Originally Posted by Waveboy
As of now, I own a pair of Sennheiser HD595's which i absolutely Adore. The sound that they produce is absolutely amazing. BUT i no longer have the desire to use them for gaming(Total NintenFreak here hehe) because of the ridiculous amount of sound leakage which isn't exactly ideal considering my current living situation. I'll still use them for movies, but for gaming
the SFX & BASS just seem more pearcing and amplified to the point where it can rattle straight through the wall. XP
I refuse to lower the volume, because i love my film and gaming experiences loud, it makes the experience all the more engrossing and immersive. Last year i picked up a pair of Sennheiser HD380 Pro's which i was actually quite dissapointed with.
The boxed in sound, sounded unatural, a tad artifical and a bit on the flat side for film. The cans themselves were incredibly uncomfortable to the point where my ears became hot and my head felt like it was stuck in a vice grip after 30 minutes of use. BUT they did an amazing when it came to leaking next to no sound. I kept shifting back to my HD595's, which sounded a whole lot better.
I ended up selling the HD380's to a friend, which i'll admit, i kind of regret...
I think at this point i'd take that hit in sound quality just to get hardly any sound leak, for gaming that is.
But i'm not paying $280 for another pair. I'm currently looking at the DT770's and the sennheiser HD280's.
Which cans in the $100-$200 range sound the best and produce the least amount of sound leak?
The Beyer DT770 PRO (any ohm, get the cheaper one you can, 80ohm to 250ohm, or even the 32ohm if you can find it). It has the better sound stage, all the fun sound. Sounds great for games and music alike. Great for movies. Movies need/love sub-bass and the DT770 does that well. It's very comfortable to wear and it's quite isolating. No one will hear you even at higher volumes unless you have them off your head. The difference between the 80ohm/250ohm DT770 is absolutely over-stated around here like it's hugely different and it's simply not true. Are they different? Slightly, yes, but it has to do with the way an amplifier handles load and less to do with the actual headphone. Grossly over-stated. If you're using a decent sound card or external amplifier, it simply won't matter, get the 80ohm or 250ohm or even 32ohm and you're good to go. The DT770 is great for music/games and is used in studios for recording vocals/instruments. It's a good headphone and there is a plethora of misinformation around here revolving around it.
Another set of headphones to consider would be the AudioTechnica A900X and the AKG K167
The SRH940 lacks mid-bass, it has a huge void hole where mid-bass should be, so it sounds thin, shy and anemic with bass. It isolates well, but again, you'll probably not like it unless you just don't like bass at all and want to only hear mids and treble. It otherwise has a great sound stage and is very clear. But again, utterly lacks bass.
Originally Posted by eucariote
DT770 .... have sloppy bloated bass and barely audible mids.
This is the kind of massively grossly exaggerated kind of commentary that Head-Fi really doesn't need. Barely audible mids? Give me a frigg'n break.