Originally Posted by cuad
In my experience, the Xonar DG sounds just as good as the Titanium HD and Xonar Essence STX.
I had AD700s once. I didn't like them more than my $40 JVC HA-RX700 because the AD700s had a terrible bass / treble ratio. No bass and too much treble. I haven't listened to HD555 but from what I hear, they're more of the same.
Skylit, a poster in the mouse forum, used ATH-M50s to play his FPS and I specifically remember a post he made saying that they were good enough to game with despite the majority of posters here who would tell you that its sound stage is too small. I've never listened to ATH-M50s but I would expect that they'd be great to game with because I dominated Crysis Wars with worse headphones. Also I don't doubt Skylit.
The reason I'm telling you about M50s is because they're not that much more expensive than AD700s and should be much better for music. They're just a pair I think you should consider. I considered them, but I had a bigger budget so I went with DT 990s.
You entire essence culminated in one posting.
Let's start with what I agree with you on:
The AD700s don't have bass.
K, that's it. Now let's dissect the rest of this post.
1) You offer advice FOR GAMING on a headphone you've never HEARD, but already KNOW has no sound stage and would be terrible for gaming, but just because someone said they're usable for gaming, they're good enough to warrant buying? I can game with ipod ear phones, does that mean I should?
2) What are you TALKING about? The AD700s are HALF the price of the M50s. Have you not seen the latest pricing on the M50s? They've been jacked up astronomically. Gone are the days when you could find the M50s for 106 dollars.
3) The AD700s should be better for metal because it's a faster headphone than the HD555s, assuming you listen to metal that's fast. If not, then the HD555s may sound better to you because of the smaller...more up front sound stage.
4) Being good in a game=/=Having a good enough pair of headphones for gaming. I can turn the SOUND OFF and still annihilate people in FPS games.
Anyway, as long as you respect the AD700s as a gaming only headphone (or classical/string instrument) headphone, then you won't be disappointed with them. Just don't expect bass out of them.