Gaming/music headphones: Sennheiser HD 518 vs Superlux HD668b
Apr 29, 2015 at 4:08 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

KlassicKent

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Hey everyone. I had my heart set on the Superlux headphones but the HD 518s are on sale new on ebay for $60 or so. I'm wondering if they are better than the Superlux for gaming and music listening.

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Apr 29, 2015 at 4:11 PM Post #2 of 7

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  Hey everyone. I had my heart set on the Superlux headphones but the HD 518s are on sale new on ebay for $60 or so. I'm wondering if they are better than the Superlux for gaming and music listening.

Thanks,
Kent

 
I'm going to guess at $60, the HD518 are worth it.
Also the HD518 will hold a higher resale value.
 
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The Superlux is a great bargain in an entry level headphone.  See:
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/superlux-hd-668b-and-hd-681-headphones
 
However the HD 518, using the same drivers as the upline HD 558 & 598, is a couple tiers above that.  See:
 
http://www.trustedreviews.com/sennheiser-hd-518-review
 
Neither is really a top choice for gaming, but I would rate the Senn as better at this as well.
 
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  The Superlux is a great bargain in an entry level headphone.  See:
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/superlux-hd-668b-and-hd-681-headphones
 
However the HD 518, using the same drivers as the upline HD 558 & 598, is a couple tiers above that.  See:
 
http://www.trustedreviews.com/sennheiser-hd-518-review
 
Neither is really a top choice for gaming, but I would rate the Senn as better at this as well.



How come they aren't that great for gaming? What type of sub $60 headphones would be good for gaming? Since these are open ear would they be okay for hearing different positions?

Update:
Based on your input along with a friend's I decided to purchase the HD 518s :)
 
Apr 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM Post #5 of 7

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  The Superlux is a great bargain in an entry level headphone.  See:
 
http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/superlux-hd-668b-and-hd-681-headphones
 
However the HD 518, using the same drivers as the upline HD 558 & 598, is a couple tiers above that.  See:
 
http://www.trustedreviews.com/sennheiser-hd-518-review
 
Neither is really a top choice for gaming, but I would rate the Senn as better at this as well.



How come they aren't that great for gaming? What type of sub $60 headphones would be good for gaming? Since these are open ear would they be okay for hearing different positions?

Update:
Based on your input along with a friend's I decided to purchase the HD 518s :)


Your price point and "good for gaming" don't mix well together.
 
Hope you enjoy the HD 518, which you picked up at a very good price.
 
Apr 29, 2015 at 10:38 PM Post #7 of 7

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Your price point and "good for gaming" don't mix well together.
 
Hope you enjoy the HD 518, which you picked up at a very good price.



I have never heard that sub $60 is bad for gaming. I understand I could spend a lot more but you're saying there's no good headphones in that category?


To my ears it's very difficult to find a decent headphone at that price--for gaming or music, absent a closeout sale (which you got).
 
Gaming cans require a large sound stage with accurate placement of sounds.  That is not a $60 product.
 

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