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post #1 of 13
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Hello, my gaming headphones recently broke and over the past week or two i have been looking at different headphones to buy, i was planning on getting some more gaming headphones but after what people said about them, i have been a little put off as i was about to get the Astro A40 headphones. I was thinking of getting a good pair of headphones between 300-600 price range and also looking for a good Amp and DAC but since i am new to the scene i have no idea where to start.

 

I mostly play DAYZ, Titanfall and some other games and also want to use the headphones for listing to music and also movies.

 

I listen to all types of music, but recently i have listened to trap, DnB and trance and maybe a little bit of dubstep but not that much of a bass head. I have done some research on headphones and I have been looking at beyerdynamics 990, 880 also Sennheiser HD600-650 but i seriously have no idea on what type would benefit me as the headphones i had were the Turtlebeach x11 and also i listened to a friends Beats. X11s and the Beats are really the only headphones i have listened to so i came here to post this to see if anyone could point me in the right direction. I also need a MIC and i have looked at the AntLion ModMic 2.1

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by curt521 View Post
 

Hello, my gaming headphones recently broke and over the past week or two i have been looking at different headphones to buy, i was planning on getting some more gaming headphones but after what people said about them, i have been a little put off as i was about to get the Astro A40 headphones. I was thinking of getting a good pair of headphones between 300-600 price range and also looking for a good Amp and DAC but since i am new to the scene i have no idea where to start.

 

I mostly play DAYZ, Titanfall and some other games and also want to use the headphones for listing to music and also movies.

 

I listen to all types of music, but recently i have listened to trap, DnB and trance and maybe a little bit of dubstep but not that much of a bass head. I have done some research on headphones and I have been looking at beyerdynamics 990, 880 also Sennheiser HD600-650 but i seriously have no idea on what type would benefit me as the headphones i had were the Turtlebeach x11 and also i listened to a friends Beats. X11s and the Beats are really the only headphones i have listened to so i came here to post this to see if anyone could point me in the right direction. I also need a MIC and i have looked at the AntLion ModMic 2.1

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

 

First of all- welcome to Head-Fi!

 

If you're looking for headphone recommendations check out the buying guide. (http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide)

 

If you're looking at the Sennheiser HD 600-650 and the Beyers, you'll need an amplifier to get the best sound out of them and they are definitely not portable.

 

If you're looking for a cheap option, check out the Sennheiser HD 598 with an O2. These are wonderful for gaming especially and if you don't want an amp, these don't really need it.

 

For a more expensive option, check out the HifiMAN HE-400, HD 600's and the SoundMAGIC HP200.

post #3 of 13
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Are those good for gaming? because i want a pair which will last me a long time and are comfortable

post #4 of 13

+1 for HD598, it is very neutral has good soundstage and adequate bass and treble ....

 

 

If you want "fun" headphones with textured bass , ultra details and great instrument separation and definition look into DT990 32ohm version or the Philips Fidelio X1, both of which are easy to drive though the dt990 32 ohm would still benefit from amping.

 

I have both HD598 and DT990 32 ohm, I think the beyer is superior to the sen overall.

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+1 for HD598, it is very neutral has good soundstage and adequate bass and treble ....

 

 

If you want "fun" headphones with textured bass , ultra details and great instrument separation and definition look into DT990 32ohm version or the Philips Fidelio X1, both of which are easy to drive though the dt990 32 ohm would still benefit from amping.

 

I have both HD598 and DT990 32 ohm, I think the beyer is superior to the sen overall.

and you use the beyer for gaming also?

post #6 of 13

yes, The Beyer is excellent for gaming. HD598 is also excellent for "competitive" gaming but it is not a fun headphone like the beyer.

post #7 of 13

Be Warned though, stereo headphones such as these do not come with a sound card, If you want surround sound, you must buy a sound card that either has Dolby headphone or other virtual surround processing, you could also look into the Razer's surround app which is free(a software surround processor).

post #8 of 13
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So if i do get the beyers or sennheisers will i need to get an Amp, DAC and a sound card? and is there any amps or DAC you recommend?

post #9 of 13
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So if i do get the beyers or sennheisers will i need to get an Amp, DAC and a sound card? and is there any amps or DAC you recommend?

For the Beyer I think you definitely need an amp, the sens are easier to drive so you don't need an amp that much. You have several options here, you could get a soundcard that has all the three surround processor, DAC and AMP components. look into Asus Xonar series.

 

I have several headphones , a Xonar U3 and the FIIO amp/dac E17. I also use the Razer surround app. I own a gaming laptop and the onboard audio card is garbage, so since it is a laptop I only have the external option and that's why I bought a USB card. If you have a desktop you can choose from internal ones. both Creative and Asus make great cards.


Edited by Sam21 - 3/26/14 at 6:35pm
post #10 of 13
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If i do get these headphones i will get the asus xonar essence sound card. Other than that does anyone else have any suggestions on what headphones that would be great for my use, appreciate the help guys also.

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post #12 of 13
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I already read that and i still have no idea what to pick hah, what setup do you have?

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by curt521 View Post
 

I already read that and i still have no idea what to pick hah, what setup do you have?

check out my profile,

 

Basically, if i were you, I would pick either DT990 32ohm or Philips Fidelio X1

 

X1 :

 

Pros: Detachable cable, you can add the V-moda boompro Mic and turn it into a headset, very comfortable and has a fun sound

Cons: the cable that comes with it has high resistance so you should get a new cable for it(I recommend VMODA BoomPro), the ear pads are not replaceable 

 

DT990:

 

Pros: Very comfortable and Amazing fun sound

Cons: needs Amping and some people say that the treble is too sharp and piercing but personally I don't  find it piercing.

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