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I was about to purchase the MMX 300 to go with the Titanium HD when I noticed many people were saying that the microphone sucks on the MMX. I also heard that the headphones were the same thing as the DT770 which is $100 cheaper. I am also hearing they are not...confused.gif
http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18244039

I play games and listen to FLAC Lossless files. What would be the right choice for me? I don't wanna pay an extra $100 for something not worth it. Thanks.

EDIT: I need help in general with a choice. See second post...
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 6/4/11 at 8:25am
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I think you really should keep the headphones and microphone separate. You open yourself to many more choices.
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OK. You're probably right. [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Microphone-Computer-Laptop-Notebook-canceling/dp/B002KL0VY2/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1307159088&sr=1-8"]Something like this.[/ame]


Now I'm confused...I am looking for something that will sound great for music and games...

With some bass, but not too much. I like a little boom but not where it's all you hear. Like a lite bass with some thumbing that's great for the drums, y'know... "boom", not "BOOM". smile.gif

I'm playing them in my room so leaking, weather in or out, is not a big deal. I want them to be comfy.

I'm also confused by the OHM. 32, 250, 600...which are each of these geared to?

I am actually very unsure about this and could use help. I would like to not buy an amplifer if possible. Headphones price range around $300, up or down.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster 
X-Fi Titanium HD => Ultrasone PRO 550
X-Fi Titanium HD => Little Dot MKII => Sennheiser HD600

Do you mean these headphones go good with the Titanium HD? confused.gif
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 6/3/11 at 9:04pm
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Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post
OK. You're probably right. Something like this.


Now I'm confused...I am looking for something that will sound great for music and games...

With some bass, but not too much. I like a little boom but not where it's all you hear. Like a lite bass with some thumbing that's great for the drums, y'know... "boom", not "BOOM".

I'm playing them in my room so leaking, weather in or out, is not a big deal. I want them to be comfy.

I'm also confused by the OHM. 32, 250, 600...which are each of these geared to?

I am actually very unsure about this and could use help. I would like to not buy an amplifer if possible. Headphones price range around $300, up or down.



Do you mean these headphones go good with the Titanium HD?
They are 32 ohm no need for an amplifier . (The DT770 32 ohm )

Simple explanation is Higher ohms = Harder to drive which leads to needing an AMP . This isn't always the case but just a general guideline .

That's just his signature on OCN on what he owns .
Edited by Benny99 - 6/3/11 at 9:18pm
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There is a misconception that lower impedance headphones do not require an amplifier. This is actually not true. There are low impedance headphones that are actually equally or even more power hungry than their higher impedance brethren. Beyerdynamic is one of those companies that does this along with AKG.

As for the list in my signature: those are just the setups I have. I don't feel like my HD600 pair well with the Titanium HD nor the Essence STX but I have maybe 2 hours total of listening time on the HD600 since I got it so I can't say for sure. I will say the Titanium HD does really well with my Ultrasone PRO 550 in just about everything. This headphone is a keeper for sure.
Edited by RallyMaster - 6/3/11 at 11:26pm
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There is a misconception that lower impedance headphones do not require an amplifier. This is actually not true. There are low impedance headphones that are actually equally or even more power hungry than their higher impedance brethren. Beyerdynamic is one of those companies that does this along with AKG.
Most low impedance headphones don't require an Amplifier .

Grado

Alessandro

Sennheiser

Audio Technica

Shure

Koss

In general bar a few brands beyer/akg low impedance headphones DON'T require an amplifier to function well .
Edited by Benny99 - 6/3/11 at 11:41pm
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I will say the Titanium HD does really well with my Ultrasone PRO 550 in just about everything. This headphone is a keeper for sure.
Well, how does the quality of the Ultrasone compare to the the MMX 300 or Beyerdynamic DT770? Does it need an amp?

I just found them for $152.95. The Beyerdynamic DT770 Premiums are $249.00. Can the quality be the same?

The DT770's reviews don't seem to be so nice for them compared to the MMX 300 yet I hear that they are the same headphone. The DT880s and 990s are a little more. Are they better?
Edited by Deverica Wolf - 6/4/11 at 3:56am
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I have the Ultrasone HFI-680's and the build quality is good. They do however really benefit from an amp. Without one I found they were really weak on the lower spectrum. I also tried running them direct from my phone but they were damn quiet, so I guess the impedance is quite high (75-100ohm IIRC?).

But, yes, when I had my Little Dot MKIII valve amp, it made a huge difference. Everything was warmer and deeper. I now just run them off my Cambridge Audio Azur 640A and they still sound nice (not as good as my valve amp though ).

I do however find they need to "warm up". It could just be me as I have no scientific proof, but I find it takes a few minutes before they settle and the lower frequencies really kick in.
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Most low impedance headphones don't require an Amplifier .

Grado

Alessandro

Sennheiser

Audio Technica

Shure

Koss

In general bar a few brands beyer/akg low impedance headphones DON'T require an amplifier to function well .
I agree somewhat with what you are saying. Also, check the sensitivity rating for the headphones as well.
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Originally Posted by Benny99 View Post
Most low impedance headphones don't require an Amplifier .

Grado

Alessandro

Sennheiser

Audio Technica

Shure

Koss

In general bar a few brands beyer/akg low impedance headphones DON'T require an amplifier to function well .
You pointed out the obvious.

RallyMaster pointed out the not so obvious and pretty much more useful piece of information here. We are talking about Beyerdynamics after all.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deverica Wolf View Post
Well, how does the quality of the Ultrasone compare to the the MMX 300 or Beyerdynamic DT770? Does it need an amp?

I just found them for $152.95. The Beyerdynamic DT770 Premiums are $249.00. Can the quality be the same?

The DT770's reviews don't seem to be so nice for them compared to the MMX 300 yet I hear that they are the same headphone. The DT880s and 990s are a little more. Are they better?
DT880s are better headphones over all.

DT990s are fun headphones, but from an audiophile perspective rather horrid. Lots of bass, poor mids, meh highs. Nice sound stage.

Some people complain about an imbalance in the DT770s without an amp.

Take that however you please.
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