Hello all, new user here and new to quality headphones too. Been looking through the forum and found it interesting. Especially since I'm looking for a set right now.
Looking for some headphones, no more than $120, for music, movies, and gaming (all platforms). The usual. More than anything though, gaming (I would appreciate enough bass to make movies, single player campaigns, explosions, etc. enjoyable, but also enough to make online play clear). I'd also prefer if the headphones weren't open so that people around me could hear what I'm hearing (don't want to bother anyone...). Some portability would be nice too, but not necessary.
Now, I was hoping I could be recommended a good set. Currently, I've been looking at the following headphones/headsets:
Audio Technica ATH-AD700
Steel Series Siberia V2
Turtle Beach HPX
Almost everyone recommends the AD700, and I'm leaning towards those more than any other. However, the light bass is keeping me from getting it. (These are open too, and too big to be used portably. But I'm willing to forgo that because of its reported quality for price.)
I've read that the Siberia V2 is pretty good. More bass than the AD700. I also like the retractable adjustable microphone (great for portability). However, I noticed that a lot of people in this forum brush it off without even stating if they've tried it or not, just because its SteelSeries (apparently they suck automatically for almost everyone here, just because they make gaming products). I'd like to hear some opinions and comparisons on head-fiers who have actually used this headset. I mean it has 50mm drivers, and a range from 10 Hz to 28 KHz. Not too bad no? (I know these numbers aren't everything though...)
The Sennheiser HD555 are cheap, can be modded to be like a HD595 (I've only heard of the advantages, what disadvantages does this have? Does it make it an open headphone or what?), and are probably the second best on my list in terms of quality. But how is the bass? Will I enjoy explosions with it? I think these are light in bass too, not as much as the AD700 though, not sure.
Razer Carcharias and Sennheiser PC350... meh. I can't remove the microphone so its not really portable. I think, from what I've read, that the Siberias V2 > Carcharias, and the AD700 > PC350. Plus, generally, this forum doesn't like headsets...
Finally, the HPX is a surround sound headset which means that it probably won't provide the greatest music listening experience.
Any other suggestions under $120 would be greatly appreciated. I can max at $150, but thats pushing it. I've heard some good things about the Creative Auviva LIve! and some JVC RX900 too. These any better or worse than the ones I mentioned? Thanks to all who reply!