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post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone! :regular_smile :

I've been using a set of Corsair Vengeance 2000/2100's for a while, but I've got some problems with it. The shop where I've bought it offered me to refund my purchase if I send them back.
That means I am going to buy a new pair.

I've been looking around the interwebs, but since I don't really know too much about headphones, nor music specs in general I can't really make a decision. Sadly enough, because I'm really busy with my study I can't really read into it too well. That's why I would like some advice from you guys...

I am thinking about getting a pair of nice headphones with a cheap mic to go along it for Skype and stuff. That'll probably be a cheap clip-on mic from DealExtreme for now and a ModMic later on. There are some things I want to share with you first:

  • The main usage will be gaming, listening to music and watching Twitch streams and YouTube videos. For music I've made a Spotify playlist with some music I like and for gaming, think games like Battlefield, Skyrim and pretty much everything else; :tongue_smile:
  • I'm willing to spend a bit more then I'll get refunded from the Corsair headset, so my budget will be around €150. The headphones need to be sold in or shipped to the Netherlands and for Dutch prices you can search on Tweakers (type in the top bar).
  • The most important things to me are the comfort and build/sound quality.
    I wear the headphones for quite some time a day, so they need to be nice and comfy. I have quite big ears, so the cups need to be large as well.
    Build and sound quality wouldn't need an explanation I guess.
  • I would like it if they could be used with my PS4 as well. I don't know if that is a thing to look out for, but I just want to mention it.

Right, so those are the things that you should know as far as I know. Do you want to know a bit more, just ask me. :wink_face:


Like I mentioned, I've been looking around the interwebs and I've made a short list of headphones that seem nice. Here is a list with the prices where I would buy them:

  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50X - €126.98 (at Amazon.de)
  • Sennheiser HD 558/598 - €119/€153 (at Amazon.de)
  • AKG K612 PRO - €129 (at a Dutch store, but there is no price comparison for this one)

So this is the list I currently have, but now comes the difficult part: choosing and answering questions. That's where I would like your advice.


There are a few questions I would like to ask you guys:

  • Would I need an amplifier or something, or would the Realtek ALC898 in my motherboard be sufficient?
  • What would be better for my usage (gaming/music listening/Twitch/YouTube): open or closed back? What would be the exact difference between the two?
  • Most important, which one would you buy or do you have another one to recommend?I

I'll try to answer a couple of them myself when I've got a bit more time, but if you guys could help me with my choice and questions that would be awesome! :) 

post #2 of 7

Smart on the clip-on mic, and I use a ModMic myself, and LOVE it.

 

Open headphones usually offer better detail, drier bass, and a better soundstage for gaming. If you can allow for some sound to leak in and out, open headphones will usually offer better performance for the price over closed headphones. The M50x and HD5x8 can be driven without a dedicated headphone rig, the K612 would need a quite powerful amplifier. The HD558's are what I'd personally recommend from that list, they have a great, detailed, and natural sound. Plus, there is a simple, reversible mod you can do to make them sound more like the HD598's by removing some foam from the cups.

 

I'll check out that site and see if there are any others I could recommend, but the HD558's are a safe bet. If you want boosted bass though, they may not be the best option. They have warm & full bass, but not as much as something like the M50x.

 

EDIT: The Yamaha HPH-200's might be another great option. They're like an open M50x from what I hear - a more exciting sound, with slightly boosted bass and treble, with good detail. For closed headphones, the Shure SRH840, KRK 8400, and Focal Spirit One I've all heard good things about.


Edited by jodgey4 - 11/21/14 at 12:24am
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

I've ordered the clip-on mic yesterday and since a colleague of my father is going to the USA around Christmas they can bring a ModMic back with them. :normal_smile :

 

I've got the recommendation for the BeyerDynamics DT-990 (Pro) from somewhere else, but for that one I would need an amplifier too right? And for the PS4-part, would I need an amplifier for that with every headphone or just a few?

This might be a weird question, but can you hear outside sound through open headphones quite well? Because I've got my Vengeance's almost always half on one ear, just to hear when the phone in the other room rings...

 

The HD558's are top on the list for me now, but maybe there are better ones for the money. That's why I'm asking!

post #4 of 7

Yes, the DT990 would benefit best from an amp. I'm not sure how hooking up a headset to the PS4 works. Most likely, you'd need an amp for the DT990's still, but probably not the ones I've mentioned.

 

And no - not a weird question. Depending on how close and loud your phone is, there's a good chance you'd still be able to hear it somewhat, depending on your volume as well. Open headphones will of course be better than closed for hearing your environment.

post #5 of 7
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Gotcha. So currently I'm leaning towards the HD558's (at least open headphones) but I just not familiar with the sound of open headphones. That's one thing I gotta check before I chose, but are there any more recommended open headphones?

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Originally Posted by BlueFireGaming View Post
 

Gotcha. So currently I'm leaning towards the HD558's (at least open headphones) but I just not familiar with the sound of open headphones. That's one thing I gotta check before I chose, but are there any more recommended open headphones?

 

My HD558 headphones are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use.

Not a lot of bass and the sound is a little detached. like your sitting near the back row of a music concert.

They are very easy to drive and I can wear them for long periods of time.

post #7 of 7
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So, I've made a decision and ordered the HD 558's at Amazon.de. Luckily, a nearby store had some HD 558's and 598's to listen to and I have to say they sound great. Much better then the Vengeance's (which suck compared to this)... :P

They come in tomorrow so then I can check if they work properly with my PS4. If the sound seems to be quiet, that means I need an amp right? I want to hook them up (together with a clip-on mic) to a splitter which is connected to the PS4 controller, because I think that's the only way to connect both of the correctly, but what type of amp would be good for that?

I've heard of portable amps, but you need to charge them right? That would suck (unless they last months).

 

If you could help me with some advice, that would be awesome!

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