Hey all just looking for some great advice and this looks like the place to ask :)
I'm currently using 558's with an Xonar Essence STX for mostly games with some music and the odd movie. Probably looking at a $500-700 dollar budget, or sub 500 if doable.
Regarding music, I'm finding the 558's not so great for alt-rock, which i listen to. The sounds kind of all mash together, there's not much separation and its a metallicy sounding mess basically. It reduces when listening to flac a little. It does sound quite loud, maybe the Essence STX is too much for the 50ohm 558's? I probably have no idea what I'm talking about lol.
I use just stereo, meaning I don't use Virtual Surround or Dolby Headphone because from what I've experienced it just makes games sound not as clear and like your in a room with an echo, weird and unnatural.
I'm looking for some high end headphones with more clarity and bass than what I currently have, I tend to be sensitive to high pitched sound so went for Sennheiser's. I don't want to lose the great vocals of the 558's and also don't want my ears bleeding over long sessions. They would also need to have a similarly good or better soundstage as 558's and go well with an Essence STX.
I don't know a lot about audio, but is there an additional piece of equipment I can purchase (in the $100-300 range) that would give me a lot better experience than just using an Essence STX?
I've been considering the HD650, Beyerdynamic DT990(Premium 250ohm) or Ultrasone Pro 900.
Sorry for the rather long winded questions lol, thanks in advance for any advice!
Edited by drac079 - 2/28/13 at 11:48pm