The 990s are stellar gaming cans. It can do both competitive and fun gaming. It's problem is the treble being very...very prominent by default. When using Dolby Headphone, the treble is mitigated quite a bit, making it be not so problematic. The 990s midbass is quick to decay compared to typical basshead cans, and so it's not very obtrusive.
There's a reason I have had like 6 different 990s at some point.
If you can find a way to reduce treble dor non gaming applications, I think the 990 is one of the best in the $250 range.
FYI, a large reason why I wanted the X1, was because I was hoping it'd sound a lot like the 990 without that extra treble, and with some extra warmth.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/5/13 at 8:17am