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Looking for closed over-ear headphones to replace my CAL

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

As the title says. I currently have the Creative Aurvana Live! and am looking to upgrade. I listen to a lot of rock/pop/death metal so I guess something fun.

I like the CAL!'s sound signature so I don't want a really flat response. I wanna be able to play it with FPS games so an all-rounder is what I'm looking for.

My budget is $250 ($300 if the difference is night/day) and I'll be playing on my ipod a lot so something with high sensitivity/low impedance would be best (basically unamped).

As far as portability goes, I don't expect to bike with these so that's not a problem. I do have problems with noise at home so some cancellation would be nice but it's not a deal-breaker.

 

So far I've looked at:

 

Sennheiser Momentum (above budget, unfortunately)

Sennheiser Amperior

Akg K550

Focal Spirit One

Denon D2000 (Really wanted these but can't find these for $250)

Denon D600 (Also above budget)

Beyerdynamic DT770 (32 ohm)

 

Thanks

post #2 of 8

Take a look at this thread.

 

it might help you out. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/692687/good-closed-headphones-to-pair-with-my-fiio-e12-upgrading-from-ath-m50 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

I don't think that applies since I'm looking for I'm looking for headphones that don't need an amp :(

post #4 of 8

oh sorry.

 

the ATH-M50s might be a good upgrade to the CAL, but they probably wont be good for video games.

 

the HD 598 will do games well, but it will give you a pretty neutral sound (not as "fun" sounding as the M50s).

 

once you start going into 300 dollar headphones most need an amp to sound their best. 

post #5 of 8

I'd go for the 1r, Momentum On Ear, WS99, UE6000, or M80.

post #6 of 8

yeah +1 on UE6000 and Momentum. 

post #7 of 8

or you could split your budget and get a fiio amp to drive the DT 770 80/250ohm

post #8 of 8

K550, good for rock/pop (not so good with metal) but soundstage for gaming is good for a closed headphone. Don't expect a lot of bass. 

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