Happy New Year's members. I'm new to the forum. This is my first post. After reading through past threads, I've realized that this is the place to go for headphone advice, among other things sound. I trust you guys won't steer me wrong. Thanks in advance. So, my HD280's had been going strong since around 2009. They were originally being used for movies and late night gaming on my PS3. After some PC upgrades to make it more capable of gaming, they're primarily used for that. Everything was fine until earlier this week. I noticed that the sound was off. Bass was not as strong as the night before, and the high's were shrill. After suspecting the Xonar DG to be the culprit, I uninstalled/reinstalled both the card and drivers. Still no difference. I'm thinking it's time for a replacement set. I'd like to spend as much as I did on the HD280's. If that's not possible though, definitely no more that $200. Thanks to some of the advice I've read on older threads, Amazon reviews and Mad Lust Envy's list, these have piqued my interest.
2)Beyerdynamic DT-990/770's Pro 250 (Why are the DT-770's Pro 80ohm $70 more? Is it because they're easier to drive?)
4)Audio Technica ATH-M50 Pro with FiiO E6 Amp (Knowing that the Xonar DG has it's own amp would this be necessary or overkill? For $150 it just seems like a great buy.)
I've read a lot about open air headpones, and the quality of the soundstage. I realize that the DT 770's are closed, but after reading great things, I figured they'd be worth the consideration. I'm crazy curious to know how different the sound quality could be between open and closed headphones. If you guys could take comfort into consideration with your recommendations, I'd appreciate it. Please suggest any pair I might be oblivious to. Stay positive. Thanks again.