I am currently looking forward to upgrading my computer audio setup from... well... nothing (onboard + Sennhs PC151). I have for now narrowed down my future soundcard to
1/ Xense (incl. PC350)
2/ Essence ST
3/ Xonar DX + Fiio E9.
I will be mainly gaming, but I could use the headphones when playing digital piano (clavinova CLP320).
I have read countless posts in here but I can't make up my mind, so I've decided to come and look for your priceless advice.
I am not too much into competitive gaming, I am rather enjoying single-player. So I am more after immersion and overall sound quality than after pinpoint positioning.
I have not yet decided whether I'd like closed or open headphones. It depends on how much a leakage (in and out) there is in the open models... Will the wife watching TV in the same room totally ruin the experience with open cans ?
Is it worth spending more than for the Xense bundle (nice soundcard, decent HP for 220 EUR) ? Knowing than going up from there will probably cost me an additional 150 - 200 EUR (source = 200 EUR, HP = 200-300 EUR).
I want to spend max 300 EUR on the headphones.
I have seen excellent comments on the Beyers. Are there other options ?