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Open headphones for music/movies/gaming for ~$150-200

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of ATH-a500s but I feel like it's time for an upgrade.

I'm looking to use them mainly for music (80s/90s rock mostly, but a lot of other modern music as well across many genres).

Still, I want them to be good for movies and gaming as well and in the $150-200 range (although I'm a little flexible if I have to go a little higher for a superior pair).

I figure I'll go for an open set this time since leakage isn't an issue.

I don't want to be messing around with an amp or anything if I can avoid it.

I have an Auzentech X-fi Forte soundcard.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
post #2 of 31

Without an amp, your choices (and perhaps the quality of your cans) are somewhat limited.  With no amp the Senn HD 558 or (stretching your budget) HD 598 might work for you.

post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
Alright well, is it feasible to pick up a decent amp + open pair for ~$200 or so? I've been told the built-in amp on the Forte is pretty decent, for what it's worth.

I'm looking for the best possible setup I can get for around $200; if an external amp is truly going to make the difference, then I don't mind picking one up, I just assumed that given the Forte has a headphone amp, the money would be better spent on the cans.

Thanks.
post #4 of 31

I don't think that just because leakage isn't an issue should mean that you necessarily should go for a pair of open headphones.

 

I had a great experience with my Audio-Technica ATH-M50s back in the day. I still have them somewhere. Great for the price. I think you can find them for $100 - $150, depending on where you look.

post #5 of 31

The Auzentech Forte comes with a headphone amplifier rated up to 600-Ohms.

For something with full bass and full treble, the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250-ohm.

post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
I thought about the M50s, but I figured I would go for a pair with a better soundstage this time. I've been happy with my ATHa500s, but when listening to some open cans, I feel like that's the way to go for me next.

The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250-ohm certainly look like they'd be right for me, but I'm a little worried about reviews citing shrill high-ends.

Thanks for the input, any other advice is appreciated.
post #7 of 31

+1 for the Beyer DT990 250ohm. That's my favorite can right now. The only time I noticed any type of annoying highs was when I first purchased the can. After burning them in, they sound amazing with pretty much anything I can throw at them.

post #8 of 31

I'm in kind of the same situation as you (music/movies/gaming) and I've decided on Q701 with an Essence STX. I'm going to buy them as soon as I get a new computer, hopefully in the near future. I'm not sure if your soundcard has enough juice to amp them well enough though, and they are a tad over your budget. Just more options, I guess :P

post #9 of 31

I had the DT990 250 Ohm version and the shrilling highs are very overrated.  The only earphone that had shrilling highs that I've tested were the RE-ZERO.  Every other headphone like the Grado's, etc I felt the highs weren't shrilling but very nice.  The DT990 250 Ohm are actually very easy to drive.  I used my Fiio E-10 with them and they provided amazing sound.  I suggest selling your headphones and sound card and get the Fiio E-10 and the DT990.  Very nice setup for pretty cheap.  The DT880's might be better for gaming though, I think they have a bigger soundstage.

post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
I was thinking of perhaps going with the DT880s instead for that very reason; I've heard they are great for gaming and the bass and treble are less emphasized.
post #11 of 31

Well the treble is less emphasized, but I think the bass is greater.  I could be wrong though, it's been a while since I've read about them but I do know they are better for gaming/soundstage.  The DT990 does everything right though, they are very nice.  $155 shipped is a stunning deal on them.

post #12 of 31

The DT 880/880 Pro are not far off neutral.  They are great all around cans.  On the downside they are a bit less comfortable than the 770's because their ear cups are smaller.

post #13 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jschristian44 View Post

Well the treble is less emphasized, but I think the bass is greater.  I could be wrong though, it's been a while since I've read about them but I do know they are better for gaming/soundstage.  The DT990 does everything right though, they are very nice.  $155 shipped is a stunning deal on them.

Where is the place you're seeing them for 155 shipped? The cheapest I can find the dt880s are ~100 more than that, so if I can get the dt990s for 155, I think it might be worth it to just pull the trigger on them. At some point, the price difference becomes a factor.

Thanks for the input guys.
post #14 of 31

Well it was on Amazon.  There was a like new set for $155 shipped which is a stunning deal.  There are a few left there for $187 but I didn't read their descriptions.  Oh it was the DT990 250 Ohm version, not the DT880.

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