Originally Posted by corhen
yay for being canadian! the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700's cost 150 dollars+shipping, the Pro550's rack up 225+shipping (or "only" 150+50 dollars shipping on ebay!)
did some browsing around town, best deal i found locally were the Shure 750DJ's
, usually 175, on for 99.99. Anyone have any expereince with these?
The Stealseries, both the 5H V2, as well as the Siberira V2 are sold in nearly all stores, with fancy boxes (the fancier the box, the less i trust the contents!)
additionally, one of the salesmen raved about the Klipsch One, (which retails for 159.99) and the AKG 142
the best seinheiser that sells locally are the 320's.
Does anyone have any experience with these? the ones recomended above are out of my price range due to the loveley fact that a lot of american companies seem to piss on canadians!
I auditioned the 550DJ's and I wasn't all that impressed, I am more of a Grado man, which means that I like a very aggressive sound signature. The 550's sounded rather washed out to me, and since these headphones will be used primarily for gaming... I don't think that DJ headphones are going to be your best choice, because the closed nature cuts the sound stage down significantly, with obvious exceptions to the rule like some offerings from Ultrasone or Beyerdynamic.
My hi-fi headphone journey started with the JVC RX700's, and they had blown everything I had previously heard out of the water, but then I auditioned a bunch of headphones at the most amazing store in Hong Kong, and that is when my journey really went the way it should have the first time! I discovered the beauty of open cans, I promise you that the bass extension is superior to closed cans, the sound stage is generally improved, and you get away from that "tinny" sound.
So since the majority of your listening is going to be while gaming, I would strongly suggest an open pair of headphones, and you would want one that is strong through all of the ranges, and doesn't do a dip in the middle of the frequency range like you see in many hip hop headphones since you are listening to rock music. Also, some strong mids and highs will make footsteps stand out a little better. Based on a little but if a search... the Sennheiser HD518 looks like a pretty nice headphone for you!