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I'm looking for some of headphones for ~$100. I'll be using an ASUS Xonar DX, playing games, listening to music (metal), and watching television. Here's what I'm looking at so far:

- Close backed, which I'd like to avoid if possible. Are there any open variants?

Alessandro MS-1 - $100



Which of those headphones, or others, would you recommend? I prefer open backed, and I value comfort over slightly superior sound quality. I wear glasses, if that makes a difference.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: I ended up going with the Grado. The Alessandro were tempting at the same price, but I couldn't find anything in regards to a return policy, and I'm overly picky with what I buy. Thanks everyone for your help and opinions.
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A used X-Fi XtremeMusic/Gamer would be much better than a Xonar DG.
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I'm looking for a decent setup for $100, maybe $125. Not much to work with, I know. Here's what I've found so far:

Xonar DG $20 AR

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 $90
Sennheiser HD-280 PRO $80
Ultrasone HFI-450 $70


And that's all I've got. Any other inexpensive sound cards worth looking at, or other headphones in that price range? Which of those headphones would you recommend? They'll be used for games, music, and TV shows/movies, and I'd value comfort over slightly superior sound quality. I also need a clip-on mic, if there are any honorable mentions.

Thanks in advance!
Xonar DG + AD700 + zalman clip-on mic = $120.
The DG is a good budget card, but you can find used Xonar DXs for ~$35, which is pretty incredible for the value. I owned a DX, and it was one of the best price/performance components i had used.

If you value comfot, the AD700s are incredible. I am very picky about comfort, but the AD700s feel like there is nothing there. In addition to that, as they are open, hot air can escape, so your ears wont start heating up after awhile.

Without knowing you music tastes, i cant tell if they are what you want. Look in my sig, i wrote a pretty comprehensive review about them and which genres of music they fit. If you find that they work for your music taste, then excellent, if not, let me know what you do want from your headphones.
Edited by pangolinman - 10/15/11 at 3:11pm
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A used X-Fi XtremeMusic/Gamer would be much better than a Xonar DG.
i dont think so , the Xtreme gamer is rubbish , it has many hardware problems and awful drivers , IMO there is no way to reccomend it

OP:
get the AD700 and the DG , but the AD700 have modest BASS , but amazing for gaming

as for mic get this
Zalman MIC1
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Pr...ad.asp?idx=210
    
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Xonar DG + AD700 + zalman clip-on mic = $120.

If you value comfot, the AD700s are incredible. I am very picky about comfort, but the AD700s feel like there is nothing there. In addition to that, as they are open, hot air can escape, so your ears wont start heating up after awhile.

Without knowing you music tastes, i cant tell if they are what you want. Look in my sig, i wrote a pretty comprehensive review about them and which genres of music they fit. If you find that they work for your music taste, then excellent, if not, let me know what you do want from your headphones.
Metal is what I listen to. The song you chose for the Metal genre in your AD700 review happens to be my favorite song. Reading the review though, it sounds like they're not very good for that?

Got a link for the Zalman mic?
    
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i dont think so , the Xtreme gamer is rubbish , it has many hardware problems and awful drivers , IMO there is no way to reccomend it

OP:
get the AD700 and the DG , but the AD700 have modest BASS , but amazing for gaming

as for mic get this
Zalman MIC1
http://www.zalman.com/eng/product/Pr...ad.asp?idx=210
+1 to this, the older X-Fi cards are made for vista, and have numerous problems on 7. Their audio quality will also not surpass that of the DG.
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I have switched to auzentech forte.
Had embedded chipset sound. Now even my old crapy speakers sound like the are on vitamin boost.
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Metal is what I listen to. The song you chose for the Metal genre in your AD700 review happens to be my favorite song. Reading the review though, it sounds like they're not very good for that?

Got a link for the Zalman mic?
Indeed I do.

Sadly, the AD700s are dissapointing for metal. They're a much more laid back sounding headphone.

The Senn 280s would do better for your taste, as they have more drive in their sound, and the drivers will be able to keep up better with the pacing of the drums. The AD700s kind of blur them together.
Good deal going on from our resident sennhesier god, you can get the HD 280s for $55. http://www.overclock.net/audio/11323...595-350-a.html Put the saved money into getting a used DX. Much better for your tastes, and you get to have a better DAC.
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Indeed I do.
Amazon.com: Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone Retail: Electronics

Sadly, the AD700s are dissapointing for metal. They're a much more laid back sounding headphone.

The Senn 280s would do better for your taste, as they have more drive in their sound, and the drivers will be able to keep up better with the pacing of the drums. The AD700s kind of blur them together.
Good deal going on from our resident sennhesier god, you can get the HD 280s for $55. http://www.overclock.net/audio/11323...595-350-a.html Put the saved money into getting a used DX. Much better for your tastes, and you get to have a better DAC.
I'd prefer to buy new in case I end up returning them. I'm overly picky.

Looking like HD-280's, a DG, and that Zalman then? Any other headphones worth noting? They don't have to be something I listed, just something within budget.

Thanks for your help.
Edited by PiERiT - 10/15/11 at 3:37pm
    
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I'd prefer to buy new in case I end up returning them. I'm overly picky.

Looking like HD-280's, a DG, and that Zalman then? Any other headphones worth noting? They don't have to be something I listed, just something within budget.

Thanks for your help.
Is there an audio store near you? If so, go in and try some headphones out. That'll give you a better approximation of what you want. If you can try out the 280s and see if you like them, then you can buy used, save money, and end up with a better DAC

if not, then yes, that is a good option
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