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Hey everyone,

 

This is my first post here, but have been a follower for quite some times.  Currently, I own the ATH-AD700X and have owned them for the past two years.  I really enjoy them except for the 3D wing headband.  Recently, I've noticed that my ears have begun to support the weight of the headphones instead of the 3D wing headband causing me to readjust the headphones several times per hour.  So, I've decided to upgrade my headphones.

 

I primarily use my headphones on PC for gaming ~40% of the time, watching movies/TV shows ~40% of the time, and listening to music ~20% of the time.  There is no specific genre of music that I listen to since I listen to several different genres.  I'm not much of a competitive gamer anymore I prefer immersion, but having positional audio is always nice.  In the near future I plan to buy an Astro Mixamp to use the headphones with my PS4 and Xbox One.  My PC currently has a five year old Asus Xonar DG, which I plan to upgrade in the coming weeks; I haven't decided on the exact card yet.

 

I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are more phone than the ATH-AD700X, but don't sacrifice too much competitive edge.  I'm also looking for a pair that will still be comfortable after long gaming sessions.  I, also, want something that has a little more bass than the ATH-AD700X.  I've done so research on my own for the past couple of days and the set that's caught my eye the most was the Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 OHM, which are on sale for $270 down from ~$400 before tax here in Canada until March 28.  Ideally, I don't want to spend more than $400, but may be willing to stretch.

 

Can anyone recommend any other sets to me or should I jump on that deal?

 

Thanks

 

Edit: Forgot to mention I'm unable to actually test any headphones before buying them because of where I live and the online vendors that I do have access don't accept returns on items once the box has opened unless the product is broken.


Edited by drenmar - 3/25/14 at 6:20am
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Made a small edit

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Are you sure that the devices you have will effectively drive the Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 OHM? Is the Mixamp good with that high of an impedance headphone? Might be better to go with the 250 ohm version. That would probably give you more flexibility in what sound card to buy, too.
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I know the Mixamp won't be able to handle a 250 OHM or 600 OHM effectively without an amp so I was planning to buy an amp around the time of the purchase of the Mixamp.  I was able to use a 250 OHM pair of headphones with my current sound card, but haven't been able to test with with anything higher.  I was considering the 250 OHM version of the DT990s, but they are ~$150 more expensive than the 600 OHM versions, currently.

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 I was considering the 250 OHM version of the DT990s, but they are ~$150 more expensive than the 600 OHM versions, currently.

That's too bad. They are cheap in the US right now for the 250 Pro version. If you knew someone in the US who could order them for you and then ship them to you, it would be pretty cost effective. If you live near the Canadian/US border, there are services (I don't remember the name of them) that let you establish a pick up box in the US that I know that people have used for purchasing speakers, etc.
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Ahh, I thought you meant the Premiums. I can, actually, find the Pro version for $200 here.  Ultimately, if it came down to it I could have a friend send me something from the USA. I'm a little unsure about the Pro though because I've read they have a high clamping force and I have a larger head.  Is the clamping force exaggerated or is it easy to adjust the force?

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Ahh, I thought you meant the Premiums. I can, actually, find the Pro version for $200 here.  Ultimately, if it came down to it I could have a friend send me something from the USA. I'm a little unsure about the Pro though because I've read they have a high clamping force and I have a larger head.  Is the clamping force exaggerated or is it easy to adjust the force?

I have a big head, and the DT770 Pro didn't bother me. Comfort is such an individual thing. And usually you can loosen the clamping force on headphones by putting them on some books for a while and letting them stretch a little. I'd ask DT770/DT990 owners. There's probably an appreciation thread somewhere on Head-Fi for them.
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I have a big head, and the DT770 Pro didn't bother me. Comfort is such an individual thing. And usually you can loosen the clamping force on headphones by putting them on some books for a while and letting them stretch a little. I'd ask DT770/DT990 owners. There's probably an appreciation thread somewhere on Head-Fi for them.

Thanks for the suggestion.  I'll see if I can track that thread down.

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This is my first post here, but have been a follower for quite some times.  Currently, I own the ATH-AD700X and have owned them for the past two years.  I really enjoy them except for the 3D wing headband.  Recently, I've noticed that my ears have begun to support the weight of the headphones instead of the 3D wing headband causing me to readjust the headphones several times per hour.  So, I've decided to upgrade my headphones.

I primarily use my headphones on PC for gaming ~40% of the time, watching movies/TV shows ~40% of the time, and listening to music ~20% of the time.  There is no specific genre of music that I listen to since I listen to several different genres.  I'm not much of a competitive gamer anymore I prefer immersion, but having positional audio is always nice.  In the near future I plan to buy an Astro Mixamp to use the headphones with my PS4 and Xbox One.  My PC currently has a five year old Asus Xonar DG, which I plan to upgrade in the coming weeks; I haven't decided on the exact card yet.

I'm looking for a pair of headphones that are more phone than the ATH-AD700X, but don't sacrifice too much competitive edge.  I'm also looking for a pair that will still be comfortable after long gaming sessions.  I, also, want something that has a little more bass than the ATH-AD700X.  I've done so research on my own for the past couple of days and the set that's caught my eye the most was the Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium 600 OHM, which are on sale for $270 down from ~$400 before tax here in Canada until March 28.  Ideally, I don't want to spend more than $400, but may be willing to stretch.

Can anyone recommend any other sets to me or should I jump on that deal?

 

I found with my ATH-A900Xs if I hold down the wings, towards the cups, for long periods of time (like over night), it changes the "memory" of the springs that control the wings, so the wings work better at holding up the headphones.

I also switch to Hifiman Velour ear pads ($10+shipping) on my A900X, puts a tighter grip on my head, helps the headphones from slipping down.

 

Or just buy the ATH-A900X (closed) headphone and buy the Hifiman Velour ear pads.

As the A900Xs are only 40-Ohm, the Xonar DG and the Astro Mix-amp can easily drive them.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-Headphones-Made-in-Japan-Mint-Condition-/141235960354?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item20e251ba22

http://www.acgears.com/sound/accessories/hifiman-he-series-earpads?gclid=CIKMyoCUrr0CFSho7AodTikA5A

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I found with my ATH-A900Xs if I hold down the wings, towards the cups, for long periods of time (like over night), it changes the "memory" of the springs that control the wings, so the wings work better at holding up the headphones.

I tried your suggestion of holding the wings down and I did it for roughly 9 hours, but over the past two hours of use I can still feel my ears holding the weight of the headphones if I don't readjust them every now and then.

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