So I've been looking for headphones that I'd use for both gaming and music at home (I currently have HD25s for on the go), and I have no idea what to pick :). I'm not too sure whether or not I would like open or closed, but I kind of want open because I need to hear if anyone is calling me around the house, but I also want closed because I like rumbly bass (despite gaming) + the isolation (at times).
So I have a few questions.
Is the HD25 analytical? My genre preferences are hip hop, r&b, pop, dance, techno, trance, happy hardcore, etc, so mainly genres w/ bass. I do occasionally listen to rock though.
If I love the sound of the HD25s (and I also loved the M50s), which would be better for me? The bass is fine for me on the HD25s, though I do amp it up one level with the E11.
HD598s, Q701, SRH840 / SRH940, D2000
I don't know much about the SRHs for sound stage, so I have no idea if those are good at all for gaming. Q701s, I don't have a desktop amp, but if I need one I'll prob be getting an E9 (if I get the Q701s). Also HD598 - does it require an amp? D2000 - heard it has good soundstage for closed headphones, + fits my needs for the genres I listen to :).
Btw the games I play mainly are FPS and RTS (like league of legends, which I assume doesn't really need soundstage anyways but the open design would be sort of nice. I hate talking with closed headphones on as it makes me sound weird as hell and I can't judge how loud I'm talking. I use skype a lot by the way).
Summary: Open or Closed for my needs? (I like open because I want / need to be able to hear people calling me and I want to be able to clearly hear my voice, closed for my needs of bass).
HD598s, Q701s, SRH840/940, or D2000?
ALSO how bad is the HD598's chipping / cracking problem? Cause if it happens to me, it'll bother the hell out of me.
I've been looking at the Q701s for a long while, but I don't know exactly if I like analytical headphones or not (as I never tried / compared them) and the fact that they apparently have basically nonexistent bass.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 8/25/11 at 10:55pm