I am looking for a high quality headset or pair of headphones + mic and possibly external amp + dac that reach "audiophile" level. I would like to stay under $500 for the setup, if possible. This will be used for gaming on my Xbox and PC plus music and movies on my PC. As far as taste goes, I don't care for headphones that have extremely pronounced highs leading to fatigue and overall just aren't enjoyable. At the same time, I don't want something that's too plain and bland. The bass needs to be present, accurate, and tight, but not too prominent as to ruin the clarity and minor details that are needed for gaming.
Hopefully, that gives enough backstory for you guys to understand what I'm aiming for. I apologize for including things that aren't headphones in this thread, but I figured making one thread was better than 4 or 5.
Here are the Headphones, Headsets, Amps, and DAC's I have come across that are well regarded for me needs within my budget:
AKG K702 Anniversary Edition
Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium
Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro
Astro Mixamp (For Console Gaming)
Now, for my specific questions:
#1 - Is there a headset or pair of headphones that I left out which are better than the ones listed at the respective price level? I am relatively new to headphones so I'm sure I have.
#2 - Do I HAVE to have the Astro Mixamp in order to have my headset connected to both my Xbox 360 and PC? I noticed the PC363D's have a USB that creates Virtual Surround so would it be an all-in-one or am I misreading that?
#3 - Are the Amp and, especially, the DAC worthwhile investments that will make a huge difference for me?
#4 - What specific gear would you recommend for this setup?
#5 - Finally, how would I go about connecting all of this and what type of cables would I need?
Thanks so much for your help!
Edited by Melee - 4/6/13 at 4:48am