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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys,

 

Im new to the audiophile world. Ive been thinking about getting a quality headphone for some time now. After doing some research on this site and reading reviews, this is what I have decided on:

 

Its mainly going to be used for PC gaming (RTS and RPG, I dont do FPS), listening to music and watching movies. I also need a mic to communicate. Many of you have said here that gaming headsets are overpriced and come with subpar quality parts so Im going to stay away from those ( was originally planning to buy a dedicated gaming headset).

 

My budget is around $250 and this is my plan:

 

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X (open air)

 

Antlion Modmic

 

Asus Xonar DG Sound card

 

What do you guys think about this combo? And as the Sennheiser PC360 is pretty close to the price how would you compare it against the AD900X?

 

I would also like to add that I found the Beyerdynamic MX300 on sale for  for $279. 

 

All three of the headphones I mentioned have a similar price, which one would you guys go for?

 

I will appreciate and input

 

Thanks. 

post #2 of 6

I have the ad900x, I use them whenever I am on my computer. I haven't heard either of the two headphones though.

 

I think I was in a similar position as you are now, I am still new to the audiophile world and the ad900x were my first pair of quality headphones.

 

 

I have not played many games with the 900x however I can say that they sound great for music.

 

For orchestral music, soundtracks, female vocals and slower relaxing tracks they sound wonderful.

 

However if you listen to hip hop, rap, or any bass heavy genre they don't sound as great as they are not too bassy. That being said I have never really been bothered by the amount of bass they have.

 

 

Comfort wise they are great, the ear cups are huge. They are also quite light and have little clamping force. They do droop a little from time to time if I move too much but its not too bothersome.

 

One thing to mention is that they give ridiculous headphone hair, because of the 3d wing design (whatever they call it) my hair looks like a upside down T when im done listening to them.....

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply. My friend has the ad700 and they felt very comfortable when I tried them on so I think the ad900x should be similar. I am just stuck between these 3 headphones/ headsets and dont know which one to go for..

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by sunnyice View Post
 

Thanks for your reply. My friend has the ad700 and they felt very comfortable when I tried them on so I think the ad900x should be similar. I am just stuck between these 3 headphones/ headsets and dont know which one to go for..

for gaming I hear the AD 700 is better, due to positional cues, how ever I would highly recommend you go with the Beyer Dyanmic DT 990 pro, it has a  hefty mid bass hump, but it's open back design leads to a very clean and clear sound. In addition it's been reported to very good positional cues

 

I had the AD 900x and the DT 990, the ad 900x had slighty better mids, but for postional cues, I found the DT 990 to be better. In addition the Sound Card you are thinking of buying will power them, the biggest differance between the AD900x and the DT 990 [I owned both at the same time] is the mids, both had very clear mids, but the ad 900x had a little more warmth,

 

Still both are very nice headphones! But I'd recommend the Dt 990 Pro also because it's found on Amazon for about $150 new, you can also check hear at our Gaming Headphone thread for other headphones that perform well in game and with music 

post #5 of 6

I just purchased the ATH-AD900X phones a couple of months ago as an upgrade to my ATH-AD700's

Used for music only through a Little Dot Mk II+ and Schitt Bifrost.

The additional $120 compared to my 700's purchase netted me much improved earpads, more accurate bass , a much lesser cable/connector, and as mentioned by others the slimmed down head support which can  droop a bit over listening sessions. Still , like the super comfort of the 700's, the 900's retain that feeling. No wear fatigue and keeps the great midrange which is more important to my listening preference than bass emphasis may be for some other users.

In retrospect, I wish I would have saved a little more money, or looked around more and got somewhat of a better headphone. The 900's seem like 2 steps forward and 1 back although still an excellent piece of gear and good value.


Edited by KR500 - 10/15/13 at 5:07am
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by KR500 View Post
 

I just purchased the ATH-AD900X phones a couple of months ago as an upgrade to my ATH-AD700's

Used for music only through a Little Dot Mk II+ and Schitt Bifrost.

The additional $120 compared to my 700's purchase netted me much improved earpads, more accurate bass , a much lesser cable/connector, and as mentioned by others the slimmed down head support which can  droop a bit over listening sessions. Still , like the super comfort of the 700's, the 900's retain that feeling. No wear fatigue and keeps the great midrange which is more important to my listening preference than bass emphasis may be for some other users.

In retrospect, I wish I would have saved a little more money, or looked around more and got somewhat of a better headphone. The 900's seem like 2 steps forward and 1 back although still an excellent piece of gear and good value.

Yea I really liked the sound of the AD900x but the... stripped down head band I was not a fan off honestly... still It is a nice can indeed, bass wise I really like the bass! It was a little drier and tighter than my DT 880 at times! And that's saying something [as my 880 is fully balanced] 

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