Your endorsement for the HE400 continues to sound impressive. I wish I could have a comparable setup and really get a feel for 3D audio gaming, but my sound upgrade I'm pursuing is my own living space so I can set up all my doo-dads. Honestly, I've been using the Q701s a lot but mostly plugged into my Mom's home theater CD player with new CDs of the music I have past loved, but only had the one 30 minute chance to set up MY receiver with the 5.1 to headphone mixing for gaming.
One thing I wonder (& I'm sure worries you) is how do you compare headphones when you don't have them side-by-side? I thought I had a good handle on what my different headphones sound like, but I dug out my Etymotic ER*6i IEMs for the plane rides between Atlanta and home, and I was re-impressed by those. I brought them because I remembered that they were a godsend to block out the crying babies while also being detail monsters, but I rediscovered the longer plugs scratched my ears less, had forgotten how GOOD these could sound, and the refreshed experience surprised me by cleanly and confidently they played my quality test playlist. I don't think I could compare them accurately to the Q701s unless I A-B'd them in the same listening session. How do you keep your rankings straight and avoid recency bias?
Even so, your comparative reviews are immensely more useful than isolated impression reviews.
Btw guys, I've updated the first post with an External Microphone section near the bottom of the first post. Hopefully you guys are happy with it. It's not going to grow much from how it is, but if there are more external mic options that a lot of people take a linking to, I will add them to the list, even without my personal impressions, as I'm not going to be buying any mics anytime soon. I'm happy with my DX mic. I will however, not include the Zalman, as it definitely doesn't get my recommendation.
One thing I love about pc gaming is just how long the lifespan of a game can last. Someday I'll have to track down copies of those older games with hardware-accelerated headphone 3D to get a full experience... Perhaps the continued Console stagnation will continue to bring back mainstream PC Gaming for games other than WoW, runescape, and Starcraft. Which FPS would you recommend first as a first-rate sound experience: BF2, BF 1942, or something I'm not even aware of? Have you tried Metro 2033 on PC?
Edited by Evshrug - 7/30/12 at 2:58pm