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Looking for music and gaming headphones.

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Hello all, 

 

I'm looking for a pair of headphones that'll serve as my daily drivers. I do a lot of gaming (90% of it is FPS) so they have to be able to give me the unfair advantage. ;D I don't soundwhore as much as an MLG pro, but I would like to be able to tell if someone's sneaking up behind me in Call of Duty. 

 

I've had the Razer Carcharias in 2010-2012 which was okay. Very comfortable, but the sound quality kind of sucked. I didn't like the clarity. I can't remember how they worked with my games, though.

2012 to last week, I've been rocking a pair of Creative Aurvana Live! and I loved them to pieces. They were quite clear and comfortable, and I might go back to them if I can't find something I like more. I don't like the build quality; the right cup just snapped off. I tried repairing it, but it's no use.

 

Right now, I have the Samson SR850s and they're okay; I'm currently in the process of burning them in, but something feels off. 

 

Particularly, I listen to a lot of J-pop, ska, metalcore, pop punk, and post-hardcore. Here's my Last.fm if you're curious. Some examples:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT8ppYspKcM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f6gV-S8dys

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh9UtcLDgDc

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26vKAaj6Ff0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14bMNkbhhw

 

 

My budget is preferably around 200 USD.

 

Thanks a million!

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What do you use to drive your headphones?

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Onboard audio. Realtek ALC887 chipset, although I am thinking about buying a new soundcard, as I much prefer the sound my laptop puts out (Acer Aspire 4830T-6678)

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Would a soundcard be a part of that budget? If so, you could probably squeeze one in with something like the Sennheiser 558 or DT-990 Pro... those seem to be popular. I haven't tried either. Have you checked out Mad Lust Envy's guide for gaming headsets? He's reviewed a bunch of cans at many price points... worth a look IMHO.

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On-board audio. Realtek ALC887 chipset, although I am thinking about buying a new sound card, as I much prefer the sound my laptop puts out (Acer Aspire 4830T-6678)

 

For your budget of $200.

Headphones that should work plugged directly into the laptop, you can always add an external sound card in the future ($40-$100).

 

Open headphones

Sennheiser HD558, $80-$123, might also need a $20 aftermarket cable.

Audio Techinca ATH-AD900X, $190, if ordered from overseas only get straight from Japan.

 

Closed headphones.

AKG K550, used $150

AudioTechnica ATH-A900X, used $130.

 

A900Xs are more "musical", more life to the sound, but slight bleeding of sound.

K550s might be a touch more "boring", but still very clear sound.

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