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Open phones under $150 for music and gaming

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On another forum member's advice (thanks, PurpleAngel!) I purchased a SoundBlaster Z for music and gaming. It does sound quite a bit better than my ancient M-Audio Delta 410, even on my current HD-280 Pros. Which brings me to my question - what headphones should I upgrade to? PurpleAngel suggested the HD558s from Sennheiser. I've had relatively pleasant experience with my HD-280s and MX-365s, so this sounds like reasonable suggestion. However, I'd like to solicit other opinions.

 

What I'd like is a set of open phones (for a good soundstage, intended for gaming) with a pretty flat sound (for enjoying music like the artist recorded it.) The Senn 558s seem to fit that requirement, however I notice that in the reviews section of Head-Fi the 558s actually seem to score lower than my HD280s.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-280-headphones - Rated #44 in over-ear

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-hd-558 - Rated # 46 in over-ear

 

Other phones like the ATH-M50 seem to get rated much higher. Should I stick with the 558s, or try something else?

 

EDIT: Maybe I'm just confused by the rating system. The 558s score higher, but are rated lower...??


Edited by imrazor - 10/6/13 at 9:43am
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ATH-M50 and HD280 Pro are closed headphones and you wanted open headphones (HD558).

I'm guessing the ATH-M50 & HD280 Pro have a fuller bass.

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Thanks for replying. Of course, you're correct that the ATH-M50s are closed. I was just using them as an example of a highly rated headphone. What's confusing me is that the overall rating of the 558s are actually lower than than the 280s that I already have. While I do want some open headphones, I don't want to take a step back in sound quality. I doubt you'd recommend the 558s if that were the case, but I am confused by the HD558s being rated lower than the 280s. They would be a step up from what I already have, correct?

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Originally Posted by imrazor View Post
 

Thanks for replying. Of course, you're correct that the ATH-M50s are closed. I was just using them as an example of a highly rated headphone. What's confusing me is that the overall rating of the 558s are actually lower than than the 280s that I already have. While I do want some open headphones, I don't want to take a step back in sound quality. I doubt you'd recommend the 558s if that were the case, but I am confused by the HD558s being rated lower than the 280s. They would be a step up from what I already have, correct?

The HD558s are not perfect headphones, there sound is slightly veiled, not as warm a sound as some other headphones, and not a lot of bass (decent bass), so I can see for music wise, the HD558s might not score as well as the ATH-M50s.

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