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Anyone gaming with these?
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^ No offense but I always get confused by people trying to use "audiophile" headphones for gaming. Most >$200 headphones tend to need amps to sound their best, and if you're using an amp, you typically need a better (external) source than a computer sound card too. And for gaming that makes no sense at all, because you'd lose the game-specific sound processing that some sound cards offer (notably the Creative Sound Blaster cards, but also others).

 

The HD700 is definitely one of those headphones that needs an amp, plus it's open. Most gamers tend to use closed headphones.

 

And I can't see it being very useful for gaming either. Granted, it'd probably localize sound effects pretty well, but it doesn't have the kind of sound that would make gunfire and explosions sound powerful (assuming you're referring to action games).

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Are fidelity X11 and x2 audiophile grade? I find those phenomenal for gaming.
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^ No idea what you're referring to. A quick Google search turned up nothing.

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^ No offense but I always get confused by people trying to use "audiophile" headphones for gaming. Most >$200 headphones tend to need amps to sound their best, and if you're using an amp, you typically need a better (external) source than a computer sound card too. And for gaming that makes no sense at all, because you'd lose the game-specific sound processing that some sound cards offer (notably the Creative Sound Blaster cards, but also others).

 

The HD700 is definitely one of those headphones that needs an amp, plus it's open. Most gamers tend to use closed headphones.

 

And I can't see it being very useful for gaming either. Granted, it'd probably localize sound effects pretty well, but it doesn't have the kind of sound that would make gunfire and explosions sound powerful (assuming you're referring to action games).

 

Actually a lot of casual gamers use open cans - me included.  And I have a creative card (titaniumX-fi) which I use solely for gaming.  SPDIF out (optical) to an external dac and amp.  That way I get the DSP when I need it, and the power from the better quality external amp.

 

The HD700 was a really good headphone for gaming.  Bass was quite immersive, but it also had good imaging and enough upper end detail to locate everything.  Best of all was the comfort.

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^ No idea what you're referring to. A quick Google search turned up nothing.
Sorry. Fidelio X1 and x2
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@kenshinhimura Oh, my, really? I'm in the US. I'd better take a closer look. Oh, if I'd only known about the $325 deals!! :-(


subscribe to the deals discussion thread, that might help you. also check headphones for sale section, i think i saw someone selling an unopened one for $453 or right around there.

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Is that phrase even allowed on this forum? :D


My motto is "If I can afford it, it's not good enough for me ." :)

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I find HD700 to be very good for gaming even unamped and using crappy laptop soundcard and for that matter I prefer HD700 over  Fidelio X1 or Denon AH-D600 (actually of those three D600 is my 2nd choice). The sound is just so natural and clear compared to my other HPs. Bass is enough for me and I find it to be very good qualitylity/quantity-wise. X1 has very good (quantity) bass but mids are more recessed compared to HD700 and lack texture, soundstage is a lot more small and for me the X1 lack transparency. Speaking about comfort HD700 is more comfortable than X1 for very long listening/gaming sessions. Just my opinion.

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@HPiper Hey, I am really happy to hear that you like that combo ... I have a Valhalla 2 on order and am going to purchase the HD 700 headphones sometime between now and Cyber Monday. (I'll be using the Bifrost Uber with it.)

 

A quick follow-up question, if you don't mind -- are you happy with the stock tubes or have you rolled them?

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