First of all, I'm a teenage newbie, but I need help, and I don't trust places like Yahoo Answers, since the last time I asked, everyone told me to get Beats or Bose.
I've looked at a lot of the audio terms for describing music, and I really do not know what to apply to what I listen to. I'm only 15, so I haven't had years of experience with great audio equipment. Currently, I have a Plantronics Gamecom 380 headset, which is far from high end.
My uncle wants to get me a $200-300 set of headphones for my 16th birthday, but I really don't know what I'm looking for. I've heard that good headphones might not sound that great if the audio file is lower quality, since it may reveal too much distortion.Considering that my music ranges from 192 kbps mp3, up to FLAC (compressed from CD quality audio), and I'm just plugging in my headphones to my Macbook without any sound card, and I've never used an actual amplifier, so I'm pretty clueless about this.
I listen to some classical music (although pretty rarely), a lot of electronic, notably synthpop music by Owl City, Progressive House by Deadmau5, and House by Daft Punk. I also listen to Jamiroquai, Sky Sailing, the Bee Gees (although pretty rarely), and occasionally some country music. I also do enjoy playing games, so I'll be using the headphones for that.
Only some of my music comes from CDs, and a lot of it I just play from Grooveshark. I would love to start getting higher quality files, but for now, this is all I have. As far as I've read, Grooveshark's bitrate varies :(
I often here that electronic music requires more bass, however in my sound system (5.1 Surround Sony Speakers - I set it to multistereo mode, don't know the model, but cost $360) I changed the default Bass +3 and Treble 0 to Bass 0 and Treble +3. I find that a lot of headphones that are meant to make you look cool, such as Beats (which I never understand the point of since they're so overpriced), have overpowering bass. Does this mean that I will be satisfied with less bass, like with the ATH AD-900s? Or does it mean that my Gamecom 380s and Sony speakers are too bassy already?
I'm really clueless on all this audio stuff, but unfortunately, everyone in my family, and all my friends, are only worse, so I need help from you guys on what I should do. Also, I prefer circumaural.
If I posted this in the wrong place, please tell me.
Edited by MultiverseAFK - 12/31/13 at 6:10pm