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Looking for headphones/headset - $300-400 price range!

post #1 of 9
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Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my thread!

 

I am currently looking for a nice headset for gaming and music purposes (would also consider headphones with clip on mic). I would mostly be playing MMOs and some FPS games like BF3 on the PC and the music I listen to is mostly from classical composers such as Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky; although I do occasionally listen to some 80s new wave music. I do not currently have a headphone amp, but I will get one soon (would also be open to suggestions for one).

 

Right now I have the Astro a40s and a surround sound setup with Polk RM75 speakers and a Polk PSW505 12" subwoofer. I would like to buy a new headset that could surpass those two in quality, although bass is not very important to me. My budget is $300-400, so far I've looked at the Beyer MMX 300 and the Senheiser 306s, however there are probably many other options I have not even heard of. I also will not be buying the new headset until December, so if anything new is coming out I could consider that too!

 

Thank you for taking the time to look over my thread, and I hope you can suggest to me some options!

 

 

tl;dr - Looking for a headset (or headphones/clip on mic) for gaming and music use; budget $300-$400.

post #2 of 9

Heya,

 

The Beyer is a good way to go.

 

Alternatively, you can get any headphone and add the ModMic to it (google it).

 

Alternatives (assuming you want closed back):

 

Denon D2000

AudioTechnica A900 & A900X

Brainwavz HM5 (or Fischer Audio FA003 & FA002W)

Beyer T70 & DT770

AKG K271 MK II & K272 HD & K550

Shure SRH940

Ultrasone PRO 650 & PRO 750

 

Very best,

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

The Beyer is a good way to go.

 

Alternatively, you can get any headphone and add the ModMic to it (google it).

 

Alternatives (assuming you want closed back):

 

Denon D2000

AudioTechnica A900 & A900X

Brainwavz HM5 (or Fischer Audio FA003 & FA002W)

Beyer T70 & DT770

AKG K271 MK II & K272 HD & K550

Shure SRH940

Ultrasone PRO 650 & PRO 750

 

Very best,


Thanks a lot for the reply, I will be sure to look over each of the suggestions you wrote! The ModMic looks like a very cool idea and it also opens up a lot of different options for me to explore.

 

I've noticed some threads about the Senheiser HD 600, with lots of positive feedback, do you think that would be a viable option as well (EDIT: I just realized these are open headphones, they would probably be to noisy for others for me to use)?  What amp would you say would work well with these different headphones, and what ones would you pick given the choice of only one?

 

Thanks a lot again for taking the time to reply!


Edited by Confucius - 10/8/12 at 8:14pm
post #4 of 9

The headphones you currently use are optimized for gaming. I think the headphones mentioned above would be great choices, but I don't know if they would be suitable for FPS video games. There is no doubt that there will be excellent sound, but it might not give you the advantage in FPS games. I recommend buying quality headphones just for movies and music. Then again, I don't know much about headphones, but if I was very competitive when playing multiplayer first-person shooters, I would want headphones that would assist me in staying alive or getting kills.

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The headphones you currently use are optimized for gaming. I think the headphones mentioned above would be great choices, but I don't know if they would be suitable for FPS video games. There is no doubt that there will be excellent sound, but it might not give you the advantage in FPS games. I recommend buying quality headphones just for movies and music. Then again, I don't know much about headphones, but if I was very competitive when playing multiplayer first-person shooters, I would want headphones that would assist me in staying alive or getting kills.

 

Heya,

 

The only thing that a headphone would give an advantage with in FPS games is sound stage or imaging which would be a factor in positioning.

 

There are no "optimized" for gaming headphones that magically do this better than a good quality headphone from a decade ago that have a good sound stage. And the "gaming headsets" are just normal, cheap headphones, with a microphone attached, and the gimmicky novelty of the word "gaming" added to it. They do not have better soundstages, or anything better, frankly. And the "surround" sound headphones are also a bunch of gimmicky falsehoods as well. The surround effect is software based, virtual, and can be done with any headphone via a soundcard with the same software. Dolby Headphone for example, from a $30 Xonar DG, with any headphone, will do that.

 

Very best,

post #6 of 9

That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying. Now I know what to tell my friends when they suggest that they have to buy headsets by companies that make gaming equipment.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Confucius View Post


Thanks a lot for the reply, I will be sure to look over each of the suggestions you wrote! The ModMic looks like a very cool idea and it also opens up a lot of different options for me to explore.

 

I've noticed some threads about the Senheiser HD 600, with lots of positive feedback, do you think that would be a viable option as well (EDIT: I just realized these are open headphones, they would probably be to noisy for others for me to use)?  What amp would you say would work well with these different headphones, and what ones would you pick given the choice of only one?

 

Thanks a lot again for taking the time to reply!

 

Heya,

 

Open headphones are going to be heard by all around you, and you will hear others as well. I figured you were after closed headphones for isolation since your original ones are closed, thus all my recommendations were closed back headphones with good sound stages.

 

The ones suggested above, do not require amplification beyond what your soundcard already provides. If you don't have a soundcard, I would suggest a simple Xonar DG ($30), it has dolby headphone and an onboard amplifier that is more than capable of driving the above headphones. If you want something external to output from your soundcard (soundcard -> amplifier -> headphone), then you can get anything, but again, it's not necessary since they're all efficient headphones and will run from most devices without a problem. A good starting discreet amplifier would be something like a Fiio E9 (go used if you can, save a buck) (which is overkill for your need). But note that you can use AVR's for headphones too (you can output to whatever AVR/AMP you're using for your speakers assuming you're using one).

 

Very best,

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

Heya,

 

Open headphones are going to be heard by all around you, and you will hear others as well. I figured you were after closed headphones for isolation since your original ones are closed, thus all my recommendations were closed back headphones with good sound stages.

 

The ones suggested above, do not require amplification beyond what your soundcard already provides. If you don't have a soundcard, I would suggest a simple Xonar DG ($30), it has dolby headphone and an onboard amplifier that is more than capable of driving the above headphones. If you want something external to output from your soundcard (soundcard -> amplifier -> headphone), then you can get anything, but again, it's not necessary since they're all efficient headphones and will run from most devices without a problem. A good starting discreet amplifier would be something like a Fiio E9 (go used if you can, save a buck) (which is overkill for your need). But note that you can use AVR's for headphones too (you can output to whatever AVR/AMP you're using for your speakers assuming you're using one).

 

Very best,


Thank you for all the information, it helps tremendously! I have built in sound card on my motherboard, which is a Gigabyte P67A-UD4, but was not sure if the headphones would require more. I probably won't need an amplifier given your information, since I could use my AVR, but if one does end up being necessary I will definitely check out the one you mentioned.

 

I'll be sure to look over each headphones carefully that you mentioned along with any others suggested here to make sure I get the pair right for me, thanks again for your help and taking the time to reply!

 

I'll check this thread again in the morning to see any other suggestions, thanks again everyone!

post #9 of 9
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 I have built in sound card on my motherboard, which is a Gigabyte P67A-UD4, but was not sure if the headphones would require more. I probably won't need an amplifier given your information, since I could use my AVR, but if one does end up being necessary I will definitely check out the one you mentioned.

To be fair, with good headphones and a decent DAC, amplifiers work out really well. Its just you lack both of them, for now :)

I'd suggest looking into some cheaper headphones with better DAC. Its worth it. They wont look as good as your Astro (thats one thing going for gaming headsets) but they will compensate by sounding better.

I'd suggest something like Soundmagic HP100 (good basic level headfiers choice), or even ZMF modded fostex t50rp, and a schiit lvl1 combo of modi-magni. totally in 400 and sounds awesome.

Also, as a good sound geek i hate headphone mics for generally bad SQ, so i use my MXL770 mike for those purposes. You can find Yeti Snowball as a replacement for a headset microphone, its kinda cheap and good mic to place on table.

Anyway, those are my two cents to concider.

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