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Need help choosing £100-£150 headphones for mainly listening to rock/metal music and gaming

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi all!

 

I'm looking to get some good headphones around £100-£150 for using at home for mostly music and gaming. Besides a pair of Sennheiser HD 205's I've never had any headphones that weren't cheap ear buds so I don't have much knowledge on what sort of thing I should be getting. 

 

My musical interests are pretty much all kinds of rock/metal plus a little bit of classical, jazz and techno. 

 

After looking around for a bit it seems these might be good options for me: 

 

Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO 250 ohm £120

 

Audio Technica ATH-A900X £100

 

Grado SR125i £150 (or SR80i for £90)

 

AKG K612 PRO £115

 

My sound card is an internal sound blaster recon 3d. 

 

Any help making a decision or suggesting something else around the same prices is greatly appreciated!

 

Having open headphones won't be a problem at all. 

 

Also depending on the ohm's of whatever I get I might get an amp, which I have no idea at all about which one to get, any suggestions around £50 or something would be great!

 

Thanks for reading!


Edited by maddogarchie - 3/20/14 at 3:27pm
post #2 of 13
The DT990s will have probably be the best for gaming because of their soundstage. Also more comfortable to wear for hours at a time than the Grados.

If you decide to go with the Grados, I would get the SR80i instead. Most Grado fans don't feel it's worth upgrading over the SR80i unless you can jump up to the SR225i. You can also buy L-cush pads like the SR225i uses and get 80 to 90% of the way there on the SR225i sound with the SR80i.

Not sure on what the best values for amps are for you in the UK. Do you have a PC? Is there a sound card already? Can you install one?
post #3 of 13

I totally agree on the comments about the Grado SR125i. Get the SR80i (or perhaps the Alessandro MS1i) and some Grado L Cushion pads. An amazing headphone for rock & jazz.

 

However, If you want something more comfortable and that will also work very well for gaming & classical, then consider the AKG K612 pro. Amazing sound for the price, with a huge soundstage.

 

They need amping, but something cheap like a FiiO E10 is sufficient.

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

The DT990s will have probably be the best for gaming because of their soundstage. Also more comfortable to wear for hours at a time than the Grados.

If you decide to go with the Grados, I would get the SR80i instead. Most Grado fans don't feel it's worth upgrading over the SR80i unless you can jump up to the SR225i. You can also buy L-cush pads like the SR225i uses and get 80 to 90% of the way there on the SR225i sound with the SR80i.

Not sure on what the best values for amps are for you in the UK. Do you have a PC? Is there a sound card already? Can you install one?

First thanks for the quick reply!

 

I have a PC and I am using an internal sound blaster recon 3d sound card, if necessary I should be able to install a new one. 

post #5 of 13
I don't know much about that sound card, but Creative says it has a headphone amp that can handle up to 600 ohm headphones. It should be fine with the DT990 250 Pros.

Those AKG 612 Pros that sinnottj mentioned could be nice as well. The DT990s would have more bass emphasis and deeper bass extension.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help so far guys!

 

Anyone else got any useful advice?

post #7 of 13

Spending £100-£150 to buy a headphone... i think you can buy a very good quality product. There are many headphones in ebay or your local shops, just choose one as you like.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by maddogarchie View Post
 

First thanks for the quick reply!

 

I have a PC and I am using an internal Sound Blaster Recon 3D sound card, if necessary I should be able to install a new one. 

 

Sell off the Recon3D and get the Sound Blaster-Z, a lot of the same hardware, but the SB-Z also comes with a CS4398 DAC chip :)

 

Headphone wise, I would say to check out the AKG K612 Pro, a lot of positive feedback on it.

post #9 of 13

If you're interested in the K612 Pro, you can get it for an absolute bargain here:

 

http://www.dv247.com/headphones/akg-k612-pro--201169

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sinnottj View Post
 

If you're interested in the K612 Pro, you can get it for an absolute bargain here:

 

http://www.dv247.com/headphones/akg-k612-pro--201169

Hmmmm, I think it's a bit of a two horse race between those and the beyerdynamics now, do you know how suitable the K612's are for metal/rock? As that's the main thing they'll be used for. 

post #11 of 13

I have the K612 pro and I love them. They seem to work well with every genre for me, and I have quite a variety!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by maddogarchie View Post
 

Hmmmm, I think it's a bit of a two horse race between those and the beyerdynamics now, do you know how suitable the K612's are for metal/rock? As that's the main thing they'll be used for. 

 

Personally, I'd say the AKGs are the better choice for metal/rock as out of the two they have the more forward/aggressive mids, and the mids are where electric guitars live!

 

The DT990 has a more V-shaped sound: emphasis on bass and highs, with the mids pushed a bit into the background. For me, that sound signature works better for bass-heavy music like techno.

 

It comes down to personal preference though - if you like a bass-heavy sound then you will probably be more impressed by the DT990s.  The K612 are not bass-light by any means, but the sound is more neutral and, for me, works better for guitar music.

 

Hope this is of some use to you, although you can't beat listening for yourself, unfortunately ...

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

I think I'll be going for the AKG K612 pro's, I'll probably also get the FiiO E10 amp later. 

 

Thanks for all your help guys, it's greatly appreciated!

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