I live in a college dorm and need some advice on which headphones to buy for late night gaming.
Read the entire list of reviews here and still can't make up my mind; I have some very specific requirements for this pair of headphones.
Let me share my background to give you an idea of what i'm looking for.
The main difference in my purpose is that I'm a PC gamer and thus, don't need a mixamp to decode DTS signals.
I am an avid gamer and audiophile, I enjoy one as much as the other
I primarily play Battlefield 3 and Natural Selection along with the occasional Space title that usually comes with an epic soundtrack (Endless Space). I believe, like the rest of the posters in the above link, that clear, directional sound gives you an edge in performing competitively.
Music-wise, I listen to a large variety from House to Classic Rock to Korean Pop.
I was huge into the in-ear/headphones scene back in 2006-7 and eventually graduated to speakers, and am now utterly lost moving back into headphones. I currently use UE10Pros with an iBasso DX100 for my portable rig.
Back home (in Singapore), I used to run a very decent pure-audio rig with a Meitner MA-1 -> Mimetism Integrated 15.2 -> Focal Diablo Utopias.
I had to sell the setup to fund my college education *sadface*, also, space constraints and drunk college students prevent me from building a rig of those proportions.
With that in mind, you could say that I like my music signature to be neutral, with a touch of warmth and a little hot on the treble.
I'm looking for headphones and/or DAC/Soundcard which are:
1. Combined cost of below $400; buying used would be great
2. I'd like my computer rig to be in the ITX form factor and thus, won't have space for a decent soundcard, all I will have is the Realtek ALC892 Integrated chipset. If you guys feel strongly about getting a decent soundcard instead of a DAC/Amp combo, I am willing to move to an ATX motherboard so I can add that in
3. Able to wear comfortably for long hours
Also, if you have advice on a decent pair of PC speakers equally adept at gaming and music, please share it.
I'm looking at the (in ascending order of price), Logitech z623, Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, Corsair SP2500 and Swan m50w (which are out of stock everywhere).
Thanks for reading this long post and thank you for your advice in advance.