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The AD900 improve marginally upon the AD700 in sound quality. The bass doesn't improve much, unfortunately. See this comparison between the two.

Neither the AD700 nor PRO550 should be carried outside. I certainly do not move my PRO550 away from my desktop computer. If you must take a headphone on the go, find a more portable headphone than the PRO550. I realize that the PRO550 collapses, the cups rotate, and comes in a carrying case (I've had one longer than most on this forum smile.gif ) but it's unwieldy. The carrying case is rather large and I bet you won't like it when your headphones snap in your bookbag (if not using the case). Not saying that it will because the PRO550 is quite durable but like all plastic things...it doesn't like being squished.

I would recommend in-ears for on the go. You can get really good bang for buck with in-ears and something larger in the $120 range for your full-sized headphones. $120 is a lot of headphone if you look around.
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The AD900 improve marginally upon the AD700 in sound quality. The bass doesn't improve much, unfortunately. See this comparison between the two.
Neither the AD700 nor PRO550 should be carried outside. I certainly do not move my PRO550 away from my desktop computer. If you must take a headphone on the go, find a more portable headphone than the PRO550. I realize that the PRO550 collapses, the cups rotate, and comes in a carrying case (I've had one longer than most on this forum smile.gif ) but it's unwieldy. The carrying case is rather large and I bet you won't like it when your headphones snap in your bookbag (if not using the case). Not saying that it will because the PRO550 is quite durable but like all plastic things...it doesn't like being squished.
I would recommend in-ears for on the go. You can get really good bang for buck with in-ears and something larger in the $120 range for your full-sized headphones. $120 is a lot of headphone if you look around.

Well I have a pair of Beats in-ear headphones (they came with my cell phone). They're pretty decent.
Basically on-the-go and work is an afterthrought, if the headphones are too unwieldy I'll just go back to my earbuds.

I am much more concerned about the pc gaming part of the equation. Closed is still better because I don't want to piss off my roommate.
Edited by Powermonkey500 - 11/30/12 at 5:38pm
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What ^ said.

I think the ATH-M50s are a good buy for both listening and gaming. They're not the outright best at either, but they make do.

IEMs would be much better on the go though. I personally find headphones a bit unwieldy, especially with my uncoiled cable tt; Shure SE215's are a good choice for on the go listening.
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A closed headphone would get your roommate isolation from what you're hearing and get you isolation from what's going on around you (which could be caused by your roommate).

In terms of headphones in the $150 range, and I don't want to be too biased, you'll be hard pressed to find something as versatile as the Ultrasone PRO550. I would even say it is the headphone for immersive (Firefox, why you not believe immersive is a word??) gaming and music listening at that price bracket. There are some inadequacies to its sound signature though, compared to other headphones that I have tried. For example, you should never attempt to listen to classical music on an Ultrasone. The S-Logic technology messes with the soundstage, and it just sounds like the orchestra is not coherent. Of course, this is coming from what I deem to be my PRO550's polar opposite, the Sennheiser HD600, which is a classical music virtuoso.

If you ever get the chance to establish your own headphone collection, you might end up finding two headphones of your own that complement each other well but in completely different ways. My PRO550 makes up for most of the traits that my HD600 lacks and my HD600 does that for the PRO550. It's a balancing game that you play over the "ears" that only comes with lots of time and well, money.

Welcome to audiophilia. Sorry about your wallet. thumb.gif
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post #15 of 19
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A closed headphone would get your roommate isolation from what you're hearing and get you isolation from what's going on around you (which could be caused by your roommate).
In terms of headphones in the $150 range, and I don't want to be too biased, you'll be hard pressed to find something as versatile as the Ultrasone PRO550. I would even say it is the headphone for immersive (Firefox, why you not believe immersive is a word??) gaming and music listening at that price bracket. There are some inadequacies to its sound signature though, compared to other headphones that I have tried. For example, you should never attempt to listen to classical music on an Ultrasone. The S-Logic technology messes with the soundstage, and it just sounds like the orchestra is not coherent. Of course, this is coming from what I deem to be my PRO550's polar opposite, the Sennheiser HD600, which is a classical music virtuoso.
If you ever get the chance to establish your own headphone collection, you might end up finding two headphones of your own that complement each other well but in completely different ways. My PRO550 makes up for most of the traits that my HD600 lacks and my HD600 does that for the PRO550. It's a balancing game that you play over the "ears" that only comes with lots of time and well, money.
Welcome to audiophilia. Sorry about your wallet. thumb.gif

Haha well this is going to be my first decent set of cans. I got a surround sound headset as a gift and they're crap. I wanted to blow them out of the water.
Hopefully I don't become an audiophile, I've already spent all my money on the rig!

Ultrasons Pro 550 it is. Thank you guys, rep
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Powermonkey500 View Post

Haha well this is going to be my first decent set of cans. I got a surround sound headset as a gift and they're crap. I wanted to blow them out of the water.
Hopefully I don't become an audiophile, I've already spent all my money on the rig!
Ultrasons Pro 550 it is. Thank you guys, rep

You will..... I said the same things as you (And started off with the same headphone as your getting) ^_^...... Now I look at $150 for headphones as entry level and cheap. Before that I wouldn't go any higher.

So yeah, Welcome biggrin.gif
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post #17 of 19
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I got my Ultrasone Pro 550s for Christmas and I am LOVING them. It's night and day compared to my Beats earbuds. 
No more mud in these ears. 

Thanks for the suggestions again, guys.

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Glad you enjoying them ^_^

How's the portability for you by the way?
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Glad you enjoying them ^_^

How's the portability for you by the way?

They're rather chunky but I just throw them around my neck on the way to work, no biggie.
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