I used some Audeze EL-8s for a while there. While I can't complain, I feel like the extra features and sound signature difference from planar magnetic drivers as opposed to dynamic drivers, at least in my opinion, is ill-suited for gaming. That is, not really the genre to best take advantage of it. But it definitely sounded better than (ironically) those headphones that are made and marketed for gaming. Granted most of those are console-based but still, $300 for some Astro A-50s. Could get a pair of HD 6XX's on eBay for that (sadly not $199 drop anymore ;c) I mean the Astro's probably sound good for the market they are selling in but as far as the available realm of headphones and all that there is in the way of choices and options. I think it really just comes down to preference. Planar magnetic just seems a little overkill for most gaming, for me at least. But still enjoyable none the less.