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I am looking at buying some headphones but I have several questions.

1. A headphone differs from a headset in that the latter has a mic and the other does not?

2. I figure I can spend around $150. I also need to get a soundcard but I'll add that as a separate cost. What are the better headphones in that bracket?

I listen to almost anything music-wise so I don't think I can narrow down a choice through that. (Mainly Alt Rock, Rap/hiphop/pop, country)

The main use is for gaming however. I play SC2, NBA 2k11, and I'll be playing BF3 soon as well.

I don't know what else I need to think about. I would prefer wireless over wired but not a huge deal. TIA!

I also need to figure out what sound card I'd need.
post #2 of 16
1. Basically, yeah. Headsets often connect via USB and will not use a dedicated sound card, often resulting in poor audio quality.
2. There are many. First, decide whether or not you want to closed headphones or open headphones. The closed headphones have less perceivable separation, more isolation (passive noise cancelling, low amount of leakage), and usually have a nice low range. Open headphones have a larger soundstage, better sound quality for the price you pay (IMO), more leakage, little to no noise cancelling, and are great for games/a wide range of music.

I would check out the Audio Technica M50's for closed headphones.
For open:
Sennheiser HD 555
JVC HA RX 700
Audio Technica AD700

There are many more good ones, but I'd look at those. The best way to decide what headphone works for you is to try them out for yourself.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by awaizy View Post
I would check out the Audio Technica M50's for closed headphones.
For open:
Sennheiser HD 555
JVC HA RX 700
Audio Technica AD700

There are many more good ones, but I'd look at those. The best way to decide what headphone works for you is to try them out for yourself.
JVC HA-RX700's are closed.

And for $150, there's tons of options. You'll want a wide soundstage for good positional audio for games like BF3. Additionally, music genres like rap/hip-hop would sound great with headphones with bass. Those two qualities generally don't mesh together well, but the Ultrasone PRO 550's manage to strike a nice balance. They're closed cans with a good amount of bass, but they have this technology called S-Logic that simulates open cans so you get a nice wide soundstage.

Some other headphones in this range are the Audio Technica ATH-M50's (good for music, kinda sucks for games, imo) and Sennheiser HD595.
Edited by decimator - 8/6/11 at 5:32pm
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I'm almost sold on the Sennheiser HD 555 but what is the difference between that and the 595?

And did you have any experience wthe the Ultra PRO 550's? It sounds alright just not sure about the differences. I appreciate all the suggestions you guys have listed though. +rep
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I've owned an HD595 (which isn't worth the price over the HD555) and own an Ultrasone PRO550. If you gave me a choice, I would pick the PRO550 every time. I really think the PRO550 is in another class compared to the HD595 (and subsequently the HD555). The HD555/HD595 are decent headphones but neither do anything except classical music well. There's just a mellowness in them that I don't quite get and both of them put me to sleep pretty easily. The PRO550 is much more upbeat and actually has substantial amounts of bass.
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i apsolutely love my steelseries siberia 2's. they are half your budget, but i like them none the less and i know half the pro sc2 players use them haha
    
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Nothing with the name "steelseries siberia" will ever touch my head. Overpriced garbage.
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I've owned an HD595 (which isn't worth the price over the HD555) and own an Ultrasone PRO550. If you gave me a choice, I would pick the PRO550 every time. I really think the PRO550 is in another class compared to the HD595 (and subsequently the HD555). The HD555/HD595 are decent headphones but neither do anything except classical music well. There's just a mellowness in them that I don't quite get and both of them put me to sleep pretty easily. The PRO550 is much more upbeat and actually has substantial amounts of bass.
You are right .
At this price nothing can beat the 550Pro , those are highly adviced
    
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At $140 (as of this posting on Amazon.com), I really don't see many headphones that can even touch the Ultrasone PRO 550.
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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
Nothing with the name "steelseries siberia" will ever touch my head. Overpriced garbage.
70 bux for a comfortable headset with a retractable mic? they sound amazing and im super happy with them.


now if i said dre's beats id agree.
    
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