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Alright guys... I am very new to the headphone search. I have been reading numerous reviews on tons of different headphones. I've learned a ton in the last day just reading forums on this site, very helpful. Here is what I am looking for. I just ordered the Xonar DGX  sound card for my PC. I am a fps gamer, but also enjoy my music. I do like a good solid bass. I have read that when it comes to gaming, open headphones are better for sound stage, but lack in bass. I do like the idea of having the isolated closed headphones, but where I play mostly fps games, I want the sound stage for directional queues. I have been looking into the 598, dt770, and the ad700x. looking  for something under 200 dollars. Any help or suggestions would be great! Thanks!

post #2 of 46

Why not consider DT990, supposed to be quite similar to DT770, but open design.

 

AKG K240/K141 are pretty good too.

post #3 of 46
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Thank you for the suggestions! How do these do with bass? I know a lot of bass isn't something people want in competitive gaming, but I sure love my bass in music.

post #4 of 46

None of those cans I mentioned are bass light for sure.

post #5 of 46
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Good deal! Any thoughts on the AKG k271 in comparison to the ones you listed?

post #6 of 46

Sennheiser HD558 might be a good compromise, for gaming and music and only costs $130.

And at 50-Ohms, very easy for the DGX's headphone amplifier to drive it.

post #7 of 46
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I was also considering that one! Glad you mentioned it, wasn't sure if that was something to look into or not :) as far as the other ones listed, are they not good for using a portable player like my phone?

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Originally Posted by Cheesetoad View Post
 

I was also considering that one! Glad you mentioned it, wasn't sure if that was something to look into or not :) as far as the other ones listed, are they not good for using a portable player like my phone?


The only real problem is the HD558 comes standard with a 1/4" plug and your phone comes with 1/8" jack.

For $16-$20 you can replace the headphone cable with one that has a 1/8" plug.

Most phones should be able to drive a 50-Ohm headphone (HD558).

 

But for your phone I would think you would want a closed and more portable headphones.

JVC HA-S400 sell for $30, come with Carbon Nanotube in the diaphragm.

post #9 of 46

Hey Purple, as you seem to own both K242HD (K141?) and HD558, how do you think they compare? :P thanks

post #10 of 46
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But the 558s come with the adapter to change 6.3 to 3.5 don't they?
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Good deal! Any thoughts on the AKG k271 in comparison to the ones you listed?

I have K272s (bigger versions of K271s) They have pretty good imaging but there is very little bass, it's all there and it has pretty good extension but very little impact.  AD700s you mentioned are amazing headphones for gaming but iirc they have very little bass as well.

 

EDIT: I'm 99% sure the Sennheiser cans come with 1/8th adapters.  They're just huge and very annoying if you're trying to use them with anything but a desktop computer.  The HD598s might be a good option as well.

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Hey Purple, as you seem to own both K242HD (K141?) and HD558, how do you think they compare? :P thanks


The K242HD are good music headphones (decent warmth), but I find myself wearing the HD558s as part of my "headphone rotation" and rarely use the K242HD.

But funny you should ask, right this second, I'm at a location with a computer with 4-year old motherboard, using it's on-board audio, listening to Daft Punk Around the World, using the K242HD.

Somewhere around I have a $20 ELE EL-D02 USB DAC/Amp that does a better job then this on-board audio.

The K242HD is not really doing any better then my Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) closed headphones ($50-$80).

With a better DAC/Amp the K242HD should be at least a little better sounding, but so would the $50 Gemini.

The $120 I paid for the K242HD which I guess is a fair price, but I say the K242HD are a little "dated".

The HD558s do have a more desirable sound, to my ears.

post #13 of 46
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So between the ad700 and the 558 which do you think would suit gaming the most? I am looking at getting some jay bird bluebuds for my phone so I won't worry about that end of things for now. I just want good quality gaming sound smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by Cheesetoad View Post

So between the ad700 and the 558 which do you think would suit gaming the most? I am looking at getting some jay bird bluebuds for my phone so I won't worry about that end of things for now. I just want good quality gaming sound smily_headphones1.gif


Both the AD700 and the HD558 are at another location, so I can't compare them tonight, might have a chance tomorrow, but for just FPS gaming, I'm guesses the AD700s are preferred.

 

 

 

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Both the AD700 and the HD558 are at another location, so I can't compare them tonight, might have a chance tomorrow, but for just FPS gaming, I'm guesses the AD700s are preferred.


It is hard for me to know what I like. I live I the middle of no where, stores around me have nothing like these for me to test sounds. So I appreciate all the help everyone here is giving me!

Edited by Cheesetoad - 10/19/13 at 11:48pm
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