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Mostly wanting open headphones as I'm aware that they offer better sound stage which is my main concern. I've recently gotten into CS:GO and being able to pinpoint enemies based on footsteps is very handy. Aside from that, they'll still be used for music where my tastes tend to be reasonably diverse so probably something that's balanced with maybe a bit of oomph in the lows? Also when I'm not using them on my computer, they'll be used on my mobile so they need to perform well without an amp.

 

Currently I'm using a pair of MDR-V6s which do the trick. However, the Equation Audio RP-21s I use on my secondary computer is falling apart, so I figured I could pick up a new set for my main and move my MDR-V6s to my secondary.

 

I've read a lot of people recommend the sennheiser hd558 in this price range, but the fact that the adjustment bands appear to be plastic is worrisome as that's what ended up cracking on my RP-21s. So I guess that's the last requirement I have: something with metal adjustment bands and is just durable overall. Another option I used to see recommended and actually wanted to pick up years ago were the AD700s, but I guess they've been discontinued?

 

Anyways, thanks in advance for your help guys!


Edited by killa_concept - 11/22/14 at 7:57pm
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AD700 has been replaced by the AD700X: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B009S332TQ
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AD700 has been replaced by the AD700X: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-AD700X-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B009S332TQ

Yeah I saw those after looking around a bit more after my first post. This review of them kind of put me off though:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2RMMGH29V9GKN/ref=cm_cr_dp_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B009S332TQ&nodeID=172282&store=electronics#wasThisHelpful

 

Is this the general consensus or do people consider these new ones equal/an improvement in build quality and sound?

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Mostly wanting open headphones as I'm aware that they offer better sound stage which is my main concern. I've recently gotten into CS:GO and being able to pinpoint enemies based on footsteps is very handy. Aside from that, they'll still be used for music where my tastes tend to be reasonably diverse so probably something that's balanced with maybe a bit of oomph in the lows? Also when I'm not using them on my computer, they'll be used on my mobile so they need to perform well without an amp.

I've read a lot of people recommend the Sennheiser hd558 in this price range, but the fact that the adjustment bands appear to be plastic is worrisome as that's what ended up cracking on my RP-21s. So I guess that's the last requirement I have: something with metal adjustment bands and is just durable overall. Another option I used to see recommended and actually wanted to pick up years ago were the AD700s, but I guess they've been discontinued?

 

I do not consider the plastic used with the HD558 to be that weak,

decently thick enough plastic to do the job.

I prefer my HD558s over my ATH-AD700s, as the HD558 has slightly more bass then the AD700s.

But as the HD558s are open there not something most would want to use in public.

 

Takstar Pro 80s might be one option for you.

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I do not consider the plastic used with the HD558 to be that weak,
decently thick enough plastic to do the job.
I prefer my HD558s over my ATH-AD700s, as the HD558 has slightly more bass then the AD700s.
But as the HD558s are open there not something most would want to use in public.

Takstar Pro 80s might be one option for you.

I didn't consider that to be an issue with the RP21s either, but after 3 years of everyday use and a few instances of being knocked off the desk or otherwise dropped, cracks started to form on the band. Of course that only happens after the warranty is up and you're SoL. Superglue can only do so much at that point. When I compare that build quality to my mdr-v6s that I've owned for 5 years and my stepfather owned for 5 years before that, it's kind of apparent that metal bands hold up better.

As for the takstar Pro 80, aren't those closed headphones?
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I didn't consider that to be an issue with the RP21s either, but after 3 years of everyday use and a few instances of being knocked off the desk or otherwise dropped, cracks started to form on the band. Of course that only happens after the warranty is up and you're SoL. Superglue can only do so much at that point. When I compare that build quality to my mdr-v6s that I've owned for 5 years and my stepfather owned for 5 years before that, it's kind of apparent that metal bands hold up better.

As for the takstar Pro 80, aren't those closed headphones?

 

Yep, the Takstar Pro 80s are closed headphones.

You said you were going to use headphones with your mobile.

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Yep, the Takstar Pro 80s are closed headphones.

You said you were going to use headphones with your mobile.

Not solely - the main concern is good soundstage for gaming. Open headphones definitely aren't the best for use outside, but they're not that awful either. More likely than not, I'll just take earphones or my MDR-V6s if the noise bleed is excessive

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Well I got to listen to a friend's pair of open air headphones and kind of realized how ignorant and silly my previous posts were. Didn't realize how much bleed-out open air headphones have compared to closed. I most definitely will be keeping this pair indoors or maybe if I decide to go to a park or somewhere relatively secluded. That said, I do still want a pair for gaming because I hear the soundstage is just so much better. I've also read that bass tends to be lackluster from open headphones unless you're willing to spend the extra dough. Honestly, I don't mind this as prominent bass, while cinematic, doesn't really add much to a competitive FPS and might even detract from pin-pointing enemies. So long as it doesn't make the treble too ear piercing, I think I'm fine with "lacking" bass.

 

That all said, are my options pretty much between the sennheiser 558s and Audio Technica AD-700Xs? And is the constrution on the 700Xs really that much poorer than the original 700? The sound quality is still the same though right, with maybe a bit more of an edge to the 700x?

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