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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hey guys

 

Im sure you all are probably sick of this but im in need of help.

 

For a while ive been rocking Roccat Kave 5.1 headset, but playing stereo sound through them sounds quiet and muffled, and you have to "force" Surround sound it (with SBX) to get all the channels going to give it some volume and a little more detail. Only problem is that they still dont have as much detail as they should, and I can hear more coming out of a cheap set of Behringers i have 0.o. They also have too large of a soundstage, playing music sounds like im in a Auditorium but on my head...

 

For Games they are quite good though, which i guess is what they designed for. here i have no complaints.

 

So here is basically what Im looking for, im looking for a headphone that does music well, and games well.

 

For music i want a neutral EQ, no mid hump making it sound hollow and no scooped mids making it sound lifeless. i dont mind if bass is a touch more pronounced but I guess that comes from me playing games and explosions need to have a bit of rumble.

 

I Listen to Rock, Rap, House, basically everything, they need to be versatile.

For Games I play FPS, RTS games.

 

Budget im looking at $120 tops. As im In south Africa, this is VERY tricky as exchange rates change, and people overcharge. So what might be $120 for you could be $200 here. Ill come back to the suggestions and see if I can find the cans within my budget.

 

Im looking for

Comfort (Over Ear). I will be wearing them for long periods.

Closed Back (I use them at night and dont want to wake up the roomates. Soon Ill be alone but for now i need closed backs.

Good Sound reproduction (Good separation of Intruments, Distance perception in games etc)

Wide soundstage but i still want to feel like im using headphones. I guess distance perception applies here too.

Must Work Well with Creative's SBX surround sound

Price. Cheaper the better but I dont want to sacrifice too much quality

 

My Soundcard (Creative Soundblaster Z)

 

Im busy looking at the

Sennheisers HD215, HD448, HD449, HD439, HD380 Pro

 

Any of these what im looking for?

 

Thanks for the help guys, and sorry for the long read


Edited by HeadphonesFreak - 10/2/13 at 1:40pm
post #2 of 5

Other than the headphones you've already mentioned, I would throw in:

- Audio Technica M50

- Beyerdynamic DT770 32 ohm

(you may have to look for 2nd hand in both cases, don't know how prices are over there)

 

and cut out the HD215.

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by HeadphonesFreak View Post

 

For Games I play FPS, RTS games.

 

Budget I'm looking at $120 tops. As I'm In south Africa, this is VERY tricky as exchange rates change, and people overcharge. So what might be $120 for you could be $200 here. Ill come back to the suggestions and see if I can find the cans within my budget.

I'm looking for Comfort (Over Ear). I will be wearing them for long periods.

Closed Back (I use them at night and don't want to wake up the roomates. Soon Ill be alone but for now i need closed backs.

Good Sound reproduction (Good separation of Intruments, Distance perception in games etc)

Wide sound stage but i still want to feel like I'm using headphones. I guess distance perception applies here too.

Must Work Well with Creative's SBX surround sound

Price. Cheaper the better but I don't want to sacrifice too much quality

My Soundcard (Creative Soundblaster Z)

I'm busy looking at the

Sennheisers HD215, HD448, HD449, HD439, HD380 Pro

Can you buy headphones off eBay?

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately a M50 is $210 over here. If i buy over ebay ill have to pay import duties, tax and VAT. and most probably i wont have warranty here, as well as the price probably only being $20 cheaper than what i can get it here.

 

The Beyerdynamic DT770 32 ohm is $250 here...

 

Now you see what i mean by prices are insane...

post #5 of 5
Hello!

I second HD439? Impressive imaging, soundstage, pretty close to neutral but not perfectly neutral.

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