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post #1 of 39
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I've always been obssessed with audio quality when it comes to games and especially music. I've been looking for a decent pair of headphones that are very good for Metal music and Gaming online in games like Starcraft 2, Bad Company 2, Crysis, etc. I have an X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion PCIe sound card with Logitech Z-5500 speakers. I live in an apt with thin walls so it's ideal to have a good set of phones for night time gaming and music. I was recommended the Sennheiser HD 595s before, and they seem to be a good choice especially because of their known quality and comfort features. Anymore suggestions would be appreciated, including the suggestion to get those ones.


 

 

 

post #2 of 39

The Audio Technica ATH-AD700 is considered the "gaming headphone" around here, but I've never tried it myself so I can't comment any further. You can search around the forums about those headphones. They are open and won't provide any isolation. If you are looking for some isolation then maybe the Audio Technica ATH-M50 is a great place to start. It is a great headphone for its price, and I also only use it for music, so I can't comment on it for gaming. The Beyerdynamic DT770 might be another you could try for a closed headphone, but you have to search around for information on those to see if it's right for you. These are just some good entry headphones that many recommened here for what you are looking for.


 

post #3 of 39
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Thank you, I did see the Audio Technicas suggested around before as good for gaming. I'm more worried about comfort because they will need to be used for many hours straight than audio isolation but the latter can be important if the audio bleeds out tremendously to the point where someone in the room couldn't sleep. When it comes to gaming and music it would probably be 60-music and 40-gaming, but I'm sure if something is exceptionally good for music it would be for gaming as well.


 


Edited by Autre31415 - 3/24/11 at 12:38am
post #4 of 39
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Originally Posted by Autre31415 View Post

Thank you, I did see the Audio Technicas suggested around before as good for gaming. I'm more worried about comfort because they will need to be used for many hours straight than audio isolation but the latter can be important if the audio bleeds out tremendously to the point where someone in the room couldn't sleep. When it comes to gaming and music it would probably be 60-music and 40-gaming, but I'm sure if something is exceptionally good for music it would be for gaming as well.


 


Oh ok, I don't think open headphones will be any problem for you then unless you like to max out your volume on your headphones tongue_smile.gif. I've read the AD700 is very comfy if you have a big head. My Beyer DT990 is very comfy so maybe the DT770 will be the same as well. Or you could just get the DT990 (open headphone) as it has great (almost sharp) highs, good punchy bass, and most importantly (for gaming) a nice soundstage. I think they'd be nice for metal music as well, but I definitely prefer the Grados for any type of rock music. Beware though, the Grados don't exactly have the best comfort and I don't think they are great for gaming as well. The M50 has more clamping power, and it does get kind of hot after a while of use because of the pleather pads. I'd say the AD700 is probably your best bet as it has a wide soundstage, is clear, and detailed, but I've read it is lean on bass, and maybe you'd like to have emphasis on the bass with metal music? It really comes down to trying it out and seeing if it's your sound or not. tongue_smile.gif

 


Edited by sysfail - 3/24/11 at 12:55am
post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 

There really isn't any shop around that sells this stuff and I'm the only one in my group that is an audiophile, so I'm limited to internet buying. Seems like Open Headphones will be a non issue in that case, and when it comes to bass I like a lot of that of course. Explosions in war games and insanity in metal music comes in very bassy which is exactly why any neighboor would put a foot through my head if I was listening to anything on the Z-5500s at 2 am :P. I'm actually surprised to not see any HD 595 loving, they were all the rage a year ago


 

post #6 of 39
Was u implying that someone sleeps in the same room as you? The ad 700 bleed a hell of a lot so other people are gonna hear everything coming out of them, secondly metal and gaming aren't going to have that bass response you will be wanting to come out of them, on a plus note they can be worn endlessly they are that comfy
post #7 of 39
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Yes, my girlfriend often sleeps before I do, I've always been a night owl. That's why I was slightly concerned about Open Headphones.


Based on your description of the Beyer DT990 that sounded about right until I saw the huge $300 price, that's double the HD 595 and triple some of the other ones... I guess finding a good balance between huge bass, comfort and gaming is difficult :(


Edited by Autre31415 - 3/24/11 at 1:45am
post #8 of 39
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Originally Posted by Autre31415 View Post

Yes, my girlfriend often sleeps before I do, I've always been a night owl. That's why I was slightly concerned about Open Headphones.


 

To me the Audio Technica ATH-AD700s are the best for comfort, and going all night long.

If she goes to bed in another room behind a closed door (or two) you could get away with open headphones (like the ATH-AD700s).

If in the same room, it would have to be closed headphones, like ATH-A700s.

or start out with something cheaper, like the JVC HA-RX900s.

 

post #9 of 39

x2 on Audio Technica for closed headphones. Friend of mine went thru' uni using his ATH-A900 (the closed ones, don't get confused with AD900), and some of his course mates found them excellent for FPS gaming.

post #10 of 39

Not sure of any other headphones that might fit your needs. I'm pretty sure the HD595 would work out just fine, but I don't know too much about it so you'd have to look around. The DT990 would of been good, but it's not within your budget. Maybe a DT770 would be pretty good, and you could take a look at the Ultrasone HFI/PRO's as well. They are all closed headphones.


 

post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by sysfail View Post

Not sure of any other headphones that might fit your needs. I'm pretty sure the HD595 would work out just fine, but I don't know too much about it so you'd have to look around. The DT990 would of been good, but it's not within your budget. Maybe a DT770 would be pretty good, and you could take a look at the Ultrasone HFI/PRO's as well. They are all closed headphones.


 


Ehhh, just to clarify for OP's sake:

HD 595, DT 990 -- OPEN headphones

DT 770 -- CLOSED

Ultrasone HFI/Pro -- it depends on the model

 

post #12 of 39
Thread Starter 

Well if it has good bass, which would be great for FPS and metal alike along with very good comfort of the AD700s it seems like the best choice. The price between A900 and A700 seems pretty steep, are the 900's way better or is it just marginal?


 

post #13 of 39

Thanks Eric, didn't clarify enough lol. I think there are comparisons between the AD700 and AD900 and I've read that it does everything better but not enough to justify the price difference. But that's the AD versions which are the open ones. I'm not sure about the A700 and A900.


EDIT: The A's should have better bass response since they are closed phones.

post #14 of 39
Thread Starter 

To clarify the pricing issue I think the absolute highest I will go for is like $200, if it's a tiny bit above like 210 or whatever (and being worth it) thats fine. I've seen the HD 595 for 150, the A700 for ~100 And the A900 for ~200


 

post #15 of 39

If you want to be safe than you should try the A700 first, and if it's not for you then just sell it here and search for something else. If you like it you could also sell it and then get the A900, or if you are satisfied you could just stick with the A700 :) There are also the new upgraded models of the HD555/595 which are the HD558/598. You could read up on those and see if they are for you.


 

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