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Heya,
I'm looking for a set of circum. phones, my previous pair just gave out.
I'd say that I'm about 40% gaming, 40% music, and 20% movies.
Music: Electronic mostly (Not incredibly bass-heavy stuff like dubstep and house, but I still want bass), but with range to be able to go to rock and still sound good. So, steady lows, but I don't require too much.
Gaming: I mostly play FPSs, and will be preparing for BF3 with a new sound card later in the year.
Price Range: Preferably ~$100, but $150 is doable.

Been looking at: ATH-AD700 & ATH-A700 (will the bass in the open A700 be enough? If so, it's my main candidate right now), HD555 (same issue, not sure if the openness will give the bass that I want).

Thanks, all suggestions are appreciated!

EDIT: Have chosen the ATH-A700 + a Xonar DG (to make it all worthwhile). Will update once I either adore or regret the decision. ;P
Edited by |mando| - 6/19/11 at 3:19pm
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post #2 of 13
AD700 for my vote, although it lack some serious bass(not beat), equalizer tweaking should fix it. do take note that AD700 really leaks out music from the rear.

i'm using ad900 but i had used tapes to cover the mesh(serious). Really leaks out noise when im awake at late night/early morning where i wouldn't want to disturb the family.

edit: never mind me. go for A700.
Edited by digitally - 6/12/11 at 2:30pm
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I would recommend Sennheiser HD5xx series. They are open headphones and everyone can hear what you are listening to.
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Ultrasone PRO 550
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Quote:
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Ultrasone PRO 550
Mm...delicious headphone.
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Mm...delicious headphone.
You ain't kidding.
I got a taste from my cuz's last week.
Might put my M50 up for sale, to move up...
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Heh, I'm thinking about moving up as well...to a PRO 900.
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I say go for the A700's, they have more bass than the AD700's, which have, from what I have heard, slim to none, and the sacrifice on sound stage for the closed back design of the A700's isn't to bad because there actually isn't as much noise cancellation as you would think, so it still allows for very good sound stage and bass reproduction, and if the bass in the A700's isn't enough, when ever you get a sound card you can use the EQ that should be included in the sound card's driver to add bass. Since $150 is doable and the A700's are only $120 directly from Amazon, I say pick up an Asus Xonar DG while you're at it, if you don't have a sound card at all already.
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I say go for the A700's, they have more bass than the AD700's, which have, from what I have heard, slim to none, and the sacrifice on sound stage for the closed back design of the A700's isn't to bad because there actually isn't as much noise cancellation as you would think, so it still allows for very good sound stage and bass reproduction, and if the bass in the A700's isn't enough, when ever you get a sound card you can use the EQ that should be included in the sound card's driver to add bass. Since $150 is doable and the A700's are only $120 directly from Amazon, I say pick up an Asus Xonar DG while you're at it, if you don't have a sound card at all already.
Hah. I just came back to this thread (finally, been an extremely busy week) to ask about getting A700 + a DG, and you had already answered my question! Psychic!

I'll probably order both today. Thanks, everyone in the thread, for your help!

EDIT: Just ordered both. $155 shipped for the A700 + Xonar DG. Not bad, eh?
Edited by |mando| - 6/19/11 at 3:18pm
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Hah. I just came back to this thread (finally, been an extremely busy week) to ask about getting A700 + a DG, and you had already answered my question! Psychic!

I'll probably order both today. Thanks, everyone in the thread, for your help!

EDIT: Just ordered both. $155 shipped for the A700 + Xonar DG. Not bad, eh?
I'm glad to have helped, and jealous to see some one get my desires before me hahaha been looking at that combo for a week or so now, but I have to upgrade my entire rig before I can focus on just Audio. Congratulations on your purchase though
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