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I just made the step from over ear headsets (steel series 5hv2, plantronics game com 777, plantronics gamecom pro, plantronics dsp500) to IEM yesterday. I just got the sennheiser ie7's from microcenter on sale for 179.99. I used to play cs 1.6 at a professional level so I can appreciate directional sound. I have since taken up SCII and so I didn’t go for the traditional "gaming headset" this time. The first thing I noticed with the ie7's is there is much less overwhelming bass. This might seem like a negative, but after playing cs for a little bit, it actually allowed me to hear things better. When you have overwhelming bass oftentimes heavy gun fire (awp shots) can drown out other sounds like footsteps, banking flash bangs, and other nuances that would otherwise be lost in the bass. I had no problems identifying where footsteps were coming from and the highs were much crisper than any other headset/headphones I have used in the past. All the sounds just seemed “tighter” and less muddied than what I had used in the past. Also having the monitors in your ear canal makes the sound seem like you are actually there not like you are listening threw speakers pressed up to your ears like all the headphone I have used in the past. If you have the $$$, I would recommend you try them out. If you have a microcenter near you, you can pick them up for a great price and if you don’t like them you have 30 days to return them for your money back or store credit towards another set like the HD555’s. GLHF fragging.

EDIT: I forgot to mention how comfertable they are too... Once you have them in, you dont even feel them. I even wore them to sleep last night as a comfort "test" and was able to lay on my ear with absolutly no discomfort...
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I managed to get the PC 350 to sound pretty good when playing FPS, other games not so much. But I'm still going to go ahead and order the Sennheiser HD 595 in hope I get a better overall sound with them.
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Originally Posted by Saiyanjin2 View Post
I managed to get the PC 350 to sound pretty good when playing FPS, other games not so much. But I'm still going to go ahead and order the Sennheiser HD 595 in hope I get a better overall sound with them.
I tried the 350s for a few hours, and I've gotta say it sounds almost nothing like the HD series phones. They might have the same drivers, but the HDs are open headphones, which make they sound very natural and easy on the ears. The 350s being closed almost makes them sound hollow, and unnatural. Not to mention the PCs aren't nearly as comfortable. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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But I'm still going to go ahead and order the Sennheiser HD 595 in hope I get a better overall sound with them.
HD555's are $96 on Amazon now. As was mentioned earlier they are the same as 595's with an easy mod.

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I just got my Sennheiser HD 595 and I could not be any more happier with them. One of the 1st things I noticed is how light the headset was, and even better was how comfortable it was. I 1st tested them out with some FLAC music I had on my computer and the sound I heard was amazing...... I would say its the best I've heard from a pair of headphones granted I have not had many. With gaming I tested them out with Portal 2,Left4Dead2,BC2, and COd4. The only game that didnt sound right was BC2 everything just sounded hollow for whatever reason. The sound in these are very balanced and neutral. The sound stage is very good you feel like your actually in the map and can feel the scale of it. Now this may be a preference thing, but if you have a Asus card with dolby headphone you should turn it off. With it on the sound is just not as clear, and from what I noticed your still getting surround if you have it set to 6 or 8 speakers in the audio center, and 5.1 in your game. I also tested them out on my xbox 360 against my turtle beach x41 and while both produced very rich sound. I have to give the edge to the x41 the sound was a tad bit more crisp and in games like COD footsteps were a lot easier to hear. In other games like Halo Reach and NFS I would say its a toss up in preference.
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M50s will not be good for gaming, especially for FPS type.
Depends on what the person is after. If they want good sound reproduction with a nice combination of both highs and lows just to make the gaming experience more immersive, then M50's are perfectly fine. Yes, like all closed headphones they have a more limited soundstage and therefore inferior positional audio, but that's the price you pay if you want decent bass.

However, if you really do care about positional sound, then I'd definitely recommend against the m50s. They're fine for things like MMO's, RTS, RPGs, and the campaign mode for fps where really all you require is good sound reproduction and some left/right cues. Absolutely horrible for competitive FPS games where you need to have pinpoint positional sound. The heavy bass on the M50s can also overtake the subtle highs making it more difficult to hear things like footsteps and gun reloading which usually are the sounds you listen for to pinpoint other players in an FPS game.

I'd personally recommend the ATH-AD700's. With some proper EQ you can tame the highs and bring the bass out a little more. You can still hear the bassy tones but you won't be able to "feel" them. They have an excellent soundstage though (arguably the best of any headphone) and phenomenal mids and highs giving them exceptional clarity and a warmer tonality.
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