gaming. For rocking out, the 580 is a monster

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