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Okay, so I have heard really great things about Sennheiser headphones and I really would like to stick with that brand for my next pair of headphones for music and gaming. I will be using them for music first and foremost, but I want them not to suck if I decide to play an FPS.

My budget is about $150, and I don't mind buying used as long as they are gently used.

The only other pair of headphones that I was considering were by Beyerdynamic DT 990's (I found a pair on craigslist local to me) as they pop up all over the place when I am searching for headphones for this purpose.

Anyways, I am open to all suggestions of course, but I would prefer the headphones to be a quality make.
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You like flat sound? My HD555s are absolutely boring. They definitely start to distort when you turn them up too. And the upper/lower-mid range is just pop pop pop pop...

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You like flat sound? My HD555s are absolutely boring. They definitely start to distort when you turn them up too. And the upper-mid range is just pop pop pop pop...

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I auditioned a pair of 555's and they weren't as good as everyone said.

I went with a sony brand and they're awesome for what I need. Only $130 too
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post #4 of 69

Sennheiser isn't a God-like brand (relative to other brands), you know...Anyway, here's my suggestion.



There are definitely some headphones from other brands you should consider, though...
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Some people fine HD 595s boring? I find them absolutely lovely. For acoustic music, female vocals, classic rock, and classical music, they're just the right amount of "forward". The bass gets punchy when it needs to be, and recessed when it's not. The mids shine, and the highs shine just enough without becoming sibilant or fatiguing. They're fairly neutral, and for hiphop/electronica/dubstep they're probably a pretty bad pick, but I definitely don't find them boring. In fact I find them more forward sounding than other models I've tried (HD 580/600). A lot of audio quality is about statistics, some of it is preference. Some people love Grados, some hate. Many actually consider the 555/595s to be the "Grados" of Sennheiser.
Regardless, no one can guess what you'll think of them. Audition them if you can.

As for gaming, they're outstanding. Not as wide as AD700s, but that's not always a bad thing.
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Well what do you guys think about the DT-990's then? There is a pair on craigslist in my area for $180 and the guy said he's used them about 100 hours. I was reading that the mid-range really starts to shine after about that time.

Oh, he also said that his are the 600 OHM version which is superior to the 250 OHM ones.
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post #8 of 69
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Oh, he also said that his are the 600 OHM version which is superior to the 250 OHM ones.
Means you'll need an amp to drive those, but they'll benefit more from it.

Here's a good explanation I found on [H].
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250Ω is easier to drive if you don't have a good amp. 600Ω needs an amp more, but benefits from it more. If you have the gear to support it, 600Ω will give better results. If you don't have the gear, 250Ω will do a better job of playing nice (doesn't require as much power).

Consider a limiting case as R --> 0Ω. Any little thing will affect the coil. For R increasing, the vibration and thus the sound becomes more and more controlled by deliberate excitation.

Edited by decimator - 8/4/11 at 10:44pm
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Means you'll need an amp to drive those.
It's required? I think there are some budget ones available yeah?
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post #10 of 69
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It's required? I think there are some budget ones available yeah?
I updated my previous post to give you a better explanation.

As far as amps go, for a 600Ω headphone, I think a decent amp should be used at the very least. As in, don't cheap out on the amp.
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