I flipped through the last 10 or so pages of this thread but didn't see something specific to my needs, so figured I'd post.
Looking for headphones for use on my high-end gaming rig, and also suggestions on sound card vs. amp/DAC.
I prefer an immersive gaming experience, and do not require competitive positioning. I need headphones so I don't disturb my neighbors/roommate at night (NYC apartment building), but don't mind sound leakage at all as the walls are thick enough for that. As such, I've been enticed by open-backed headphones with the promise of a vast soundstage, but worry about the trade-off of bass that seems to come with it. Ideally I'm looking for something that retails for around $200 on Amazon, has an excellent, open soundstage, and doesn't sacrifice too much bass so when I blow things up, I really enjoy the experience.
So far I'm just completely stuck deciding between the following 5 cans: Beyerdynamic dt770 or dt990, Seinheiser HD 558 or HD 598, or maybe the AKG K702. Please let me know your thoughts on these or even if there is a pair I haven't considered.
For now, these would be plugged in to my motherboard's onboard sound, but I just know I will end up getting a sound card eventually (being a PC enthusiast, similar to an audio enthusiast, can be an addicting and expensive hobby!). Seems to me that the only two real options are the XONAR DX, Essence STX, or the SB Titanium HD, and I'm leaning towards the SB. Does it make sense to do this, or rather get an amp/DAC instead? Or will I need both a sound card AND amp to really power a nice pair of cans? Keep in mind I have absolutely zero portibility needs - these are specifically for my desktop computer.
Thanks for the help and I look forward to your input!
P.S. - Being a lurker on these forumns can make you pretentious about audio quality very quickly! After just a few days of browsing, I find it impossible to ride the NYC subway anymore without scoffing at anyone using Beats or, even worse, default iPhone earbuds
Your question is, as it pertains to cans, very specialized, and as it pertains to computer audio, off topic.
You'll probably get more and more helpful responses elsewhere on this forum (e.g. computer audio section) and/or on a forum that concentrates on computer gaming and audio.