Hi all. I'm out for budget headphones that I'd use mainly for music with occasional gaming. I've been browsing various reviews and guides and ended up with those four models:
- Audio Technica ATH-M50
- KRK KNS-8400
- Sennheiser HD449
- Sony MDR-7506
I am curious if you can suggest which one would suit me best based on my preferences, as well as possibly suggest cheaper alternatives to 8400/M50 (I'm after full/half-sized, closed). I also have a question if 8400 requires an amp for good sound, and if Behringer - MA400 Micromon would be enough (basically only one I can afford, will it even make a difference?). The budget is max $200, and as I live in Sweden all the electronics are bit more expensive here. The phones will be plugged straight into the PC motherboard or in the above-mentioned amp, alternatively into cellphone. I mostly listen to gaming music, epic trailer music (like two steps from hell), rock, metal, folk, bit of techno and lately some "relaxing" and calm music. I appreciate decent bass but nothing over the top. Would be a great bonus if they had a mic but not a deal breaker.