He wants to try open headphones for gaming, we play competitive CS:GO in a clan (way more than we should) - most everybody in our group uses M50's which aren't optimal for gaming, but they do beat the $60 'gaming' headsets they came from, and they all appreciate the difference. It's hilarious to hear teammates get mad when someone isn't wearing them, and gets popped in the back because they couldn't hear an approaching enemy :).
One of them tries to talk to me about headphones and audio when I see him, and he made a gaming headphone purchase recently and he was trying to kind of show them off to me for approval... it was cute. At one point he was considering Noble 3's even... This whole wallet destroying thing is contagious if you have friends! I feel like I'm slowly poisoning/corrupting everybody around me. Woot.
.....but WOW I got sidetracked (even though its even more on topic to the thread )! To the people I quoted: I should have been more clear, he wants more bass from what my PC163D's have - which roll off in the low bass. They are detailed lows, but boring and texture-less. I wish I could find a frequency response graph for them as a reference point.
I have shared your concerns though and honestly thought the same on all points, down to the loving of monoprice, x1's, and orthos. I lurk hard on this site, I'm glad we're on the same page. I have decided to start a thread in the recommendations thread voicing these ideas... I'll let the pros who have burned through what little disposable income they may or may not have had handle this.
So now, back to your regularly scheduled program of tricking others into spending their money!
hah, my wife games on M50's. she loves them. she likes bass too, so it might be why she likes them so much.
i run HD650's and they're incredible for music, but "ok" for gaming. I'm really considering a pair of HE-400's. they're down to $300 now which is a steal. I think they'll be much better for gaming. (and I listen to a lot of electronic music and recently, a lot more dubstep, so I think orthos with their impressive bass will be a nice change)