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I am looking to purchase a new pair of headphones, and I'm looking for some advice and recommendations.
My budget for headphones is in the area of $250 dollars, give or take a little.
My specific usage would entail two areas. The first is PC gaming, which would make up about 80% of my usage. The second area of use would be listening to my library of almost 1000 hours of live Grateful Dead digital audio tapes, which would make up about 15% of my usage. I have two consumer DAT decks that I use for taping and a studio DAT deck that I use for playback. There might be a little bit of general musical usage as well through my PC or stereo. After I get my tax return I'll be looking to buy a PC sound card and a headphone amp. Right now I'm just looking for a new pair of headphones.
I am replacing a pair of Sennheiser full size over the ear headphones that got destroyed during a move I made last month into a new house. They were basic and cost under $170. I also had a Sennheiser headset, an ear pad cheapo, the PC166. Due to my budget, I want to get one pair of headphones that I can use for both PC gaming and DAT listening duties. I'm not sure if a good ear pad headphone is preferred for my usage, or if a full size over the ear headphone would be preferable. I've listed a few of both types after reading reviews and would appreciate any advice you could give me.
For the ear pad headphones that fit my budget, I've read good reviews on these:
1) Sennheiser Amperior
2) Sennheiser Momentum
3) Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
(Each would require a mic for PC gaming use.)
The list of full size over the ear headphones that I made based on reviews:
1) Sennheiser PC360 Gaming Headset.(includes a mic.)
2) AKG Q701 Headphones.(I'd have to add a mic.)
3) Philips Fidelio X1.(I'd have to add a mic.)
4) Sony MA900.(I'd have to add a mic.)
I noted that the Sony MA900's were listed in the review at $180. but they have apparently been discontinued and are now going for about $240. I don't know if they warrant the new higher price, but I listed them since they were a favorite within my budget. I left out the Beyer DT990 Pro 250ohm as I'd need an amp (and a mic) just to use them and I believe that would place them over my current budget.
I would also be open to other suggestions, and any advice would be greatly appreciated.