I came to seek advice on getting a gaming headset. I will be playing PS3 and plan to use my receiver as an amplifier, so I figured I could invest in some nice headphones.
My main concern is to have an open air and straight coiled headset with good soundstage. I have had HA-RX900, HD280 and ATH-M50s in the past and the last two were terrible for soundstage, so I want to tailor this purchase more towards that goal. I used to play competitive games and I'd never be able to tell where sounds were coming from if I didn't use my RX900s.
I have looked at many reviews including MadLust's great guide, but I am still on the fence between the AKG Q701 and the Beyerdynamic DT990.
I hear they both have great soundstage and are comfortable, but the Beyer has more bass and treble, which some people have found annoying (mostly the treble part).
Coming from my two pairs of headsets, which do you think will be the better upgrade? Is the AKG's bass really all that bad? From the graphs it seems I've been spoiled with bass, so maybe I'll be really unhappy? Graph
I tried to go to Bestbuy today to try the AKG's on but they only had one pair and they wouldn't let me open it to try them out. I haven't seen any Beyers locally, but if I go with them, since I really dislike coiled cords, I'll probably have to get the Premium version.
If I go with Beyers, should get the 250 or 600 Ohm version? I am under the impression the 600 Ohm version has smaller drivers so it is a more accurate device. Since I'm running this off a receiver, I thought I shouldn't have any problem driving it.
Thanks for your help, audiophiles!
If you are a basshead of any stripe, you will find the bass of the Q701 to be insufficient. The bass on the Q701 extends well, but it won't give you that punch that bassheads crave. On the other hand the DT 990 has recessed mids. In summary if you want bass punch, go with the Beyer. If you want balanced mids, a bigger, better sound stage and greater clarity--go with the AKG. The Beyer is a more colored and "fun" can, while the AKG is m,ore balanced and analytical.
The headphone out jacks on modern A/V receivers are a crap shoot. If you have a Yamaha Adventage receiver, you should be OK with either choice, but there a large number of receivers that won't properly power either choice--even the 250 Ohm version of the Beyer.