Hey people on Head-Fi!
I'm looking for some help with navigating the vast market of headphones. Since I'm a total newbie and have some fairly special requirements, I thought I'd stop wasting more time on google and try asking some of you experts that hangs around on this forum :)
I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones which will mainly be used for gaming but also be able to plug into an mp3 player and sound good.
The reason I'm not looking for a headset is that I don't use a mic too much and I would feel stupid walking around outside with a huge mic. A detachable mic would be cool, but dont mind using a desc mic in gaming/skype when i need it.
So my main question is: will good quality headphones made for music sound good in games? and will they be able to play virtual sorround sound (important for positioning in FPS games)?
Dont really have a tigh budget but was thinking somwhere in the $150-250 range. Also they MUST have big (closed) earcups with a fake leather-like material - for some reason foam feels really uncomfy and scratchy on me - even the soft "premium foam" some use.
I have been doing alot of googling and some candidates at this point is:
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (there is also an "S" version - is that better?)
Sennheiser HD 448 (have heard the bass was a bit low though)
Another difference between music and gaming use is that comfort is much more important. When gaming you might sit 8-10 hours in a row, noone does that with music - so even headphones that is very comfy for 2-3 hours might not be ideal for gaming.
Again, they have to be closed (doesn't have to be totally noise cancelling) and with a leather-like material on the ear cups. Other than that, here's a list of what's most important:
Comfort (low weight)
Detacheable mic (bonus)
Can't think of any more information atm, but feel free to ask if I forgot something - all replies is much appriciated! :)
Edited by birdshake - 11/17/11 at 4:10pm