In my experience, the condition of the pads makes more of a difference than the ep/mp/lp designation.
The prices for Sextetts goes all over the place depending on condition. I've seen them for between $60-200. There have been a couple on the forums recently for under $100. You could also consider the DF model which is a bit more rare.
The Denons have a lot of resonance which makes them feel a bit "slow" for metal (unless you're playing melodic/doom type stuff). That same resonance also makes them a poor choice for FPS games, though good if you just want some low end rumble from explosions orchestral scores and the like.
What are your other requiements? Do you need closed? portable or not? amp or not? budget?
Hey guys, was just about to start a new thread and then saw this!
Anyway, I am looking to buy a pair of 'phones again, having had some PC 350's that met an untimely end a couple of months ago.
While the mic was useful, I would rather spend the money on sound quality (I have heard you can get better 'phones for the money, since the mic inflates the cost quite a lot), in particular any 'phones that have great positional audio. I have a Xonar D2X to drive it, so fully intend to abuse some Dolby Headphone in BF3 I can grab a desktop mic for reasonably cheap (any gamers here that can comment on that would also be very helpful), so I would prefer the decent cans so that everything benefits (music, movies etc), whereas a more convenient mic only really benefits gaming.
I have read good things about the 555s, AD700s etc, and the 595s are also within my price range, so I am just wondering on what you guys might suggest? I am planning on getting a BSG amp to use with it. I hear they are great little things, and I don't want to spend tons on an amp.
I can go up to about £150 tops on the phones alone, and like I mentioned, I prioritise sound quality and positional audio (so I would imagine that is soundstage then?) above all else. Bass is nice if included, but not at the expense of the previous. I'm sure it will be better than my crappy 2.1 setup now anyway; so long as there is bass at all, I will be happy. I'm looking for value as well, so if (say) the 595s are great value, and there is nothing much better, but still costing significantly more, I will likely stick with the 595s.
Any advice you can give, even if just dropping some names for me to research, would be a massive help to me. Sorry about the essay, but I figured the more info I give, the better advice I can receive.
The Sennheisers and Audio Technicas you listed are top of the heap for gaming headphones (and the PC360 is basically the same with a mic). The AD700 will have a slightly wider soundstage, and the Senns will give a bit more bass and will sit a little more securely if you're the type that shakes your head a lot.
Edited by Armaegis - 8/30/11 at 11:09pm