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I need a pair of cans for college!
Good for games and music primarily would be fantastic.
I'm trying to keep under $100-150 if possible.
I've used Sennheiser before and I quite like them but I don't know what models are good or not.

EDIT:
so in summary I guess
Im trying to decide between the
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A700-Audio-Technica-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313954078&sr=1-1"]A700[/ame]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH840-Professional-Monitoring-Earphones/dp/B002DP8IEK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313954227&sr=1-1"]SRH840[/ame]
and
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD555-Professional-Headphones-Channeling/dp/B0001FTVDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1313955027&sr=1-1"]HD555[/ame]

I believe I fall into the compromising gamer. I like music to be an option (or movies if you must), but Im mostly likely using them for gaming. So bass being present is nice.
Another problem being is that Im using them for a dorm. So sound leakage is what Im trying against, hence why the AD700 isn't being considered as Im told they're loud. Im also told the HD555s are as well, but I figured I get some input about that too.
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 8/21/11 at 12:35pm
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What are you looking for sound signatture wise?

Also, what will be your uses?

In that price range; [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A700-Audio-Technica-Headphones/dp/B000E9VKUQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1312947049&sr=8-2"]A700[/ame], [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-AD700-Open-air-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B000CMS0XU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312947049&sr=8-1"]AD700[/ame], [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SRH840-Professional-Monitoring-Earphones/dp/B002DP8IEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313038845&sr=8-1"]SRH-840[/ame] would all be good options.

Personally, I love my HD555's but I would avoid them because the headband can snap rather easily.
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot;14527141 
What are you looking for sound signatture wise?

Also, what will be your uses?

In that price range; A700, AD700, SRH-840 would all be good options.

Personally, I love my HD555's but I would avoid them because the headband can snap rather easily.

you mean like bass for example?
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you mean like bass for example?
Well, are you looking for headphones that are gonna be more Mid-to high oriented or bass oriented?

Natural sounding (think outside amphitheater) or maybe neutral sounding (arena)

Since you're gonna be in a dorm, closed style headphones like the A700's may be the best option. Though, I've never had anyone complain about open style headphones.
It really depends on dorm room size.
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot;14527669 
Well, are you looking for headphones that are gonna be more Mid-to high oriented or bass oriented?

Natural sounding (think outside amphitheater) or maybe neutral sounding (arena)

Since you're gonna be in a dorm, closed style headphones like the A700's may be the best option. Though, I've never had anyone complain about open style headphones.
It really depends on dorm room size.

Dorm room size is standard. Think a medium sized bedroom.
You think natural would be better?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28;14527786 
Dorm room size is standard. Think a medium sized bedroom.
You think natural would be better?
That more depends on preference.

What's the use gonna be?
50% Games / 50% Music?
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Originally Posted by Tator Tot;14527853 
That more depends on preference.

What's the use gonna be?
50% Games / 50% Music?

I'd say maybe 80% Games and 20% music.
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Quote:
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I'd say maybe 80% Games and 20% music.
You'll definitely want some good sound staging then, since you'll get a better feel of "surround sound" then.
(e.g. being able to detect people behind you via footstep noises.)

If you don't mind spending upper budget; I'd go for the SRH-840's. They have excellent sound staging and isolation.
The Mid's are lush, while treble and bass are very good.

They will take some burn-in to get better though, as the bass is kinda "rubbery" at the start. After about 100 hours of use though, they start to straiten up and it sounds much better. Mids & Highs stay consistent throughout though.

If you want to not spend as much, the A700's are equally a damn good deal. Very durable and not that expensive.

The SRH-840's are 44ohm while the A700's are 64ohm; what that translates too, is the SRH-840's have a more efficient drive that a iPod/iPhone/iPad could drive easier. It's worth a consideration in that regard too.
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I like the way the A700 looks but the price of the 840s i can afford
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Samsung EVO 840 XSPC Raystorm Windows 8.1 Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS 
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Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS Ducky Blue Overclock.net Themed Mechanical Keyb... Corsair Silver 1kw  
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Case Labs TH10 Logitech G502 Logitech 5.1 speakers w/ Onkyo Receiver 
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Intel Xeon W3520 i7 4.0ghz EVGA X58 Classified Visiontek 6990 GSkill 6GB DDR3 Pi 
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2x OCZ Vertex 60GB SSD ; 2x 1TB ; 2x 2TB Samsung BluRay Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64x 3x Dell U2311H 23" 1080p IPS 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard SilverStone Strider 1000w Modular Power Supply Lian Li V2000 Plus Logitech G9 Gaming Laser Mouse 
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Cyba Sniper Tracer (Acrylic Glass) 
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Intel Core i7 4790k (Devil's Canyon) AsRock Z97 Extreme 4 Visiontek AMD 6990 Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung EVO 840 XSPC Raystorm Windows 8.1 Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS Dell U2311H 1920x1080 IPS Ducky Blue Overclock.net Themed Mechanical Keyb... Corsair Silver 1kw  
CaseMouseAudio
Case Labs TH10 Logitech G502 Logitech 5.1 speakers w/ Onkyo Receiver 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon W3520 i7 4.0ghz EVGA X58 Classified Visiontek 6990 GSkill 6GB DDR3 Pi 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x OCZ Vertex 60GB SSD ; 2x 1TB ; 2x 2TB Samsung BluRay Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64x 3x Dell U2311H 23" 1080p IPS 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard SilverStone Strider 1000w Modular Power Supply Lian Li V2000 Plus Logitech G9 Gaming Laser Mouse 
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Cyba Sniper Tracer (Acrylic Glass) 
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3770k @ 4.5 1.312 load Zotac Z77 ITX Wifi GTX 1070 Gaming 2126/2249 w/ Hybrid cooler TridentX 16GB 2400MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Seagate 2TB H105 EVGA Hybrid GPU cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Asus MG279Q - 24" 144Hz 1080p Filco Majestic II w/ Cherry Reds Seasonic X 760W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Bitfelix Prodigy Logitech G400 Razer Goliath AKG A701 
AudioAudio
JDS Labs Objective 2 JDS Labs ODAC 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 750 3.99 (190x21) 1.376v Load ASUS P7P55d-E Pro GTX 670 FTW <- Poor overclocker :( 8GB (4x2GB) G.Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 Evo 128GB 2x 2TB  Some DVD drive OSX 10.10.4 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 1080P Crap TX 750 HAF 922 G400s 
Mouse PadOther
Apple Keyboard Xbox One controler 
CPURAMHard DriveHard Drive
C2D 2,26GHz under volted @ .978v 8GB  Crucial M4 64GB SSD 500GB Scorpio Black 
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OS X 10.0 1280x800 Built-in Trackpad 
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Built-in 
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Gsvlip Dudyrm
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Oda'maksv
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3770k @ 4.5 1.312 load Zotac Z77 ITX Wifi GTX 1070 Gaming 2126/2249 w/ Hybrid cooler TridentX 16GB 2400MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Seagate 2TB H105 EVGA Hybrid GPU cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Asus MG279Q - 24" 144Hz 1080p Filco Majestic II w/ Cherry Reds Seasonic X 760W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Bitfelix Prodigy Logitech G400 Razer Goliath AKG A701 
AudioAudio
JDS Labs Objective 2 JDS Labs ODAC 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 750 3.99 (190x21) 1.376v Load ASUS P7P55d-E Pro GTX 670 FTW <- Poor overclocker :( 8GB (4x2GB) G.Skill DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Samsung 830 Evo 128GB 2x 2TB  Some DVD drive OSX 10.10.4 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 1080P Crap TX 750 HAF 922 G400s 
Mouse PadOther
Apple Keyboard Xbox One controler 
CPURAMHard DriveHard Drive
C2D 2,26GHz under volted @ .978v 8GB  Crucial M4 64GB SSD 500GB Scorpio Black 
OSMonitorKeyboardMouse
OS X 10.0 1280x800 Built-in Trackpad 
Audio
Built-in 
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