Hello all! I've been lurking around and posting here or there to try and find myself a solid pair of headphones under $200. I'm very new to these forums and the audiophile world in general. I plan on using these cans for both gaming(60%) and music(40%), and am looking for a large sound stage, positional accuracy, and detailed sound. I'm certainly no basshead, but I don't want them to be airy. I want there to be some punch given that they're open headphones. I'm also looking for low impedance, given that I plan on using them with a Sound Blaster Z and have no plans on buying an external amp at this time.
To be honest, my only real audio experience has been with gaming headsets. I've never actually experienced open headphones. That makes it hard to describe exactly what I'm looking for. I know that I don't want the music to sound distant. I'll be using them with surround sound, and I want to hear everything right around me.
I've been looking at a few options. Beyond sound, I'm looking for high build quality and replaceable ear pads and cords. I don't need them to hold my head like a vice, but i'd prefer tighter over falling off all the time. I'll be using them pretty much exclusively for home use, so portability isn't really a problem. Neither is sound leakage as long as it's not too obnoxious.
For the most part, I'm between the Q701 and AD700x. However, the higher impedance of the Q701 (62 ohms) has me a bit concerned. I'm not sure if a simple sound card amp will be enough for these.
I'm completely open to any suggestions, opinions, criticism, etc. I'm counting on all of you to persuade me of which set of cans will best suit my needs.
P.S. I've been eyeing the Philips Fidelio L2, although it doesn't release in the U.S. until February.
Edited by thePhysicist8 - 11/25/13 at 7:03pm