Been enjoying these forums for a while and am slowly being sucked into the maelstrom of audio performance. It's been daunting - won't lie - lot's to learn and read and research, but always fun I have to admit.
I'll admit I was blinded by all the " Elite Gaming" propaganda branding when I first shopped for headphones. Until I had the chance to listen to a friends HD 650's ran through dedicated sound equipment - eye opening experience. As such I started looking for a similar experience in the games I play - was it even possible? Thankfully based on what I've read here it most certainly is.
I'd post this in The Nameless' thread, but as it's my first post I'll drop it here. These are my considerations and factors that I hope some of the more informed members can use to help me.
I'll primarily use my headphones for gaming. 99% They will not be portable and will remain at my desk. FPS games are a staple and I would like to enjoy positional audio of good quality. With that said I'm a sucker for RPG's and hack and slash games as well - so immersion is also a factor (heavier bass from what I've read is key here)
From the pages and pages...and some more pages of reading I've narrowed my choices to the following;
Philips Fidelio X1's or the AKG Q701's (I've ruled out ATH AD700(x), AD900(x), Sennheiser 558 and 598's)
I will be getting a sound card for the positional audio - creative Z or ZxR (if the better dac and inline amp on the headphone jack will be sufficient)
Given that the ZxR won't cut the mustard and I settle on the Z - based on your feedback here - I will be looking at an external desk amp that can take optical input (or can the Z output DTS via RCA's for amps that only take RCA inputs such as the Schiit magni?)
With that mouthful out the way I ask for your opinions. I know the X1's are a bit more expensive than the Q701's - but the base response is better for immersion in RPG's I assume. The ear cups aren't replaceable though and while this is not a concern right now...I do intend to keep these a while and having the option to rip and repair is pretty good to have. Which desk amp would be a good choice for the above - Magni, Fiio E17, Vali etc?
I'd say my full budget would be around $240 for the headphones and $260 for the remaining combination of gear - whatever that might be.
Thank you for reading and hope to have some great feedback.