Originally Posted by Omnom
I'm a noob here (just letting ya know)
Well anyway I am desperately trying to find a headset that will suit my needs.
-Kinda want it stylish as I will be wearing it in public
-Overall sound for music
-Decent sound for gaming (I listen to music more than gaming so doesn't worry me to much but would still like nice sounds :)
-Comfort (I tend to either game or listen to music for long periods of time so it is important)
I've been looking at the Audio Technica ATH M50 but apparently it isn't good for gaming, a similar one suggested was the Shure SRH840 but apparently that gets uncomfortable. Both are the kind of styles I like not to out there but sleek. The Ultrasone Pro 550 apparently are very good for what i want but it seems way to large for my head which would make me look silly. I have considered the Sennheiser HD280 but I'm not sure if it's good for gaming the style is good and comfort is apparently good. Anyways I have no clue what to do.
1st equal - Sound
1st equal - Stlye
2nd - Comfort
3rd - Durability
Note: I will be getting a clip on mic a Zalman one.
Thanks for anyone who replies I am hopelessly stuck
If you're putting style on the same priority rating as sound, you probably are looking more for style than sound. Just saying. Let's be realistic here.
Anyways you're going to be wearing these in public. You do realize noise isolation comes into role then? An open headphone will remain supreme in gaming and music but it'll really suffer in noisy environment. I find all the ultrasone phones to be overpriced. If you want to buy those, do extensive research.
ATH-M50& Shure 840: looks alright. Not very comfortable but it's durable enough. Terrible for gaming but it has decent noise isolation. Both have decent bass - somewhat leaking into the mids.
AD700: open, kinda looks ugly imo. Actually let's not even bother with this one.
HD 598: very controversial looks (http://www.head-fi.org/t/616860/sennheiser-hd-598-ugly-or-sexy/105 ). I posted that thread btw rofl. Awful noise isolation. You do not want to use these in public. But they will reign supreme in music, gaming, and movies. Disgustingly comfortable. Bass is neutral, which makes it diverse for most genres but anemic for some (hip hop, dubstep, bad rap, etc.) Portable devices can power it easily but unfortunately it's not practical because of the long ass cord/ jack.
D2000: decent bass. Somewhat loose sounding but the bass is still delicious. Decent for gaming. But this is NOT a closed headphone. It's semi-open and have awful noise isolation. The only reason to buy the Denon series is for its bass. If you think about it, they don't have any advantage of a closed headphone (noise isolation, portability, size) while having weaker strengths of an open headphone (narrower soundstage, imaging, etc.). Oh, also it's too expensive.
List of good sealed earphones that are reviewed by a reliable audiophile. If I were you, I would look into the V-Moda M80. They look sexy (but are not gaudy) and they are built like a TANK. Probably not great for gaming. The thing is you can't have something that's great for outside use + gaming. That's hard.
What do you think about in-ear monitors? They don't stand out in public but offer great noise isolation.
Btw I would look in for a better mic. I do have the zalman one (never used it though) but I heard there are better options available. If you take gaming seriously, pick the HD 598. I don't consider myself a hardcore player but I do have a 4+ kd in cod with 25+ kills average per TDM. Gaming headphones like the Q701, AD700, and HD 598 are your best bet for hearing sound whoring. And plus I think the HD 598 are amazing for music. I can't concentrate with music outside so I prefer not to use anything outside except ear plugs.
Edited by NimbleTurtle - 8/3/12 at 5:24pm