I'd like to start off by saying my name is Robert and I have been using 2.0 stereo speakers since the beginning of time. I have used some headphones but they were extremely low budget. Recently I decided to sell my Playstation, PSP, games and a GPU in order to purchase the AKG K550 which will be here in two or three days in brand new condition with 3 years warranty. The reason I specifically wanted this pair was because I had always wanted to grab open back headphones but I thought that it would irritate people and that the bus would ruin my experience when I were on the go.
I understand that these are closed back headphones but are designed to provide a open back sound, although it is not the true experience it is supposed to be very close having said that the set are actually closed back. So that's the main advantage for me, also having come from 2.0 stereo sound from terrible sony speakers with onboard audio from 4-5 years ago means this will be a whole new experience. It also means I'll most likely have to invest in a sound card. I listen to music pretty much 24/7, I generally listen to rock although lately I've started listening to Chillstep. I hate mainstream and general dubstep, however I love chillstep. I rarely play video games as my GPU isn't very powerful and I lost interest over the years however sometimes I do feel like playing a horror game. I usually only watch horror/thriller films too. My friend has a "Creative X-FI XtremeGamer" sound card he's willing to give to me for free, is it any good or should I consider buying a higher spec'd card?
AKG K550 Information:
So I what I'm asking here is:
- What do you make of the K550? Are they pretty decent? I paid £155 inc 3 year warranty.
- Which sound card would you recommend based on my needs?
- Will I easily notice the difference with lossless codecs (flac) assuming I have a decent sound card & my headphones?
- If I were to use these headphone now almost everyday, all day then how long do you think it'd take to bust them in?
Cheers for reading, I'd really appreciate some feedback.
Edited by Blue Cheese - 7/20/13 at 2:55pm