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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
Hmm, I honestly don't know. That's a good idea, though; I'll look for a place and do that.

Also, I just called up a friend. He pulled these out of his closet:

Sony MDR-V900 (not MDR-V900HD)
SHURE SRH440

Either of those any good? I could get either or for free, but if they're crap I'd rather not.
    
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Hmm, I honestly don't know. That's a good idea, though; I'll look for a place and do that.

Also, I just called up a friend. He pulled these out of his closet:

Sony MDR-V900 (not MDR-V900HD)
SHURE SRH440

Either of those any good? I could get either or for free, but if they're crap I'd rather not.
Cant say i know much about the sony.

If you can get the SRH 440 for free, DO IT NOW. It should be comparable to the senn 280, if not a bit brighter in sound, and possibly a bit livelier. Comfort wise, i think the senns clamp harder, so the SRH 440s should beat them out in that department by a bit. Bass is fairly similar, with the 440s having slightly less, but slighlty more defined bass. Should be a good choice for metal. The soundstage (for gaming) wont be great, but it should be adequate. Grab a DX and a zalman clip on and you will be set.
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Cant say i know much about the sony.

If you can get the SRH 440 for free, DO IT NOW. It should be comparable to the senn 280, if not a bit brighter in sound, and possibly a bit livelier. Comfort wise, i think the senns clamp harder, so the SRH 440s should beat them out in that department by a bit. Bass is fairly similar, with the 440s having slightly less, but slighlty more defined bass. Should be a good choice for metal. The soundstage (for gaming) wont be great, but it should be adequate. Grab a DX and a zalman clip on and you will be set.
Guess I'll be doing that then. Finally have something to use NEWCUSTOMER10 on. Thanks much!

Any tips for setting up the DX when I get it? I recall seeing their software... somewhere, where you tweak things based on the ohms and whatnot.
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Guess I'll be doing that then. Thanks much!

Any tips for setting up the DX when I get it? I recall seeing their software... somewhere, where you tweak things based on the ohms and whatnot.
Download the lastest drivers from the ASUS website.

For me, i prefer to not EQ my sound and just have it presented as the artists intended it. To do this, simply turn on Hi-Fi and leave GX (EAX emulator, helps for sound positioning in games) on. I wouldnt touch anything else. Some people have separate gaming configs, but i do not know much about them.

EDIT
The DX does not have anything to tweak regarding ohms, as it doesn not have a built in amplifier. You will be able to drive headphones 80 ohms or lower respectably. If you even need more (when dealing with high end headphones) you can get a dedicated amplifier
Edited by pangolinman - 10/15/11 at 4:19pm
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Download the lastest drivers from the ASUS website.

For me, i prefer to not EQ my sound and just have it presented as the artists intended it. To do this, simply turn on Hi-Fi and leave GX (EAX emulator, helps for sound positioning in games) on. I wouldnt touch anything else. Some people have separate gaming configs, but i do not know much about them.

EDIT
The DX does not have anything to tweak regarding ohms, as it doesn not have a built in amplifier. You will be able to drive headphones 80 ohms or lower respectably. If you even need more (when dealing with high end headphones) you can get a dedicated amplifier
Hmm, all right. Will do.

Looks like the DX was $30 AR not two weeks ago. T_T
    
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The SRH440's didn't work out. They're far too uncomfortable, heavy, and my ears were sweating within minutes.

I updated the OP, and I'd love to hear some opinions. I'll be ordering something tonight or tomorrow; just not sure what.
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so now its DX with either AD700 , SR80i , HD555

i dont have much knowledge in Grado but as far is i remember they are all heavy adn not very comfy

the AD700 and the HD 555 are good , you can see this by Simca:
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$85 Price Range:
Sennheiser HD555s are very highly recommended here on OCN. It has a nice sound stage, but are different from the AD700s. The Sennheiser HD555s have a smaller sound stage..or perhaps narrower is the term. Basically, you will hear footsteps and other sounds in gaming to be much closer than they would on AD700s. This can be both good and bad so you'll have to decide which is better for you. The HD555s imo are super neutral and boring. Some people like that super neutral sound though and that's fine. They get my thumbs up either way and have tons of modifications to make them better. They're open headphones, so they'll leak like anything, so they're not recommended for use outside. Very little bass presence.

$92 Price Range:
Audio Technica AD700s are the most recommended headphones here on OCN for gaming. They have one of the largest sound stages ever. They reasonably priced. They're extremely comfortable. They're really large though and the cups are purple so that might shy some away from them. These are by no means meant to be listened to in public though. They're completely open and hearing things in the outside world is very easy with them on. They leak like heck. These are brighter headphones as opposed to the HD555s more neutral sound. These have higher mids and highs which is excellent for female voices, classical music and hearing footsteps. Like the HD555s they're EXTREMELY bass light. The bass almost has no presence.
go to the full page and see other recommendation
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so now its DX with either AD700 , SR80i , HD555

i dont have much knowledge in Grado but as far is i remember they are all heavy adn not very comfy

the AD700 and the HD 555 are good , you can see this by Simca:


go to the full page and see other recommendation
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...l#post13493402 (+REP goes to him)
Hmm, thanks much for that link. Lots of useful info there.

It looks like the Grado is the hands-down winner for my tastes between the three I mentioned, but that link brings a couple more into contention:

Fostex T50RP
Alessandro MS-1

The Fostex are closed back, which I'd like to avoid if possible. The Alessandro look great. Too many choices now.
Edited by PiERiT - 10/16/11 at 6:01am
    
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Alessandro MS-1s. If you're into metal, these are the ones you want.

The Fostex T50RP's are hands down the best headphones under 100 dollars. Problem is, for metal, they may destroy the recordings for you since many metal songs are not recorded well. The Fostex will bring out any imperfections in the recording, production and anything else that distorted the music (loudness war).
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you will always see a pair of Sony MDR-7506 cans sitting around in every studio or film set on earth haha...solid build, faithful reproduction...*****in' for heavy music.
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