I'm looking for a headset for my PC which has really nice bass for electronic music and games. I don't mind a powerful bass that almost vibrates your head - as long as the overall sound is also very good. I don't know much about audio technology and I'm not an audiophile in the common sense, but I know when something doesn't sound good.
I have a Sound Blaster Z sound card which has a built-in 600ohm dedicated headphone amplifier. I guess this means I could drive for example a DT770 Pro 250 ohm without problems from this card (right?).
The only headset I've ever owned is a Sennheiser PC350, but I've grown tired of the lacking bass (though it has excellent characteristics for positional audio). Recently I have tried both the Sony DS6500 and Turtle Beach PX51 wireless headsets, but the Sony sounded awful and I wasn't impressed with the PX51 either. Feeling let down by the top-contenders in wireless gaming headsets, I've now turned to wired music-focused headphones in the hope for better sound.
My requirements are as follows:
- Primary purpose: electronic music (Dance, Trance, Psytrance)
- Secondary purpose: gaming (would like it to be usable with positional audio aka Creative or Razor surround if possible, but not a deal breaker if not)
- Should be compatible (and possible take advantage of) Sound Blaster Z 600ohm built-in amplifier
- Must be closed and around-ear
- Should be usable/comfortable with medium-large ears
- Maximum price ~~$400 (I can accept a bit higher if absolutely necessary)
So far I've cross-referenced a lot of reviews and come up with the following (please advice if I have missed some obvious contenders):
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50s
- Sennheiser Momentum
- V-Moda Crossfade M-100
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 (80 or 250 ohm)
- Shure SRH840
- Sony MDR-1
- Sony MDR-XD1000
However, I have no idea which one to choose, because as I said, I don't know much about this area. From what I could gather it seems the DT770 was really popular in the past, especially for electronic music, but the newer roundups / reviews don't mention them. Have they gone "out of date"?
I'd really appreciate comments and recommendations - preferably based on personal experience.
- Thanks for a great site and forum!