I've finally decided to make an account here since I've gotten so much information from here already by just lurking threads.
I'm kind of new to proper audio equipment and before this I was the type of guy that would even believe in surround sound headsets, I've finally convinced myself that that's impossible and now I'm ready to move on to some proper equipment :).
Let me start of by saying what kind of things I'd like to do with the headphones, I'd want them to pretty versatile all around headphones since I'd be using it for playing video games (nothing very competitive), music and movies. I know this is a lot to ask from one piece of kit, but since my budget isn't that big and I'm just getting in the scene I reckon there'd be some equipment out there for the audio newbies like me.
The music genres I listen to vary, but it's usually rock, dubstep and soundtracks (usually classical ones).
In terms of video games, I actually play everything, but usually it's shooters, mmos and mobas.
I guess by now you found out that I want to use the cans for my PC, sorry for not putting that in earlier :). I've been listening to my on-board sound, so I'm also looking for a decent starters sound card, I think I've narrowed it down to a soundcard I like: Asus Xonar DG, I heard Creatives are better for video games, but since I'm more looking for an all-round gear I guess Asus is better, however that also depends on preference, I suppose I should listen to it sometime, but I honestly don't know where.
In terms of headphones, I've narrowed my search down to a couple, but if you guys any other better ones feel free to bring it up!
Brainwavz HM5 - Heard these were pretty good all rounders, kinda decent for new people?
Creative Aurvana Live! - Found these on the Mad Lust Envy thread with his comments on cans (actually found almost all of these 4 there), thought they were pretty cool and he gave them pretty good all around grades
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro - Read good things about them, dunno if they're any good for gaming though
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro - What's the difference between these and the 770s?
I've also read about the Sennheiser PC 350/360 but they're headsets and I read a lot that you'll get more bang for your buck when you buy a pair of headphones with a decent clip-on mic (any recommendations on that? I heard Zalman clip-ons were pretty good?)
And I also looked at Audio Technica gear, but I read that the A700s have a very good sound stage for gaming, but since they're pretty low on bass they weren't really good for all round usage?
Another piece from Audio Technica were the AD700s, I read good things about them, but also very mixed things, some people told me the bass was pretty lacking, and others told me they were pretty good all round cans, any comments on these?
My budget would be around ~100-150 euro, so I guess ~$200 max, but preferably a lot less, as I said, I'm still getting into it and I don't have to start with floor wiping kit, since I'm coming from rubbish, almost everything is an improvement :).
I would prefer to keep amps out of the picture and keep it to a sound card and cans for now, I guess headphones with amps and everything will come a bit later when I'm a bit more knowledgeable on the subject myself.
This is where my knowledge so far ends, so feel free to correct me on any mistakes I made and feel free to comment on my choices so far or tell me about a better set of headphones! :)
Ps. Sorry if this is in the wrong subforum, I've looked around and I supposed this was the best place for it?
Edited by Scylin - 9/13/12 at 6:21am