Originally Posted by Beatitupp
I have done plenty of research, but want to know about their gaming performance and how well the Amp and headphones work together. I have seen mixed opinions. I would particularly like to know how the soundstaging is on these headphones. I would like to hear the footsteps/location of other players in games.
If all you want from it is that the frequency response and therefore the tonal qualities of the audio reproduction, including gaming and movies, are good, then yes they are good for gaming. I watch movies on them and the explosions rock.
If you're expecting the soundstage to help you with FPS, no, it won't, or at least not with the HDP. If the DAC gets a regular 2ch signal then the HD600 gets a regular 2ch signal. Not even the K1000 or speakers will reproduce sounds coming from behind and around you without a surround simulation program, and AFAIK, installing the software won't let it go through the USB audio output unless it's one of those external soundcards that I think have their own processing software, for example Creative has some of these. Alternately, even your usual $50 Creative headset comes with a surround-simulator USB DAC so you might want to just drop another $50 on a dedicated gaming headset rather than fess around trying to get surround on the HD600. Unless, of course, you have one of those $200 MSI motherboards that have high output op-amps, so you not only get a lot of power for headphones like that, but the surround simulation software will work with it too.
Note also that each pair of HD600 earpads are $60, and wearing them several hours a day can wear them out too much. Heck, even wearing them several hours in one sitting will already affect the sound. Some people attending meets and hear a drastic difference between the HD600 and HD650 usually didn't swap out the pads, so in all likelihood one of them doesn't sound like itself to begin with. If you look at the pads being disposable $50 to $75 on a separate gaming headset becomes reasonable. I use a $50 Creative on my desktop computer btw, and having the mic right there near my mouth and built into the headphone is great for barking out orders to or receiving reports/warnings from my brother (we really only play Total War, and when we play together I prefer commanding infantry and he takes the cavalry). It takes generic $1 pads from local stores too. However I have to admit I'm saving up for a Sennheiser headset, not really because there's anything wrong with my headset now, but just something that I hope performs a little bit better on Crysis.
Edited by ProtegeManiac - 4/10/14 at 9:57pm