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Looking for a new pair of headphones with a $200 budget. Been looking at the Hd598, any other suggestions?
Will be used for gaming and listening to some music.

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At that price, it's basically between the Sennheiser HD598 and Audio Technica ATH-AD900. The HD598 is regarded as having a fuller sound than the AD900 by the guys over at head-fi. The comfort level of the HD598's is also amazing. The AD900's have its drivers almost flush with the earpads, so it's likely that the fabric over the drivers will touch your ears when you wear them. The HD598's used to have a problem where the headband would crack at a certain place, but this seems to have been resolved by Sennheiser. Both will have great soundstages, so both will be great for gaming.

head-fi thread.

Overall, I think the HD598's are the better buy.

You can also get some Beyerdynamic DT770's (the older version) for under $200, but I don't think they'll do as well for gaming as the HD598 and AD900 would.



The Audio Technica ATH-A900's are also an option, but these are closed cans like the DT770's are, so they will also not be as good for gaming as the first two options.



The DT770 and A900 would be good for listening to bass-heavy music, though.
Edited by decimator - 8/9/11 at 9:33pm
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EDIT: Sorry mis-read the wrong Sennheiser model.
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already fixed. My apology is offered.
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music taste being? current soundcard?
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Thanks, decimate


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music taste being? current soundcard?
Mainly hard rock, classic rock, and country. Onboard sound, I have no room for a sound card at the moment. All my slots are used up.
    
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If you have no amp or decent sound card, forget about buying a $200 dollar pair of headphones. You won't be able to drive them very well and they will sound weak and will be missing out on 50% of their full potential.

I would suggest that you either pick up a good budget soundcard (xonar dx/d1/dg) or a decent amp, with the sound card costing about $50 and the amp around $70-80. Then with the remaining money buy a set of ~$130 headphones. Tell me what you think of this and then I'll give some recommendations based on what you decide to do.
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If you have no amp or decent sound card, forget about buying a $200 dollar pair of headphones. You won't be able to drive them very well and they will sound weak and will be missing out on 50% of their full potential.

I would suggest that you either pick up a good budget soundcard (xonar dx/d1/dg) or a decent amp, with the sound card costing about $50 and the amp around $70-80. Then with the remaining money buy a set of ~$130 headphones. Tell me what you think of this and then I'll give some recommendations based on what you decide to do.

This is why I asked for advice. As I said before I have slots open for a sound card so an amp would be my only choice right now. Any recommendations on a decent amp? I can spend about another hundred or so on an amp
    
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These are some of the best affordable portable amps (all around $50ish):
Electric Avenues PA2V2
JDS Labs CMoyBB
FiiO E11

Edit: Actually those are only amps. You prob want a DAC+Amp combo otherwise your soundcard will be the limiting factor in sound quality. Thus I would suggest

Fiio E7 Usb Dac+Amp
NuForce Icon uDAC-2
Zero DAC
Edited by Wararchon - 8/10/11 at 8:42am
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