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New gaming and music headphones { 180$ }

post #1 of 7
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Hello,

 

I am looking for a new pair of headphones. My budget is about 100£ - 130€ - 180$. These are the features they ought to have/ what they will be used for:

  • Wired
  • Gaming immersion  
  • Music: mainly hard rock, metal and classical
  • Watching films
  • Open design: I found out they generally have a better soundstage, which is important for gaming immersion. Also I do not care whether somebody could be able to hear me. 
  • Comfort: I usually keep them up for a long time, therefore they need to be comfortable.

 

So far I don't have a dedicated sound card; I have got a Z87-Plus, which should be enough untill I get a dedicated sound card.

 

The most suggested ones I've come across while searching are these:

  1. ATH-AD700X: In America they are less expensive, I'm from Italy though.
  2. Sennheiser HD 558
  3. ATH-M50​

 

However, seems like that M50s are better if you mainly focus on music. I'll likely go for the 558s.

I will appreciate any suggestion regarding both the headphones I've mentioned and those I haven't.

 

Finally, I'd like to know how stereo headphones can be better than sourround headsets even if they are not driven by an AMP or external sound card.

post #2 of 7

Sennheiser HD558s, I like them better then my ATH-AD700s.

The ATH-AD700 are nice headphones, but as they are so bass light it's turn off for music and movies.

ATH-M50s are bassy music headphones, but are not considered the best for surround sound.

A lot of the "gaming headsets" are stereo headphones, they just come with simple USB sound card that does the headphone surround sound processing.

There are gaming headsets that do come with 4 or 5 speakers in each cup, but in order to keep manufacturing costs down they would have to use low quality diaphragms.

Also some of these 4 speakers per cup headphones that come with 8-channel input are using the sound card's 8-channel speaker output for surround sound.

Which I'm assuming is not really the same a headphone surround sound.

 

You also might consider checking out the AKG K612 Pro, 138 Euro. 

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

A lot of the "gaming headsets" are stereo headphones, they just come with simple USB sound card that does the headphone surround sound processing.

There are gaming headsets that do come with 4 or 5 speakers in each cup, but in order to keep manufacturing costs down they would have to use low quality diaphragms.

Also some of these 4 speakers per cup headphones that come with 8-channel input are using the sound card's 8-channel speaker output for surround sound.

Which I'm assuming is not really the same a headphone surround sound.

 

Yes, but shouldn't 5.1 headphones have however more speakers than stereo's? Also I read you can get really close to surround sound with a dedicated sound card with stereo headphones: how can it be possible (if true)?

 

Could you suggest me a dedicated sound card to make the sound even better (and maybe improve their basses)? Price range should be around 40-50€ (55-70$). If you could sort out sound cards which are uncompatible with Linux, it'd be better.

The ASUS Xonar DG(X) looks appropriate to me, imho.

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by InsideMyHead View Post
 

Yes, but shouldn't 5.1 headphones have however more speakers than stereo's? Also I read you can get really close to surround sound with a dedicated sound card with stereo headphones: how can it be possible (if true)?

 

Could you suggest me a dedicated sound card to make the sound even better (and maybe improve their basses)? Price range should be around 40-50€ (55-70$). If you could sort out sound cards which are uncompatible with Linux, it'd be better.

The ASUS Xonar DG(X) looks appropriate to me, imho.

You only have two ears, but can hear surround sound, so it only takes two sources (right and left cup on headphones) to "emulate" surround sound.

The Xonar DG uses the C-media Oxygen HD CMI-8786 audio processor, which has been around for awhile, should (guessing) be some Linux drivers for it.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Do you suggest me that sound card to give an extra boost to the HD558s then? I'd pay it about 25€, while 29 for the DGX. Or can I get something better?
Edited by InsideMyHead - 3/6/14 at 1:59pm
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by InsideMyHead View Post

Do you suggest me that sound card to give an extra boost to the HD558s then? I'd pay it about 25€, while 29 for the DGX. Or can I get something better?

You could just plug the HD558s directly into the motherboard for now.

Maybe keep an eye out for a low price for a used Sound Blaster Z.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

I've purchased the HD 558s, hope I won't get disappointed, although I have read lots of good reviews of them. I wanna burn them in and then get that Soundblaster Z, I found out it comes with a mic too.

 

Thanks PurpleAngel.

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