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post #1 of 16
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Headphones

Gaming: I game competitively in TF2, CS:S and SC2, therefore a broad sound stage is ideally what I am looking for. I will buy a clip-on mic to pair with it just so you know. That way I can get the best audio quality possible.

Music: I like to listen to rock and alternative, that is about it really. However, I will also be using these headphones with my iPod Nano 4th Gen (the one just before they put the video camera in) when walking to and from school, and at school also.

Noise Canceling/Sound Leakage: The headphones do not have to be noise canceling, in fact it could come in handy if they weren't, so the person next to me doesn't always have to take off my headphones whenever the teacher calls my name. However, I would definitely prefer it if it didn't leak sound like crazy, so then my neighbors can still study without distraction.

Cost: Must be good bang for the buck! When looking for the best headphones please look at the above requirements rather than the price. However, it would definitely want to be under $100 you know?

Soundcard

Just recommend the best possible soundcard to complement the headphones, and keep in mind that the soundcard will mainly be used whilst gaming, however will also used for music/movies. The majority of my music/movie based entertainment will be on my iPod, and therefore will not use the soundcard.
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Sennheiser headphones and a Auzen X-F Forte 7.1 sound card.
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AD700s+ Auzen X-F Forte 7.1 sound card.
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Don't get the AD7000's if you don't want sound bleed. My girlfriend could hear mine in the other room while she was watching tv and told me to turn them down...and they weren't even that loud.
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Don't get the AD7000's if you don't want sound bleed. My girlfriend could hear mine in the other room while she was watching tv and told me to turn them down...and they weren't even that loud.
well duh, they're open headphones....

And yeah, tbh, it is too loud if they can hear you from the other room soz...I've used open headphones a lot.
post #6 of 16
the Forte is great and has a headphone AMP ,BUT auzen cards have a bad habit of dying after some while

i would recommend the Titanium HD but sadly its 140$ , but worth it

as for headphones i think that the AD700 is great or maybe the bassier version the A700
    
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well duh, they're open headphones....

And yeah, tbh, it is too loud if they can hear you from the other room soz...I've used open headphones a lot.
All I have ever owned are open back phones (granted this is the first pair that is really worth a damn), and these bleed much more than others that I have owned.

Also, my house is all wood flooring, so the sound carries very well, especially from my computer room. Combine that with the fact that my gf listens to tv at very low volumes and you get complaints.
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post #8 of 16
Sound leakage and a good soundstage go hand-in-hand. I can't think of any cheap (as in price) headphones with a phenomenal soundstage that are also not open-air. You basically just have to choose one or the other.

Now, as for the AD700's sound leakage, it's really not as bad as people make them out to be. They are probably blasting their headphones to compensate for the ad700's lack of bass. Because the AD700 are so clear, and have such a phenomenal soundstage, you can get away with using MUCH lower volumes than with most cheap (as in quality) headphones.

so, +1 for the ad700s, best gaming headphones hands-down.

Edit: Also, identical thread as this one like 4 thread down
Edited by SeanPoe - 7/26/11 at 5:41am
post #9 of 16
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Yeah, I was definitely looking at the AD700's, especially because I can get them new for $70 ... So that is that!

However, I would like a soundcard much cheaper than the forte, considering that the cheapest I can get it for is $170, and the titanium hd is more than that... So are there any other soundcards which sell for much cheaper and that heighten the ad700's in gaming...
post #10 of 16
AD700's are nice, have them and really like them. In fact I've been suprised by how much I like them. That said if you are worried about isolation and not wanting other people at school to here what you are groovin to they probably are not the can for you.

Closed cans and soundstage for gaming don't exactly go hand in hand. Stepping up to a S-logic Ultrasone can like the Hi-Fi 580 might be a more appealing choice. Though at $140ish here that is well over budget. Foam modding the JVC HA-RX of your choice can open up the sound stage a bit and might not be a bad choice but I wouldn't consider using them as a portable headphone myself.

I'd say if you have a $100 budget and can get the AD700's for $70 then you should be shopping for the best IEM's you can find for $30 for on the go/in school use.

The Titanium vanilla card isn't a bad choice if the higher end cards are out of your price range. Especially if you can find it in the $50 price range. Xonar DX and Xonar DG should be considered as well.
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