Originally Posted by Luxer
After going through the stickies and doing some research I think my best option for my price range (~$500) is:
Grado Prestige Series SR225e
But I just wanted to check a few things to make sure i'm making the correct purchases.
My setup is for gaming and music, I mostly listen to rock/metal and the consensus seems to the the Grado's are the best for that. But opinions seem to vary with the Grado's for gaming, some say they're great while others prefer different headphones. Also, many reviews have said the Grado's can get uncomfortable after long uses and recommended to buy a different headband.
I have the SR225i's in my collection and the e's sound even better IMO. Are they uncomfortable? Yes. I mean, not horribly so, but compared to my Hifiman HE400i that disappear onto my head, yes. Do they sound good for the money? Absolutely!!
Grado, particularly in the low to mid range, makes UGLY and cheap looking headphones. We buy them for the sound, not for the looks. They will sound great with the Magni/Modi combo.
Are they great for gaming? Not bad, actually. I've used them for gaming and I thought it sounded pretty great. Having said that I'm not really a big positional audio guy because I'm not a hardcore gamer. You can, however download the Razer surround software for free and get your gaming surround that way.
The Schiit Stack will give you almost unmatched performance for $200. You might want to consider the Uber versions for even better sound.
Also, if you have really good integrated audio on your board, or a decent soundcard like a Xonar ST/STX/STX2 or pretty much any CMI8788 based card, or even a well implemented integrated ALC1150 or Creative soundcore, you might want to JUST get the amp at first to save some money. Another alternative setup is to ditch the schiit DAC and pick up an audioquest dragonfly 1.2 (same price as the uber Schiit DAC) which many people agree sounds better, and you save the cost of a USB cable. You'll want a TRS to RCA cable for the Dragonfly.
Honestly I dont think you can go wrong with the schiit amp and the 225s. Buy with confidence.