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post #1 of 24
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Hi everyone, I am new to the audio world and am looking for recommendations on where to start.

 

First of all I am getting this for my computer to play games on. I do not play competitive fps games that much but I do every once in a while my main type of games are RPGs and action games like batman arkham series or splinter cell. So I am looking for a headset that can give me a really good immersive experience with my instrumental music in my RPGs but also have a good sound stage for shooters or action games when I play them.

 

Also I want to get them just to listen to music to and my preference on music is Hard Rock/Heavy Metal genres so I would like some headphones that work good while I am listening to my music when traveling with my Ipod. I would like the headphones to have a little bass to hear the kick drum freq. but not headshaking or anything like that.

 

I have currently been looking at the Audio Technica AD900x, Sennheiser HD558/598, Sennheiser HD600/650, Beyerdynamics DT 770/880/990. My price range is around $250-$400 for the headphones.

 

I am also looking at a amp/dac if needed and have been looking at the O2/ODAC or the Fiio E10. It will be ran off of my motherboard audio which is a Asus Maximus 5 Formula.

 

I have never tried open headphones before but usually when I play with my closed headphones I have one of my drivers off my ear so I can hear whats going on around me so I don't think an open headphone would bother me.

 

Summary

Open Headphone

Sound quality for instrumental RPG game music

Sound stage for occasional shooter/action

Good with Rock/Heavy Metal Music on Ipod

$250-$400 USD for headphones

amp/dac if needed

post #2 of 24
The bigger question for open headphones is not whether it would bother you, but whether it would bother anyone else in the room with you. The sound leakage goes both ways - if you turn up the volume, the people around you will hear your music.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The bigger question for open headphones is not whether it would bother you, but whether it would bother anyone else in the room with you. The sound leakage goes both ways - if you turn up the volume, the people around you will hear your music.


This. I did not know how much planar's leak until I got my HE-500's and let's just say I could sell my desktop speakers if I wanted to for how much sound they leak :)

post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The bigger question for open headphones is not whether it would bother you, but whether it would bother anyone else in the room with you. The sound leakage goes both ways - if you turn up the volume, the people around you will hear your music.

Sorry for the late response was at work. As for your question I don't have anyone in the room when I am playing but if I do (which is rare) we all have headphones on anyway which is the reason I leave one driver off my ear when I am playing

post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by XxCyr3xX View Post
 

Sorry for the late response was at work. As for your question I don't have anyone in the room when I am playing but if I do (which is rare) we all have headphones on anyway which is the reason I leave one driver off my ear when I am playing

The best part about open headphones, if you will not need to do that any more! You can keep both drivers on your ears and still hear your buddies if they talk to you! I wear my Open back DT 880 during College classes, my Professors are used to the fact that I can actually hear EVERYTHING they say.

 

That said if your looking for something REALLY nice with RPGS I'd say go for the Beyer Dynamic DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm, or [when it goes on sale] get the Fidlio X1, Amazon has the X1 on sale for $150 every so often, and the DT 990 Pro 250 ohm is always $150 for an amp or Dac, I'd try getting a JDS Labs C5D, the C5D is a dac an amp, and the C5D does work with iOS7 and Windows!

 

The Dt 990 Pro was one of my first headphones, and yes it's got a little extra bass and mids than what is "neutral" but it's great for gaming, movies and music! I liked mine very much with Metal as well. 

 

How ever IF you can afford it, I HIGHLY recommend you get the Dt 880 Pro 250 Ohm and the JDS Labds C5D, the DT 880 is more neutral and balanced than DT 990, it does cost more but is more enjoyable with more genres of music and other audio applications, it too benifits from an amp

 

The Dt 990 Pro will NEED an amp when ever you use it, how ever the Fidelio X1 does not, still both headphones greatly benifit from an amp! 

post #6 of 24
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Ok I will keep those in mind. As for the JDS its the first I have heard of it just wondering if it works with Desktop PCs as well I like the small form factor (just googled it and didn't know it was made by the same company as the O2/ODAC) and it would be great for when I am traveling. Also what is the difference between the 2 amp/dacs?

post #7 of 24
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Ok I will keep those in mind. As for the JDS its the first I have heard of it just wondering if it works with Desktop PCs as well I like the small form factor (just googled it and didn't know it was made by the same company as the O2/ODAC) and it would be great for when I am traveling. Also what is the difference between the 2 amp/dacs?

Yes the C5D works with pcs :3

 

the differeances is the O2/ODac is much bigger and sounds EVER SO slightly cleaner. The differences in quality are discernable, but not VAST. Meaning if Size is no concern get the O2/oDac

 

How ever if you want something small the C5D would be excellent! And if this is your first headphone/Dac, I doubt you'd be able to hear the differance in the two :3. I had an oDac and a JDS C5, I enjoyed both very much.

 

Still sound quality wise the O2/oDac is better, but by only very small margins and again you most likely wont even notice... or not to say that YOU won't notice but your headphone the M100, will not vary to much in terms of sound quality, from the O2 to the JDS Labs C5D 

 

And again, the C5D does work with pc's! 

post #8 of 24
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Ok thank you for the quick reply about that subject I will probably be getting the CD5 so it will be much less noticeable while I am traveling. Thank you again for the help I will just need to find a pair of headphones to get with them and I will keep the DT990s and the X1s in my list while I try to get more suggestions. If you leave me a reply I will get back to you tomorrow about to crash out.

 

EDIT: Sorry about this but why do the DT880s cost more than the DT990s?


Edited by XxCyr3xX - 1/22/14 at 9:28pm
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by XxCyr3xX View Post
 

Ok thank you for the quick reply about that subject I will probably be getting the CD5 so it will be much less noticeable while I am traveling. Thank you again for the help I will just need to find a pair of headphones to get with them and I will keep the DT990s and the X1s in my list while I try to get more suggestions. If you leave me a reply I will get back to you tomorrow about to crash out.

Yea I'm soon to crash out my self as well q.q

 

But what ever you do, enjoy what you get :3 

post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by XxCyr3xX View Post
 

Ok thank you for the quick reply about that subject I will probably be getting the CD5 so it will be much less noticeable while I am traveling. Thank you again for the help I will just need to find a pair of headphones to get with them and I will keep the DT990s and the X1s in my list while I try to get more suggestions. If you leave me a reply I will get back to you tomorrow about to crash out.

 

EDIT: Sorry about this but why do the DT880s cost more than the DT990s?

I believe as the DT880 have a more balanced sound, over the DT990 full bass & treble, most would desire the DT880s, over the DT990s.

I myself usually prefer to use my DT880s, over the DT990s.

The DT880 Pro 250-Ohm are selling new for under $200, good price.

post #11 of 24
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I believe as the DT880 have a more balanced sound, over the DT990 full bass & treble, most would desire the DT880s, over the DT990s.

I myself usually prefer to use my DT880s, over the DT990s.

The DT880 Pro 250-Ohm are selling new for under $200, good price.

Good point, although about a year ago, I sold my DT 880 and kept my dt 990, ther are soem that prefer the 990 over the dt 880 as it has more bass, 

 

still if it's under $200 then it is indeed worth getting. 

post #12 of 24
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Ok I appreciate the suggestions on the DT880/990 sets I looked on amazon they sell for about 195/145 respectively so I might try out both of them and sell the one I like the least.  One last thing are the pros much different than the premiums. The only things I seen that were different were less clamping force on the premiums with more sound stage and less bass than the Pros. Is there anything else I am missing besides that and color difference?

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by XxCyr3xX View Post
 

Ok I appreciate the suggestions on the DT880/990 sets I looked on amazon they sell for about 195/145 respectively so I might try out both of them and sell the one I like the least.  One last thing are the pros much different than the premiums. The only things I seen that were different were less clamping force on the premiums with more sound stage and less bass than the Pros. Is there anything else I am missing besides that and color difference?

Save cash, get the Pro version.

post #14 of 24
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Ok sounds good thank you all again if I have any more questions I will be sure to come back here.

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Save cash, get the Pro version.

 

 

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Originally Posted by XxCyr3xX View Post
 

Ok sounds good thank you all again if I have any more questions I will be sure to come back here.

195/145 is the Pro Version Price lol

 

but get your self an amp along the lines of the o2/Odac combo to drive with, or eve the JDS labs C5D if you need something smaller than the o2Odac


Edited by Mshenay - 1/24/14 at 7:06am
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