Hey guys, first post and hope this is the right board to ask. I'm looking to buy my first headset or headphone which I will mostly use for gaming(being good for music and movies would be a nice bonus). So originally I was going to buy a Steelseries Siberia V2 which seemed pretty good(every review I saw was positive) but after searching around a bit I've seen people say that regular headphones offer better sound quality than gaming headsets for the same price or less so I decided to get a headphone instead because why not.
After doing a lot of research I've seen many people recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700(x) for people who are on a budget like me. I've read that this headphone has a wide sound stage which allows the player to really pin point where things like footsteps are coming from and are good for hearing details but on the downside they have little bass so things like explosions don't sound as "boomy". So they're great for fps and competitive gaming. But here's the thing, I don't do competitive gaming much and I don't only play fps.
I've also heard that closed headphones generally offer better bass and the A700x seems to be the closed version of the AD700x and both are priced the same.
So what I'm wondering is should I get the AD700x or the A700x? Is the A700x good for gaming and does it still offer a wide sound stage like the AD700x? I'm not looking for something that will blow my ears off, just a headphone(or a headset) with nice sound that offers good directional accuracy while still having a decent bass so things like gunshots and explosions won't sound boring.
How does the Sennheiser HD 558 compare(or one of their PC headsets like say the PC 350)? Or are there better options(preferably around this price range)?
Btw is it actually true that headphones are better than "gaming headsets"? Should I just get the Siberia V2 and be done with it or are those headphones really that much better? >.>
Edited by Booby Trap - 4/12/14 at 3:34pm