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