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Best Audio Setup/Headphones under $200 DT 990, HD 598, Akg 701.....

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I am new to this forum, and I am in no way an audiophile. I am looking into getting a new pair of headphones. I will mainly be using them with my desktop pc for gaming, music, etc...

Currently I am just using Astro a30s and A40s for music and gaming. I would like an upgrade. I am open to any suggestions or advice.

 

I was originally looking at getting some audio technica ath-M50x's but as I started looking into more expensive headphones, I realized that I could get better headphones for a better price. I stumbled upon the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pros. From the research I have done, I think that these are the best headphones for the money and the music I listen to (edm, DnB, hip hop, pop, rock, dubstep). I am not accustomed to "serious" audio setups, but I understand the concepts behind them. I understand that the DT 990s are usually considered the best bang for the buck headphones under $200 but they need an amp to power them properly. The Asus Xonar DGX appears to be a solid deal for a pci amplifier.

 

So now to the question...

 

I would like to know if there are any other setups under $200 that are better than the dt 990s with an amplifier. Like I said I am not an audiophile so honestly any high end headphones will sound amazing to me, but I am looking for the best setup I can get for the money.I have looked into headphones such as the HD 598s Akg 701s, and others, but the DT 990s appear to be the best bang for the buck.

 

I also understand that the ath-m50x and the DT 990s are in a completely different league.

 

 

Thanks!!!

post #2 of 10

The M50x's are closed, and for gaming I would highly recommended one of the other options you listed seeing as they are open models. The DT990 is a great value, and has the best bass for your purposes out of the three IMHO. However, the treble can be rather sharp, which can be a mojor turn-off. My recommendation would be to try the DT990's and EQ the 8kHz region down a dB or 2, and see how well that floats your boat.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. Most of the posts I have read indicate that the dt 990 is has solid bass and that like you said the treble is fairly sharp.

 

Do you think that the Asus soundcard will work fine with these phones?

post #4 of 10

Having tried neither, I can only tell you that you'll have to try it for yourself. It should have enough power... you won't get much better unless you really go up in price. I think it should be a great starting point, and should be good for a while.

post #5 of 10
DT990 is a good choice for your genres and for games. If you find the treble sharp, you can always EQ. I don't know much soundcards, but my friends use Asus.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jodgey4 View Post
 

Having tried neither, I can only tell you that you'll have to try it for yourself. It should have enough power... you won't get much better unless you really go up in price. I think it should be a great starting point, and should be good for a while.

Yeah, I don't think I would see much of an improvement over a soundcard unless I spent some major $$$.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

DT990 is a good choice for your genres and for games. If you find the treble sharp, you can always EQ. I don't know much soundcards, but my friends use Asus.

Do you have any other recommendations for my genres and games? I am just looking to get the best deal possible.

 

Thanks for the replies!!!

post #7 of 10
Given your music preferences, I agree. The DT990s seem the best fit for you in your budget range. You'll love the big soundstage both with music and gaming.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of the replies!!! I think that the dt990s with a soundcard will be the best starting point for me. I appreciate all of the help :D

post #9 of 10
Another option is the Fidelio X1 which do not need amping. They are more expensive than the DT990 but don't have harsh treble. They have the soundstage and bass quantity for your needs.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well, I would consider the x1's if I could pick them up for under $200. I really like the fact that they can be used without an amp, and imo they look cooler/nicer than the dt990s.
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