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70/30% gaming/music listening. I'd like fantastic soundstage/positoning for gaming - bass and music are still important to me, so not after AD700s. Looking for a huge step up in all areas from my RX700s.

Haven't done a great of thread trawling yet, but looks like the DT770s/AKG K/Q701/2 are commonly brought up for this price, anything else you guys would suggest?
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DT770s hands down.
     
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DT770s hands down.

you've tried both?
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you've tried both?

I use the 770s. I tried the 880s, RX700s, AD700, AKG K, ATH-M50, and Sennheiser HD 550 (I think). The 880s will offer better positioning as they are open back and have a wider soundstage than the 770s, but also lose some bass.
     
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I use the 770s. I tried the 880s, RX700s, AD700, AKG K, ATH-M50, and Sennheiser HD 550 (I think). The 880s will offer better positioning as they are open back and have a wider soundstage than the 770s, but also lose some bass.

You prefer your 770s to all those cans, you tried the K701 and 02? From the bit of reading I've been doing so far it seems like the Beyers (770/880/990) are all recommend for bass lovers? Its bass doesn't cloud the clarity much?
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You prefer your 770s to all those cans, you tried the K701 and 02? From the bit of reading I've been doing so far it seems like the Beyers (770/880/990) are all recommend for bass lovers? Its bass doesn't cloud the clarity much?

I tried the K701 (they're the same I believe besides color and cable), I still prefer the Beyers thumb.gif They have a better bass sound I think. Definitely not, I've tested classical (Dvorik or something like that) in FLAC and it sounded excellent in all the ranges. The 880s/990s are open so they didn't have quite the bass the 770s do. I mainly switched because the 770s kept the sound in.

I'm also using the Xonar Essence STX so it should be a similar sound to your card thumb.gif
     
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K702's have slightly more bass response.

The bass doesn't mess up the rest of the headphone on the beyers (880s). The 770s are good, but for gaming I'd choose a lot of other things instead like Ultrasone Pro 550s. The Q701s are better but require a strong amp. Usually not worth it to the casual gamer unless you're ready to drop some cash on an amp.
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post #8 of 12
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I've been looking at DACs too, thinking about spending ~£80/$125. The AKGs seem to benefit greatly from amping, even with their deceptively low impedance. I'm currently looking at the Musiland Monitor 02 (going £20 under cheapest retail on OCN marketplace!), Fiio E7/E9 or maybe waiting for http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2011/11/objective-desktop-amp-oda-dac.html which was very highly recommended by an audiophile buddy.

I can get some boxed great condition 2nd hand K702s right now for £45 under retail price. "As new" DT990s with unknown impedance and no returns for ~£80. I'm siding with the K702s atm because I'm reading more negative reviews of the 990s.

Are the Ultrasones really in the same league for competitive gaming as the AKG/Beyers?
"These have a nice sound stage, but what really sells most people on these is the awesome bass they have."
"The Ultrasone Pro 550s are also a great choice for those looking for bassy headphones that are good for gaming. The S-Logic technology on the Pro series seems to really help out. The true selling point for these headphones; however, is the fact that they deliver awesome bass."
Edited by Buttnose - 1/29/12 at 12:31am
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Didn't have enough confidence in the Beyers so I decided to go with the K701s now for £160 and pick up a E9 (£75) or the new ODAC2 later on in the year after the reviews are in. Looking forward to that setup with my new Antlion modmic biggrin.gif http://www.vanillatf2.org/2012/01/antlion-audio-modmic-review-and-giveaway/ http://www.modmic.com/

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Cheers for the input anyway Thejesus/Simca


EDIT: Just curious Thejesus, are you "Personnel Jezuz" on headfi? I was tempted by his post http://www.head-fi.org/t/588382/audio-technica-ath-ad700 too!
Edited by Buttnose - 2/5/12 at 10:20am
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The best gaming headphones, I mean the most complete gaming headphone is the Sennheiser HD 598 . I don't know why you even brought the K701 in the discussion because they are just overkill for gaming and I'm talking abut their soundstage which is enormous and you will get lost in it . And what's with the DAC because I thought you want a GAMING setup not one for listening MUSIC .

So, if you want a hardcore gaming headphone setup for playing online not for Single Player s**t then Creative Titanium HD + HD 598 + JDSLabs cMoyBB v2.03 amp = The most Prestige gaming setup money can buy,

PERIOD .

Edit: I just saw your 70/30 thing and yes, this setup is very good for music also .
Edited by Roach - 2/7/12 at 2:19pm
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