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Sound quality headphones for gaming and music?

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I am looking to get new headphones for gaming and music on my computer and had ordered some ultrasone hfi 580's on amazon but they are out of stock and it might be a while. If I were to cancel those and choose between the audio technica ad700's and the siberia v2's which would be better for gaming and music with good overall sound quality on the computer? I've heard the ad700's bass is pretty non existent and I do listen to trance and rock music.

 

Also should I really try to wait out for the ultrasone's? I've heard they are really good but are they better than the other two that I'm looking at? I want something that just isn't going to give really good high's and bass quality but good overall sound as well.


Edited by DashBerlin - 12/8/12 at 5:28am
post #2 of 14

For closed headphones in that price range you're better off waiting for the Ultrasones.

post #3 of 14
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I've read from different sources about rather or not the hfi 580's need an amp or not. Is an amp absolutely necessary for them?
 

post #4 of 14
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I've read from different sources about rather or not the hfi 580's need an amp or not. Is an amp absolutely necessary for them?
 

 

No, definitely not.

post #5 of 14
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Also how is the soundstage on the hfi 580's? I've read they're not as good as  the ad700's or the pro 550's, but are they at least somewhat good?
 

post #6 of 14

AD700 is a particular case, having massive soundstage (also due to their open nature), and very light on bass, all of which makes them very good for competitive gaming, not so much for immersive gaming.

 

The HFI-580 soundstage is reasonably good, considering they're closed headphones. If you don't want to wait for them to be back in stock, you can get the Pro 550, which costs $20 more, being slightly more balanced, allowing for easy pad replacement and coming with two detachable cables.

 

EDIT: What are you using with the headphones? Onboard audio chip, internal soundcard, external DAC? And do you have a headphone amp?

post #7 of 14
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Just a internal soundcard. I actually am on a  very tight budget right now, so I don't have the extra 20 dollars to dish out for the 550's. I don't have an amp either.

 

Another question I have is how are the 580's going to do when it comes to gaming? Is their soundstage better than something like say the siberia v2's?

post #8 of 14

Which soundcard do you have?

 

The HFI-580 soundstage is better than the Siberia V2, partly due to S-Logic.

post #9 of 14
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It's an integrated ALC888S-VD. Nothing great at all or at least from what I know.
 

post #10 of 14

Ok, it's an onboard audio chip by Realtek. When I mention internal soundcards, I'm talking about dedicated PCI or PCIe cards that slot into the motherboard rather than being integrated chips.

 

Do you do competitive and/or immersive gaming?

post #11 of 14
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Competitive no. immersive gaming I honestly don't exactly know what that means. I play skyrim, dota 2,starcraft 2,diablo 3, mass effect, those kinds of games casually.


Edited by DashBerlin - 12/8/12 at 2:40pm
post #12 of 14

Look at multiplayer as competitive and singleplayer as immersive.

 

For the price point, the HFI-580 are quite nice for the games you play.

post #13 of 14
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Ok well thanks alot for your insight. :)
 

post #14 of 14
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Another thing I wanted to ask is that I've heard that the hfi 580's are kind of uncomfortable. My roommate has the siberia v2's and they are very comfy. I'm just wondering how comfy or uncomfortable the 580's are?
 

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