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Headphones for progressive rock/metal and gaming

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I'm looking for some new headphones that would be good for these genres in the $300 range (not including tax/shipping). I've been using the HD 555s for about 4 years, but the headband has recently fallen apart, and I've decided to upgrade to some actual hi-fi gear instead of getting them repaired. Usage is about 60% music and 40% games. I'd like headphones with a decent soundstage for games, but I don't play competitively, so it doesn't have to be amazing if it means better sounding music.

I've been looking at the HD 600 (Razordogdeals has them to $299 with a coupon) and the DT 990 600 ohm (again, Razordogdeals has them for about $300 with a coupon). Unfortunately, I have nowhere I can go to demo some headphones. If anyone has some better suggestions or can help me decide between the two I've been looking at, I'd really appreciate it.

For those two, I'd obviously need an amp/dac. I'm willing to spend around $300 (budget is about $600 total). I was looking at the O2+ODAC combo. Again, I'm open to suggestions here, as I have no experience with hi-fi gear.


Edited by Kazragor58 - 7/31/12 at 12:24pm
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I listen to a lot of prog (mostly early 70's stuff) and metal (mostly late 70's and 80's) and I really like my dt880's.  Since the 990's are semi closed this should give you a little more bass, which you might like for gaming.

 

I found 250 ohm Dt990's on dj deals for $198 (http://www.djdeals.com/beyerdynamicDT990PRO.htm), these will be easier to drive than the 600 ohm ones.  I've driven my 250 ohm 880's out of a sound card with no problem, sure they sound a heck of a lot better with an amp, but you can survive with out.

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Originally Posted by samsquanch View Post

I listen to a lot of prog (mostly early 70's stuff) and metal (mostly late 70's and 80's) and I really like my dt880's.

 

I listen to mostly prog (late 60's through early 80's) and Baroque. I really like my DT 990's.

 

 

Originally Posted by samsquanch View Post

Since the 990's are semi closed this should give you a little more bass, which you might like for gaming.

 

My DT 990's are open-backed. Your DT 880's are semi-closed, so you should get a little more bass than I do.

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Originally Posted by HamilcarBarca View Post

 

My DT 990's are open-backed. Your DT 880's are semi-closed, so you should get a little more bass than I do.

 

Ha, whoops!  I got it switched up in my head a while ago, and it just got stuck that way.  

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Originally Posted by samsquanch View Post


I found 250 ohm Dt990's on dj deals for $198 (http://www.djdeals.com/beyerdynamicDT990PRO.htm), these will be easier to drive than the 600 ohm ones.  I've driven my 250 ohm 880's out of a sound card with no problem, sure they sound a heck of a lot better with an amp, but you can survive with out.


That's a huge drop in price compared to the 600 ohm version. Is there a huge difference between the two?

Edit: I just realized my original post wasn't that clear. My total budget is about $600.


Edited by Kazragor58 - 7/31/12 at 12:25pm
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