Competitve gaming headphone options with VERY strong mids/highs?
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Having trouble sorting between all my options under $150.
 
 
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1)  Detachable cable
2)  Velour earpads (aftermarket upgrade is fine)
3)  Large soundstage (for competitve shooters like CS)
4)  Very bright
 
Currently have a Xi-Fi soundcard, but I have no issue with upgrading if I need to.  I have a hearing loss in the upper frequencies (1khz - 4khz), so headphones that sound too bright and forward to most sound NORMAL to me!
 
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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z (SB1500, retail box), $65.
Should improve the sound of any headphones, compared to your current X-FI.
(Which X-Fi is it?)
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Beamforming-Microphone-SB1500/dp/B009ISU33E
 
Sell off your current X-Fi and see how much of a budget you have for headphones.
 
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My budget isn't that strict, I've been looking at headphones from $40 to $200.
 
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  My budget isn't that strict, I've been looking at headphones from $40 to $200.

AKG K612 Pro ($160) or one of the (over $200) AKG 7XX series.
(The K612 does not have a detachable cable).
 
The Sound Blaster Z's headphone amplifier should easily be able to drive one of those headphones.
(Which X-fi do you have?)
 
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Thanks for the replies!   Couple more questions:
 
a)  For the Sound Blaster Z card that was linked...If I wanted an external volume knob, would the ZX version be the recommendation or would I be better off with a different model?
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Gaming-Control-SB1506/dp/B009XDWUCQ/ $115
 
b)  What would ya'll recommend under the $100 range for headphones?  Would Superlux HD681-Evo be sufficient @ $40?  It has velour pads, detachable cable, and favorable reviews on this forum.  I'd see myself eventually upgrading again if I go cheaper, but I like having backup headphones for guests!
 
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I've heard terrible things about the ACM over in the Sound Blaster Z thread. Apparently, it degrades audio quality significantly.
 
I say keep your X-Fi (unless it's an XtremeAudio, that's a fake) and just dedicate your budget to new headphones.
 
Speaking of headphones...as much as a typical Stax Lambda sounds like the obvious choice, they're well out of your budget, especially when factoring amplification. Also, the cables aren't detachable because 230V-580V electrostatic headphones and insecure connections probably shouldn't go together.
 
The Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 would be the obvious budget choice, but the cable isn't detachable.
 
I haven't personally tried any Superlux headphones.
 
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  Thanks for the replies!   Couple more questions:
 
a)  For the Sound Blaster Z card that was linked...If I wanted an external volume knob, would the ZX version be the recommendation or would I be better off with a different model?
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Gaming-Control-SB1506/dp/B009XDWUCQ/ $115
 
b)  What would ya'll recommend under the $100 range for headphones?  Would Superlux HD681-Evo be sufficient @ $40?  It has velour pads, detachable cable, and favorable reviews on this forum.  I'd see myself eventually upgrading again if I go cheaper, but I like having backup headphones for guests!

If you want an external knob, then might be best to go with an external headphone amplifier.
Like the Schiit Magni headphone amplifier, $99. plug it into your current sound card.
 
The Superlux HD681 Evo should be a good value choice for you.
It could be plugged directly into your current sound card.
 
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