I just can't decide. You guys brought me into this pain, now you have to help me out
First thing to say, my main interest here (i didn't want to put it in the thread tittle fearing nobody would come in) is PC gaming.
I have read loads of opinions about the Beyerdynamic DT770 in the gaming threads and they seem great, but i have been recommended the DT150 and DT250 over them. The problem is that these 2 are barely mentioned in the gaming threads, so i'd like to hear some opinions and comparisons of the three, gaming wise.
So, if you have made it to this point, let me type down some considerations:
What i'm looking for:
My main interest is immersive PC gaming, but i also play a lot of multiplayer FPSs. I prefer immersion and having fun over cheating in multiplayer, so i want the games to sound real, fun and impresive but i also want a good audio positioning to be present (what this means is no, i do not want the ATH AD700 so i can hear only footsteps to "pwn n000bzs" but no explosions and rockets flyng by).
So long story short, i want all games to sound REALLY atmospheric while remaining decently competitive in multiplayer.
* A decent performance in movies and music would be also welcome.
I know headphones in these forums are considered very specialized, but for someone as me, new into this madness you call audiophilia, a pair of 150€ headphones are expected to be mindblowing in every aspect, at least for my "untrained-in-audio-stuff" mind. I guess the overall better headphone should win here (overall meaning gaming, gaming, gaming, music and movies).
* Also, how does audio positioning particularly compare in these 3 cans?
- DT150 (250ohm) - 120€
- DT770pro (80ohm) - 129€
- DT770pro (250ohm) - 129€
- DT250 (80ohm) - 145€
- DT250 (250ohm) - 135€
* I see higher impedance is usually cheaper, but it also carries the need of purchasing an amplifier and i dont plan (at least not for now) on buying any amplifier more expensive than, lets say, around 30€.
Most of the headphones i have had before have had problems in the cables and the soldered joints between the cables and the earphone. It's true that they were cheap and i dont' treat them quite carefully (i move often), but if they are going to cost me 150 euros, a solid build quality would be quite welcome. For that matter, the dt150 and dt250 having detachable cables (meaning that i can replace them if they break) is a detail to be taken into consideration, althought not a primary decision-making variable.
Most people say that the 150s sound a lot better than the other two, but they also say they are a lot more uncomfortable. I plan to wear them in long sessions, so if the difference in audio is not that big (specially if its a matter of sound taste and not sound quality) i'd like to have some good and confy headphones instead having to take them off constantly.
Right now i only have budget to buy the headphones, and maybe (only if needed) a really cheap amplifier. I'll be pluging them in my PC motherboard (aka onboard soundcard). If i recall correctly its an Asus P5Q SE. I don't plan on buying a soundcard or a good amplifier in a near future because those would cost around 150€ each if i am correct.
That in principle leaves out the DT150 and the 250ohm versions of the others, but since those are a bit cheaper than the 80ohm versions, i could consider buying a 250ohm headphone and investing the price difference in an amp (althought i will loose the option of connecting the headphones to smaller devices), but only it its REALLY worth it.
So what are your opinions? As said, i'm specially interested about their performance in games.
Thanks in advance for the replies.
Edited by nicolasete - 7/15/10 at 8:01pm