Not really. Especially the surround sound part -- that is just wrong unless you have two speakers per ear.* The big difference is whether you want to be isolated from the noise around you -- all other differences are trivial compared to this. 95% of the time I'm listening at work or at home when people are awake, and I want to hear what's going on -- so I prefer open ended headphones. I have a set of Q701's and they are great for this... They are awful on a plane though! You need closed ended headphones for this, or data center work. Also, when I need to concentrate I'll switch to a closed ended pair. It seems like most of the cheaper headphones are closed (e.g. the $10 Big Lots specials), so it will probably cost more to go open. * - it would be really cool for gaming to have extra surround speakers for up/down as well as front/back but I don't think there is a good S/PDIF type of protocol for this yet.