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Looking to buy my first expensive headphones.

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  1. State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better).
    Looking around $250
  2. State your music tastes
    Mostly rock, jazz, and classical
  3. State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)
    I'm using them mostly for gaming but I would like to upgrade for music. Would like to have some bass though.
  4. State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)
    Well I got no amp, only a sound card which is an Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer Fatal1ty Pro.
  5. State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.
    Mostly using them on my PC for PC gaming and some music.
  6. State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).
    Probably going to buy in on Amazon. No I will not buy used.

I actually narrowed down my choices to a Sennheiser HD598, a Beyerdynamic DT990, or a AKG Q701. The only problem is that I've been reading that I need amps to make these things work. However, buying amps would make me go over my budget since the headphones themselves already cost ~$250. What would be a better option for me or do I wait for these things to go on sale and buy an amp? Lastly, will my sound card be enough or do I need to upgrade that too?
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Originally Posted by Kdab View Post

  1. State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better).
    Looking around $250
  2. State your music tastes
    Mostly rock, jazz, and classical
  3. State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)
    I'm using them mostly for gaming but I would like to upgrade for music. Would like to have some bass though.
  4. State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)
    Well I got no amp, only a sound card which is an Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer Fatal1ty Pro.
  5. State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.
    Mostly using them on my PC for PC gaming and some music.
  6. State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).
    Probably going to buy in on Amazon. No I will not buy used.
I actually narrowed down my choices to a Sennheiser HD598, a Beyerdynamic DT990, or a AKG Q701. The only problem is that I've been reading that I need amps to make these things work. However, buying amps would make me go over my budget since the headphones themselves already cost ~$250. What would be a better option for me or do I wait for these things to go on sale and buy an amp? Lastly, will my sound card be enough or do I need to upgrade that too?

What about some pair of Beats by Dr. Dre, they don't need any amps.whistle.gif
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What about some pair of Beats by Dr. Dre, they don't need any amps.whistle.gif

No.
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Over the ear? In ear?

Check out the AKG K 271 MK II . Great pair of cans.
For a mic, go with a Zalman Zm-Mic1 clip-on.
Edited by Mongol - 5/15/12 at 8:11am
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Originally Posted by dadevilson View Post

What about some pair of Beats by Dr. Dre, they don't need any amps.whistle.gif

Beats By Dre are not at all good for gaming or voice really. Music they are good for, but I tried to game with my Pro's when I had them, everything sounded weird.
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post #6 of 6
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II for $200 and then pick up an amp if you want even better sound quality but amp is not needed.

I feel like the bass isn't to heavy with these. But they still work nice when I listen to dub step. If you are going to use them for gaming you are going to want a pair that has a large sound stage. So something with open back i think. The HD25-1 II are closed back so they might not give you the surround sound effect that gamer's want.
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