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Well if I were to recommend a set of cans for a 'few hundred' I'd probably go with the Denon AH-D2000's. I have their big brother the Denon AH-D5000's and they are awesome headphones. They are both closed headphones. The 5000's are a very full sounding set of cans with great bass, clear crystalline and extended highs, and a smooth slightly warmish mid range. I also have the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80's which are very good highly recommended cans for gaming as well as music and movies. To me the 5000's seem to be in the same family of 'big bass' headphones, but with all the weaknesses of the 770's improved upon. The 5000's are simply a stunning set of cans. They share they same drivers as the 2000's. The main difference us that the 5000's have wood cups vs the 2000's plastic/polymer cups and sound warmer overall. The 2000's are supposed to have 90%+ of the performance of the 5000's which are world class headphones. Although the 5000's are considered the better headphone, the 2000's are considered the 'bang for buck' king.

The 2000's can be bought online on Amazon for as little as 220$ for 'used like new'. I've seen new go for as little as 265$ within the last few weeks. You have to watch the prices close and buy quickly when you reach the price point you like.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MVEC0Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4

Yesterday I saw a pair of 2000's, but right now there are no 'used like new' for sale because the go pretty quick when they are put up at 220$.

On the low side the 5000's are priced from $395 to $435 for 'used like new' to 'new' at the moment. I've seen the 5000's for as little as $365 within the last month.

I've listened to the Sennheiser 598's which are very good open headphones and retail for around 240$ at the moment. They are indeed a nice set of cans. They are tonally 'accurate' with a pronounced and clear mid range but to me sound extremely 'clinical' and somewhat 'thin'. They do not have the dynamics or the fullness of the Denons and I much prefers the 5000's sound signature over the Sennheiser 598. To me the Denons do everything I want a set of headphones to do and they do it extremely well.

BTW I was in the same position as you and could not audition the 5000's and bought them after 60+ days of online research and questions. I am very very glad I did. They are exactly what I was looking for.

Good luck!
Edited by tehRealChaZZZy - 2/19/12 at 2:59pm
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I got the ones in my previous post
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I got the ones in my previous post

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Thanks!!

Now, do you know anything about a better sound source for my laptop? The onboard is kind of, lacking any personality. External sound cards or mini receivers or anything?
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Thanks!!
Now, do you know anything about a better sound source for my laptop? The onboard is kind of, lacking any personality. External sound cards or mini receivers or anything?

I use a Titanium HD because I game.
I chose the Titanium HD over the Asus Xonar Essence STX because of the superiority of it's positional audio during gaming.
It dives my D-5000's just fine, although I will probably end up buying a standalone amp and maybe later a DAC.
Both cards do equally well with music and movies although some peeps give a slight edge to the Asus due to it's built in headphone amp.

With your 280's you should be fine with just a sound card like the Titanium HD or the Asus Xonar Essence STX.
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I meant for my laptop lol. I use a yamaha RX467 Receiver for my desktop audio.
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I meant for my laptop lol. I use a yamaha RX467 Receiver for my desktop audio.

What are you looking to spend?
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Fiio E10 as a start.
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Alrighty, so what exactly do those do for me. Will it clean up the sound and give it some personality? This onboard audio for the laptop is just bleh, no personality to it at all, just very meh.
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