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Need help with making a budget setup for all-around use (gaming, music, skype, etc.)

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I've spent the last couple days trying to find a set of over-ear headphones that aren't too overly expensive, but I figured it was time to just ask directly here.
 

First off, I'm currently using on-board audio output from my motherboard (ASUSTeK M4A87TD EVO (AM3), if it makes any difference), so audio card recommendations are more than welcome if I need one.

My budget is around $200 for everything (headset, audio card, etc.). Like I said in the title, I'm looking for a setup that would be good for all-around use. If possible, a headset that will sound decent with output from my iPhone would be preferred. Comfort, sound stage, and overall sound quality are all important to me.

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Hi,

 

You should consider Fiio E07K and:

 

Sennheiser HD558:

Open back. This are pretty neutral headphones with good soundstage and smooth highs. Can be quite weak on the bass.

 

Yamaha HPH-200:

Open back. Lively sound signature, with very nice bass and detailed highs. One of the best all rounders in terms of sound signature (IMO). Portability is also very good thanks to their compact design. I find them quite confortable but being On-Ears this are not as confortable as bigger full size headphones.

 

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80)

Closed back. Very good sound and built quality at its price point. (Really good choice if you prefer to save some cash)

 

Pioneer Se-A1000

Open back headphones with great soundstage. Overall airy sound with detailed highs. Mids can be quite 'veiled'. Good bass, sub bass is lacking. (Another great option if you want to save some cash)

 

*Open back headphones provide better soundstage and separation, while closed back headphones provide better isolation and sub-bass response most of the times.

 

Best Luck!


Edited by Me x3 - 11/25/13 at 6:29pm
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Originally Posted by Nakuh View Post
 

I've spent the last couple days trying to find a set of over-ear headphones that aren't too overly expensive, but I figured it was time to just ask directly here.
 

First off, I'm currently using on-board audio output from my motherboard (ASUSTeK M4A87TD EVO (AM3), if it makes any difference), so audio card recommendations are more than welcome if I need one.

My budget is around $200 for everything (headset, audio card, etc.). Like I said in the title, I'm looking for a setup that would be good for all-around use. If possible, a headset that will sound decent with output from my iPhone would be preferred. Comfort, sound stage, and overall sound quality are all important to me.

Get the JVC HA-S400 (or HA-S500) for use with your portables (iPhone).

 

Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) for use with your computer.

Asus Xonar DG computer sound card.

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