Hi guys! :D
First I'd like to apologize if some parts are confusing, but I'll try my best to make things as un-confusing as possible. :)
I'm currently looking for a headphone for gaming and music with a budget of NT$5000 (~$170). I can increase the budget to NT$6000 (~$200), but preferably NT$5000. :)
What I'm looking for:
> Good soundstage (I play lots of FPS games such as BF4)
> Bass (not too much, but not too little. I'm not a basshead)
> Great sound quality! :)
> Around-the-ear design (on-ear is too uncomfortable for me)
> Open or closed, doesn't matter.
I listen to a whole lot of music genres, but I usually listen to trance, electronic, dance, drum and bass, indie and rock.
Samples of what I listen to the most are at the bottom of this post so you get a clearer picture :)
I've done a little research myself and I've found a couple headphones:
> Creative Aurvana Live! / Live! 2 (the Live! 1 sells for around half my budget, so I'll have some extra money :D)
> Koss Pro DJ 100 (these sell for around half my budget as well :D)
> KRK KNS 8400 (I'm leaning a bit towards these)
I've thought about getting the Superlux 668b, but I just don't like them. Plus, to buy them, I need to travel all the way to Taipei just to get them :P
Now moving on to the amp/DAC.
My budget is the same as the headphones which is NT$5000. This time, it NEEDS to be equal to or less than NT$5000.
It seems that if I get an amp or an amp/DAC combo, the soundstage and sound quality of my headphones would be better. I really really like that. I will be listening to music from my desktop and won't use the amp/DAC with my iPod. Currently, I have a Creative SoundBlaster 3D sound card in my desktop.
I read through a whole bunch of threads and it seems like the FiiO amps/DACs are really good and pretty cheap.
Here's the amp/DAC combo that caught my attention:
> Fiio E10
The FiiO E10 sells for NT$2999 (~$109), which is great as it fits inside my budget.
The Schiit Modi + Magni combo looks super duper good, but sadly, they sell for double the price.
Through my searches, I have yet to come across the O2/ODAC, so we'll cross that one out.
Just so you guys know, I'm using this site (http://www.pcstore.com.tw) to check prices. I can't visit the stores as I'm currently abroad, so prices might vary.
Thanks for taking the time to read through my long post and I hope the information I provided will be of great help. :D
So what are your recommendations?
Here are the sample tracks:
C2C - Down the Road
Egoist - Namae no Kaibutsu
Young the Giant - Cough Syrup
Hatsune Miku - Link Sync World
Lily Allen - F*** You
Woodkid - Run Boy Run
Gossamer - Take a Walk
Edited by jarr2 - 11/20/13 at 6:11am