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Torn between a selection of headphones/headsets

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I have no idea how to compare the technical specifications between audio devices and what kinds of things to look for....dB, frequency range, bass reproduction, all that terminology is beyond me. That said, could I get some recommendation as to which of the following would be the best option for gaming/movies? There's a mix of headsets and headphones. I've literally made this selection based on the best sales I've been able to find in Canada. There might be cases where I'm comparing a $200 (marked down to $100) headset vs $80 headphones, in which case the audio might actually be better in the headset (which is generally not so). Obviously, if I opt for headphones, I'll get a detachable mic, so don't worry about that.

 

Also, please don't make value/price considerations because all these items are on sale at various retailers and range from $50 - $100 after the discount.

 

 

Here's the list---

 

 

Earphones: Koss MV1 http://www.koss.com/en/products/headphones/full_size_headphones/MV1__MV1_Full_Size_Headphone

 

Headset: Steel Series Siberia http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-siberia-neckband#specifications

 

Headset: Beyerdynamic MMX2 http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/gaming/mmx-2.html (The Supra-aural I can see being a problem - I can't imagine anything other than Circumaural being comfortable)

 

Earphones: Sony MDRNC - 200D http://store.sony.ca/digital-noise-canceling-headphones-zid31-MDRNC200D/cat-31-catid-All-Noise-Cancelling-Headphones?_t=pfm%3Dsearch (Again supra-aural, sigh)

 

Earphones: Sennheiser HD 518 http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/1375/ (Circumaural, finally... so more comfortable than the others, but what about the technical stuff?)

 

Headset: Sennheiser PC 320 http://en-de.sennheiser.com/gaming-headset-stereo-pc-320

 

Headset: Sennheiser PC 330 http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/2812/177 (People say these are too tight... wouldn't the 320 have the same problem?)

 

Earphones: AKG 142HD http://eu.akg.com/akg-product-detail-eu/k-142-hd.html (says on-ear on website, but looks like it would be over-ear)


Edited by mckenziepiping - 10/18/13 at 9:56am
post #2 of 5
Don't care about technical specifications. Most of the times those are useless.

Only things to consider are impedance and sensitivity.

You need a special headphone amp to properly drive high impedance headphones (250 Ohm-300Ohm-600Ohm)
And you also need a special headphone amp to drive properly low impedance headphones wich have low sensitivity specs (See Hifiman HE 500 specs)

Most headphones under 100 don't need a special headphone amp. Then you can drive them properly with a phone, standard sound card, etc.

Talking about the headphones in your list I would choose Sennheiser hd518.
I can also recommend Pioneer Se A1000.
This two headphones will give you nice separation and are relly easy to listen.
Unless you are wishing to get a lot of sub bass, any of this two headphones are a good deal.

Best Luck!
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Oh wow, good thing you told me about the high impedance thing, I was going to get the Koss because they seem the most legit, but they are 250Ohm and I don't want to buy an extra equipment.

post #4 of 5
i would recommend HD 558 or HD 598 over HD 518
post #5 of 5
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After further reading, I've shortened the list because I can't handle Supra-aural since the cartilage of my ear is quite sensitive. Also, I'm restricting myself to the choices in the list due to financial concerns:

 

Headset: Steel Series Siberia http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-siberia-neckband#specifications

 

Earphones: Sennheiser HD 518 http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/1375/ (Circumaural, finally... so more comfortable than the others, but what about the technical stuff?)

 

Headset: Sennheiser PC 320 http://en-de.sennheiser.com/gaming-headset-stereo-pc-320

 

Headset: Sennheiser PC 330 http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/2812/177 (People say these are too tight... wouldn't the 320 have the same problem?)

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