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Audiophile Newbie, Being very picky with headphones!

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by tnecniv, Jun 22, 2011.
  1. tnecniv
    Hey guys, I've been creeping the boards for the last few days researching and I can't just figure out what I want to buy. I'm not a crazy audiophile but I do appreciate good sound.
    I am looking for some headphones/sets that I can use for mainly skype/ventrilo, games, and music (indie rock, acoustic, power pop, experimental).

    -CLOSED, I live with my girlfriend so she's always in my room and I don't want her to hear all my games and especially when my teammates on skype/vent make fun of her (lol). I also need to be able to block out outside sound so that I can hear my teammates clearly.
    -COMFORT, I have a fairly small head but I've used some headphones that made my ears lose circulation. The past 5 years I've been using Plantronics DSP-500s and I've been happy but now they are started to die. I need to be able to wear them for numerous hours at a time.
    -I will using onboard sound (Realtek ALC889), but if the headphones/set comes with an integrated USB sound card, that would be great!
    -~$120, I am flexible on the price. I want the best bang for my buck, but if there is something that meets my requirements and are phenomenal that will last me then I'm willing to push it towards $180-200.
    I have been looking at: 
    Sennheiser HD-555
    Sennheiser HD-428
    Sennheiser PXC100?
    JVC Harx700
    ATH Audio Technicas A700
    Sony MDR-V6
    Looking at Sennheiser PC360s, I would love to get these but they are out my price range =\
    I will also need a microphone. I've seen the Zalman clip-on mic recommended a lot, so I think I will be getting that unless you guys can convince me there are better microphones for the money.
    If there's anything else I can think of I will add it in.
    All of your input will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance!
  2. Chris_Himself
    I use that Zalman mic, it works just fine. I'm not exactly singing into it haha.
    HD-555's are open dude. If you haven't heard open headphones before they're not THAT open. Grados are really open cuz they're really close to your head so a lot leaks back out. I was gaming for like 5 years with 555's. Really good bass and warmth for gaming. Not really an audiophile can but a great all-around home entertainment headphone.
    MDR-V6's are great. Sony makes a lot of crap, but they make a lot of good ones too.

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