Been lurking around these parts for a while now, been really meaning to upgrade my setup with a budget of ~$500 CAD, and with christmas around the corner, now seems as good a time as any!
So a little bit of backstory:
I started off with PC350s and a Fatality X-Fi, which I was very pleased with for the past several years (used to be primarily a gamer). Last year I built a new machine and swapped in an ASUS Xonar DX, which I have not been very impressed with for music or gaming. However, I recently discovered my love and new obsession for lossless music, and as I expand my library, I want to be able to experience the full potential of my music. I love listening for the little intricacies in each song, stuff I never used to pay any attention to. I primarily listen to rock / alternative / indie folk. Some of my favourite bands include: RHCP, Blind Pilot, Led Zep, Incubus, Radiohead.
I'm thinking I should swap out the Xonar DX since I'm not happy with it with either an Xonar ST/STX or Omega Claro (both of which have a dedicated headphone amp), my only worry is that I plan on buying Swan M200MkII/III or equivalent loudspeakers down the line, and I'd need a seperate amp for that. Is there any better approach there?
Anyhow back to headphones...
What I'm looking for is something to experience the fullness of my music, under $300 comfortable for long use, and still be great for gaming (mostly FPS' eg. CS:GO, BF3, FC3, TF2).
I've looked into these ones so far, and I really don't know which one would suit my needs best, so hopefully you guys can help me decide:
- Fischer FA-011
- Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO
- Audiotechnica AD700
- Audiotechnica ATHM50
- AKG Q701
I'm obviously open to suggestions!
Thanks for your help in advance :)