Salutations! I would like to say that I've been looking into headphones for about two weeks now. I understand what the peripherals are and do (DAC, ADC, AMP, etc). I will understand what you say when you talk about treble, mid-high, highs, low-mid, sub-bass, soundstage, etc. (Having done research).
The only pair of headphones I've ever owned are HD203's. I use to use a Razer Banshee (lol) but I would like to move onto better audio. I already have a $2,000 home-built PC, so I should get some high-quality audio to go along with the high quality visuals!
Straight to the point: MY budget is...well..I don't necessarily have one. If I think the price is worth it, I can spend it. Right now I'm looking at sub $500 for headphones.
Having said that; I was looking at the HD 598's and HD 650's. Then I thought about it...why buy something without having opinions!
I need headphones that are great for competitive gaming as well as personalized gaming (see: RPGs). I listen to a LARGE variety of music - but only like 1-5 songs when it comes to hip-hop, country or rap. (Well...I do listen to ICP...but...they're not bass-heavy like most rap).. The majority of my music consists of Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Sonata Arctica, (Bands like Bon Jovi, Quiet Riot, etc ((I'm a HUGE 80's fan))), funk (think Dazz Band, Gap Band, etc.), Sara Bareilles, etc.
In order of genre's I'd rate my need as such:
Symphonic Metal -> Metal -> Rock -> Techno -> Funk == Electronica == Dance -> Jazz/Blues -> All Else
As far as my games...I have a crap ton...so...I'd really like to be able to hear enemy footsteps. I'd like to hear the crispness of lush environments as I trek over them...but...I would like for the bass to be good enough that it's very subtle. (It'd be nice to say..oh hey, that grenade produced a rather pleasant sound!)
Let me go further and to explain that bass makes me sick. Bass that's too high actually bothers my heart enough that it will completely change the rhythm and it will make me nauseous/light headed. So absolutely for 100% certain; high bass is not a concern. I don't want strong bass!
On the DAC/AMP side of things: I do need to use this pair of headphones with my Samsung S3. I will probably be using FLAC's and if I have to I can get portable DAC/Amps. (My job is actually a sit down job, at a desk, so there are other options. ((We can use the outlets for personal things...however, we may not use USB devices.)))
Since I would mostly be using these headphones at home I was originally looking at getting a Xonar STX.
EDIT: Preferably open and not closed.
Edited by rpegaming - 12/1/12 at 10:03pm