I've been lurking around the head-fi forums doing some research (including a long read of Mad Lust Envy's gaming headphone thread) on my next pair of gaming headphones for a while now and have narrowed my search down to two candidates: The beyerdynamic DT990 Pro and the AKG Q701. Both seem like very attractive options for my situation but, I can't make up my mind. The other part of my dilemma is that I've encountered conflicting opinions on whether or not additional amplification would be needed in my situation. My end goal is to spend no more than $400 (preferably under $350) total for the headphones and everything I will need to support them. Now for some background info:
What have I been using?
For console gaming, Astro A40's. I know these cans have got a bit of hate on these forums but, I'm not a hardcore audiophile so, they've done pretty well for me although I've felt they've always been a bit lacking in the bass department.
I haven't done much PC gaming until recently so, I was just using a crappy $30 plantronics headset I got from best buy - Definitely feeling the need to upgrade there.
For music, I do a bit of bedroom DJ'ing so, I've listened to a lot of music on a pair of pioneer HDJ-1000's. They're definitely the "bassiest" headphone I have and I enjoy their sound but, I don't really use them much for "recreational" music listening as they tend to become uncomfortable for me after more than an hour of constant use.
What am I going to be using the headphones for?
As the post title suggests, primarily gaming/movies (about 85% of the time) and music the other 15%. I play a wide variety of games including FPS, RTS, RPG, and flight sims. I do some "competitive" gaming (primarily BF3 and MW3) so positional accuracy is pretty important but, I primarily play for fun/immersion factor.
Music-wise, I listen to a lot of electronic (primarily trace, DnB, and dubstep) as well as a good deal of newer rock/metal.
What am I hooking these up to?
For console gaming: Astro Mixamp
For PC gaming: I plan on either purchasing a creative X-Fi Platinum HD or asus Xonar DX 7.1 . I'm looking for advice on which of these to pick or other sound card suggestions as well. If possible, I'd like to drive the headphones right off of the card. If that's not possible, I'd be willing to look at a semi-inexpensive amp. (Was looking at a FiiO E9 or E10)
Considering either the Q701's or DT990 Pro's for an all-round gaming/movies/music headphone. 85% movies/15% music. Which would you pick? Anything else in that price range I should consider?
Looking at either a X-Fi Platinum HD or Asus Xonar DX 7.1 to support these cans with my PC. I'd like to drive the headphones directly off of the card if possible. Either one better than the other for that or another similar card I should consider?
If I need to purchase an amp to use these properly, would a Fiio E9 or E10 work well (enough)? Something else in that price range I should consider?
So, head-fi... what do?