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Looking for My First Pair of Over-Ear Studio Monitors to Replace My Gaming Headset

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I've been using a pair of Logitech G35s for over a year now, and I think I need to upgrade. When I first got them, I loved the 7.1 surround sound for gaming and the incredible amount of depth it added to my music. Now I'm thinking of getting a new audio card that supports surround sound and a pair of audiophile grade studio monitors to go with it. 

 

I'll be using them mostly for FPS gaming. I'll also be using them for music, and I listen to everything from dubstep to classical. I'm not sure if I should look at open or closed ear headphones, as I'm not entirely certain about the advantages and disadvantages of each. I'm not looking to spend more than about $200, and so far the best looking option has been the M50s. I've heard that they're a great all-around set of cans, and Audio-Technica headphones are great for gaming and comfort. I especially like that they're well made, durable, and portable (none of which describe my G35s). As far as open ear goes, I was thinking about the AD700s. The only problem with those is that I've heard they don't fit well on smaller heads (they're also beige and purple).

 

I don't really care about them being wireless, having a mic (I'll be buying a Blue Snowball), or leaking sound.

 

Any suggestions?


Edited by thePhysicist8 - 11/11/13 at 1:59pm
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If you are looking into M50s, you may wish to consider the Sony MDR-7506.  They are going to be more neutral and maybe a bit brighter than the M50s, with the biggest different being that M50s have more bass.  They are all around good headphones that are comfortable, and incredibly durable.

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Sennheiser HD558 headphones, $130

Asus Xonar DG (PCI) sound card, $27 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

 

I've heard good things about the HD558s. From what I've read, lot of people seem to be suggesting them as a good set of starter headphones. However, they're open back and the M50s are closed back. I still don't know which one I'd prefer.

 

A lot of people have described open back headphones as sounding like the music is in the room with you instead of being inside your head. That's pretty much exactly how I'd describe surround sound mode on my G35s. Will a closed back set of cans sound like this when benefiting from audio card surround sound? Will the open back sound even better still when using surround sound? What're the big differences between the two?

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Thanks for the suggestions.

 

I've heard good things about the HD558s. From what I've read, lot of people seem to be suggesting them as a good set of starter headphones. However, they're open back and the M50s are closed back. I still don't know which one I'd prefer.

 

A lot of people have described open back headphones as sounding like the music is in the room with you instead of being inside your head. That's pretty much exactly how I'd describe surround sound mode on my G35s. Will a closed back set of cans sound like this when benefiting from audio card surround sound? Will the open back sound even better still when using surround sound? What're the big differences between the two?


The ATH-M50s are not considered good headphones for surround sound.

Usually (but not always) open headphones are better for surround sound then closed headphones.

So two reasons for getting the HD558s over the ATH-M50s.

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