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Advice On $0-$300 Headphones

post #1 of 9
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Budget – $0-$300.

 

Source – Motherboard 7.1 CH HD – I would think about buying a cheap soundcard (Maybe)

 

Requirements for Isolation - Used at home – Isolation isn't that big of an issue for me, some isolation would be nice because of other people at home, but I am in my own area 80% of the time

 

Preferred Type of Headphone – Full size – Open, Semi Open, Closed

 

Preferred tonal balance – Open to anything – Movies, Games, Music

 

Past headphones – Logitech ClearChat Stereo - $40 – Had these for a long time now lol

 

Preferred Music – Rock, Hip Hop, Metal, Dubstep/Techno/Electronic

 

Location – Australia

 

Notes – I listen to a lot of music, watch a lot of movies and play a lot of games. 4+ hours I use headphones and that’s using the **** pair I have now and will be wearing this new pair a lot more.

 

Also not worried about a mic with the headphone because I’ll just buy a USB cardioid condenser microphone

 

PS. The Headphones that I've been looking into have been the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

post #2 of 9
Closed will give you more bass depth. Open IMO have better bass. The X1 is easily my top recommendation.

Dt990-open, need amp, v shaped sound signature with boosted bass and highs.
Fidelio X1- open, bass emphasized, wide soundstage
V-Moda M100-closed, bass heavy
ATH WS99-closed, bass heavy
ES FC300-closed, balanced, bass emphasized
post #3 of 9
I went wih ATH-M50 (which run about 159 USD), and I have been very happy. I already had the sound card in my PC, so I also tried a Schiit Magni. Again, I have been very happy with this setup. I did have trouble with the 3.5 mm connector staying seated in my PC's audio jacks (which is solved now that I'm using 6.3 into my amp), so keep that in mind.

But speaking of sound cards, you will definitely want something if you're going to buy a solid pair of headphones. The electrical isolation alone will improve the sound. I am not sure whether a sound card or standalone DAC would work better for you, though. I suppose an actual DAC would give you some extra modularity and/or mobility, but again, the big gain you get by moving away from a motherboards onboard circuits is electrical isolation from noise (caused by high frequency digital switching).
post #4 of 9
Open headphones work better for gaming because of their bigger soundstage, and can often provide a more pleasurable music watching experience for the same reason.

A Xonar or Creative soundcard with a headphone amp would (a) allow you to run higher impedance headphones, (b) provide Dolby Headphone or similar surround sound processing to improve the gaming and movie watching experience, and (c) "may" improve on the sound quality of the internal DAC on your motherboard. So that seems a very good thing to factor into your budget if your goal is to improve your audio experience. Xonar DG for headphones up to 150 ohms is a good budget choice. For higher impedance headphones, Creative Soundblaster Z.
post #5 of 9

Fidelio X1's are good on their own. Meaning, they don't need an amp, soundcard, etc. Comfortable as well for gaming, although comfort is relative.

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Fidelio X1's are good on their own. Meaning, they don't need an amp, soundcard, etc. Comfortable as well for gaming, although comfort is relative.

A lot of gamers would disagree with that. Adding a soundcard with surround processing would improve the gaming experience another notch. And a soundcard can still potentially improve the SQ over some (much) motherboard audio, even though the X1s don't need different (better) headphone amp output.
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


A lot of gamers would disagree with that. Adding a soundcard with surround processing would improve the gaming experience another notch. And a soundcard can still potentially improve the SQ over some (much) motherboard audio, even though the X1s don't need different (better) headphone amp output.

 

I wasn't trying to imply that they cannot gain from additional accessories, I was, however, trying to say, that they sound great bare. But that's a good clarification.

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by halfinfinity View Post

I wasn't trying to imply that they cannot gain from additional accessories, I was, however, trying to say, that they sound great bare. But that's a good clarification.

My bad. I thought you were saying a soundcard wouldn't help at all.

I still think that (at US prices, but not sure where the OP is) that the DT990 with the Soundblaster Z might offer a better gaming experience over the X1s. Although I have not heard the X1s (don't know their soundstage). And of course for music, could be one would like one or the other, although the X1 certainly gets a lot of praise for bass heavy headphones.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Which Amp Should I Get For The DT990 Pro 250 - I Have Around $80 If There Is An Option For That Price

 

Location - Australia

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