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Need help choosing the right headphones

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Hey guys! This is my first post and ill try to condense it as much as possible. I need headphones that can be used for gaming and listening to metal, rock, jazz, dubstep, and pop. I also need to take them places. My maximum price is $175 but I also have to buy a zalman clip on mic:(http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00029MTMQ?pc_redir=1399012070&robot_redir=1) and this:(http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004SP0WAQ?pc_redir=1399097051&robot_redir=1). I will be gaming on the ps4 so I need that adapter to plug in both the mic and the headphones. After buying those things it really puts my budget at around $160. I am thinking about buying the hd 598 at frys ($150) and getting monoprice 8320s for school and trips. I am also thinking about getting the dt 770 pros or the ath m50x (on sale or refurbished). I really like the sound of open headphones but I don't know if it would be worth it to get the hd 598 and not be able to take them places. I also heard that the hd 598 was a little bass light, but I could always fix that with an amp in the future. I also heard that the dt 770s had too much bass. I'm looking for headphones in my price range that cover those genres nicely, are clear,are good for gaming, and have bass but not too much to where it drowns the highs and mids out. Any help would be appreciated!
Edited by millerlw1323 - 5/4/14 at 7:18am
post #2 of 7
If you are seriously into your gaming, then yes. The HD598 or HD558 make a lot of sense. They will be excellent for gaming, and then you can use them at home still for music. The HD598 are not bassy headphones, but that can actually be a plus for gaming since heavy bass can obscure detail. Given the genres you mention, if you are not a bass head, the I think the HD598/558 could work well for you. See this review comparing the two, and note at the end the simply mod that makes the HD558 more like the 598 (see the end of the review): http://www.headfonia.com/sennheisers-new-hd558-and-hd598/

Then later pick up something for portable use like the JVC HA-S500 that will satisfy a bass cravings: http://www.head-fi.org/t/621063/the-jvc-ha-s500-appreciation-fan-thread Or, maybe owning the HD598 will send you in another direction. Once you get comfortable with the 598 sound, you can then choose what you would like for a portable. The audio hobby is a journey that lasts a lifetime. No need to get there really fast smily_headphones1.gif
post #3 of 7
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Thanks for replying! I'll do this if I decide to go down the open headphone route. Does anyone have an opinion on any closed cans that may fit my description? I was thinking of the dt 770 pro-80 or ath m50x.
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DT770s are generally considered better for gaming than the older model M50s (I have not heard the M50x). And I agree that the DT770 s are a step up in overall SQ from the older model M50s for music as well, although I do think the original M50s very much are/were just as much worth the money for ~ $125. The M50x are supposed to be a slight improvement over the M50s, so I don't know which is better for the money between them and the DT770s.

I would consider the M50 (and guessing the M50x) a little more portable, though. They will fold flat or fold up:




The DT770s in contrast are bigger and bulkier for putting in a backpack or messenger bag.



Also, I think the DT770 Pro 80s are hard to find in your budget range right now. You'd have to go with the 250 Pros, and they do need a headphone amp. Have you priced the Pro 80s yet?
post #5 of 7
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I found some refurbished on ebay $150 shipped!
post #6 of 7
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Here's the link: http://m.ebay.com/itm/141257048325?nav=SEARCH

They're actually $140!

I would also like to ask if the 250 ohm version is worth getting if I could get an amp later. How much is the sound quality improved over the 80 ohm? I also heard the 80 ohm was built differently than the 250 ohm. Anyways, I've narrowed it down to the dt 770s (250 or 80 ohm) or the hd 598 with monoprice 8320s (to hold me over until I can get better closed headphones for on the go). Either way I would most likely end up getting an amp in the future.
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That's a decent deal. smily_headphones1.gif
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