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I disagree. That particular Cooler Master headset is 5.1 Surround (true 5.1, meaning 4 drivers in each earcup, and decent-sized ones at that) and it comes with an audio mixer and a boom microphone. The HD595, while they might have better sound quality for music and such, are stereo heaphones without any of the bells and whistles that the Storm Sirus has for about the same price (actually the MSRP for the Storm Sirus is $129.99, so they're cheaper than the HD595's). The OP stated that he wants headphones for gaming, so that's why I recommended those.

EDIT: Sorry for the double-post. Meant to edit my other one...Dunno what happened...
but those bells and whistles are just that, bells and whistles, while I agree that they have less to offer they do sound better and some pretty amazing sound staging offers a very imersive gaming experience

OP id suggest you try out both several headsets and audiophile grade stereo headphones, see what works for you
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but those bells and whistles are just that, bells and whistles, while I agree that they have less to offer they do sound better and some pretty amazing sound staging offers a very imersive gaming experience

OP id suggest you try out both several headsets and audiophile grade stereo headphones, see what works for you
Yes, the HD595's do sound better, generally speaking, but judging by the OP, he is not an audiophile and will not be using these headphones to listen to music. Yes, the HD595's have a wide soundstage, but the Storm Sirus has true 5.1 Surround, and not crappy 5.1, either. Most gaming headsets with true 5.1 have tiny drivers, but these have 3 30mm drivers and 1 40mm driver that acts as a subwoofer in each earcup. That's about as immersive as it gets. Plus, the audio mixer lets you customize the sound on the fly and the included microphone means you don't have to spend another $10 on a Zalman clip-on mic. By going with the Storm Sirus, which costs $129.99, he would be saving $20 (possibly more if he wants a microphone, too) and getting more for his money. I didn't suggest audiophile-quality headphones because I don't think someone in his position can truly appreciate audiophile-quality headphones (no offense to the OP). He just wants headphones so he doesn't disturb his niece while he games.

Besides, the HD595's are open-backed cans, so there will be sound leakage. Not good when the niece is sleeping .
Edited by decimator - 8/5/11 at 12:21pm
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Thank you guys so much for all this stuff. Yeah i guess im not an audiophile lol, i have a pair of skullcandy skullcrushers for my music (i know i know. mid range) but i just want the 5.1 for my games. As far as budget its a blank check. I think i like the cooler masters because of the mic but as with all things i guess i will really never know until i try both. and again you guys are awesome.
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well if money is no object then this custom job someone did would be quite awesome, I still advise trying both and seeing what works for you and if the open cans have too little isolation
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I 2nd the vote for the CM Storm Sirus. It has been getting really great reviews and I think that one will serve you best for gaming. It won't sound as good as the audiophile headphones, but it will give you better directionality to the sound.(Which IMO anyway is more important for gaming) They are not out yet, but according to their reps on the forums they should be out within a week or two.(He said they are already shipping, it is just taking them time to move them around)
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The AudioTechnica ATH-M50 is a great set of headphones for people just getting into audiophile headphones. Great headphones. Tried them in Japan. Made me understand the huge quality difference between audiophile and crap.
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