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Buying my first pair of nice full-size headphones, primarily for gaming

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Hello Head-Fi,

 

I'm finally interested upgrading my sound, from some small tabletop stereo speakers to nice hi-fi headphones. Below is a brief list of what I'm looking for:

 

Budget: $100-$150 (possibly up to $200)

Location: US

Source: Home desktop (no amp- UD3H motherboard, Realtex ALC898 and onboard DRV632 600ohm amp)

Isolation: Worried mostly about sound leaking out, not in. I listen at pretty medium to mild volume, but it will be used in a quiet room (don't want to disturb others).

Preferred Music: I listed to mostly electronic music and some classic rock, however these will be used 90% for gaming. I don't play many FPS titles, or anything that I need extremely 'competitive' sound for. But I would like something immersive with good soundstage and decent bass.

Additional Information: I've never owened a good pair of headphones, and I've been doing some research. I'd like something extremely comfortable (hours of use at a time). One concern I have is how loud an open pair will be. If I have it set low, with someone sleeping across the room, I don't want it to be too bothersome. But it seems that most people recommend open over closed sets.

With that said, one pair that I'm a little set on is the Sennheiser 558 (only $125 and feels / sounds amazing from all I've heard). It seems that all the best pairs are open, and perhaps the sound leak wouln't be too loud at low volume. Other than the 558, some of the audio-technicas have been recommended, and perhaps the beyerdynamics (e.g. DT990 for an open pair that is comparable to the 558, or the DT770 for a closed pair, which may be my second choice). Some additional help would be great! Thanks.

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There are two types of fullsize, over-ear headphones: "Open" and "Closed". An open headphone has cups that are vented to the outside. They let sound both in and out. A closed headphone has cups that are sealed. They provide isolation and block sound from getting either in or out. You can't choose to only let sound in and not out - it goes both ways or is blocked both ways. Depending on the design of the headphones, some open headphones leak a lot, and some leak less. Same with closed headphones - some isolate a lot, and some isolate less.

It sounds like you need closed headphones, so that would eliminate the HD558 and DT990. If you are not going to have an amp, then I do not recommend the DT770-250 or DT770-80. Your motherboard doesn't have a "600 ohm amp" - it has a headphone jack that they claim can be used with 600 ohm headphones. While that may be technically true - you would NOT like the result of connecting 600 Ohms headphones to your motherboard. The volume would be pretty low and the sound would be dead and lifeless.
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It sounds like you need closed headphones, so that would eliminate the HD558 and DT990. If you are not going to have an amp, then I do not recommend the DT770-250 or DT770-80. Your motherboard doesn't have a "600 ohm amp" - it has a headphone jack that they claim can be used with 600 ohm headphones. While that may be technically true - you would NOT like the result of connecting 600 Ohms headphones to your motherboard. The volume would be pretty low and the sound would be dead and lifeless.

 

Right, I do think closed may be best for me. Do you have any suggestions for a good pair that are in my price range? I also agree that I would never try to hook a 600 ohm into my board, but do you think a 250, or even 80 would be that bad? I don't really have any experience with hi-fi sound. Thanks for the reply.

 

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Hi!

 

You should consider SoundMagic HP100

http://www.head-fi.org/products/soundmagic-hp100-premium-over-the-ear-folding-headphones-black

 

Best Luck!

 

Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't considered that one before, and I'll look into it a bit more. It is at the top of my budget though, and maybe the DT770 is a comparable alternative for ~$50 less? (although I've heard the 770 is bass heavy). Do you know of any others closer to $150? Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Zeppelin-2k View Post
 

 

Right, I do think closed may be best for me. Do you have any suggestions for a good pair that are in my price range? I also agree that I would never try to hook a 600 ohm into my board, but do you think a 250, or even 80 would be that bad? I don't really have any experience with hi-fi sound. Thanks for the reply.

 

 

Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't considered that one before, and I'll look into it a bit more. It is at the top of my budget though, and maybe the DT770 is a comparable alternative for ~$50 less? (although I've heard the 770 is bass heavy). Do you know of any others closer to $150? Thanks!


HP100 cost 50 extra dollars but don't need extra amplification like DT770 (80 or 250 Ohm versions). Shure SRH-840 is also a solid pick but I think they are also priced around 200 dollars.

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Thank you. These are good suggestions, I've just heard less about them and seen fewer reviews than others. Any comment on the ATH-A900X? I can find them for $200 also, and seems to excel in the areas I'd like. The only issues I've seen with it are comfort, which some people don't care for. 

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