I am pretty new to the headphone scene and am having trouble deciding which headphones I should purchase. Now i'm not a complete noob, as I know a few things that will narrow down the search.
Firstly, I prefer headphones over headsets due to the fact that the sound will be limited as you are paying for a microphone as well... and I have heard something along the lines that headphones that run through USB rather than 3.5mm jack's produce lower quality sound. Additionally, its been said that you should steer away from surround sound (5.1 and 7.1).
I will be using the headphones for 3 main things. Gaming, music and Skype. I have kind of worked out that gaming and music are not a good combination for headphones, but perhaps i'm wrong. The main gaming platform I will use the headphones on is of course PC, but it would be a benefit if I could hook it up to my PS3, however that is not an important aspect. I play FPS and RTS games regularly. For my music, I like to enjoy the sound. I'm not someone that just pumps the bass and listens to music loud. The quality is what I look for. I don't think I need to add anything about using Skype because the music/gaming is more important in deciding what to buy.
** My price range is sub $200, and I don't want headphones that require an amplifier or sound card.
Additionally, I am worried about getting open headphones. I've only ever worn closed. I don't need it for privacy as I will only use it at home, and I know that open is supposed to give a better sound stage but I am worried that I won't like the open ones. Closed feels good as it blocks out everything else. I've also heard that you should stay away from "gaming" headphones, as they are supposed to be gimmicky. The headphones that I am really interested in are the ATH-M50's. They are supposed to be really good for listening to music, but are horrible for gaming (due to the limited sound stage).
Some models I have looked at: (Please feel free to suggest others)
- Audio Technica ATH-M50
- SteelSeries Siberia V2
- TurtleBeach Ear Force Z6A
- Audio-Technica AD700
- Audio-Technica A700 or A700X
- Creative Aurvana Live!
Previous headphones that broke due to stepping on the cable once were the Creative Tactic3D Alpha's.
Sorry for the lengthy description, but any help is appreciated!
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