Hi, I have been following this forums for some time now (1-2 years) to decide what would be my next headphone purchase...
So the time has finally come! in 2 weeks i'm travelling to the U.S I will be staying in Texas going back and forth from San Antonio to Austin. (I'm only going for 4 days)
So here is the big dilemma... My music taste is really vast; Blues, Rock, Metal, House, Techno, Electronica, Indie, Dubstep, Jazz, Reggae, Drum n' Bass, Hip Hop, Rap, Hard Rock, Clasical, Afrycan Rythms, Pop, Synth Pop, you get the picture... there is just a few genres I don't really like.
And i'm conscious that I can't achieve the best sound for this genres with 1 headphone, wich leads to my next concern my budget is $200 i know it's not much but this will be my first audiophiles headphones. So i'm planning to buy 2 headphones for $100 each or even 1 for $100 and the other for $150. Unless you guys can recommend a headphone on the $200 range to satisfy most of the genres I listed.
I think it's important to note that i will also be using this headphones for Gaming on my laptop, my soundcard is obviously onboard (Realtek ALC89). Does anyone know if virtual sorround depends on the soundcard? if so does this soundcard can make the headphones use the Dolby Digital mentioned in this thread? http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-10-16-12-ps3-bd-playback-in-dolby-digital
I'm not planning to buy an external soundcard for my laptop.
Anyways back to the headphones, here is what i consider the most important aspect for the headphones; 60% Music, 20% Comfort , 20% Gaming.
My research has led me to this headphones:
1.- Grado SR80i ($100): According to this site, and a lot of people this are the best open headphones for the budget? But this are not bassy headphones so i'm not sure about listening to Dupstep or Hip Hop on this headphones.
2.- Philips Downtown or Uptown ($100 and $150): According to the summer magazine this are realy good headphones for the price and they have some bass, but I'm not sure wich of the two is the best for the genres that the SR80i can't cover.
In the beginning I considred the Aurvana Live, AD700 and the M50 but i think they don't sell them on retail stores, so that is another limit, since i'm just going for 4 days the headphones have to be able to be purchasable on retail stores or speciality stores like the Grados and the Philips.
Sorry for all the conditions i have but i'm taking all the variables into account for this purchase.
Would you recommend other headphones instead of the ones I listed in the same price range? or are those 2 good combination?
I'm sure none of those are good for gaming...
Thank you in advance!
Edited by meolefx - 10/29/12 at 4:08pm