Originally Posted by RustA
Not gonna answer your primary question but I would strongly advise to find out what is "fun" for you in terms of headphone sound...
(people here usually consider as fun V-shaped or subwooferish bassy headphones... for me, anything too far from neutral is not fun but boring and lacking in terms of fidelity)
As for the difference... I would say you will be happy, with AKGs at least, but don't expect miracles. Regardless of what headphone you choose to purchase, you are still going to get a pair of headphones (nothing more, nothing less). Even though I have owned several flagship models and am extremely happy with my Sennheiser HD800, I would be very careful about comparing them subjectively to "lesser" headphones. In reality, if you take these HD800/LCD-2/whatever and compare side by side with some budget full-size headphone on the same amp, you will find that the actual difference in performance is NOT that big. Definitely not 15x better or something like that (100USD phone vs 1500USD HD800), rather 2x better at best if we stay rational.
To sum up, the reason to go and keep some flagship is that it offers certain quality(ies) that you enjoy very much with headphones and that is simply better with that flagship than with anything. If you are after extremely defined, deep and clear bass that is both fun and realistic, you get LCD-2/LCD-3. If you are after neutrality, soundstage, imaging, separation, you would prefer HD800... If you want to get awesome vocals, you could try some Audio Technica etc. Therefore, I would universally suggest to find out what you are searching for with headphones and choose according to that.
From the list above, I would most probably get K702 anniversary as it seems to be an overpriced but still very versatile headphone that will offer you good results in every sound aspect. Or, you could try Hifiman HE-400, Sennheiser HD600/HD650. Especially Senns are very cheap in Europe and therefore I would most probably go for one of those two over AKG or HE-400 if you are short on budget. Both HD600 and HD650 are keepers, definitely headphones worth having.
Thanks for the good post.
"Fun" to me propably would be getting sucked into a game or movie.
When I listen to music it's usually eminem and propably I prefer havin good amount of bass.
Also "feeling" bullets and explosions is something that I prefer.
Based on the above I think closed headphones are the best, however for competitive gaming they say open headphones is the way to go.
Generally I don't like paying for a product if it's overpriced, propably won't buy the K702annie at 569euro's.
I'm generally spending 80% on gaming and 20% on movies/tv shows.
Because I mainly do gaming and positional sound is important(footsteps & knowing where enemy is) I looked at this guide:
I based my list of that guide, even though I exclusively game on PC (that link is for console gaming).
The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250ohm is also cheap (cheaper then Sennheiser PC360).
According the link above it got Fun: 9 and Competitive: 8.
Ultimately because I do game alot and want every edge in competitive gaming I propably should buy PC360/AD700/K701/Q701/K702/702annie (for competitive they all got 9.5 or better).
Considering I never tried anything Hi Fi earphones before I could aswell just order Sennheiser PC360 and call it a day :D
I was seriously considering PC350 but I read so many bad things it fell out of buying list.