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Looking for a good music headphone sub $60

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What the title says..mostly. I want to get my brothers a good pair of headphones. One will be used for music listening/gaming while the other will be used primarily for gaming.

 

$60 (give or take a few) is the cap per headphone, not total.

 

Also, a mic is not necessary, but a headphone conducive to mic mods would be good because I know that most of the time, you get more quality out of a mic-less headphone for the same price. That said, I'm open to mic'd solutions as well.

 

Btw, I may buy one Astro mixamp for both of them to share so keep that in mind (the "gaming" pair of phones will probably be used with dolby headphone via the mixamp).

 

Suggestions?


Edited by lukeman3000 - 11/29/10 at 6:39am
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Used Audio Technica AD700 is the only set you should be looking at.

 

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I don't really have any suggestions in regard to the headphones, but more along the lines of the mixamp. If your not set on having voice/game sound control or having a few RCA ports I say get the Turtle Beach DSS. It does the same quality Dolby surround sound and everything, it's portable, and it costs like $90. Both the mixamp and DSS are made to be run via optical cable to your 360/PS3 and also can work plugged into your TV's optical or your blu-ray's optical (or just plain receiver's optical). Both are very cool and great sounding devices, they just come with different features. If your brother enjoys movies, then you might want to track down the JVC SU-DH1 which along with Dolby digital has DTS encoding. Basically like the DSS but with DTS capabilities. DTS is higher quality (although Dolby is great!), in fact it's debatable whether the difference is really all that much. They are compressed and made in different ways. I really only suggest DTS for movies though, as 360 and PS3 games almost never have that format (So the JVC can use Dolby digital for games, and then DTS for movies if you want).

 

Hope you find what your looking for!!

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Thanks for your suggestions -- The only thing is that discrete game/voice volume is quite important to me (and my brother(s)) as gaming is pretty much 100% of what the mixamp will be used for.

 

I actually already have an Astro mixamp, and I absolutely love it. The amount of inputs on the thing is ridiculous, but very useful to me. One thing that I started doing recently is piping my iphone's sound through the mixamp and sitting it on the desk in front of me so that I can keep gaming and talk to the person on the other end at the same time.

 

Although I haven't tried other amp solutions, I am willing to stick with Astro on that front because of the great experience I've had with their product thus far. I've had that little mixamp for at least a couple years now, and it has been rock solid ever since. Plus, Astro's customer support is truly bar none. I know this sounds like an Astro ad, but the truth is that I've been that I've been very impressed with that company.

 

What I'll probably do is upgrade to the newer version of the mixamp and pass my old one down to my brothers. I'd like to get a pair of headphones for them to use with the mixamp (good with dolby headphone), and I'd also like to get a pair of headphones for my brother who listens to a lot of music. If I could, I'd get them both a pair of Beyerdynamic DT770s because I recently got a pair and absolutely love them, but it's more than I want to spend right now. So I'm looking for the next best thing that's around $60.
 

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I don't really have any suggestions in regard to the headphones, but more along the lines of the mixamp. If your not set on having voice/game sound control or having a few RCA ports I say get the Turtle Beach DSS. It does the same quality Dolby surround sound and everything, it's portable, and it costs like $90. Both the mixamp and DSS are made to be run via optical cable to your 360/PS3 and also can work plugged into your TV's optical or your blu-ray's optical (or just plain receiver's optical). Both are very cool and great sounding devices, they just come with different features. If your brother enjoys movies, then you might want to track down the JVC SU-DH1 which along with Dolby digital has DTS encoding. Basically like the DSS but with DTS capabilities. DTS is higher quality (although Dolby is great!), in fact it's debatable whether the difference is really all that much. They are compressed and made in different ways. I really only suggest DTS for movies though, as 360 and PS3 games almost never have that format (So the JVC can use Dolby digital for games, and then DTS for movies if you want).

 

Hope you find what your looking for!!

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