I posted here about a year back in the recommendation megathread, but I ended up just replacing my broken Razer Carcharias with a breaking Plantronics Gamecom 777. I have finally decided it is time to pull the trigger.
- Headphones, not headset.
- Max budget is $150. I don't even really want to spend that much. I'd me much more comfortable spending something in the $50 range. If you can convince me it would be worth it to break the $100 barrier, I might be willing to go a little higher.
- The headphones will stay at my desktop. They don't need to be portable. I'd prefer over-ear to on-ear. They can be open or closed. I don't really understand the difference between the two. I know that a closed will have less leakage, but that isn't a problem. I know that the open has a better soundstage, but the two headphones I listed above are the best quality headphones I've ever listened to and I couldn't tell you if I like headphones with a better soundstage.
- They'll be used for some gaming. I don't really need to be competitive with them. I don't need to tell someones position, but it would be an added bonus. The current game I'm playing is Final Fantasy 14.
- They'll additionally be used for music. I listen to a bit of everything. Classical, Classic Rock, Pop, Dubstep, etc. If I'm 100% honest, I don't own a ton of high-quality music so most of what I listen to will likely come from various music streaming applications/sites(spotify/pandora/etc.)
- Sound is coming from my Z77 Extreme4 motherboard. If I need to get an amplifier/dac/sound card, I can, but it will be coming out of the headphone budget.
- I have a history of headphones breaking on me. I'm not overly rough with them. I think the most often point of failure is the cord. When they start to break, I'll be able to move the cord and it'll come back for a bit.
Please let me know if you need any more information.