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Looking for input on new headphones.

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Budget - I can't justify more than $300 (and I really wouldn't want to spend that much).

Source - My PC, no sound card, Realtek ALC892 on motherboard
Requirements for Isolation - My computer is in my living room but I don't think I need much noise cancellation.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized over ear
Preferred tonal balance - Balanced with a enough bass for gaming.
Past headphones - My Triton 720s were the only noteworthy headset I've ever owned. They were comfortable and sounded pretty nice but I didn't like the mic.
Preferred Music - Classic rock and techno but I'm mainly playing FPS games like Battlefield.


Looking to buy a new set-up. An accident just took out my Triton 720 headset and I got my tax return yesterday. So, what better way to spend it then on good audio equipment. I've been looking at Sennheiser PC 360, Creative Aurvana Live!, Sennheiser HD 598, and Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X though I'm not really sure how to compare them. Should I get sound card? Also any advice on a mic would be appreciate.

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I would suggest getting an audioquest dragonfly or something equivalent to that for a soundcard, as they can help your sound quite a bit. That leave you with 200 dollars.

 

Some 200 dollar cans:

Philips Fidelio X1 (a little on the bassy side but excellent headphones - you would also need one used if you want it closer to 200 or under)

Sony MDR 1R (Also quite nice for a portable headphone)

AKG K550 (or K545 or some rendition of the K550) 

 

just a few off the top of my head

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If you get an 'Antlion' microphone you can attach that to any headphone you end up choosing. 

A lot of gamers (including myself) can recommend the Beyerdynamic DT990 and HD598 for gaming - but they're open-back and don't offer great isolation. If there's a TV on or a conversation in the same room, you'll hear it. I know quite a few gamers who happily use Beyerdynamic DT770 but I've never tried it myself for gaming, only a few music auditions, but I could imagine it being good for gaming as its from the same family of headphones as my DT990 and shares some sound characteristics, like a big soundstage which makes gaming more immersive. 

 

The K550 mentioned above is an interesting idea. Never heard of any gamers using it though. Might be too 'polite' sounding for gaming.

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