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Trying to decide on my first pair of headphones

  1. LivinWithLava
    Hi everyone! I'm extremely new here (just got approved :D) and extremely new to this world of headphones that I never knew existed. For about 2 weeks, I've been researching and watching videos on various headphones. The top three that I've found to be in my budget and seem to be the best fits for me are 1. Amiron Home 2. Beyer DT 1990 Pro 3. Sennheiser HD 660S. The main aim is for playing games, but I enjoy listening to music as well. I enjoy all types of music focusing on Hip/hop and alternative rock the most. I really value comfort as I spend a good amount of time at my computer with headphones on. I've seen the various threads on the 1990 vs the Amiron, but it didn't quite answer the questions specific to me in terms of music etc. I am also open to any other suggestions for headphones my budget is around $500-650 USD slightly flexible on that number. Any help/recommendations/experiences are welcome and will be appreciated immensely. Thanks for helping me on my first venture into the headphone world!

    Ps: Past headphones have been beats/razer/astro a40's
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  2. Monsterzero
    Welcome to Head-Fi,sorry for your wallet...

    Do you have an amp and/or DAC? I would suggest at least an amp,preferably both an amp and DAC to go with your headphones,which will take a decent chunk of your budget.
    serman005 likes this.
  3. LivinWithLava
    I can stretch the budget a little if need be. How much would an amp to go with one of those 3 head phones cost usually?
  4. marcussmj
    Can't really help you without a solid budget in mind. But out of the 3 listed, the DT1990 Pro would be the best option. It has better bass extension than the 660S and nicer mid range/treble than the amiron home. The amiron is definitely the poorest performing headphone of the bunch. DT1990 Pro has better staging and imaging compared to the 660S, however the 660S might have a more agreeable tone. The DT1990 does have more treble sparkle than it though.
  5. Monsterzero
    Are you playing FPS games more where detail in hearing enemy location is key,or are you more into single player games where immersion is key?

    Hip/Hop especially sounds best with good bass response,which then in turn drowns out enemy location to an extent,so we need more info on your primary needs.
    I can suggest looking into the Fidelio X2s as well. They dont require an amp(but as always,an amp helps) have good bass impact for hip/hop and gunfire/explosions in games and a wide sound stage for pinpointing enemies. It isnt the last word in detail retrieval but its kind of a happy medium for your needs.

    If youre a hardcore competitive FPSer then you will want to focus on headphones with neutral to light bass response,which in turn isnt great for hip/hop....
  6. pbui44
    I say get an AKG K7XX or HD6xx (rebadged HD650) here:



    then get a B-Stock Schiit Lyr 2 (115V US, of course) for $299 with full warranty (but no refunds; exchanges should still be fine) here:


    This combo should be upgraditis-resistant for at least three years. By then, you definitely should be able to find the DAC you were wanting to find.
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  7. pbui44
    Sorry, I edited my above post going from HD600 to HD6xx to stretch out your savings and added a AKG K7XX link for the most soundstage for the money.
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  8. LivinWithLava
    I'm a pretty all around gamer I play single player and competitive type games but I'm not competing at any high level any time soon so hearing footsteps SUPER precisely isn't the most important thing. I'd say 1. Comfort 2. Sound quality 3. Soundstage (I think that's what would let me hear footsteps?) As I said I'm extremely new to all this so I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck and something that will last a good while. Thanks for all the help! I appreciate it immensely.
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  9. LivinWithLava
    I have for sure seen alot about the 6XX and alot about schitt amps/DAC's so that's a pretty solid combo. I think in my search I've underestimated the cost of the DAC/amp and put more $ towards the actual headphones. Thanks for the suggestions much appreciated!
  10. pbui44
  11. LivinWithLava
    No mic necessary! Have a blue yeti from my days where I thought I was gonna be the next PewDiePie. But hey at least my friends can hear my beautiful voice nicely. :beyersmile:
  12. Monsterzero
    I think the X2 plus a Schiit stack will work well and bring you in fairly close to your original budget. Alternatively the DT990 is fun too,but I own both and prefer the Fidelio far and away for gaming.

    I own the HD6xx as well and really like it(best bang for buck headphone around IMO) but the staging is quite narrow,and lacks a bit of energy up top which again,IMO,isnt the best fit for your specific needs.
  13. pbui44
    Yeah, unless you already make tons of money, don’t we all wish we could make millions of dollars making fun and insulting anything and everything possibly video-game-related.:floatsmile:
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  14. LivinWithLava
    I will for sure look into the fidelio and the schiit stack (will always make me chuckle) as a very good possibility. I think everyone has made me realize that it's kinda half and half with budget in terms of headphones and DAC/amp.
  15. ScareDe2
    If I were you I would be more interested in the Fidelio X2. Beyerdynamics are very nice, but on the bright side of neutral. Sennheisers have some midrange hump. The Fidelio on the graph response is extremely interesting to me.

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