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Upgrading to better Audiophile Headphones...Need Audiophile connoisseur help

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Hey Guys,



So here it is. My first pair of headphones were the Denon AH-D1001's, but after idiotically wanted "Noise Cancelling" I bought the Senn PXC 450's, and I barely used the feature and the quality isn't anything great compared to the Denon1001's. I feel like a schmuck after doing that. But, to live and learn.



Anyway..... I have sold my PXC 450's and am looking to upgrade and need a few suggestions. I know what I like, but only to an extent, as I have only experienced lower grade audiophile cans. But here is what I do...




-Game ( I play a lot of MMORPG's as well as FPS - so ambiance sound is crucial)

-Music ( pretty much every genre from Rap to classical)

-Movies ( I watch a lot of movies on my computer)

-Preferences ( I don't have a whole lot, but I do like some decent bass, without having to AMP)



- I am sort of torn between open and closed headphones. I usually prefer closed, because I live with roommates and I would rather the sound not leak out where you can hear it outside of my room), but I am considering open....just not sure if I do want to go that route. And, I haven't really ever had open headphones...so I don't really know how much sound leaks out...but I guess it depends on the cans in question.



-I also usually like to buy new headphones. When buying used I just don't know what the person has done with them (i.e. dropped them several times or pulled the cord out and repaired it...ect...ect)



Here is a couple cans I have been looking at.......any suggestions would be great....



-ATH-M50's

-DT 770 Pros

-Senn HD 598s (At my max on Amazon)

-Denon AH-D2000s (If I can find them in my price range)




-Kyle
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I own the Senn HD 558's which are very similar to the 598's - the imaging on the headphones is absolutely phenomenal, which is going to be huge on FPS and your desire for "ambiance sound" - I can tell where everything is, and where it is coming from. They arn't huge in the bass section, but have more then probably most other senns. No need for amp, although you can always add one. Bonus - they can be modded to be very similar to the 598's.

Kicker is, I'm debating upgrading to a much nicer pair - I work at a best buy and get crazy discounts.

- also these like the 598's are open cans - I personally still can't hear anything else in the room or when people walk in, however at decent volume - everyone can hear what I'm listening too in the same room more or less.
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How much sound leaks out...say if I was standing outside your door?
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Is the door closed or open? Closed you wont hear it - open and if the volume is pretty loud? You'd just hear "noise"
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