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post #1 of 18
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I tried out the AD's and they were too big and adjustable. Bass was a bit weak but sound stage was nice. Open or closed, don't mind. Good for gaming but also for rock, pop, rap. Needs to be adjustable and no bigger than the AD's and better bass and same ish stage. Cheers...

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Beyerdynamic DT880s. If you don't have an amp, get a lower Ohm version.

B&H Is selling the 250ohm version for 238.
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post #3 of 18
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How are the Beyer DT770Pro-80's for $170 then?
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post #4 of 18
How much bass did you find it lacking ?

First thing that comes to mind to me would be Sennheiser HD 600s, if you like the sound signatures of Sennheiser phones. Only problem though, as Simca mentioned, is that they are going to need an amp if you want to power them properly.

The 770/880s give you the option to get the lower ohm models without losing much in terms of SQ.


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How are the Beyer DT770Pro-80's for $170 then?
I have not heard them, but I imagine the sound-stage on the 880s would feel more open/airy because the 770s are closed headphones. Don't quote me on this though, I have never tried them.
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post #5 of 18
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It was weak on the DG's default EQ. If I boosted the bass manually it sounded a bit better, but still, it won't make you be nodding your head. The bass really wasn't there. Soundstage was remarkable.
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post #6 of 18
Hrmm, looks like the sennheiser's all went up in price again.

Those lower ohm beyer models that simca mentioned are likely your best bet. 880s are going to be like a better version of the ad700s better frequency extension into the lows, a bit more bass, but still not as much as the 770s would have, solid mids and clear highs.

It seems like a likely upgrade if you want to use your current sound card and you want headphones that will start to "wow" you.

With your gaming needs and mix of music types, your probably going to want a open back headphone, which imo would rule out the 770s.

The 990s are usually described as something you either love or hate. I hear they have solid bass but the highs can be harsh to some.

Or course beyerdynamic isn't your "Only" choice. It's just very convenient that they make lower ohm models of the same headphones. Not everyone is going to want to spend the $$ to drive 600ohm cans the right way.
    
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post #7 of 18
I have the beyer dt990s and use them every day for music and games. I love them. You will need an amp though, as they don't sound good at all unamped. You can normally find them for around $175ish.
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Hmmm. I think closed backs could still be fine... I mean the DT770's have not a bad soundstage. DT880 are expensive for what they offer. 80 Ohms is easy to drive too.
An issue for me is that I have a small head. I need headphones that will not sit too low on the head, or else they interfere with my upper jaw. DT770 adjustable cup height sounds good.
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post #9 of 18
The dt990s are pretty big. The cups would go lower than you'd want. I have mine as tight/small as they go and they are just the right size for me, and I don't have a small head.
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I was told that the DT770's do go higher than AD700's. This is an issue for me, I need to make sure...
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