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Headphones for Xonar Essence ST (mostly gaming, some music)

post #1 of 8
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Hello,

 

I'm going to buy new headphones and I'm looking for your advice. They'll be mostly used for gaming (~70%), some music (~30) and will be used with my Xonar Essence ST. I would prefer closed headphones, but it doesn't really matter because they will only used at home

 

My budget is roughly 400€ (I'm from Germany), but I'm willing to pay a bit more if it's worth it.

 

My last headphones were the Sennheiser 25-1 II and I liked them, but they were lacking bass and very uncomfortable.

 

After researching I tought these ones were interesting:

Denon AH D2000 (really hard to get here, ~330€)

Sennheiser HD650 [~350€)

Beyerdynamic DT990 (~200€)

Ultrasone Pro 900 (~375€)

 

Which one would you recommend considering the sound card and the purpose? Sadly, I don't have many options to listen to them in my area.

 

Thanks for your answers!

 

post #2 of 8

HD650 DT990 660Ohm would be the most optimal ones.

 

With a budget of €400, any of the headphones with over 150Ohms will be a good choice. If you thought the HD25 lacked in bass, you might want to go for DT770 in 250Ohm. HD25-II isn't bass light for sure.

post #3 of 8

AKG K550 closed headphones, 144 Euros at Thomann

Good clarity, should be a good FPS gaming headphone for you

The K550 32-Ohms is not the best match for the 10-Ohm output impedance of the Essence ST (& STX).

But my K550 sounds fine plugged into my Essence STX.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/akg_k550.htm?sid=fe6f6078fa7615a09cb294af8bd33223


Edited by PurpleAngel - 10/13/13 at 9:05pm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

First of all, thanks for your replies!

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ra97oR View Post
 

HD650 DT990 660Ohm would be the most optimal ones.

 

Is the 600Ohm version of the DT990 worth the price difference (~200€ vs ~300€)?

Any major differences between the DT990 and the HD650 that could help me decide? ;)

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

AKG K550 closed headphones, 144 Euros at Thomann

Not as much a music headphone (compared to others), but good clarity, should be a good FPS headphone.

 

I should have mentioned it in the first post, but altough I play some FPS games I mostly play single player games (often RPGs).

Did you ever have the chance to compare the AKG with some of the more expensive ones like the HD650?

post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by retrok View Post
 

Is the 600Ohm version of the DT990 worth the price difference (~200€ vs ~300€)?

Any major differences between the DT990 and the HD650 that could help me decide? ;)

 

 

I should have mentioned it in the first post, but altough I play some FPS games I mostly play single player games (often RPGs).

Did you ever have the chance to compare the AKG with some of the more expensive ones like the HD650?


I've never listened to the Senn HD650, so have no idea on differences.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

After researching a bit more, I think the Ultrasone Pro 900 could be the right one for me.

 

As mentioned in the first post, I like a lot of bass and they are also closed, which could come in handy while playing with others.

 

How well do they do in games, especially RPGs with a lot of orchestral music?

Is the Xonar Essence ST a good match?

 

They are quite expensive (~375€). Are they worth it (in comparison to other headphones like the HD650 or the DT990)?


Edited by retrok - 10/12/13 at 9:57am
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Anyone?

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

post #8 of 8

As a Denon owner, I can only comment on the D2000s, which I can highly recommend. I play a ton of games on PC and listen to music often whilst doing so or while multitasking. I had them hooked up to a Sound Blaster PCI-E soundcard, without any of the processing offered by the card turned on. Fun pair of cans in my opinion. I thought the bass had a pretty good oomph to it that wasn't too intrusive. The sound may be a bit biased towards hard rock, hip-hop and most mainstream music, but I didn't really have any qualms listening to some orchestral video game soundtracks with them.

 

As for gaming, they performed great, and that's about all I can say about them without better context. They've served me well with everything from Battlefield and DotA to The Witcher and Skyrim.

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