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My sound card is coming in tomorrow and i want to line up a new set of cans for it. I need a set that will provide deep base and can be driven from the sound card directly. I play games and listen to music, both are important.

Realistic choices are:
-AKG K240 MK II
-Audio Technica ATH-M50

Both those are in stock at a local store. I find most headphones can be hard to acquire in Canada.

Suggestions, alternatives? As always thanks for your time OCN
post #2 of 9
I'm currently using Beyerdynamics Dt770 Pro's and they definitely have a good amount of bass. I'm not sure if you can find them in a store near you, but I would say they are worth a look.
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Most people who have the M50 love them, especially for their bass. They are known to rattle heads. On the downside, because they're closed, they have a limited soundstage, making them less than ideal for in-game positioning. Unfortunately, when it comes to headphones, you'll often have to choose between soundstage and bass. The DT770 is known to be a bit of an exception. If you can find them and they're in your budget, that would be ideal. Otherwise, I'd choose M50.
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Well, I wouldn't recommend high end headphones at all if you don't intend to drive them. From my personal experience, all headphones sound 90% better through an amp. Especially if you intend on hearing the deepest of the deep bass notes.

You may want to consider a Fiio mini amp to pair with it, they take batteries and act as a simple intermediate between the output and the headphones.

In the meantime save for a standalone amp or a pair of speakers with an inbuilt amp which output to headphones.

Hope that helps.
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Well, I wouldn't recommend high end headphones at all if you don't intend to drive them. From my personal experience, all headphones sound 90% better through an amp. Especially if you intend on hearing the deepest of the deep bass notes.

You may want to consider a Fiio mini amp to pair with it, they take batteries and act as a simple intermediate between the output and the headphones.

In the meantime save for a standalone amp or a pair of speakers with an inbuilt amp which output to headphones.

Hope that helps.
what sound card? i am certain that a creative xfi titanium will drive the m50s. they arent particularly difficult to drive, and my xfi titanium does a good job at powering my dt 770 pro 80s which are harder to drive than the m50s are.
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what sound card? i am certain that a creative xfi titanium will drive the m50s. they arent particularly difficult to drive, and my xfi titanium does a good job at powering my dt 770 pro 80s which are harder to drive than the m50s are.
Sound card is totally irrelevant, it only gets a small amount of power from the motherboard, and is not dedicated at all to amplifying the sound.

Have you heard them through an amp?

You have to understand what you're missing out on to know the difference.
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ATH-M50 gets my vote.
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Well, I wouldn't recommend high end headphones at all if you don't intend to drive them. From my personal experience, all headphones sound 90% better through an amp. Especially if you intend on hearing the deepest of the deep bass notes.
+1 - i use Fiio E7 both on my desktop (amp + bookshelf speakers) and mobile devices (IEM/Cans) and even on my el cheapo SoundMagic PL11 the step up is definitely there

http://www.techenclave.com/reviews-a...ac-169245.html
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I have the M50s and while they are great headphones they are not bassy headphones by any means.

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