I'm fairly new to the audiophile world. I've been rocking a crappy headset for gaming (Razer Carcharias...man these things are horrid haha) and some old Sony MDR-V600's for music, and I just think it's time for an upgrade. I have a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Sound Card in my PC, but I know a good sound card is useless if the output devices are crap, haha.
With the research I've done from reading a bit around here, and it seems the Sennheiser HD558 and the HD598 are popular picks for what I'm wanting to do, so I narrowed it down to those two. My question is though would saving a bit and getting the HD558 and an amp be better than just getting the HD598? I am not too knowledgeable about amps, so would having one make that much of a difference with my current sound card? Also I may want to bring these around when I travel, but I don't want to worry about that right now. My budget is around $150-200, so I won't be able to afford to get an amp with the HD598.
As these are of course not a headset, I would like a good mic as well. Are there any fairly inexpensive favorites?
I'm basing my prices off of these Electronic Expo deals using the coupon code "TECHBARGAINS" or "BENSBARGAINS":
http://www.electronics-expo.com/sennheiser-hd-558-open-circumaural-headphones (comes to $124) (I know these are out of stock but I can wait/search around for a similar price)
If you have any other suggestions they are more than welcome. Also if I'm getting myself into too much from the start please say so, haha!
Edited by Squirrely - 1/9/12 at 9:32am