I'll start by saying that my becoming an audiophile happened overnight more or less when i decided to build a new PC. I've never listened to a high end set of speakers or phones and as such have never felt that i was missing anything. That is what made it strange that, while browsing newegg, out of the blue i just suddenly knew that anything like the z5500 speakers i have now would be unacceptable.
The headphones i would buy need to cover a wide range of activities and this is where my problem comes in as they all seem tailored to one task or another. I want to use them for games as much as music, and probably a movie now and then on netflix.
The games would of course have explosions, guns shots, environmental soundsect. The music range would go from just about any range.. classical to hard rock or some light metal, skipping over rap but some R&B .
In other words i more or less want it all. Clarity, good bass (doesent have to be overpowering, just there so as not to feel flat or empty in situations where nice bass would be expected), ect that can be used for most applications. I'm not the type that can sit down and compare two headphones for nit picky details (at least not yet) so it doesent HAVE to be absolute highend either.
The concept of soundstage is new to me which as what gets me as it would seem to be counter to a good gaming or movie experience. unless i am not understanding the concept, the idea of a headphone placing sounds in different places would seem like a terrible artificial surround sound. From what i've read though, it seems all the high end phones have soundstaging as a feature.
ive also noticed that some phones like the HD-800 seem to be very picky with the amp. I'm going to use the new Asus xonar essence external amp which has been getting great reviews but as it has alot of silicon i imagine it needs something that is forgiving when paired with modern technology.
1,000 dollars would be the idela max i would spend but if i needed to spend 1500 so be it.
i went to guitar center hoping to try out headphones to get a better idea but they dident have in over 250 dollars and did not even have a setup to test them out. i dont know of any stores in the phoenix area set up for walk in testing either.
also open ear/closed doesent matter as these wont be used in public.
I hope someone out there has some ideas for me. Also, glad to join these forums!.