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So gaming isnt as enjoyable with closed headphones vs open?

post #1 of 9
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I understand that with closed you get really good bass! which is great in games like call of duty etc when someone throw a grenade right at you! and you feel the explosion!.

 

With open headphones I hear people mention about better soundstage, so I am guessing this makes the environments you enter more realistic! and as 3D type effect?

 

At the minute I game with a Asus DG + Samson SR850 

 

I have all ready bought a Asus STX sound card and looking for some headphones to compliment my new card.

 

I am new to headphones and there is know where near to me to be able to demo and see what I prefer for myself.

 

Have read good things about the AKG Q701 for gaming.

 

my budget is £350 $550

 

Is there something that offers the best of both worlds?

 

Thanks !

post #2 of 9

Gaming is better with open back as the pinpoint location of sounds is better, more 3D yes. Its true that you sometimes get better bass with closed, and the explosions may sound better (SoundMAGIC HP100 is great for this, and it also has great soundstage) but the HP200 has a wider soundstage and better imaging, so you can really tell where someone is in the game, and it also has enough bass for explosions in my opinion.

post #3 of 9

Open headphones would be best for positioning in-game.

 

I would say if you want an included microphone, your best bet would be the Sennheiser PC360.

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Ok thanks! am currently looking at the Q701 :)

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by jamieuk147 View Post

I understand that with closed you get really good bass! which is great in games like call of duty etc when someone throw a grenade right at you! and you feel the explosion!.

 

With open headphones I hear people mention about better soundstage, so I am guessing this makes the environments you enter more realistic! and as 3D type effect?

 

At the minute I game with a Asus DG + Samson SR850 

 

I have all ready bought a Asus STX sound card and looking for some headphones to compliment my new card.

 

I am new to headphones and there is know where near to me to be able to demo and see what I prefer for myself.

 

Have read good things about the AKG Q701 for gaming.

 

my budget is £350 $550

 

Is there something that offers the best of both worlds?

 

Thanks !

 

Heya,

 

The Q701 will not offer the best of both worlds that you're looking for. It has a great sound stage, yes, but it's still lacking on the low end. It has some warmth, but it's still very neutral.

 

I think some headphones you'd be more interested in would be:

 

Ultrasone HFI 2400

Ultrasone PRO 2500

Ultrasone PRO 2900

Beyer DT880

Beyer DT990

Sony MA900

 

Also, I've found open air headphones are not always superior in a significant way. Many closed headphones have great sound stages and have excellent imaging for positioning. The Beyer DT770 and the Denon D2000, D5000, Ultrasone PRO 750, etc, all are excellent for gaming too.

 

Very best,

post #6 of 9

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250-Ohm, has that "Movie Theater" like sound.

Best I could find is $169.50.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=92807&is=REG&Q=&A=details

post #7 of 9
First, you don't need to make several threads on the same question. Just use the search function.

Second, games aren't at a high enough level of fidelity that you're likely to notice the difference between open and closed headphones very much. It's more a matter of whether or not you need the isolation. I find FPS on open headphones not so good since I can hear the keyboard, which is distracting. But then again I don't play much FPS anymore and I'm perfectly content gaming with open headphones. As far as bass and soundstage go, the level of either that you need for games you can find in both open and closed headphones.

I think the DT770 for closed and DT990 for open will probably be close to what you're looking for. The K701/Q701 is a lot harder to drive and will probably sound pretty anemic out of a sound card. You could amp it of course but for gaming it's going to be overkill. Though of course I game with the SR-007 so I'm all about overkill.
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Originally Posted by catscratch View Post
Second, games aren't at a high enough level of fidelity that you're likely to notice the difference between open and closed headphones very much. 

I used the D2000's for years for gaming and movies, open headphones completely make a difference, they sincerely do. Like others mentioned positioning, along with sound effects and voices make open headphones very well suited for gaming (depending on what you are doing.)

 

I absolutely am not distracted by mouse/keyboard noise in FPS games, and I have a loud mechanical keyboard and headphones that let in as much sound as possible.

post #9 of 9

You can get the DT770 used for low as $120 sometimes on Amazon.com or ebay.

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