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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

So my gaming headset is giving out and I was considering saving up for some Astro A40s.

But I was trawling the internet and a few people suggested that headphones and a separate Mic will give better quality sound for the money.

 


Now my budget is 100 euros whether they're bought from America or the UK doesn't matter.
Most importantly the headphones must be suitable for multi purpose with a priority of gaming in FPS. So a good soundstage or surround is very important.
Thanks in advance

post #2 of 15

Check out the Kingston HyperX Cloud and the Qpad QH-85/QH-90.

They are the headset version of the Takstar Pro80 and HI2050.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks for the suggestions but just to clear it up
I'm looking for headphones not a headset that can be used to game.
I heard that for my money I will get a better quality sound if I buy headphones not a headset.
post #4 of 15

I see, then check out the Takstars, they have very good price/performance ratio under 100 EUR.

Pro80 clones: Ldsystems HP800 Pro, Gemini HSR1000

HI2050

TS-671

+add a mic.

Other good alteratives: Superlux HD681 EVO, Creative Aurvana Live!

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey they all look like nice headphones and thanks for the list smily_headphones1.gif
But not a single one even comes near my budget.
Now im not someone who spends money on brands but if an extra 20 quid will get me a whole lot more than feel free to suggest headphones nearer or slightly over my budget.
Now the takstars look nice and at $75 provided they really are on par with more exspensive ones but other than a few figures a lot of the stats mean very little to me so i'm relying totally on your recommendation.
post #6 of 15

What are your gonna be plugging them into, you can get a pair of DT990 pro-250 from amazon and ebay around $130. Which is a good choice they are open back headphones.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
They will be going into my onboard sound card. I have an Asus maximums gene vi which is acclaimed for its sound card.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've watched some review's on the DT990 but what a few people have commented was thst the detail lacked slightly but the sound was good. Now I wasnt sure what they meant by detail but I guessed they meant indiviual instruments etc.
I'm not sure but I guessed that this would make them bad for positioning sounds and picking up on footsteps in game. Do you have any experience with these headphones?
post #9 of 15

I admit I have not, but I have a couple of friends that have which I suggested them the DT990 pro-250 and they love them. One of them uses them with a sound blaster Z, which make them sound very good to him. He  had them plugged into a Xonar DG, but he didn't like how the DG performed with them.  When he went to the Z it made him smile.  He came from a pair of AD700's which he liked the DT990 pro-250 more then.  Open back headphones tend to have very good sound imaging. He does find the DT990 pro-250 plugged into his Z more detailed then what he used to but he enjoy it alot. results can change based on the source that is used and or source and headphone amp.

 

Your motherboard sound is still onboard audio, it just not attached to the motherboard but is on a card. It still will be a weak link in the chain and wont do the DT990 pro-250 justice any way or any headphones for that matter.  a sound blaster Z which will o them more of a justice then your onboard. But most important, I should had asked you which sound signature are your looking for, but I didn't.

 

I have used Audio-Techinca AD700, Ultrasone HFI-780, AKG 702, Beyerdynamic DT880 pro-250, A900X and DT880 premium 600 in that order with games and out of that order the ones I liked the more besides the Current Beyerdynamic T90 that I use for every thing, is the AKG 702 and the A900X The AKG k702 very wide sound stage was the main reason I liked using Dolby headphone with them they being too analytical in the high and mids ruined them for me as well not having a little bit more bass, While the A900X I liked a lot, but I miss the sound imaging and the open back headphone sound stage.


Edited by genclaymore - 6/17/14 at 7:41am
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok well buying a sound card like that would make the astro a40's a better option. Which is disappointing as they look nice
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by thomaskeane97 View Post

Ok well buying a sound card like that would make the astro a40's a better option. Which is disappointing as they look nice

Buying the sound card wont make the astro a40 that better option, because the A40's are the worst option. You can do better, the AD700's will let you hear foot steps and does have good sound imaging and positional, it was my first good headphone that I own.It is affordable as it usually goes for 80-100 on ebay and some times amazon. It was replaced by the AD700X model and that is some times cheap on ebay as well. The AD700 doesn't benefit from being amp but a good source will matter.It just the AD700 wont be for you if you want a good amount of bass which where the DT990 pro-250 comes in. Tho the AD700 has bass just not alot. The AD700 pads are soft like pillows. They are Open back headphones. I had the Audio techinca A900X's which usually goes for $100-149 on amazon, they are closed back and their sound image is good but there sound stage is smaller then the AD700's because they are not open back. But they worked good for gaming too. Both AD700 and A900X's are easy to drive so they will work off a console and a home audio receiver besides your onboard.

 

You can always just use your onboard audio and then get a sound blaster Z if you don't like the way it sounds with your onboard. But I suggested the Z because it has functions which is handy for gaming besides making headphones perform nicer. That your Supreme FX might not have, unless your Supreme FX card support Creative's X-FI MIB3. As for the mic you can get a good mic from modmic.com which will attach to any headphone.


Edited by genclaymore - 6/17/14 at 11:37am
post #12 of 15

The DT-990's are great headphone and definitely have more bass than most "open" headphones.

 

But....if you are serious about your FPS gaming then I do not think you can beat the AD700's! HUGE soundstage and great directional awareness......yes they lack bass but it is that lack of bass that greatly enhances the directional awareness and soundstage. The extra bass of the 990's can muddy up the sound of approaching footsteps and other audible queues while gaming.

 

For sure the 990's are better with music and movies.....but for gaming and especially FPS's you can't beat the AD700's!  

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well levelcap uses the ad700x and says they are very good.
So working off that would you recommend the ad700x or the DT990??
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by thomaskeane97 View Post

Well levelcap uses the ad700x and says they are very good.
So working off that would you recommend the ad700x or the DT990??


Since the AD700/X are affordable and fit what you want then go for them. Because you may not like the DT990's. The other choice is the AKG k702 Tho the bumps on the headband might annoy you and dig into your head like they done to me.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Astropin View Post
 

The DT-990's are great headphone and definitely have more bass than most "open" headphones.

 

But....if you are serious about your FPS gaming then I do not think you can beat the AD700's! HUGE soundstage and great directional awareness......yes they lack bass but it is that lack of bass that greatly enhances the directional awareness and soundstage. The extra bass of the 990's can muddy up the sound of approaching footsteps and other audible queues while gaming.

 

For sure the 990's are better with music and movies.....but for gaming and especially FPS's you can't beat the AD700's!  


The AKG K701/702 would like to have a word with you, I have owned the K702 and it had a sound stage that i found was bigger then the AD700's, The AKG 702 sound stage was way too big width wise it was unnatural and it had bass but it was tight and accurate and didn't out do any of the freq's it just let you know it was there.  As for the DT990 it depends on the person and the wants of the person besides their setup as a I have a friend which owns the DT990 pro-250 and the AD700's and he plays a lot of FPS, He likes the DT990 pro-250 with his Z then his AD700 which he had for a long time, He has used his DT990 pro-250 with the DG and he had that issue with the DT990 pro-250 bass being muddy but it went away when he switched to the Z. 

 

I had that same issue happen to me when I was waiting for my Bifrost uber with the DGX when I plugged directly into the DGX  and used it headphone amp besides it not being enough for my T90's and the DG/X bass is muddy which ruined every thing. I in up setting the DGX output to 2 speaker and use my Little DOT MKII with it line out until my Bifrost uber came. The only reason the DGX is in my audio chain as I use the features on it for gaming.


Edited by genclaymore - 6/17/14 at 12:53pm
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well ive probably settled on the ad700x so thanks for your help everyone biggrin.gif
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