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Hi. First off I would like to say this a lovely forum with a very lively and educated community, I've learned a lot lurking here over the last week or so. Anyways, I'm wondering what the best headphones for gaming and music listening(All metal sub genres, and a little bit of prog rock) would be? I've come across several headphones that fit the bill, but I want to make sure I get the right pair... Here are some of the ones I've been looking at.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD668B-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B003JOETX8/ref=pd_cp_MI_0


http://www.amazon.com/Samson-Semi-Open-Studio-Reference-Headphones/dp/B002LBSEQS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314832993&sr=1-1

 

http://www.amazon.com/Superlux-681-Dynamic-Semi-Open-Headphones/dp/B002GHIPYI/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330665802&sr=1-4

 

http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-108323-Premium-Hi-Fi-Headphone/dp/B007SP2CO2/ref=pd_sim_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0CD2JZQY0P24QSQ9G93W

 

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HTF600-S-Stereo-Over-ear-Headphones/dp/B004MMEI8W/ref=pd_sim_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=129XYPDAK7SJF5X3YC9K

post #2 of 15

Have you check out this site?  They record dozen of headphones and it gives you a rough idea of what they sound like.  

 

http://www.sonicsense.com/blog/semi-open-back-headphones/semi-open-back-headphones-comparison#.U3mIdvldXa8

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by JabJab90301 View Post
 

Have you check out this site?  They record dozen of headphones and it gives you a rough idea of what they sound like.  

 

http://www.sonicsense.com/blog/semi-open-back-headphones/semi-open-back-headphones-comparison#.U3mIdvldXa8

 

Thanks, that's fairly helpful. I'll be sure to use this site in the future. 

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Originally Posted by PerpetualFlame View Post
 

Hi. First off I would like to say this a lovely forum with a very lively and educated community, I've learned a lot lurking here over the last week or so. Anyways, I'm wondering what the best headphones for gaming and music listening(All metal sub genres, and a little bit of prog rock) would be? I've come across several headphones that fit the bill, but I want to make sure I get the right pair... Here are some of the ones I've been looking at.

 

What sources will you be plugging the headphones into?

Headphones Wise, I would pick the HD681 or SR850 (might depend on which ear pads they ship with)


Edited by PurpleAngel - 5/19/14 at 7:04am
post #5 of 15
Depending on whether you care about outside noise or not, there's still the question of open, dyanmic, or closed.

Will you be attempting to use a mic? I prefer having dynamic with a mic so that it partly isolates the noise of my computer but I can also hear myself.
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Depending on whether you care about outside noise or not, there's still the question of open, dyanmic, or closed.

Will you be attempting to use a mic? I prefer having dynamic with a mic so that it partly isolates the noise of my computer but I can also hear myself.

I just want the best for my buck, as you can tell by my OP I am on a budget, I'm not that concerned about whether the phones are open, dynamic or closed...I'll be using these headphones almost exclusively with my computer, and yes I will be using them with a mic. 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

What sources will you be plugging the headphones into?

Headphones Wise, I would pick the HD681 or SR850 (might depend on which ear pads they ship with)

Mostly into my gaming rig, so I'm not ultra-concerned about portability or aesthetics, I just want the best headphones for my buck.  So you recommend the HD 681 and SR850 more than the HD668B's? Of the 3 which would you recommend the most? 

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I just want the best for my buck, as you can tell by my OP I am on a budget, I'm not that concerned about whether the phones are open, dynamic or closed...I'll be using these headphones almost exclusively with my computer, and yes I will be using them with a mic. 

 

To me, my best sounding headphones for under $100 are the Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) closed headphones (Amazon, $78)

I would say they are a good choice if the music is most important and still fairly good for gaming.

 

Right now on eBay is a really good deal on them for $41.24.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gemini-DJ-HSR-1000-Professional-Monitoring-Headphones-/331202492421?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item4d1d34f805

 

If your using on-board audio, you might consider getting an Asus Xonar DG ($18-$28) or Xonar DGX ($28-$38) sound card.

post #9 of 15
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To me, my best sounding headphones for under $100 are the Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) closed headphones (Amazon, $78)

I would say they are a good choice if the music is most important and still fairly good for gaming.

 

Right now on eBay is a really good deal on them for $41.24.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gemini-DJ-HSR-1000-Professional-Monitoring-Headphones-/331202492421?pt=US_DJ_Monitoring_Headphones&hash=item4d1d34f805

 

If your using on-board audio, you might consider getting an Asus Xonar DG ($18-$28) or Xonar DGX ($28-$38) sound card.

Thanks for the suggestion. Is it safe to say that they are significantly better than the HD681, SR850 or the HD668B? If the difference is only marginal I would like to go with one of the Superfluxs or the SR850. I'm also only doing my shopping on Amazon at the moment, I'm on a real tight budget and the $100 i'm putting towards headphones is thanks to a few Amazon gift cards I've been saving for a while. 

post #10 of 15
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I forgot to mention in my post that I am in fact using onboard sound, I'll get a sound card when I get the chance. 

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Thanks for the suggestion. Is it safe to say that they are significantly better than the HD681, SR850 or the HD668B? If the difference is only marginal I would like to go with one of the Superfluxs or the SR850. I'm also only doing my shopping on Amazon at the moment, I'm on a real tight budget and the $100 i'm putting towards headphones is thanks to a few Amazon gift cards I've been saving for a while. 

 

The Samson SR850s are made by Superlux

With open headphones your should be able to wear them for longer periods of time.

I believe the Samsung SR850s came out after the HD668Bs did, so might as well go for the newer model (SR850).

 

You might also consider getting generic Velour ear pads for the SR840 (around $16 on ebay)

Samson SR850s, Superlux HD681 & HD668B and AKG K240/241/270/271 all use the same size ear pads.

post #12 of 15

If I'm not mistaken the HD681 EVO is supposed to have much more tamed highs so they will be less fatiguing for long term listening.

 

I've had those Panasonics, I think you're better off with the Monoprices. But, there's a version of the Monoprice with velour pads on it, that's this: http://www.amazon.com/NXG-Technology-NX-HTDJ-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0041A3P5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400529341&sr=8-1&keywords=nxg+pro+dj exactly the same headphone with insane sound for that price but much cheaper than the MP version and more comfortable. They have quite a clamp though and the ear cups themselves aren't that large.

 

Right now I make guitar videos, and use my HD280 Pro to track and Shure SRH440 to set the tone, the 440s are the best sounding headphones right at $100 that I've ever heard at this point, but the pads may not be so comfortable for you. I have long hair so pads aren't as much of a problem as it could be to some people. That said, the HD681 EVO with velours could be the win for you.

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If I'm not mistaken the HD681 EVO is supposed to have much more tamed highs so they will be less fatiguing for long term listening.

I've had those Panasonics, I think you're better off with the Monoprices. But, there's a version of the Monoprice with velour pads on it, that's this: http://www.amazon.com/NXG-Technology-NX-HTDJ-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0041A3P5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400529341&sr=8-1&keywords=nxg+pro+dj exactly the same headphone with insane sound for that price but much cheaper than the MP version and more comfortable. They have quite a clamp though and the ear cups themselves aren't that large.

Right now I make guitar videos, and use my HD280 Pro to track and Shure SRH440 to set the tone, the 440s are the best sounding headphones right at $100 that I've ever heard at this point, but the pads may not be so comfortable for you. I have long hair so pads aren't as much of a problem as it could be to some people. That said, the HD681 EVO with velours could be the win for you.
metal knows what my suggestion is biggrin.gif... AKG K240's all the way.
post #14 of 15
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The Samson SR850s are made by Superlux

With open headphones your should be able to wear them for longer periods of time.

I believe the Samsung SR850s came out after the HD668Bs did, so might as well go for the newer model (SR850).

 

You might also consider getting generic Velour ear pads for the SR840 (around $16 on ebay)

Samson SR850s, Superlux HD681 & HD668B and AKG K240/241/270/271 all use the same size ear pads.

 I  stumbled upon a post of yours in which you stated your pair of 668'bs broke after only 2 months of use. Would you say durability an issue and that they are less durable than the SR850s, or was it just a case of bad luck?

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 I  stumbled upon a post of yours in which you stated your pair of 668'bs broke after only 2 months of use. Would you say durability an issue and that they are less durable than the SR850s, or was it just a case of bad luck?

 

Not an easy questions to answer, the cable on the HD668B got pulled at a right angle to the cup, which killed off about 90% of the headphones sound, I would assume a higher priced quality headphone would not have stopped working as easily.

I've dragged my SR850 around to several locations and I'm sure they have been dropped once or twice and they keep working fine.

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