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Which Headphones are better for gaming and music?

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I'm pretty new to quality headphones, and I was looking at buying a pair to use for both gaming and music. I was thinking of buying either the Audio Technica ATH M50 or the Audio Technica ATH AD700, and I was just wondering which would be better for gaming as well as music (preferably from someone who has used both for gaming and music). The ATH M50 has excellent reviews and is a great deal for the money, but some reviews and sites say the "sound stage" is not that great, making it not a good choice for gaming, or do you think it would still be acceptable for gaming? I will be using it to listen to a variety of music genres, and to soundwhore in CoD (which requires me to be able to easily perceive the direction that noises are coming from)  and play a variety of other games as well. So which of these headphones would be better, or if you have a better choice can you recommend me one?

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The AD700s are some of the best for gaming, but the sound is too diffused and anemic for me to listen to music. I'd recommend the closed variants (AD700x, AD900x). Soundstage isn't something particularly noteworthy on the M50s. Do you have a budget? 

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Some people here suggest the SR850 or HD668B as an AD700 alternative to those who don't want to be left wondering where the bass went for music listening without sacrificing soundstage for gaming.

 

If you find the bass drowning out fine details such as footstep sounds while gaming, you can EQ it down.

 

Do you have a decent sound card for use with any new headphones? You'll want CMSS-3D Headphone or Dolby Headphone to get the most out of them for gaming.

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These will be my first quality headphones, and although I do want to use them for gaming, I still want headphones that are great for music too. My budget is max of $150. The AD700 is too big and reviews bass isn't that great, so I don't think I'm going to get those. I really want to get the ATH M50s, but I want to know if the soundstage will be acceptable enough to soundwhore in games, and I can't seem to find any answers online. I currently use some Sony headphones that I got from a friend for gaming (I don't recall the exact type, but I believe these are them: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-RF970RK-Wireless-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B000PCEFXQ), and they work fine for soundwhoring in games (never tried them for music), but they are falling apart, and won't last much longer. It doesn't have to have amazing sound stage, it just has to be good enough to be usable for gaming, so as long as the soundstage is at least on par with those Sony headphones, they should be good enough for gaming. Are the SR850 and HD668B good for music too? Are they both around the ear and comfortable? I find the headphones that rest on the ear very uncomfortable. 

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Originally Posted by bobbysmith131 View Post

These will be my first quality headphones, and although I do want to use them for gaming, I still want headphones that are great for music too. My budget is max of $150. The AD700 is too big and reviews bass isn't that great, so I don't think I'm going to get those. I really want to get the ATH M50s, but I want to know if the soundstage will be acceptable enough to soundwhore in games, and I can't seem to find any answers online. I currently use some Sony headphones that I got from a friend for gaming (I don't recall the exact type, but I believe these are them: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-RF970RK-Wireless-Stereo-Headphones/dp/B000PCEFXQ), and they work fine for soundwhoring in games (never tried them for music), but they are falling apart, and won't last much longer. It doesn't have to have amazing sound stage, it just has to be good enough to be usable for gaming, so as long as the soundstage is at least on par with those Sony headphones, they should be good enough for gaming. Are the SR850 and HD668B good for music too? Are they both around the ear and comfortable? I find the headphones that rest on the ear very uncomfortable. 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-10-8-12-ps3-bd-playback-in-dolby-digital

Only thing I could find about the M50s for gaming. The Superlux would be good for gaming, but I found the treble to be a bit hot.

post #6 of 8

HD558 should be at your outer edge of your budget but still in, but it is great in gaming and music, the soundstage is very wide, and music sounds nice through them too

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Bobbysmith131

What source(s) are you plugging the headphones into?

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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-10-8-12-ps3-bd-playback-in-dolby-digital

Only thing I could find about the M50s for gaming. The Superlux would be good for gaming, but I found the treble to be a bit hot.

Thank you for this, it really helped. I think I will go with the CAL; comfortable, good for gaming, and much cheaper than the other pairs I was considering. 

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